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1:05 AM ET, August 13, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
I scream, you scream, we all scream for iGoogle social!  —  We launched iGoogle in 2005 as a way for people to quickly and easily personalize their Google experience with all the information on the web that was most useful to them.  Now tens of millions of people choose to use their iGoogle homepage …
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
FYI: The Pre Reports Your Location to Palm  —  Joey Hess has taken a closer look at the code inside webOS that reports information back to Palm and found some details on what the Pre is sending back to headquarters.  Specifically, it appears that the Pre uploads (at least) the following information to Palm on a daily basis:
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Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Palm Issues Statement Over Palm Pre Privacy Concerns  —  Today a report surfaced that accused webOS and the Palm Pre of sending end-user information — including location data and what sort of applications were running — back to Palm without end-user consent.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
OS X Snow Leopard May Beat Apple's Timetable.  On The Prowl In Just Two Weeks?  —  There's been talk the past couple of days that the latest developer build of OS X Snow Leopard, 10A432, has been designated the “Golden Master” version, meaning it's ready for prime time.  Multiple sources are now stating it is.
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John C Dvorak / Dvorak Uncensored:
Special Report: Is US Chief Information Officer (CIO) Vivek Kundra a Phony?  —  Is US CIO Vivek Kundra a Phony?  —  Copyright by John C. Dvorak  —  UPDATE  —  Is US Chief Information Officer (CIO) Vivek Kundra a Phony?  —  This is the sort of question you might ask after trying …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Dvorak Raises Doubts About U.S. CIO Kundra.  White House Calls the Report “Highly Inaccurate” & “a Lie.”  Kundra Speaks up  —  Updated: Earlier this morning, veteran technology journalist John Dvorak posted an article on his blog with the headline: Is U.S. Chief Information Officer (CIO) Vivek Kundra a Phony?
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Nokia Form Global Alliance to Design, Develop and Market Mobile Productivity Solutions  —  Companies will collaborate to bring Microsoft Office Mobile and related communications and collaboration software and services to Nokia smartphones.  —  The worldwide leader in software …
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Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape:
Twitter's Stone: ‘Millions of zombie computers’  —  The denial-of-service attacks that resulted in outages of Twitter Inc.'s microblogging service last week and again briefly on Tuesday are “not going away any time soon,” says Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to TV talk show host Tavis Smiley.
Discussion: BoomTown and PBS
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Helped Twitter Deal With Attacks
Discussion: Epicenter and Mashable!
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Personal Finance Startup Mint Raises $14 Million  —  Update: Mint.com has raised $14 million in financing, according to a SEC filing.  —  DAG Ventures led the round; Founder's Fund and existing investors Benchmark Capital, Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital, and Sherpalo also participated.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple To Offer $899 Tablet With OLED Screen?  —  The rumors of the much-anticipated, yet-to-be-confirmed Apple (AAPL) tablet continued to pile up.  —  The latest version comes from that old rumormonger, Trip Chowdhry, proprietor of the boutique research firm Global Equities Research.
Discussion: EverythingiCafe and 9 to 5 Mac
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Is Microsoft violator or victim in i4i patent dispute?  —  Perhaps they don't use Microsoft Office at the courthouse in Tyler, Texas?  Could there be no computers at all and just Selectric typewriters?  I have to wonder following yesterday's injunction barring Microsoft from shipping Word.
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Brian Shih / Official Google Reader Blog:
A flurry of features for feed readers  —  Since our last big launch, we've been thinking about ways to help our users better share, discover, and consume content in Reader.  Today, I'm happy to announce several new features that we hope will further improve the way you use Reader.  —  Send to...
