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3:50 AM ET, July 17, 2008

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Gmail Blog:
Updates to Gmail contact manager  —  Posted by Benjamin Grol, Product Manager Engineer, Google Contacts Team  —  We've heard from some of you that Gmail's auto-added contacts can lead to too much address book clutter.  One of the advantages of automatically creating contacts …
Discussion: CyberNet and CNET News.com
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Tries to Be Less Creepy, Fails  —  Gmail, Google's powerful web based email service, announced some changes to its contact management features today.  Contact management has for some time been a contentious matter among Google Account holders - the company does strange and mysterious things …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Is Facebook Ready To Face The Music?  —  On today's Gillmor Gang recording, Marc Canter frequently alluded to a Facebook announcement next Wednesday, July 23rd at its F8 platform conference in San Francisco, about their new thinking on the privacy of user-contributed data.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is This The Future Of Search?  —  The video above shows a user interface being bucket tested by Google to select (probably randomly determined) users.  Earlier today we showed a screen shot of the interface and a video of the search history, recorded by Adrian Pike, the CTO of startup Tatango.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and metarand
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Continues To Test A Search Interface That Looks More Like Digg Every Day
Sophos:
Video: Change your date of birth on Facebook - right now  —  If you're on Facebook and acting sensibly you'll already have told the social networking site to hide your date of birth, so other Facebook users cannot view it.  It's a sensible thing to do, because your date of birth …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Facebook fixes hole that exposed birth dates
Discussion: TechSpot
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo launches instant message platform so other web sites can build branded chat services  —  Meebo is turning its instant message aggregator service into a “platform” that other web companies can use to build instant message features into their own sites.  The new platform …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Meebo wants to get the Web chatting
Discussion: The Social Times
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
YouTube Scores Revenue-Share Agreement With Lionsgate  —  YouTube nabbed a revenue-share agreement with Lionsgate, under which the independent film studio will get a branded video channel to broadcast movie clips — from pictures such as “Dirty Dancing” — and TV clips, including “Weeds” (right).
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Hum, YouTube, Get a Clue; Take Cue from Yahoo!
Discussion: VentureBeat
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
SAI Parent Company Raises Pots Of Money At Mind-Boggling Valuation  —  Silicon Alley Media, the parent company of this web site, is pleased to announce that a consortium of media moguls has been kind enough to infuse it with cash.  The money will allow it to pay rent, buy more chairs, and pay more people to sit in them.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Media Site AlleyInsider Gets Funding From Allen Morgan And Others …
Discussion: BoomTown and mathewingram.com/work
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek Weblog:
Steve Jobs Decision Behind iPhone Apps' Achilles' Heel  —  Steve Jobs is ruining the new iPhone apps!  OK, I guess should explain.  Take a perfectly good Apps Store entry, such as the AIM client.  It won't work unless it's front-and-center on your phone.  That is, AIM won't run in the background …
Discussion: Profy.Com
AppleInsider:
Apple passes Acer to become third largest U.S. PC vendor  —  Macs garnered an 8.5 percent share of the U.S. PC market during the second quarter of the year, pushing Apple past Acer in the national rankings and into third place overall, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by market research firm Gartner.
Discussion: MacUser, Silicon Alley Insider and Digg
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Microsoft explains Halo's no-show at E3 game conference  —  Halo Nation has been abuzz since Bungie, the developer of the blockbuster video game franchise Halo, put out a cryptic letter on its website Tuesday apologizing for not making an appearance at E3, the game industry conference taking place this week in downtown Los Angeles.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft faces lawsuit over Silverlight  —  Microsoft's latest legal headache is a suit from a little-known company called Gotuit Media, which charges elements of Silverlight infringe on the video metadata company's patented technology.  —  In a suit filed July 2 in San Francisco Federal Court …
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Technologies behind Google ranking  —  In my previous post, I introduced the philosophies behind Google ranking.  As part of our effort to discuss search quality, I want to tell you more about the technologies behind our ranking.  The core technology in our ranking system comes from the academic field of Information Retrieval (IR).
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Why Google Slows Down Acquired Companies  —  In Febuary of this year Google re-launched JotSpot as Google Sites.  Google had acquired Jotspot some 16 months earlier, during which time Jot was only available to existing customers and closed to new signups.  What happen during those 16 months …
Industry Standard:
Techmeme Leaderboard analysis: Is the old-guard A list fading?  —  The Techmeme Leaderboard is a valuable tool for tracking the influencers of the tech world.  However, over the last few months an interesting trend has emerged: A-list bloggers are dropping off.
Discussion: GigaOM
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
I have a job offer at a startup, am I getting a good deal?  Part 1.  —  We've been answering this question a lot lately: … This isn't a comprehensive answer—just some questions we would ask if we had an offer.  —  If you don't understand your offer, get a lawyer.
PR Newswire:
Snipitron Acquires OnlyWire.Com  —  Next Generation Interactive Social Research & Networking Platform for Professional Users  —  SNiPiTRON, (www.snipitron.com) the Social Research and Networking Platform, has completed the acquisition of OnlyWire.com, a “bookmarklet site” or bookmarking aggregation and syndication platform.
Discussion: paidContent.org and The Stalwart
 
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
SnagFilms Finds Virtual Theaters For Documentaries
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Comes To TiVo
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
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Official Google Docs Blog:
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Electronista:
Meizu 's iPhone rival shown, due in August?
Matt Raible / The LinkedIn Blog:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Plans an Online Store for Movies and TV Shows
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
Hyper-V Monitor Gadget
Discussion: eWeek
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
NPR Launches API That Serves Up 13 Years Of Content
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hires Former Twitter Chief Architect Blaine Cook
Josh / Redeye VC:
Announcing FundingSleuth.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Profit Climbs for eBay, but Auction Growth Is Slowing
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
What the hell happened to Kleiner Perkins?
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android platform: not so open after all