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3:40 AM ET, August 26, 2008

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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: CNET News.com
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?  —  As rumors continue to build of upcoming Apple product updates, more hints are starting to suggest that Apple will be holding a special event in September to launch these new products.  —  A rumor over the weekend originating from Kevin Rose claimed …
Discussion: Cult of Mac
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Amazon.com buys Shelfari, a startup for book lovers  —  Amazon.com is buying Shelfari, the Seattle social networking startup for book lovers, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  The deal comes about three weeks after Amazon.com acquired Victoria, B.C.-basedAbeBooks …
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Shelfari:
Shelfari joins the Amazon.com family
Discussion: TechCrunch
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
Preview the new FriendFeed design  —  We are happy to announce a new design for FriendFeed that makes it easier to read your feed and easier to get updates from the people you care about most.  —  We are launching the new design today in “beta” to get feedback from all of you before we flip …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
A tale of two Tetrises  —  Some sad news today from the world of iPhone software, as Noah Witherspoon, developer of the Tetris clone Tris, announced that he was pulling the game from the App Store due to legal threats from The Tetris Company, owner of the Tetris trademark.
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IEBlog:
IE8 and Privacy  —  As others have written here before, users should be in control of their information.  That's at the core of privacy.  Privacy has two aspects: disclosure and choice.  Disclosure means informing users in plain language about the data collected about them and how it's used.
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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 …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft invests in Net video company Move Networks  —  Microsoft has invested in Internet TV company Move Networks for an undisclosed sum, in a move to broaden the reach of its video streaming technology.  —  The investment comes roughly five months after the two companies struck a strategic partnership.
Bret Terrill / VentureBeat:
Developer Analytics: Facebook game Mob Wars making $22,000 a day  —  There's a Facebook game pulling in $22,000 a day and it's not an application from RockYou or Slide.  It's an independently developed game called Mob Wars, currently the 13th most popular app on Facebook.
Discussion: All Facebook
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 …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Ex-Yahoo execs take on brand ad network, raise funds  —  For the last six years, the multi-billion-dollar breadwinner of the online advertising business have been those well-placed text links that appear on Google and other search engines.  —  Now, executives and investors want the money …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Leaked Document Shows Verizon's Psyops Anti-iPhone Propaganda  —  Oh, deary deary me... Verizon's tactics to combat the JesusPhone 3G now include briefing its employees about the iPhone's failings, so they can answer customer questions about why it doesn't carry the device.
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: Crave, Engadget and Photography Bay
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Got $18,000?  Grab a Hasselblad camera while it's cheap  —  Is Hasselblad feeling some pressure from the more plebian realm of 35mm SLR cameras?  —  That's the thought I had when I got a promotional e-mail from the high-end camera maker offering a 31-megapixel H3D-II and an 80mm lens for $17,995 …
Discussion: Imaging Insider
 
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Facebook worm still spreading
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EA: We Might Be Talking To Take-Two, We Might Not. …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should release a touch-screen Mac
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