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Another Court Deals Major Blow to DVD Copying  —  A California appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling that had paved the way for a $10,000 DVD copying system called Kaleidescape and other products from the company with the same name.  —  The 6th District Court of Appeal in San Jose …
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Marketers Are Never Gonna Dance Again, Thanks to Google  —  and Jessica E. Vascellaro  —  Some people go to conferences for the networking, others go for the keynote session and still others, apparently, go for the dancing.  Not this year.  —  Larry Chiang
Philip Lam / all things Pre:
Newer Palm Pres are better build, added improvements, fixes resetting issue  —  If you're an early Pre adapter like myself that nabbed one of the first batches of Palm Pres, then chances are you experienced it firsthand or have heard of some of the build quality issues surrounding the first shipments …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 6 Per Cent and Smartphones Grew 27 Per Cent in Second Quarter of 2009  —  Inventory Destocking Continues with 13.9 Million Units Shed by the Channel  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 286.1 million units in the second quarter of 2009 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sony Plans to Adopt Common Format for E-Books  —  Paper books may be low tech, but no one will tell you how and where you can read them.  —  For many people, the problem with electronic books is that they come loaded with just those kinds of restrictions.  Digital books bought today from Amazon.com …
Discussion: Gizmodo and TeleRead
internetnews.com:
Google Looks Beyond Keywords  —  Are big changes coming to Google AdWords?  At SES, the search giant drops some tantalizing hints.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — What's next after keywords?  The director of Google's wildly successful AdWords program says the search giant is working on ways …
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Elite 360 Dropping In Price, RIP Pro Model  —  Looks like we have an execution date for the Xbox 360 Pro model, with this shot from a Meijer catalogue due on August 30 indicating the 360 Elite is in line for a Pro-sized price cut.  —  You'll remember, of course, that the origins of this rumour …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why The Associated Press plans to hold some web content off the wire  —  In a break with tradition, The Associated Press plans to prevent members and customers from publishing some AP content on their websites.  Instead, those news organizations would link to the content on a central AP website …
Discussion: Beyond Search and Common Sense Journalism, Thanks:atul
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
ICANN: Domain Tasting Down 99.7%  —  ICANN policy change leads to drastic drop in domain tasting.  —  ICANN released a report (pdf) today that shows a 99.7% drop in domain tasting since adding new penalties to the practice.  “Domain tasting” refers to registering a domain name and then returning …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Grew Twice As Fast As Twitter In July  —  If it wasn't bad enough that Facebook bought FriendFeed on Monday and turned on real-time search to better compete against Twitter in the Stream Wars, and is playing around with a lite version that resembles Twitter even more, now Twitter really has something to worry about.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Places New Emphasis On Search With Homepage Tweaks  —  As the most popular video portal in the world, it comes as little surprise that YouTube is also effectively the second most popular search engine, coming after only Google in overall search queries.
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
Boxee gets a $6M catalyst  —  We are happy to announce that Boxee closed a $6M round of financing led by Boston-based General Catalyst with participation by prior investors Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures.  Neil Sequeira from General Catalyst will join our board.
Efficient Frontier Insights:
Is Bing on a Roll?  —  As the industry comes together this week at the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose, we thought it was appropriate to take another look at Bing trends to see if they were holding, folding or on the uptick.  —  We last reported a 13% increase in paid click share for Microsoft.
 
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Robb Dunewood / RIMarkable:
RIM Says BlackBerry Browser To Be On Par With iPhone By Next Summer
Discussion: IntoMobile and 9 to 5 Mac
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Cellphones Largely Immune to Viruses, for Now
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is the next iTunes challenger iLike?
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Portfolio.com Returns; All ACBJ And Conde Nast Biz Content
Discussion: Portfolio and Gawker
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Redbox Adds Fox To Legal Targets
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
French teenager hurt by shattering iPhone
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Register
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
A Data Center Shortage for Silicon Valley?
Thanks:atul
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Adverts fail to engage majority of social networkers
Discussion: broadstuff
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Chrome to reach v4 before Firefox? Work begins on Chromium 4.0
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sierra Sun:
Apple shoots at Jax on the Tracks in Truckee
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mass Firings At AOL Next Week?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Why Apple Is More Valuable Than Google
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech