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1:45 PM ET, August 12, 2010

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Cpen / Twitter Blog:
Pushing Our (Tweet) Button  —  Twitter is great for sharing interesting things you find on the web.  In fact, close to a quarter of all Tweets include a link in them.  Despite the high volume of sharing, there is plenty of room to make it easier.  Copying and pasting, link shortening …
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Nick Halstead / TweetMeme Blog:
Twitter Tweet Button  —  Back at the beginning of 2009 we produced a little green web button that counted how many times users shared a link on Twitter.  We started out with a simple idea ‘How can we get more people to share content on Twitter’ - and today we return to that simple thought.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Takes Over The Tweet Button From TweetMeme  —  Slowly but surely, Twitter is taking control of all the key features that make it such a powerful communication medium.  Today, it is introducing the Tweet button, a way for Websites to get visitors to share stories and links with one click.
Discussion: Digits, HEXUS.channel and The Next Web
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
“Twitter track on steroids” announced by TweetMeme founder
Discussion: DataSift and The Next Web
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Can Google Get Social Networking Right?  —  The company has many social projects, but may struggle to improve on Facebook.  —  Rumors that Google is building a new social network have persisted since late June, when Kevin Rose, CEO of Digg.com, posted on Twitter that the Web giant was working on a challenger to Facebook.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Exclusive: Dell Thunder prototype rumbles into the wild (video)  —  Did it get hot in here all of a sudden or is it just this extremely sexy prototype we're looking at?  Yes, the Dell Thunder that boomed onto your internet screens back in April is back, and this time we've got video of it too.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging The Google “Cool New Mobile Features” Press Gathering: Voice Actions & More  —  Google's having an impromptu small press “gathering” today at its offices in San Francisco.  Topic?  “Cool new mobile features.”  Want to know more?  Stay tuned, as I'll be live blogging the event that begins at 10am.
Discussion: BoomTown, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
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Google Mobile Blog:
Just speak it: introducing Voice Actions for Android  —  (cross-posted with the Official Google Blog)  —  Our mobile phones have become modern-day Swiss Army knives.  An Android phone is a handheld computer, a music player, a notepad, a GPS navigation unit and more, all rolled into one sleek device that fits in your pocket.
Discussion: The Next Web
Dave Burke / Google Mobile Blog:
Instantly zap links, maps and phone numbers to your Android phone …
Discussion: The Next Web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Hugo Barra: 25% Of Queries On Android Use Voice Search
Discussion: Fortune and Gizmodo
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Device Sales Grew 13.8 Percent in Second Quarter of 2010, But Competition Drove Prices Down  —  Android Became the World's Third Most Popular Smartphone Operating System and Claimed Top Spot in the U.S  —  Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totaled 325.6 million units …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Gartner and IDC agree: the Android invasion's accelerating around the world  —  Last quarter we reported on some pretty stellar growth numbers for Android in the global smartphone marketplace.  Back then, Google's OS had a 9.6 percent slice of the pie, but today that's ballooned to a robust 17.2 percent …
Discussion: FierceWireless
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone  —  There's no question that gaming on the Android platform has heretofore been relatively underwhelming, but that looks like it's all about to change.  It seems that Sony Ericsson …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Hackers Hijack Gmail in China  —  Here in the U.S., we've been complaining about Gmail for its new design (Why do we need a “Mail” button and “Inbox” button only an inch apart!?!).  In China, they're complaining about Gmail too, but for a very different reason.
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Rewrite Tech
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Upcoming Apple TV loses 1080p playback, gains apps... and will be renamed iTV  —  You might remember that we broke news of an updated Apple TV headed to market just a few months ago.  If your brain isn't working right, let us jog it: a trusted Engadget source asserted that the gang …
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Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Rumor: iTV Hitting in the Fall, $99?
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Pulls Camera+ From The App Store After Its Developers Reveal A Contraband Feature  —  The fun's over, folks*.  About a week and a half ago, iPhone developers TapTapTap pushed an updated version of their Camera+ photography app to the App Store, and all seemed well.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Notion Ink Adam: Pricing and more  —  In part one of our Notion Ink feature, we looked at the reasons for the delay in production of the Adam slate.  Happily the company didn't rest on their laurels while investor and ODM issues were ironed out.  After the cut, details of hardware and software changes …
John Flowers / McSweeney's:
AFTER A THOROUGH BATTERY OF TESTS WE CAN NOW RECOMMEND “THE NEWSPAPER” AS THE BEST E-READER ON THE MARKET.  —  For the past three weeks our team of engineers has analyzed the most popular e-readers on the market in order to confer our annual “Editor's Choice” Award.
Discussion: The Digital Reader
Paul Graham:
What Happened to Yahoo  —  When I went to work for Yahoo after they bought our startup in 1998, it felt like the center of the world.  It was supposed to be the next big thing.  It was supposed to be what Google turned out to be.  —  What went wrong?  The problems that hosed Yahoo go back a long time …
Yang Li / Google Mobile Blog:
Flipping for Gesture Search  —  You may already be familiar with Gesture Search, our Android app from Google Labs that lets you search by writing out characters on the touchscreen of your device.  Today we're happy to announce a new version, Gesture Search 1.2, which includes a new motion gesture.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sprint Epic 4G Android Slider Phone Engages on August 31 for $250  —  Sprint's second 4G Android phone, the Samsung Epic 4G, is going to be available August 31 with a $100 rebate to make it $250. … The phone is based off the same core as the other Samsung Galaxy S devices …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Quick Change in Strategy for a Bookseller  —  In the movie “You've Got Mail,” Tom Hanks played the aggressive big-box retailer Joe Fox driving the little bookshop owner played by Meg Ryan out of business.  —  Twelve years later, it may be Joe Fox's turn to worry.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple iAd partners say they're happy with early results  —  Apple's iAd mobile advertising platform is getting favorable reviews from the companies whose advertisements were the first to run on the new system, including Dove soap-maker Unilever and Nissan.  App makers like Dictionary.com …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Boomerang for Gmail: Send email later or receive it when you want  —  TNW Quick Hit  —  Boomerang for Gmail lets you control when you send and receive emails.  —  Love It: Scheduled sends.  Get email when you need it.  No more cluttered inbox.  —  Hate It: It's 3rd party …
Discussion: VatorNews and Techie Buzz
Richard Barley / TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck on Android - Come And Get It!  —  You begged.  You pleaded.  You offered us all manner of enticements, some of which we think may be illegal in some countries.  We took this to mean that you really wanted TweetDeck on your Android device, and we agreed!
Discussion: mobiputing
 
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Scott Austin / Digits:
Where Did Demand Media's Profits Go?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
China Mobile, Xinhua form search company; Eye Baidu, Google and ‘orderly’ new media
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Flattr opens to the public, now anybody can ‘Like’ a site with real money
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Village Emerges in SoMA's 410 Townsend
John A. Byrne / C-Change Media Inc.:
Google?  Where are you?  —  Monday of this week was a big day for me.
Discussion: MediaMemo
Taylor Buley / Buleyean String:
On Google And Other Misunderstood Wireless Data Collectors
Discussion: Forbes
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Kate Murphy / New York Times:
Web Photos That Reveal Secrets, Like Where You Live
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft ‘ONIT’ trademark filing signals plans for new men's site
Discussion: Fast Company
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Dell's Streak: a Tiny Tablet That Takes Calls, Too
Discussion: Electronista, Mobilized and WebProNews
Technology Review:
Why We Need This Giant Tablet Computer
Discussion: TeleRead and GottaBeMobile