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10:05 AM ET, August 26, 2008

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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Buys Shelfari and its Innovative UI  —  Shelfari, a small book sharing startup, was acquired today by Amazon (an existing investor in the company).  Shelfari is known for its innovative user interface, something which we've discussed a few times on ReadWriteWeb.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon Acquires Shelfari: Moves To Corner Book-Centric Social Networks  —  Shelfari, a social network for bibliophiles, has been acquired by Amazon for an undisclosed amount.  Amazon has been a longtime supporter of the Seattle based startup, having invested $1 million in the site in February 2007.
Discussion: Profy and WebProNews
Shelfari:
Shelfari joins the Amazon.com family
Discussion: Mashable! and CNET News.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If Amazon Really Wants To Get Serious About The Kindle...  More rumors about the new Kindle are emerging, which we first wrote about on July 15.  The first device will have a similar sized screen as the existing model but will have a much enhanced form factor.
Jennifer Liu / The Official Google Blog:
At a loss for words?  —  Have you ever been stumped in finding the right words to search for?  Back when I was planning my wedding, I had a list of wedding songs in mind, but the problem was that I couldn't remember any of the artist names or song titles.  So I started typing …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google.com Finally Gets Google Suggest Feature  —  After being in testing for literally years, Google Suggest is finally coming to Google.com.  This is the feature where as you start to type in the search box, related searches automatically appear below where you are typing.
Discussion: Inquirer
AndroidGuys:
No More Speculation - This is the G1 from T-Mobile  —  It's time to put this rumor to bed once and for all.  We've seen a handful of mockups online these last few weeks guessing as to what the first Android handset is going to look like.  We even saw a video that divided many fanboys, including us AndroidGuys.
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Vincent Nguyen / Android Community:
Android-powered T-Mobile G1 Engineering drawings!
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and SlashPhone
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Opinion: Why Google has lost its mojo — and why you should care  —  Computerworld) Google has gone from innovative upstart to fat-and-happy industry leader in what seems like record time.  Put simply, the search giant has lost its mojo.  That's good news for Microsoft …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
College Sophomore Sells His iPhone App To Flixster  —  Movie focused social network Flixster acquired a popular iPhone application called Movies.app (iTunes link) last week, and has re-released the application this evening.  As far as we know, this is the first acquisition of an iPhone app.
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumor: Apple Event for September 9th  —  The rumored iPod Zune, captured in grainy black and white, of course  —  Kevin Rose is teasing Apple fans again.  Just a day after blogging about an Apple Event for new iPod nanos, a less expensive iPod touch, and iTunes 8, he has now set a date.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Event for September 9th?
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
For Andreessen and Horowitz, it's gotta be Qik  —  Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen and longtime business partner Ben Horowitz are teaming up again, this time to invest in Qik, which lets users stream live video from their mobile phone.  —  Andreessen, co-founder and chairman …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
As Facebook hits 100 million user mark, twenty percent have already opted in to the redesign  —  Will Facebook users like the redesign?  The company made a big gamble in changing the interface to focus on feeds — it's a move that many in the “early adopter” crowd liked (including myself).
Discussion: FaceReviews, ReadWriteWeb and Valleywag
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Canon EOS 50D Official: 15-Megapixel Prosumer DSLR Is First With Digic 4 Processor  —  Canon's EOS 50D probably isn't the DSLR you were praying they would unveil at Photokina, but it does fill a gaping hole in their lineup between the low-end prosumer 40D and semi-pro 5D.
Discussion: Electronista, Crave and Engadget
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
MapQuest inches toward modernity  —  In talking to Mark Law, the new VP of product development for AOL's MapQuest, I was surprised to learn how powerful the service still is.  To my mind the formerly leading mapping system is a trailing contender against Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Ask.com …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL Seeks Directions For A MapQuest Facelift
Discussion: Mashable!
MacNN:
Apple pulls free Tetris clone from iTunes  —  Apple's legal machine has turned its sights on an independent developer, a college student responsible for an iPhone Tetris clone called Tris, who is conceding to the company's removal of the game from the App Store.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
XIHA Life: A Social Network For Multilinguists  —  XIHA Life, a site that calls itself “the world's first truly multilingual social network”, has launched in the United States.  The site is geared towards multilingual users who feel constrained by the single language networks offered by sites like Facebook …
Discussion: Mashable!
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Hi5 goes mobile: It's a bigger deal than you think  —  The biggest social networks, like Facebook and MySpace, have operated mobile sites since long before anyone had seen an iPhone.  Medium-sized ones are still warming up to it: Hi5, a San Francisco-based company that counts its biggest following …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and Webware.com
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
Business Uses for Twitter  —  This past week, Chris Brogan wrote a very concise and useful post on how to use Twitter for business.  —  In it, you will find ideas on creating an account, topics to consider for the medium, a check on Twittetiquette, and an assessment of both the minuses and the pluses of having a Twitter presence.
Steve Johnson / Mercury News:
Facebook cuts off Scrabulous after legal complaint  —  EXCEPT INDIA, WHERE COURT CASE PENDING  —  Already blocked from Facebook users in the United States and Canada, “Scrabulous” — the online imitation of the popular Scrabble board game — has been yanked by Facebook in all other countries except India …
Discussion: p2pnet
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Nielsen: ‘Obama text’ reached 2.9 million
Discussion: textually.org
Jim Kerstetter / Webware.com:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Bret Terrill / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: All Facebook
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