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11:30 AM ET, August 11, 2009

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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
More info on the Caffeine Update  —  Google recently opened up a preview of our new Caffeine update, and I wanted to give a little more background on this change.  At the Real-Time CrunchUp a few weeks ago, I joked that the half-life of code at Google is about six months.
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Caffeine: Google's New Search Index  —  Google has just unveiled a “secret project” of “next-generation architecture for Google's web search”.  This new architecture appears to include crawling, indexing, and ranking changes.  For the first time, Google isn't simply incorporating these changes …
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed accepts Facebook friend request  —  We are happy to announce that Facebook has acquired FriendFeed.  As my mom explained to me, when two companies love each other very much, they form a structured investment vehicle...  The FriendFeed team is extremely excited to become a part of the talented Facebook team.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Now That There's FaceFeed, Does That Make Twoogle More Inevitable?
Discussion: Business Week
Boy Genius Report:
More iTunes 9 details, Apple developing social networking application?  —  Our same source is back at it again and we have some further clarification on the iTunes 9 rumor we posted a couple days ago.  We really have to take this information at face value, but again felt it was worthy enough to be published.
Xbox.com:
Dashboard Updates: Xbox LIVE Update  —  One of the amazing things about the Xbox LIVE experience is that it's always getting better.  The latest Xbox LIVE Update truly cranks it up a notch - with features that improve your entertainment experience and give you new ways to express your individuality and connect with friends.
Akhil Wable / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Search Improved for Everyone  —  Last month, we began testing new versions of Search with a small group of people on Facebook.  Based on the success of those tests, we're rolling out a new version of Search to everyone on the site beginning today.  —  You now will be able to search …
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Real-Time Search for Everyone
Discussion: NEWS.com.au
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple again offers matte screen option for 15-inch MacBook Pro  —  Confirming an AppleInsider exclusive tip from less than a month ago, Apple has restored the antiglare upgrade option — at a cost of $50 — for its 15-inch MacBook Pro line.  —  The change is a quiet concession by Apple …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Zune HD Prices Leaked: 16GB for $220, 32GB for $290  —  It feels like we know everything about the Zune HD—except the price.  Well, now we know, if Best Buy's inventory system is right: the 16GB model will go for $220, and the 32GB model will be $290.  —  It also backs up the previously rumored launch date, Sept. 8.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Delicious Founder: I Wish I Had Not Sold to Yahoo  —  Back in 2005 (a long time in the social media world), Yahoo acquired Delicious, the popular social bookmarking website.  Both Yahoo and Delicious founder Joshua Schachter had big plans to change the way we share, remember, and discover information on the Internet.
Discussion: AppScout
IEBlog:
Engineering POV: IE6  —  The topic of site support for IE6 has had a lot of discussion on the web recently as a result of a post on the Digg blog.  Why would anyone run an eight-year old browser?  Should sites continue to support it?  What more can anyone do to get IE6 users to upgrade?
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: “dropping support for IE6 is not an option”
Discussion: Mashable!
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Tough times in the porn industry  —  The business, centered in the San Fernando Valley, is being undercut by a growing abundance of free content on the Internet.  —  On a recent Saturday night, Savannah Stern earned $300 to hang out for seven hours at a party in Santa Monica wearing nothing but a feather boa.
Discussion: broadstuff
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
MLB beefs up Roku's rotation  —  In its bid to put together a roster of compelling content, Roku has just acquired an ace.  —  Starting Tuesday, the set-top box—known to many as “the Netflix box”—will begin streaming Major League Baseball games.  As with the current Netflix arrangement …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware's SpringSource purchase sparks head scratching; Still doesn't solve the Microsoft problem  —  VMware's purchase of SpringSource for $420 million has sparked a fair amount of head scratching among analysts who argue the virtualization software company paid too much and still failed to solve its Microsoft problem.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mahalo 2.0 Is Kicking Ass  —  Jason Calacanis continues to do what he does best: Innovate.  —  When the original concept for Mahalo didn't work as well as he thought it would, he did what all great entrepreneurs do: Try something different.  —  The second version of Mahalo …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Dell to launch China-only mobile phone after all, calls it “Ophone mini3i” (Updated)  —  We broke the news on Dell launching a China-only cell phone on Sunday, and today major Chinese news portal 163.com reports the device is on its way: What Dell will be offering in China is an Android-powered “Ophone” called the mini3i.
Sean Michaels / Guardian:
Major labels preparing new digital album format  —  The four big record companies are to compete with Apple's forthcoming Cocktail project by developing their own format called CMX  —  Forget WAV, MP3 and M4A - major labels have something new in mind, and it's called CMX.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Delicious Creator Quietly Launches Threaded Twitter Conversations  —  Joshua Schachter is best known as the creator of Delicious.  But a few years after he sold it to Yahoo in 2005, he left the company and joined Google.  Since then, he's been known to speak his mind about Delicious' overall direction …
Discussion: Dealscape and Softpedia News
Sony Corporation:
Sony Launches High-power, Long-life Lithium Ion Secondary Battery Using Olivine-type Lithium Iron Phosphate as the Cathode Material  —  Sony Corporation today announced that it has launched a new type of lithium ion secondary battery that combines high-power and long-life performance …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter CEO's wife tweets about labor, ongoing birth of first child  —  Sara Morishige Williams, Twitter CEO Ev Williams' wife, is certainly making use of the company product — for the birth of their first child.  —  She went old-school, using text messages rather than a fancy application to post the news.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel, Micron develop flash chips for USB drives  —  On Tuesday, Intel and Micron Technology announced the development of high-data-capacity flash memory technology for flash cards and USB drives.  —  And in a related announcement, Intel said Monday that it has validated a fix …
David Murphy / PC World:
GeekBargain: Microsoft Doubles Cashback Incentives for Bing Search  —  Microsoft kicked off a large Bing promotion today that's geared to attract the attention of the Internet's best bargain shoppers.  The program itself is called Cashback, a function of the company's Bing search engine that …
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: The War of the Wallpapers
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
New Study States The Obvious: Kids Download A Lot Of Music
Discussion: BBC
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Inside the short, troubled life of a music start-up
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Handling Video Traffic Spikes: In the Event of a Michael Jackson …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Yahoo!:
Get Ready Penny-Pinchers, the New Yahoo! Deals is Here!
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Richard Alleyne / Telegraph:
Mobile phone text messaging is making children more impulsive claim researchers
Discussion: The Register
Mathew Patterson / Campaign Monitor Blog:
Campaign Monitor attacked by hackers, some accounts compromised
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Notice Those Ads on Blogs? Regulators Do, Too
 Earlier Items: 
MacGregor Campbell / New Scientist:
Robots to get their own operating system
Discussion: broadstuff
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Benchmark Capital Keeps The Returns Coming
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nielsen Wire:
When Choosing a Carrier, Does the iPhone Really Matter?
Discussion: Gearlog
BBC:
Hacked blogger seeks Russia probe