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Google Mobile Blog:
Gmail gets a new engine for iPhone and Android-powered devices  —  Today, we're thrilled to tell you about the improvements we've made to Gmail for mobile, running in the iPhone and Android web browser.  First, you'll notice that it's a lot faster when performing actions like opening an email, navigating, or searching.
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Alex Nicolaou / Google Code Blog:
HTML5 and WebKit pave the way for mobile web applications
Discussion: webmonkey, Thanks:atul
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:   Eight reasons why we still need an iPhone Gmail app
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive Apple iPhone 3.0 screenshots leak out  —  One of our trusty ninjas just blessed us with some exclusive iPhone 3.0 shots.  Things like detailing a video recording application, more settings options, an accessibility entry, and even showing that Apple could possibly be integrating voice dialing, too.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Video Recording Interface, Digital Compass, Voice Control and Auto-Focus Camera  —  Since the release of Apple's iPhone 3.0 beta firmware, users have been scouring the configuration files looking for evidence of future iPhone capabilities.  The possibility of video recording …
Sarah Radwanick / comScore Voices:
Twitter Traffic Explodes...And Not Being Driven by the Usual Suspects!  —  Twitter seems to be just about everywhere these days, infiltrating pop culture and challenging traditional communication channels as people answer the simple Twitter question, “What are you doing?”
Engineering Windows 7:
Delivering a quality upgrade experience  —  This is a little bit of a tricky post to write because we're going to be asking everyone using our Windows 7 Beta to help us out, but doing so is going to take a little time and require a bit of a commitment to helping test the next milestone.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
First screenshots of build Windows 7 build 7077 leak  —  As you can see above, screenshots of Windows 7 build 7077 have started to appear around the Web.  There are also reports that the 32-bit version has been leaked and is readily available on various websites.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Ina Fried / CNET News:   Windows 7 beta upgrade won't be easy
Julie Moos / Poynter Online:
Transcript of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Q&A at NAA  —  This is an unofficial transcript of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's brief question and answer session following his speech at the Newspaper Association of America convention.  It has been edited for clarity (incomplete sentences have been removed in places) …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Google's Schmidt To Newspaper Publishers: Don't ‘Piss Off’ Consumers  —  Someone called the appearance of Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt as the closing keynote for the annual meeting of newspaper publishers “a twist of fate.”  Poppycock.  It's as orchestrated as a routine on Dancing with the Stars.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Live From Google Campfire '09: Java Support Launches  —  We're here at the Google campfire event, where Google is celebrating the first birthday of App Engine and is planning planning to unveil new developer-related features.  The event is being held in Google's Building 43 instead …
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
ShoeMoney Sues Google Employee For AdWords Violations  —  The constant hunt for valuable Google AdWords keywords is akin to Search Engine Optimization - a dark magic that can become very lucrative for those that can figure out how to best their competitors.  It's also very competitive …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
BumpTop gives Windows desktop a much-needed makeover  —  Microsoft's Windows desktop isn't nearly as efficient at using space as a real desktop.  That's what Anand Agarawala concluded more than five years ago, when he began to study ways to create a better user interface for the screen that computer users stare at all day long.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
FBI Defends Disruptive Raids on Texas Data Centers  —  The FBI on Tuesday defended its raids on at least two data centers in Texas, in which agents carted out equipment and disrupted service to hundreds of businesses.  —  The raids were part of an investigation prompted by complaints from AT&T …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com: Don't blame us for Twitter problems  —  Twitter's much-discussed hiccups yesterday, including the disappearance of some user icons, had many people pointing the finger at Amazon.com.  Twitter uses Amazon's S3 web service for storing profile pictures, background pictures …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twhirl goes into a user feedback cocoon and is reborn as Seesmic Desktop  —  I'm here at Seesmic headquarters for the launch of Seesmic Desktop, the next step in the company's product offering.  Right now, the company offers Twhirl, which was one of the first third-party Twitter clients …
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Behind the Scenes of the Netbook Boom  —  The growth of the thin, Internet-centric computers known as netbooks has been a mixed blessing for computer and chip makers, as the low-cost devices are challenging already dismal profit margins.  But some companies are enjoying the emergence of this new category of computers.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Acer PC joins Nvidia's ‘Ion’ with Intel's Atom  —  Acer launched a PC Tuesday that attempts to bring PC-class performance to Atom-processor-based PCs.  —  The Acer AspireRevo is the first Atom-based PC from a major PC supplier to use Nvidia's Ion graphics, a chipset that packs GeForce 9400M graphics …
Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone is here  —  It's finally arrived - the all new Yahoo! Messenger for the iPhone application.  —  Now you can take the best of Yahoo! Messenger with you and stay in touch with friends through your iPhone or iPod Touch, no matter where you are.  —  A short demo video is included below.
