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Neal Mohan / The Official Google Blog:
The DoubleClick Ad Exchange: growing the display advertising pie for everyone  —  Hundreds of thousands of advertisers use search advertising — short, highly relevant text ads alongside search results on Google and other search engines — to grow their businesses.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Google Finally Links AdWords To DoubleClick  —  Google is ready to fully leap into the display ad market, arguing it can do for that category what it has done for search.  Ever since its $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick two years ago, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has promised to make it easy …
New York Times:
Google Aims to Wrest Display Ads From Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is pushing for a second act.  —  The company has built its fortune almost entirely on the back of small text ads, which appear alongside its search results and on sites across the Web.
Jason F. / Signal vs. Noise:
The next generation bends over  —  Mint's sale to Intuit really pissed me off.  —  Why should I care?  Because I think it's indicative of a VC-induced cancer that's infecting our industry and killing off the next generation.  I don't know the full backstory, but I'd bet this sale was encouraged by a Mint investor.
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Memo to Start-ups: You're Supposed to Be Changing the World, Remember?  —  I did interviews with most of the TechCrunch50 experts backstage and there was a common gripe about the companies launching there: Not enough passion, not enough swinging for the fences, not enough trying to change the world.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Abandons Windows Mobile  —  Jon Rubinstein just made it official during their financial results conference call, folks: Palm is only going to develop webOS devices form now on.  Say goodbye to Palm-branded Windows Mobile Devices: … Does this mean the end of the Treo line?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Boss Hangs Up on Landline Phone Business  —  Roll over in your grave, Alexander Graham Bell.  —  That was in effect what Ivan Seidenberg, the chief executive of Verizon Communications — one of the largest descendents of the old Bell System — declared Thursday morning.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Imitation Isn't Always Flattery: Microsoft Previews Google Apps Killer To Beta Testers  —  Imitation isn't always the sincerest form of flattery, and this is certainly the case for Microsoft in the development and launch of its web-based browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Facebook Pages in Seesmic Desktop 0.6  —  Facebook Pages  —  We're excited to share with you a new feature that will allow Seesmic Desktop to access and manage your Facebook Pages.  In version 0.6, you now can view and manage any Facebook Page you follow.
Kkovash / Blog of Metrics:
Helping People Upgrade Flash  —  As mentioned by Johnathan, with last week's 3.5.3 and 3.0.14 releases, Mozilla started warning users if their version of Flash is out of date.  Coupling the following two facts tells us that such an effort has a chance at making a significant impact with overall internet safety.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard's Grand Central, Open CL boost app by 50%  —  A developer reports seeing a 50% jump in real world performance after adding initial support for two new Snow Leopard technologies: Grand Central Dispatch and Open CL.  —  As reported by the French site HardMac …
Bikash Agarwalla Today / Facebook Blog:
Log In with Your Facebook Username  —  A couple of months ago, we made it easier for people to find and connect with each other by using Facebook usernames.  Beginning today, you also will be able to log in to your Facebook account with your username from any Web browser, mobile phone or Facebook Connect-enabled website.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Dell's New Laptop  —  Dell thinks recession-weary companies are finally ready to upgrade their technology.  It has a pricey laptop to entice them.  —  In Texas they do everything big, even obsolescence.  Take the abandoned Dell desktop computer factory just a few miles from its Round Rock headquarters.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Palm: 823,000 smartphone units shipped; Outlook lumpy  —  Palm's first quarter had multiple moving parts.  The company shipped 823,000 smartphones, announced plans to raise capital, beat estimates, delivered a mixed outlook and said the company's fortunes will be tied to product launches.
