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1:45 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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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
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. …
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!
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
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: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and paidContent
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...
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 …
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
Chicago Tribune:
New law makes sex offenders' use of Internet social networking a felony  —  Quinn also signs law against online ‘grooming’ of victims  —  SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn signed new laws Tuesday designed to limit sex offenders' use of technology as a way to find more victims.
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 …
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
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 …
Robb Dunewood / RIMarkable:
RIM Says BlackBerry Browser To Be On Par With iPhone By Next Summer  —  After my little rant on how much I think the BlackBerry Browsers sucks, especially when compared to WebKit based browsers like Apple's Safari , how timely is it that TD Newcrest analyst, Chris Umiastowski, released a video …
Discussion: IntoMobile and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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.
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
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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Amy Gahran / contentious.com:
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Agence France Presse:
French teenager hurt by shattering iPhone
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Register
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Chrome to reach v4 before Firefox? Work begins on Chromium 4.0
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
Boxee gets a $6M catalyst