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9:20 AM ET, August 6, 2008

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Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Announcing Google Insights for Search  —  In June, we updated Google Trends with numbers and the ability to download results to a spreadsheet.  We received a lot of great feedback from agencies and advertisers on how they're using the new version; from identifying new growth markets to optimizing their Google AdWords campaigns.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Expands Trend Tracking With “Insights For Search”  —  Google has just written a blog post introducing “Insights for Search”, an extension to its Google Trends and AdWords products that allows users to track keywords across different verticals, geographic locations, and time periods.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Insights For Search Launches  —  Google has launched Google Insights for Search, a tool that helps advertisers and marketers understand searcher behavior.  The tool offers a comprehensive set of statistics based on search volume and patters.  You can compare seasonal trends …
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Should You Pay Twice as Much for a Mac?  —  [Editor's Note: This is companion to another post at Microsoft Watch telling a different story from the same NPD data.]  —  On Saturday, I got to wondering about Mac versus Windows PC pricing after seeing two HP notebooks on sale at the local Target.
chrisbrogan.com:
When Google Owns You  —  Nick Saber isn't happy now.  Monday afternoon, after lunch, Nick came back from lunch to find out that he couldn't get into his Gmail account.  Further, he couldn't get into anything that Google made (beside search) where his account credentials once worked.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The First $1000 iPhone Application  —  iPhone developer Armin Heinrich has released an application for the iPhone with two noteworthy characteristics:  —  1) Its primary function is to display a handsome glowing red jewel on your iPhone's screen:  —  2) It sells on Apple's App Store for $999.99 …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's iPhone-App-Approval Mouse Falls Off Treadmill: Buy …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
A $999.99 joke iPhone app? Apple, wake up or grow up
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Search Appliance gets bigger, better, stores 10M docs in a box  —  The Google Search Appliance, which can make all of a company's data accessible through through a simple Google search interface, is getting an upgrade.  There are a bunch of improvements being announced …
The How-To Geek / Lifehacker:
Debunking Common Windows Performance Tweaking Myths  —  As a tech writer, one of my biggest pet peeves is the plethora of bad advice littered across almost every web site dedicated to system tweaking.  Besides the tweaks that simply don't work, some of them will actually cause your computer to run even slower—or worse.
Discussion: Bleeding Edge and Digg
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast Buys DailyCandy For $125 Million*  —  As previously reported, Comcast (CMCSA) was indeed interested in buying DailyCandy.  But they ended up paying much more than the $75 million we head about earlier this month — the cable company is paying Bob Pittman's Pilot Group Ventures $125 million …
Jay Lyman / 451 CAOS Theory:
LinuxWorld 2008 - nobody cares  —  There are certain phrases that we tend to hear a lot from vendors — ‘enterprise-class, best of breed, customer choice,’ etc.  However, I was repeatedly hearing somewhat surprising phrases as I made the rounds at LinuxWorld this year: 'We don't care, customers don't care, no one cares ..."
Discussion: Network World
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Which Facebook Applications Really Are the Most Engaging?  A Look at MAU & MAU%.  —  Given that yesterday was the last day that total active installs and daily active users were published for the directory, Inside Facebook has combined that data with Facebook's newly released monthly active user data …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Venture capital investing: What's next?  —  For the past two years, venture capitalists have been betting on social media start-ups with an enthusiasm reminiscent of the dot-com heyday.  —  Now that the economic downturn has somewhat cooled early stage investing, some venture capitalists …
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Lost laptop found in SFO office  —  (08-05) 15:37 PDT SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — A laptop containing personal information on 33,000 travelers enrolled in a fast pass program at San Francisco International Airport turned up Tuesday in the same airport office from which it had been reported missing more than a week ago.
Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports Second-Quarter 2008 Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX - News) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2008.  —  Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes said: “I'm pleased by the overall performance …
Smashing Magazine:
7 Essential Guidelines For Functional Design  —  Look at what you've made.  Beautiful, isn't it?  But does it work?  For whom does it work?  Of course you can use it, but can anyone else?  In short, is it functional?  —  At the heart of every piece of practical design, whether it be a website …
Discussion: PSFK
 
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Pioneer Produces 500GB Blu-ray Disc
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and Engadget
Om Malik / Business Week:
Standing Out in a Sea of Storage Startups
Discussion: GigaOM
Cameron Christoffers / TechCrunch:
TicketStumbler Aggregates Secondary Ticket Search
Mark Valledor / PlayStation.Blog:
LittleBigPlanet: Pre-order Goodness
Discussion: I4U News, Kotaku and videogaming247
Bill Ray / The Register:
MySpace elbows into the Cloud
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Going Back to School: Picking Up Where Facebook Left Off
Maths / Music 2.0:
Google Finally Launches MP3 Search in China
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Revised Tally Increases ‘No’ Votes for Yahoo Directors
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
E-Mail Hacking Case Could Redefine Online Privacy
John Markoff / New York Times:
Russian Gang Hijacking PCs in Vast Scheme
MarketWatch:
IBM, Canonical/Ubuntu, Novell, Red Hat to Deliver Microsoft-Free Desktops Worldwide
MacNN:
Apple Granted Patents for Speech Synthesis, MacBook, a New iPhone Dock, more
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Olympics One Box Results
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Your Vision of the Future of the Web? Mozilla Wants to Know
Laura DiDio / Yankee Group:
Apple Bites Back with Increased Corporate Presence and Virtualization Role