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Bing:
bringing a bit of twitter to bing  —  There has been much discussion of real-time search and the premium on immediacy of data that has been created primarily by Twitter.  We've been watching this phenomenon with great interest, and listening carefully to what consumers really want in this space.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Bing Now Shows Some Twitter Updates  —  Microsoft is dipping its toes into the hot new area of real-time search.  The company said Wednesday that Bing, the search engine it unveiled a month ago, would begin including the latest output of popular Twitter users in its search results.
Arn / MacRumors:
Haptic Feedback, Fingerprint Identification, and RFID Tag Readers in Future iPhones?  —  Apple has let loose a number of revealing new patent applications that cover some interesting technologies that could be used in future iPhones.  —  Haptic Tactile Feedback
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Rate Your Karaoke Singing on Your iPhone?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
No to SQL?  Anti-database movement gains steam  —  But can enterprises take open-source alternatives Hadoop, Voldemort seriously?  —  Computerworld - The meet-up in San Francisco last month had a whiff of revolution about it, like a latter-day techie version of the American Patriots planning the Boston Tea Party.
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
PC makers voluntarily supply Web filter in China  —  BEIJING -  —  Several PC makers were including controversial Internet-filtering software with computers shipped in China on Thursday despite a government decision to postpone its plan to make such a step mandatory.
Discussion: Mashable!
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CHINAdaily:
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Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Chinese ‘to go ahead with net filter’
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Child Porn Is Apple's Latest iPhone Headache (Updated)  —  (Updates with Apple pulling the application Thursday)  —  A photo ostensibly showing a 15-year-old nude girl has turned up in an iPhone app, highlighting Apple's inability to safeguard its application store from prohibited content.
Electronista:
Apple already dropping NVIDIA chips?  —  Apple and NVIDIA may be engaged in a fierce dispute that could exclude NVIDIA graphics chips from future Macs, according to sources reportedly aware of the talks.  They claim to SemiAccurate that Apple views NVIDIA's proposals for renewed deals as …
Joe Hewitt / Facebook:
Facebook for iPhone 3.0  —  Facebook for iPhone 3.0 is coming very soon.  I can't predict an exact date when I will submit to Apple, but I can say that I am about 98% done.  So what's new in this update?  —  1. The “new” News Feed  —  2. Like  —  3. Events (including the ability to RSVP)
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft's FAT patents  —  Microsoft's recent lawsuit against TomTom, alleging infringement of filesystem patents, has left many questions unanswered about the legal implications of distributing open source implementations of Microsoft's FAT filesystem.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
The library that never closes  —  The Open Library hopes to unite the net and the printed word by creating a web page for every book.  Bobbie Johnson talks to the audacious project's leader  —  The internet's relationship with books, it is fair to say, has been a tumultuous one.
Discussion: Telegraph and TeleRead
Paul Boutin / New York Times:
A Day With 400 Tweets Starts With Simplicity  —  Bonnie Smalley has Internet bragging rights: She has been blocked by Twitter for hand-typing too many tweets in an hour.  They thought she was a computer program made to spew spam.  —  Ms. Smalley, it turns out, is a 100 percent human customer service representative for Comcast.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Gmail Blog:
Labels: drag and drop, hiding, and more  —  A few months ago Gmail got some new buttons and keyboard shortcuts to make labeling easier, especially for those of you accustomed to that familiar folder feel.  Now we're making some more changes to Gmail's labeling toolkit.  —  1) New location for labels
Tom Cook / Facebook:
Hammering Usernames  —  Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) at Facebook is always under pressure to keep the site and all the moving pieces behind the scenes running while still delivering an excellent user experience.  The recent launch of usernames to our 200 million active users on a single night …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:jesse
Cade Metz / The Register:
Bing finds meaning in Powerset  —  Well, at least a little  —  Free whitepaper - eDiscovery best practices  —  Powerset's semantic obsession is already working its way into Bing's primary search engine, helping to suss out the meaning behind end-user queries, generate captions for query results, and suggest related queries.
Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
AMD preps RS880 integrated graphics  —  WITH THE ADVENT of Windows 7 and just before delivering its first DX11 GPU to the world, AMD is also preparing to squeeze out a brand new integrated package, according to certain mainboard partner roadmaps.  —  Designated the RS880 …
Discussion: Engadget
Richard Wray / Guardian:
O2 wins Palm Pre exclusive  —  Network already has Apple's iPhone and move would strengthen its position in UK smartphone market  —  American gadget group Palm will next week confirm that it has signed a deal with O2 which will see the mobile phone network become the exclusive UK partner for its eagerly awaited Palm Pre handset.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Coke, Pepsi Make Nice on Twitter  —  Amnesia Razorfish Promotes ‘Public Hug’  —  Yes, even hardcore rivals can be social-media friends (or followers, at least).  Earlier today Amnesia Razorfish launched an experiment to see if it could get the cola brands to follow each other on Twitter.
Discussion: Amnesia Blog
Chris Kelly / Facebook Blog:
Improving Sharing Through Control, Simplicity and Connection  —  The power to share is the cornerstone of Facebook.  Privacy and the tools for tailoring what information is shared with whom are at the heart of trust.  Over the past five years, Facebook has learned that effective privacy is grounded in three basic principles:
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Connect Is A Huge Success — By The Numbers  —  As much as Beacon was Facebook's low point, that service's replacement, Facebook Connect, is vaulting the company to new heights six months after its November 2008 launch.  —  CEO Mark Zuckerberg occasionally hints …
Thanks:atul
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Facebook Activism: Lots of Clicks, but Little Sticks  —  ‘Click-Through Activism’ Broad but Fleeting  —  Facebook activism, the trendy process by which we do good by clicking often, was in its full glory last week after the death of Iranian student Neda Agha Soltan, killed by gunfire in the streets of Tehran.
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
HP 12C Financial Calculator for iPhone  —  Full functionality of the physical HP-12C calculator, but faster and shinier  —  Back in my previous life, I was a Finance guy—that's what my undergraduate degree is in, and that's how I made my living for many years.
Discussion: Snarkmarket
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Craigslist Sued For Trademark Based On Listing  —  In what appears to be a first, listings site Craigslist has been sued for trademark infringement based on ads posted by users.  —  The lawsuit was brought by Texas real estate company First Call Properties, which alleges that it began advertising …
Discussion: Techdirt
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Once Again, Twitter Trending Topics Polluted By Spam (Or Not)  —  Really curious to find out how this is done exactly, but someone somewhere has managed to change a real trending topic on Twitter - #MrsSlocombe - into something childish, as you can tell from the screenshot above.
Discussion: Mashable!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
comScore: Russians Spend More Time On Social Networks Than The Rest Of World  —  comScore has aggregated some data based on its World Metrix audience measurement service and put together a study on social networking worldwide.  Surprisingly, it appears that the Russians are more engaged …
Google Enterprise Blog:
Improvements to Google Apps contacts  —  Today, we're happy to announce updates to contacts in Google Apps: new features that many of our enterprise customers have been asking for.  —  For starters, we've launched a new API that, when combined with the existing shared contacts API …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Companies pledge more openness about Web tracking  —  Companies that track consumer behavior online for advertising purposes are vowing to make their practices more transparent and to give people a way to decline being shadowed.  —  It's unclear how much of an effect the new policies will have.
Discussion: Mashable!
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Upgrading the Computer History Museum  —  The Silicon Valley institution is beginning an ambitious effort to improve the way it tells the story of computing and of such tech pioneers as HP, Apple, and Google  —  The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., is a geek's paradise.
Brad Ideas:
Design for a universal plug  —  I've written before about both the desire for universal dc power and more simply universal laptop power at meeting room desks.  This week saw the announcement that all the companies selling cell phones in Europe will standardize on a single charging connector, based on micro-USB.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Popular Facebook App Has Been Broken Or Exploited For Days.  —  Twitter has long had an official Facebook application that allows users to update their Facebook status with tweets.  It's quite useful for those of us who don't want to have to spend all day updating multiple services with the same messages.
Mark Scott / Business Week:
Pirate Bay's Weird New Business Plan  —  The new owner of the swashbuckling Swedish peer-to-peer outfit will bundle up the collective Internet bandwidth of its users and resell it to ISPs  —  When the founders of file-sharing Web site Pirate Bay were given a year's prison sentence in April …
 
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Dan Monzelowsky / Socialgeist:
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