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August 8, 2012, 8:05 PM

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The Official Google Blog:
Building the search engine of the future, one baby step at a time  —  Larry Page once described the perfect search engine as understanding exactly what you mean and giving you back exactly what you want.  It's very much like the computer I dreamt about as a child growing up in India …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Search app for iPad and iPhone adds voice-based answers, available in the ‘next couple of days’  —  Google has updated its search app for iOS to include voice-based questions and answers.  You can “ask for the weather in a natural way” and it will provide results.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Adds Personal Gmail Results Into Search  —  In a major move to integrate personal search and Web search, Google is adding some users' Gmail into their search results as a “limited field trial,” it said today.  —  So when participating users search for “Amazon,” information …
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The New York Times Is About to Say Goodbye to About.com  —  The New York Times' time with About.com may be coming to an end.  The paper has been looking to get rid of the struggling Web site, which produces high-volume, low-cost content, and has a deal in place to sell it to Answers.com.
Kelly Faircloth / Betabeat:
NYPD Unveils Creepy New Surveillance System Developed with Microsoft  —  “Wait, can't I just Google the address?”  —  Just last week, news broke that the NYPD would soon begin rolling out new tech that brings together information streams like CCTV footage and criminal databases.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
HP incurs $8 billion Q3 impairment charge, as it tries to limit damage from 27,000 job cuts  —  As part of its ongoing restructuring plans, HP announced today that it has appointed Mike Nefkens to lead its Enterprise Services division, also appointing Jean-Jacques (JJ) Charhon as the new COO …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
IDC: Android and iOS now power record 85% of all smartphones shipped, as RIM hits 3-year low  —  If you own a smartphone, the chances are it is an iPhone or powered by Google's Android operating system.  That observation has rung true for some time but the two platforms have taken their domination …
Dalton Caldwell:
App.net is not vaporware  —  We shipped an alpha version of App.net.  You can browse the global feed at alpha.app.net.  This is a webapp that we built in the last two weeks on top of our documented API.  Think of this web application as a “proof of concept”.
More: The Next WebTweets: @janole
Groklaw:
SCO Files for Chapter 7: “There is no reasonable chance of ‘rehabilitation’”  —  SCO Group has now filed [PDF] for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.  They are in Chapter 11 now.  What is the difference?  Chapter 11 means you are trying to reorganize and survive as a corporate entity.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
YC-Backed Grid Reinvents The Spreadsheet For The Tablet Age  —  Popular wisdom has it that tablets are great for consuming content but aren't that useful for creating it.  Don't tell that to Josh Leong, though.  His Y Combinator-backed startup, Grid, is based around the idea that a tablet should be a great place for spreadsheets.
Tweets: @scobleizer
Alan Henry / Lifehacker:
Current Caller ID Supercharges Your Phone's Caller ID with Social Info, Best Times to Call, and More  —  Android: Current Caller ID is a free utility for Android that turns every incoming call into a dashboard full of information about the caller, complete with social updates, weather where they are …
More: GeekWire
Anita Li / Mashable!:
Mars Landing Broadcast on Ustream Outperforms Cable TV  —  New stats from Ustream suggest that more people are forgoing television for online sources when it comes to getting news.  —  More than 3.2 million people tuned in to the live streaming platform to see Sunday night's landing …
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
Microsoft is already working on Surface 2 tablets  —  Exclusive A dozen job adverts for “the next generation” posted online  —  Microsoft Surface: great design but there's more to come  —  The Surface tablets that Microsoft will start selling on 26 October at Microsoft Stores …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft holiday pop-up stores coming to NYC, San Francisco, Vancouver  —  Summary: Microsoft is prepping for a busy holiday 2012 season by opening temporary pop-up brick-and-mortar stores in about a dozen cities in North America.  —  Microsoft officials said earlier this summer that they planned …

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