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11:25 PM ET, August 12, 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iGoogle Releases Social Gadgets  —  iGoogle, a personalized homepage that competes with My Yahoo, My MSN, My AOL, Netvibes and others, will release 19 new in-house and third party iGoogle widgets today that add new social and sharing features to users of the service.
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
Discussion: mocoNews and all things Pre
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?
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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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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft and Nokia do the right thing for the wrong reasons
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources detail changes to Snow Leopard installation process
Discussion: MacRumors, TUAW and Edible Apple
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, paidContent and TechCrunch
Ina Fried / CNET News:
I4i says not out to destroy Microsoft Word  —  The chairman of the company that has won a landmark injunction against Microsoft says his goal is not to see Microsoft Word pulled from store shelves.  —  In fact, I4i Chairman Loudon Owen said he is one of the hundreds of millions of people …
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Is Microsoft violator or victim in i4i patent dispute?
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
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
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...
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 …
Sierra Sun:
Apple shoots at Jax on the Tracks in Truckee  —  TRUCKEE - Apple computers worked on an advertisement at Jax on the Tracks Tuesday afternoon, but because the product they were advertising hadn't been released, members of the group didn't release any information, or allow any photographs.
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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: Common Sense Journalism and Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What Facebook Lite Actually Is.  Hint: It's Not Twitter Or FriendFeed.  —  So, the web pretty much exploded tonight over the appearance of something called “Facebook Lite,” a new service that's apparently being beta tested by Facebook.  But users who received the message that they were invited …
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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.
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is the next iTunes challenger iLike?  —  Facebook most's popular music application comes from iLike and soon the service will try to turn that social-networking cache into song sales.  —  Seattle-based iLike, a social music service, is expected to launch a music download store in coming days …
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 …
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.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
A Data Center Shortage for Silicon Valley?  —  If Silicon Valley winds up with a shortage of wholesale data center space, it can blame Washington.  Data center projects planned for Santa Clara, Calif. are now taking a back seat to the red-hot northern Virginia market, where the Obama …
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Adverts fail to engage majority of social networkers
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
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