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
At Amazon, Designs of Its Own  —  Amazon.com Inc. is quietly expanding its private-label business in a bid to diversify away from its online bookstore roots and become more like a general retailer.  —  The latest sign: The Seattle-based e-commerce giant — known for high-tech innovations …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
On Demand Books Turns Google's eBook Archive Back Into Paperbacks  —  When you think about Google Books, chances are that you are thinking about eBooks and searching books on your desktop.  Starting today, however, On Demand Books, the makers of the Espresso Book Machine …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to File Concerns Over Google Book Pact  —  The Justice Department is expected Friday to outline a range of concerns it has about a settlement that Google Inc. struck with book authors and publishers over the rights to distribute digital copies of certain works, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
State AGs on Google Books settlement: We object
Discussion: MarketWatch and Search Engine Land
Android Developers Blog:
Introducing Quick Search Box for Android  —  One of the new features we're really proud of in the Android 1.6 release is Quick Search Box for Android.  This is our new system-wide search framework, which makes it possible for users to quickly and easily find what they're looking for, both on their devices and on the web.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Customers Unhappy With Early Clearwire Launches - Poor customer support, low speeds, and high latency...  We've been watching WiMax backer Intel's marketing department drum up deafening hype about the technology for the better part of a decade, initially calling WiMax “the most important thing since the Internet itself.”
Edward Marshall / Martinsburg Journal:
Burglar leaves his Facebook page on victim's computer  —  MARTINSBURG - The popular online social networking site Facebook helped lead to an alleged burglar's arrest after he stopped check his account on the victim's computer, but forgot to log out before leaving the home with two diamond rings.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Big Advertising Experiment Drives New Revenue  —  On Tuesday, Facebook said it had become “free cash flow positive” this past quarter — meaning the company is financing its own growth rather than using investor money.  But why is revenue growing?
Discussion: @vanelsas, Thanks:atul
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Back to school with RIAA-funded copyright curriculum  —  School kids in American could certainly stand to learn about copyright in the classroom—it's a fascinating topic that increasingly impacts the life of every “digital native” and intersects with law, history, art, and technology.
Mark Savage / BBC:
Bon Jovi supports Cobain protest  —  Rocker Jon Bon Jovi says he understands why Nirvana's former members protested over the use of Kurt Cobain's image in video game Guitar Hero 5.  —  Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl said last week they were “very disappointed” that Cobain's avatar could be used to play songs by other acts in the game.
Mark Sullivan / PC World:
Sprint President Takes a Shot (Or Two) at AT&T 3G  —  4G World Conference, Chicago - A Sprint exec speaking here today used AT&T as the poster child for 3G wireless networks that can't keep up with the increasing data demands of smartphone users.  —  Sprint's president of corporate initiatives and CDMA …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook lets users decide who has the Golan Heights  —  As Facebook ramps up its growth abroad, it will have to contend with more highly-charged political conflicts.  One of them is how to manage disputed territories like the Golan Heights, a mountainous region connecting Israel to Syria that was captured by Israel in 1967.
Discussion: Al Bawaba and J. Weekly
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Interview: Facebook's Wable: What The Company Has In Store For Search  —  Last month, Facebook unveiled a major update to its search service that let users find status updates, photos, links, and videos, instead of just entries for profiles and groups.  The speculation here (and elsewhere) …
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A Case for Valuing Twitter at $2.7 Billion
Discussion: WebProNews and NBC Bay Area, Thanks:jeremyfelt
Kate Harding / Jezebel:
“Mommy Blogger” Heather Armstrong Monetizes The Hate [Crap E-mail From World]
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Google CEO questions Murdoch's online pay plan
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Bahama Botnet Discovered as Source of Click Fraud Surge
Discussion: Click Forensics Blog
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Sniffing Around Web Chat Startups
Discussion: GMSV and New York Times
Martin Gordon:
So I Got A Call From An App Store Reviewer
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:pospischil
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Don't Tweet On Me  —  Twitter shows that stupid stuff sells.
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Waxman Throws Support to Network Neutrality
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
IE program manager endorses HTML 5 multimedia tags
The NPD Group:
Snow Leopard Leaps Out of the Gate: Sales for Latest Apple OS Far …