comScore:
Tapulous's Tap Tap Revenge Has Been Downloaded by 1 out of 3 iTunes Application Users  —  comScore Apple App Store Report Enables Digital Marketers to Understand  —  Audience Size, Demographics and Online Behavior of iTunes App Installers  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Tech Beat and blogs.ft.com
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Microsoft Fires Back at Flash-Powered MLB.com  —  Microsoft was none too happy to hear Bob Bowman, CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, air dirty laundry in public yesterday.  Bowman gave a scathing interview to CNET, saying MLB “has an ongoing dispute with Microsoft …
Discussion: The Silverlight Blog and eWeek
CBS News:
Pentagon Bill To Fix Cyber Attacks: $100M  —  Money Spent On Manpower And Technology To Repair Damage From Attacks In Last 6 Months  —  (CBS/ AP) The Pentagon spent more than $100 million in the last six months responding to and repairing damage from cyber attacks and other computer network problems, military leaders said Tuesday.
Discussion: CNET News
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
YouTube, and Now We Do Too  —  Well, this is a day that has been a long time in coming.  The Library of Congress has been working for several months now so that we could “do YouTube right.”  When you're the stewards of the world's largest collection of audiovisual materials (some 6 million films …
Stephen D. Crocker / New York Times:
How the Internet Got Its Rules  —  TODAY is an important date in the history of the Internet: the 40th anniversary of what is known as the Request for Comments.  Outside the technical community, not many people know about the R.F.C.'s, but these humble documents shape the Internet's inner workings …
Discussion: Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard, Thanks:atul
Amol Sharma / Digits:
Silicon Valley Goes from Libertarian to Keynesian  —  By Amol Sharma and Vishesh Kumar  —  The venture capital community is feeling some culture shock as it prepares to go after billions in government stimulus funds for tech and telecom startups.  —  While the lion's share of the federal largesse …
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:atul
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Tech Idols' Teenage Dreams  —  The passions of computer millionaires have everything but the pimples.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—Technology is a young man's game, but not in having the revolutionary ideas or making world-beating companies almost on the fly.  The kids get the attention there, but plenty of graybeards help them out.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo's plan: create community from isolated sites  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Like nearly 200 million other people around the world, Yahoo Inc co-founder David Filo has a Facebook account.  —  But if Filo and new CEO Carol Bartz have their way, the kinds of social networking features available …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Tim Armstrong Starts at AOL-His Entire 100-Day-Countdown-To-Magic Memo!  —  Former Google (GOOG) exec Tim Armstrong officially started his job as new AOL chairman and CEO today and sent out a hello-there memo to the troops.  —  According to Armstrong, he is poised to “bring back the magic of AOL.”
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
16% of teens, 30% of professionals plan to buy iPhones  —  Two surveys released Tuesday, one of American teenagers, the other of professionals and early adopters, show interest in Apple's (AAPL) iPhone holding steady despite increased competition from Research in Motion (RIMM), Google (GOOG) and Palm (PALM).
Discussion: Macworld, SiliconBeat and Macsimum News
 
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1
Discussion: Ars Technica
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
iTunes' New Pricing Structure Is a Band-Aid
Discussion: TheFeed
Andreas Ehn / Spotify:
Spotify opens its doors to developers
Discussion: CNET News and Electricpig.co.uk, Thanks:agaton
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
The Atlantic Plans To Use Acquisitions To Build Web Traffic
Josh Hawkins / Brightcove Blog:
Newspaper Online Video Surges on Consumer Demand
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
DoubleTwist raises $5M to help you manage your music and more
Forbes:
Sun's Six Biggest Mistakes
Discussion: The Register
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
India Charges 9 After Inquiry of Outsourcing Company
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
introducing the boxee API
Discussion: Ars Technica, webmonkey, Obsessable and Gadgetell, Thanks:omfut
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Coming Next: Using Your PC as a Cable Box
Discussion: Engadget HD and NewTeeVee