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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
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Gmail labels get higher placement, drag-and-drop
Discussion: Macworld and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Grows “Uncomfortable” With The Use Of The Word Tweet In Applications (Updated)  —  We were just forwarded an e-mail conversation between a Twitter API team member and a third-party developer because the latter was using a UI for its web-based service that was admittedly very similar to Twitter's web application.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GDGT Launches For Non Stop Gadget Action  —  Last summer we broke the news that Engadget editor-in-chief Ryan Block would team with former editor-in-chief Peter Rojas to create a new gadget startup.  Today that new startup, GDGT, launches.  Gadget lovers rejoice - this is a social site …
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Ryan / gdgt:
So, here we are  —  So, here we are  —  It's taken a little while for us to get here, but we're very happy to be finally unveiling gdgt to the world.  So what is it?  —  Well, for starters it's the gadget site we've always wanted.  We both love devices and spend an insane amount …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Went Wrong With Joost?  —  Joost, a much-vaunted online video startup, today announced that it will offer a white-label video hosting platform, thus entering a crowded market littered with the carcasses of other failed video hosts.  The company is also losing its famous chief executive …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 3.1 Features: Better Video Editing, Voice Control Over Bluetooth, And More  —  Now that the iPhone OS 3.1 SDK (and accompanying beta firmware) is out in the wild, new features are showing their faces.  The update improves video editing and app integration, Voice Control over Bluetooth and a slew of minor tweaks.
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QuickPWN:
What's new in iPhone OS 3.1 beta?  —  Apple recently released iPhone OS 3.1 beta firmware and SDK to developers.  Unless you're a developer I recommend you to not download this firmware and wait for the final 3.1 firmware to be released.  Apple hasn't announced when iPhone OS 3.1 will be released …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Marvel At the Ingenuity of the Chinese iPhoney, iPhone Knockoffs Now Near Perfect … Counterfeit iPhones have come a long way.  They're now almost identical to original iPhones, fooling bargain hunters on sites like eBay.  —  Look at the video below from Dana Stibolt, founder of MacMedics …
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
Listening to Mr iPhone  —  By any measure, he is among the most important figures in technology of the last decade, a major influence on the way we use and interact with computers and mobile phones, a British designer who ranks with the Conrans and the Dysons.
Reuters:
Microsoft's Bing search wins share from Google  —  LONDON/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's new Bing search engine gained U.S. market share in its first month in operation but still trails dominant rival Google Inc, according to data released on Wednesday.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Live Blog: The Facebook Privacy Conference Call  —  This morning Facebook is holding a conference call/web share for press outlining changes the site is making to its privacy options.  Facebook hasn't given us much of a heads up as to exactly what they'll be changing, but there's a good chance …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:   Facebook cleans up its privacy controls
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Suspicions of Insider Trading Surround Pirate Bay Buyers  —  Confidence and trust in the BitTorrent community reached a possible all-time low yesterday as news broke that the world's largest tracker, The Pirate Bay, would be sold to the corporate Global Gaming Factory X (GGF).
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
What happened to Research In Motion and where are they going?  —  I want to start this off by saying I have nothing but love for RIM the company.  Probably my favorite tech corporation in the world, they've created an incredibly unique product that practically replaces the need for drugs for most people.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA triumphs in Usenet copyright case  —  The Recording Industry Association of America has prevailed in its copyright fight against Usenet.com, according to court documents.  —  In a decision that hands the RIAA an overwhelming victory, U.S. District Judge Harold Baer ruled in favor …
Zodttd / Zod's Blog:
Palm Pre gets some Playstation action!  —  I have recently purchased a Palm Pre.  —  Naturally the first thing I did was root/jailbreak the device.  Second thing I did?  Well I threw my Sony Playstation 1 project, psx4all on it!  —  The Palm Pre uses some of the same hardware as the iPhone 3GS …
The Official Google Blog:
Toolbar, now with advanced translation  —  If you saw this text on a webpage, how would you figure out what it means?  —  You would likely need to translate manually via our language tools or in Toolbar.  Today we're excited to announce that translations will be even easier with the newest release …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Morgan Stanley: Mac shipments on the rise  —  According to Morgan Stanley's Kathryn Huberty, Apple (AAPL) is the computer maker with the “most upside” as the PC market begins to stabilize after the dismal first quarter of 2009.  —  There's some good news for Hewlett Packard (HPQ) and Dell …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Report: Microsoft chooses ad agency for Pink phone campaign  —  AdWeek is reporting that Microsoft has selected ad agency McCann Erickson to develop its campaign fo the Microsoft “Pink Project.”  —  (McCann was bidding for the Pink account against Crispin Porter, the Seinfeld/Laptop Hunters ad folks …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
4.7 million Firefox 3.5 downloads ... and counting!  —  It's not been 24 hours yet, and Mozilla's Firefox 3.5 web browser has been downloaded over 4.7 million times.  —  You can keep an eye on the download stats here.  —  It doesn't look like Mozilla will beat the world record set …
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
LogMeIn's IPO Prices At $16/Share As Second Quarter Closes  —  Only three venture-backed companies went public in the year's first half, which ends today.  The bright side?  The third quarter will open up tomorrow with a bang, as LogMeIn Inc. is set to become the fourth such company to hold an IPO in the past six weeks.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Following and Followers Page Improvements  —  When you click on the Following and Followers links from your Twitter home page, you'll notice that we've upgraded the design of these pages and added features.  Instead of a basic list, there are now actions you can perform that provide a better overall experience.
Chris Kanaracus / InfoWorld:
Oracle launches Fusion Middleware 11g  —  Oracle delivers updates to four components of its long-simmering Fusion Middleware 11g portfolio, which is the foundation of its next-generation Fusion Applications  —  Oracle will unveil a major chunk of Fusion Middleware 11g …
Google Enterprise Blog:
Q2 2009 Spam Trends  —  Editor's Note: The spam data cited in this post is drawn from the network of Google email security and archiving services, powered by Postini, which provide email security to more than 50,000 organizations, including businesses of all sizes, government agencies, and educational institutions.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Extreme Makeover Confirmed With the Hiring of a New Global Marketing Exec  —  Last week, BoomTown posted a detailed piece on Yahoo's plans for a massive rebranding and marketing push, which included the hiring of outside consultant Penny Baldwin (pictured here), who was a former top exec at Young & Rubicam.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gilt Groupe Raising $40 Million At A Huge Valuation  —  Who says the Internet is dead?  —  Our crack investigative reporting team has learned that Gilt Groupe, a New York-based private-sale ecommerce company, has signed a term sheet with General Atlantic and Matrix to raise about $40 million at about a $400 million valuation.
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Hello realtime - Cognitive Match raises a Series A from Dawn Capital
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Is Orkut in Trouble? Facebook Just Doubled in Brazil and India
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mobile Phone Sales to Decline Over Next 5 Years
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Brent Gardner-Smith / Aspen Daily News Online:
Google CEO bullish on economy
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David Chartier / Macworld:
Apple releases minor MobileMe Web service updates
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Video: See Apple's HTTP Adaptive Video Streaming in Action
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Michelle Donegan / Unstrung:
Sprint: We'll Beat AT&T to 3G Femto
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Be still my heart: multi-touch tab switching in Firefox!
John Leyden / The Register:
Conficker left Manchester unable to issue traffic tickets
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