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8:30 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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Technovia and Microsoft Watch
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs on MobileMe: the full e-mail  —  Ever since our report last night on an internal e-mail sent by Steve Jobs about the botched launch of MobileMe, we have received an outpouring of requests for the full text of the e-mail.  Although we originally weren't comfortable publishing the entire thing …
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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 …
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Your Vision of the Future of the Web?  Mozilla Wants to Know  —  Everything's changing on the internet these days, so it's as good a time as any to make some drastic changes to the way we interact with it too.  Mozilla Labs has put out a call for anyone in the world to share their vision …
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 …
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.
Om Malik / Business Week:
Standing Out in a Sea of Storage Startups  —  It isn't easy for online storage companies to break through and cash in.  Winners will learn to layer storage with more valuable services  —  Online storage companies pop up more frequently than mushrooms after a downpour in Southern France.
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 …
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Eleven charged in massive ID theft scheme  —  The arrested people are being charged with perpetrating some of the largest data breaches in U.S. history  —  Eleven people have been charged or indicted in a massive identity theft and computer fraud scheme involving some of the largest data breaches …
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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 …
 
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Pioneer Produces 500GB Blu-ray Disc
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and Engadget
The How-To Geek / Lifehacker:
Debunking Common Windows Performance Tweaking Myths
Discussion: Bleeding Edge and Digg
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
Discussion: CNET News.com, Reuters and hypebot
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Revised Tally Increases ‘No’ Votes for Yahoo Directors
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Michael Singer / InformationWeek:
Google Says Android's Fine, No Need To Join LiMo
Discussion: AndroidGuys
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
E-Mail Hacking Case Could Redefine Online Privacy
John Markoff / New York Times:
Russian Gang Hijacking PCs in Vast Scheme
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Docstoc Launches Private Document Monitoring and Reporting
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
3G iPhone users experience carrier error with 2.0.1 update
MacNN:
Apple Granted Patents for Speech Synthesis, MacBook, a New iPhone Dock, more
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Olympics One Box Results
Laura DiDio / Yankee Group:
Apple Bites Back with Increased Corporate Presence and Virtualization Role