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10:20 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.
Discussion: LEWIS 360°
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.
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 …
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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
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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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 …
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Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports Second-Quarter 2008 Results
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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
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 …
AppleInsider:
Romania, Philippines, Hungary on tap for Aug 22 iPhone 3G launch  —  The iPhone will make its way to Romania, the Philippines, and Hungary during the second phase of Apple's international iPhone 3G rollout later this month, local carriers announced on Wednesday.  —  Romania
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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