August 8, 2012, 10:25 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 Kafka / AllThingsD:
The New York Times Is About to Say Goodbye to  —  The New York Times' time with 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
Dalton Caldwell: is not vaporware  —  We shipped an alpha version of  You can browse the global feed at  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”.
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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 …
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 …
Michael McWhertor / The Verge:
Valve to sell non-gaming software on Steam starting September 5th  —  Valve is opening up Steam to non-gaming software, the company announced today, bringing applications ranging from “creativity to productivity” to the digital distribution platform.  The first software titles will be released on September 5th.
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
After 5 Years With Facebook, Ben Blumenfeld Leaves To Beautify The Future At Designer Fund  —  A designer's eye can change the world, but some don't know how to build a company.  So today, veteran Facebook designer Ben Blumenfeld revealed to me that he's moving on to co-direct Designer Fund …
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 …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Apple, Samsung U.S. smartphone sales jump 43 percent  —  The top two smartphone players saw their combined sales in the U.S. rise 43 percent last quarter, while sales for other vendors dropped 16 percent, says NPD Group.  —  Apple and Samsung continue to grab smartphone sales from the rest of the industry.
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.

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