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11:05 PM ET, July 16, 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 …
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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.
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Is Indeed Now Open  —  Where we were wondering before, we can now confirm that Live Mesh is indeed open to anyone with a valid Windows Live ID.  Open to anyone in the US without having to adjust a thing, and open to anybody elsewhere in the world willing/able to adjust their OS'es region and language setting to EN-US.
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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
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).
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL talks with Microsoft, Yahoo heat up: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's (NYSE:TWX - News) discussions to merge or sell its AOL Internet division with Microsoft Corp (NasdaqGS:MSFT - News) or Yahoo Inc (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News) have taken on new urgency ahead …
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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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Continues To Test A Search Interface That Looks More Like Digg Every Day
Apple:
MobileMe: 30-day Extension Eligibility and Details  —  Note: This FAQ will be updated when your 30-day extension has been made available.  Please bookmark this page and check again in a few weeks.  Please note that Apple's MobileMe Support team will be unable to provide any additional information regarding …
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Hum, YouTube, Get a Clue; Take Cue from Yahoo!  —  Wow, that title rhymes.  —  Om Malik hits the bull's eye: Yahoo!'s audience is their main asset... in fact, while a lot of people bash Yahoo! for diving into content... the truth is that Yahoo!'s golden days encompassed the period where Yahoo! …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
YouTube Scores Revenue-Share Agreement With Lionsgate
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android platform: not so open after all  —  Google vowed that its Linux-based Android mobile platform would empower enthusiasts and amateur developers, but today we have seen compelling evidence that this is an empty promise.  Third-party Android application developers …
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 and Silicon Alley Insider
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hires Former Twitter Chief Architect Blaine Cook  —  Even as Yahoo loses execs by the dozens, they continue to hire new blood.  Blaine Cook, the controversial (and some say very talented) former chief architect at Twitter, is now a rails developer at Yahoo.
Josh / Redeye VC:
Announcing FundingSleuth.com  —  About 10 years ago, I helped create a web service called Company Sleuth.  The basic premise was that as a company conducted its business activities, it would leave a “paper trail” online.  And Company Sleuth tried to find that trail by automatically searching …
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.
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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Plans an Online Store for Movies and TV Shows  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a significant step toward vanquishing the local video store and keeping couch potatoes planted firmly in front of their televisions and computers, Amazon.com will introduce a new online store of TV shows and movies on Thursday, called Amazon Video on Demand.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Getting Buzzed Says About Yahoo  —  The battle over Yahoo's search business as witnessed over the last few days seems both ridiculous and petty.  And it takes the attention away from what is Yahoo's true value: a media aggregation platform.  Yahoo is the place a lot of people …
 
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
NVIDIA denies rumors of faulty chips, mass GPU failures
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
Hyper-V Monitor Gadget
Discussion: eWeek
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Lawmakers Probe Web Tracking
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
NPR Launches API That Serves Up 13 Years Of Content
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Microsoft explains Halo's no-show at E3 game conference
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Look-alike Gaming Machines
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
EasyTweets Offers an Almost Perfect Web-Based Twitter Management Tool
Discussion: WebProNews
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Virgin Mobile USA treads a quirky path to success
 Earlier Items: 
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Apple must win its case against Psystar — or else
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone profits: Apple cleared estimated $330 million in three days
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Profit Climbs for eBay, but Auction Growth Is Slowing
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
WSJ Laying Off 50 Staffers Amid Editorial Reorg; Plans To Add 95 …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New version of Gmail iGoogle gadget
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Apple's walled garden
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
What the hell happened to Kleiner Perkins?
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
iPhone Frenzy, “All You Can Eat” Data, Mobile Internet Now At “Critical Mass”
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CrunchGear