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August 9, 2012, 9:15 AM

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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 …
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Borrowing from Google, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Begins Makeover  —  Yahoo Inc.'s rookie chief executive Marissa Mayer has made one thing clear to employees at the outset of her bid to revive the Internet company: Product comes first.  —  Since taking over Yahoo three weeks ago …
Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
ThinkPad Celebrates 20 Years, Announces Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet 2  —  1992 was a big year.  Bill Clinton was elected president.  Price Charles and Diana separated.  And the first ThinkPad laptop was released by IBM.  —  Twenty years have passed now and a lot has changed.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga's COO John Schappert Steps Down, Effective Immediately  —  Zynga has announced that the company's COO John Schappert has stepped down from the company and its board of directors, effective immediately.  —  This comes as perhaps no surprise given that last week it leaked …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Burner wants to help you temporarily obfuscate your phone number  —  “Burning” a communication device has been a mainstay of those interested in privacy, from the IMF (you know, from Mission: Impossible), the corner boys on The Wire, and everyone in between.
Cade Metz / Wired:
If Xerox PARC Invented the PC, Google Invented the Internet  —  The truth about Jeff Dean appeared on April Fool's Day 2007.  —  Somewhere inside Google, a private website served up a list of facts about Dean, one of Google's earliest employees and one of the main reasons the web giant handles …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Akamai: peak internet speeds jumped 25 percent year-to-year in Q1, Germany tops the mobile world  —  If you thought world internet access speeds were facing a large-scale slowdown, you can stop fretting for now.  Data from Akamai suggests that average speeds were just 2.6Mbps …
More: TechCrunch
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Amid Lawsuits From Publishers, Boundless Launches A Free, Open Alternative To Textbooks  —  Since it first appeared earlier this year, Boston-based educational startup Boundless has been on a mission to ensure that college students have a free alternative to the pricey and bulky world of physical textbooks.
Chitika Insights:
Samsung Galaxy S III Usage Growing Significantly Since its Release  —  Available to consumers for just over a month, the Samsung Galaxy S III has emerged as one of the hottest Android phones on the market, boasting positive reviews along with impressive sales figures.
Yezel Rosales / The Big Blog:
Introducing new Skype Cards in Mexico  —  Skype is always working towards more and more ways to bring people together whenever they are apart.  At Skype today we are happy to introduce a new payment option for the Mexico market, Skype Cards.  —  Skype users in Mexico will now have all the benefits …
Grant McCool / Reuters:
U.S. will not challenge computer fraud case to high court  —  (Reuters) - The government has decided not to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a divided appeals court ruling in a criminal case that drew attention to a 28-year-old computer hacking law that critics argue is being used too broadly.
More: The Verge and CNET
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Finally Ditches Invitations, Now Lets Anyone Sign Up  —  Calling all chefs, wedding planners, stylists, and crafty-types: Pinterest has just opened registration to the public after two years of requiring an invite to join.  Anyone can now sign up with Twitter, Facebook, or just an email address.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
40% of top brands use Instagram, love image filters  —  Today, Seattle-based Simply Measured launched its Instagram analytics tool for both the public, and its enterprise customers.  In conjunction with that release, the company made public a study that it executed of the Interbrand 100 firms, concerning their usage of Instagram.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Nikon rumored to launch Android-based Coolpix S800 with Google Play access on August 22nd  —  If you've been waiting for something new from the compact camera market, Nikon might have a doozy coming soon — if the latest rumors are to be believed.  Nikon Rumors is reporting that the company …

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho SalesIQ - Real-time sales intelligence platform with tight Zoho CRM integration.  —  You run an apparel store.  There's a visitor who walked in after seeing your weekly ad.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
Don't Look Now: Here Come the Disappearing Message Apps  —  Get ready for a world of expiring photos and vanishing status updates.
AdExchanger:
Eyeview Wants To Personalize Online Video Like Display And Search  —  It seems all online ads, except video ads, are targeted.  That online video largely isn't personalized seems odd, since the ad industry jumps …
 

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