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12:25 PM 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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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Insights For Search Launches
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Expands Trend Tracking With “Insights For Search”
Discussion: LEWIS 360°
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's New Tool Is Meant for Marketers
Discussion: MarketingShift
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Bewkes confirms AOL split  —  Time Warner will indeed split its AOL access and media units starting next year, CEO Jeff Bewkes confirmed in a release announcing the company's second-quarter earnings.  —  It's the first time the executive has confirmed the split, though it's been widely talked about for months.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL officially split, but revenue tumbles and ad sales anemic  —  When you have something like Batman: The Dark Knight to talk about it's safe to say that Time Warner doesn't want to yap a whole lot about AOL.  There's a good reason for that: AOL revenue fell 16 percent in the second quarter …
Discussion: Mashable!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The $125 Million-Sweet DailyCandy Revenge of Bob “Pitchman”
Discussion: CNET News.com
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cable Unit Boosts Time Warner's Earnings
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance and TG Daily
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.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Vista PCs: These Prices Are Insane!
Discussion: DailyTech
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results  — Stable post-paid ARPU, driven by the success of Simply Everything(TM) with high value customers, and lower operating expense drive $87 million sequential improvement to Consolidated Adjusted OIBDA* of $2.1 billion
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint-Nextel: Another Rough Quarter As Customers Flee
Discussion: TG Daily
Associated Press:
Sprint Nextel Reports a Loss as Revenue Falls
Discussion: Open Source
Jibi / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: BlackBerry 8220 - Pictures of Red Kickstart  —  While these are images from the upcoming BlackBerry 8220 device simulator, these images show what the red-colored BlackBerry flip-phone will look like.  This device is starting to look better and better since the first leaked pictures surfaced …
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Confirms Vote Error, Yang and Bostock Not Liked So Much After All  —  Yahoo has confirmed that a ‘tabulation error’ occurred in the shareholder vote count conducted by Broadridge Financial Solutions, the independent firm hired to do the job.  Turns out, just over half of the shareholders felt …
Discussion: WebProNews
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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.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Which Facebook Applications Really Are the Most Engaging?  A Look at MAU & MAU%.  —  Facebook updated application engagement stats published in the directory yesterday, changing the published engagement metric for applications from daily active users to monthly active users, and removing the active % altogether.
Discussion: Facebook Developers
Maths / Music 2.0:
Google Finally Launches MP3 Search in China  —  So finally, the much talked about Google MP3 Search service is here at www.google.cn/music  —  And it's certainly game on as they take on Baidu's very illegal mp3 search with legal links from its search results provided by local music service Top 100.cn …
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
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
iTunes Still Number 1 Music Vendor; Amazon?  Gaining Some Ground  —  The latest NPD figures on music sales are out for the first half of 2008, and as you might expect, Apple's iTunes is still in the top spot, but what's interesting is who's in fourth place: Amazon.  Here's the top five:  —  1) iTunes
Discussion: last100 and Digital Daily
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco Telepresence: Coming to a home near you (someday)  —  Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers can barely keep quiet about the company's Telepresence video effort, a high-end video conferencing system, but on the company's fourth quarter conference call he was especially chatty.
Graham Keeley / Guardian:
Cybercrime: Spanish hacker jailed for sending out ex-manager's private emails  —  A hacker has been jailed for two years in Spain for revealing hundreds of private emails written by a former colleague.  The emails, which were taken from the former manager's work computer, divulged details of his sex life.
Discussion: The Register
Vishesh Kumar / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Sets Deal to Buy Daily Candy  —  Comcast Corp. has struck a deal to acquire Daily Candy, an email fashion and culture newsletter aimed at women.  Comcast is paying $125 million for the property, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  With 2.5 million readers …
Discussion: MediaFile, MarketingVOX and Lost Remote
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast Buys DailyCandy For $125 Million*
 
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