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5:15 PM ET, August 12, 2010

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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.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Live Blog: Google Announces “Voice Actions” & “Chrome-To-Phone” For Android  —  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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Google, the Cloud Is Its Mobile Future
Discussion: BetaNews and Search Engine Land
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google: 25% Of Queries From Android 2.0 Devices Use Voice Search
Discussion: VatorNews, Geek.com and Gizmodo
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
“Twitter track on steroids” announced by TweetMeme founder
Discussion: DataSift and The Next Web
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:   TweetMeme Refocuses on Real-Time Twitter Analytics with DataSift
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.
Discussion: MediaPost
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: MediaPost and FierceWireless
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Facts about our network neutrality policy proposal  —  Over the past few days there's been a lot of discussion surrounding our announcement of a policy proposal on network neutrality we put together with Verizon.  On balance, we believe this proposal represents real progress on what has become …
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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.
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 …
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: Rewrite Tech and Techie Buzz
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 …
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.
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!
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Attack reads smudges to retrieve Android password patterns  —  Oily residue ‘surprisingly persistent’  —  Smudges left on Android touch screens leave tell-tale signs that can often be used to recover password pattens used to lock the phones, according to research presented earlier this week.
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 and Gizmodo
Kermit Pattison / Fast Company:
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: “I'm Just a Manager”  —  Think the scrutiny of managing the Yahoo fishbowl is unnerving?  Maybe you wouldn't be fazed by having all those eyes on you if you'd grown up with pig eyeballs on your dinner plate.  The CEO of Yahoo on the challenges of leading, making mistakes, and cursing people out.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Earlybird's Latest Trick: Making Something Called A CD Cheaper Than An MP3  —  Twitter is keeping the hits coming with its Earlybird specials.  Hot on the heals of a deal with Buy.com for Madden 11, a new deal today offers the number one album in the U.S. at a nice discount: Arcade Fire's The Suburbs.
 
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Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Village Emerges in SoMA's 410 Townsend
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Boomerang for Gmail: Send email later or receive it when you want
Discussion: VatorNews and Techie Buzz
John A. Byrne / C-Change Media Inc.:
Google?  Where are you?  —  Monday of this week was a big day for me.
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
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