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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?”
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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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Eight reasons we still need an iPhone Gmail app  —  Tuesday's release of a much-improved Web client for Gmail on the iPhone and Android handsets was nice, but it's still got me salivating at the idea of a native application for the iPhone.  Over the last year we've hounded the Gmail team …
Discussion: IntoMobile
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Live From Google Campfire '09: Java Support Launches  —  For the rest of the videos, visit the archive here.  —  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.
Discussion: eWeek, The Register, CNET News and Latest Geek Stuff, Thanks:atul
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The Official Google Blog:
New features and an early look at Java for App Engine  —  Scarcity brings clarity, and many companies are taking important steps to adjust to today's economic climate.  At Google, we've started changing the way we build and release products.  —  In the past six months alone we've launched nearly 50 projects …
Google App Engine Blog:
Seriously this time, the new language on App Engine: Java™
Discussion: eWeek and Google Code Blog, Thanks:atul
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 …
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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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Can the AP Out-Google Google?  —  To compete with what it deems Google's “misappropriation” of its news, the Associated Press wants to fight back by building its own news aggregator  —  The Associated Press is hopping mad over what it calls “misappropriation” of its content online.
Thanks:atul
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: ithinkdifferrent and Neowin.net
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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.
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.
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yet another Googler leaves: Singh Cassidy joins Accel Partners  —  The exodus from Google continues at a torrid pace.  —  Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Google's president for Asia-Pacific (APAC) & Latin American Operations, has left the company to join Accel Partners, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm …
Discussion: BoomTown, Bits and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Sun Board to Meet, Discuss Next Steps in IBM Acquisition Attempt  —  Talks involving Sun's lawyers and executives — including Chairman and co-founder Scott McNealy, CEO Jonathan Schwartz and the board members — have been tabled since the weekend but will resume today.
Discussion: Mercury News and Storage Station
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Forbes:
Sun's Six Biggest Mistakes
Discussion: The Register
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twhirl goes into a user feedback cocoon and is reborn as Seesmic Desktop  —  I'm here at headquarters of San Francisco video blogging company Seesmic for the launch of Seesmic Desktop, the next step in the company's product offering.  —  The product is a revaming of the popular Twhirl …
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 …
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 …
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.”
Discussion: paidContent.org
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Justin.tv integrates with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace  —  Justin.tv, a live video streaming site, has announced a new feature which integrates its chat interface with Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.  Site founder Justin Kan says the integration is aimed at leveraging users' status updates …
Discussion: CNET News
Dan Nystedt / LinuxWorld.com:
Intel sets launch of Moorestown, new Moblin Linux at 2010  —  The new chip platform had been on for a launch as early as this year but it's now confirmed for next year  —  Intel revealed more details about the future launch of its Moorestown chip platform at the Intel Developer Forum …
Discussion: Intel and Engadget
Dana Wollman / LAPTOP Mag:
Acer Unveils 11.6-inch Aspire One, Affordable Aspire Timeline Series  —  Greetings from the Liberty Science Center.  A few members of the LAPTOP team are here, where Acer just announced more than 20 products. the mobile ones included 11.6-inch and 10.1-inch netbooks, two lines of Gateway notebooks, two Acer lines, and a nettop.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Liliputing
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Siemens Makes Offer for Nortel Units  —  Nokia Siemens Networks, seeking a bigger foothold in the U.S. market, has offered to buy large pieces of Nortel Networks Corp., including much of its profitable carrier networks unit and a research unit developing a next-generation wireless technology …
 
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CBS News:
Pentagon Bill To Fix Cyber Attacks: $100M
Discussion: CNET News
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1
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Amol Sharma / Digits:
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Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:atul
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Tech Idols' Teenage Dreams
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo's plan: create community from isolated sites
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
16% of teens, 30% of professionals plan to buy iPhones
Discussion: Macworld, SiliconBeat and Macsimum News
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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
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
DoubleTwist raises $5M to help you manage your music and more
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Microsoft Fires Back at Flash-Powered MLB.com
Discussion: eWeek and The Silverlight Blog