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12:00 AM ET, August 17, 2010

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What Will Facebook Be Announcing Wednesday?  Location, Location, Location!  —  Foursquare might want to stock up on the Mylanta on Wednesday.  —  That's because a multitude of sources indicate that Facebook will finally be rolling out its own geo-location offering and the date now looks set for the day after tomorrow.
Boy Genius Report:
Both Verizon Wireless iPhone and next generation iPad about to hit field testing?  —  One of our Apple sources has just informed us of something very interesting.  Way down deep within iOS 4 is a pretty intriguing block of code.  Our source says that the code queries the device …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
JULY SEARCH SHARE: Google Loses, Yahoo Gains, Bing Hits Wall  —  Comscore has adjusted its search methodology to mute the impact of automated searches, “hovers,” and other gimmicks.  —  The new numbers only measure “explicit” searches, in which a user types a term in a search window and clicks “search.”
Discussion: comScore Voices
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Chitika: Bing Passes Yahoo In Search Market Share  —  Well here's a surprise.  New stats from Chitika show Bing has taken over the second place spot for search market share from Yahoo — and back in January 2010!  —  Chitika is an advertising network similar to Google AdSense.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google CEO Suggests You Change Your Name to Escape His Permanent Record  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a great way of making public statements that are at once frank, unorthodox, thought provoking - and a little frightening.  This weekend The Wall St. Journal ran an interview with Schmidt …
Graham Cluley / Sophos:
Facebook Dislike button scam spreads virally  —  Have you seen a message like this on Facebook?  —  If so, don't click on the link.  —  It's the latest survey scam spreading virally across Facebook, using the tried-and-tested formula used in the past by other viral scams including …
Bloomberg:
Indicted Apple Manager Was Paid for Consulting, Cresyn Says  —  Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) — Cresyn Co., a maker of earphones for Apple Inc. iPods, said it paid a manager of the U.S. company, who was indicted by a U.S. grand jury, for market consulting services.  —  “It was our understanding …
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Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Ex-Apple manager pleads not guilty
Discussion: Financial Times
JR Raphael / JR Raphael's blog:
It's time for the baked-in Android UI to die  —  Listen up, Android manufacturers: The time has come for your built-in Android user interface to go away.  Call it Motoblur, call it Sense, call it whatever you want — as long as it's coming preinstalled on Android phones, it's officially overstayed its welcome.
Matthew Danzico / BBC:
Cult of less: Living out of a hard drive  —  Chris Yurista, a Washington, DC resident who lives out of a backpack, claims digital technology has replaced the need for his home and his possessions  —  Many have begun trading in CD, DVD, and book collections for digital music, movies, and e-books.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Radio, RIAA: mandatory FM radio in cell phones is the future  —  Music labels and radio broadcasters can't agree on much, including whether radio should be forced to turn over hundreds of millions of dollars a year to pay for the music it plays.  But the two sides can agree on this …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID Pro, World Edition and Tablet all found in Verizon Wireless systems  —  One of our Verizon Wireless sources has done a little digging for us, and we have turned up some awesome information.  We exclusively reported that Verizon Wireless is gearing up to launch a barrage …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AP decides not to LOL  —  The Associated Press almost shared a page with LOLcats.  —  Pet Holdings Inc., which owns a network of blogs that post pictures of felines with silly captions, and videos of men getting hit in the groin on its Fail Blog, had been wrapped in rather lengthy negotiations …
Discussion: Gawker
StreetInsider.com:
Goldman Sachs Calls RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerry Torch Launch “Underwhelming”  —  Goldman Sachs commented on Research In Motion Ltd. (Nasdaq: RIMM) following the August 12th launch of the new BlackBerry Torch.  They firm called the launch “underwhelming.”  —  The firm noted that nearly …
Bruce Vielmetti / JSOnline:
Geek Squad owners send cease-and-desist letter to God Squad  —  Luke Strand (center) and his classmates at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis pose with the God Squad car in 2008.  According to the Three Holy Women parish bulletin where the photo appears, the people in the photo are …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Verizon trial of fiber-optic network reaches nearly 1Gbit/sec.  —  Google also wants 1Gbit/sec. to the home via fiber  —  Computerworld - Verizon today said a fiber-optic field trial it conducted in June for a business customer in Taunton, Mass., delivered near gigabit-per-second speeds.
Charles Oliver Nutter / Headius:
My Thoughts on Oracle v Google  —  As you've probably heard by now, Oracle has decided to file suit against Google, claiming multiple counts of infringement against Java or JVM patents and copyrights they acquired when they assimilated Sun Microsystems this past year.
Bloomberg:
RIM Said to Give India BlackBerry Access; Shares Fall  —  Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd. will give India access to its BlackBerry messenger service beginning Sept. 1 to address security concerns, two government officials said in New Delhi today.  The stock fell the most in a month.
Discussion: Electronista
eMarketer:
Social Network Ad Spending to Approach $1.7 Billion This Year  —  6.7% of all US online ad spending to go toward social networks this year  —  Social network advertising is getting renewed attention in 2010.  The US's gradual economic recovery, combined with marketers' incessant focus …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Xbox Live launch titles for Windows Phone 7 finally revealed, we've got the full preview  —  We've known that proper Xbox Live gaming (powered by XNA) was coming to Windows Phone 7 devices, but we'd yet to see any of that thumb-spraining goodness in action besides a brief demo and a few developer videos.
Discussion: eWeek and Gizmodo
Andrew Cave / Telegraph:
Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen believes he doesn't need Apple or the iPad  —  It's the battle of Silicon Valley A-listers.  In one corner sits Apple, the $223bn (£143bn) big-hitter that is the world's second largest company and the darling of the technology sector.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Rumored $99 iTV Could Pave Way for $2,000 Apple-Connected Television  —  “The problem with innovation in the TV industry is the go-to-market strategy.  The TV industry has a subsidized model that gives everyone a set-top box for free.  So no one wants to buy a box.
Tim Wayne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Government Uses Social Networking Sites for More than Investigations  —  In the midst of recent controversies over Facebook's privacy settings, it's easy to forget how much personal information is available from other sources on the Internet.  But the government remembers.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Adobe AIR coming to Android in Q4 2010  —  Adobe this morning at the Flash Summit in San Francisco let it be known that Adobe AIR 2.5 will be available in the foruth quarter of 2010. … Adobe isn't yet ready to announce how AIR will be distributed — whether it will be OTA updates …
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
ComScore: Here's How We're Going To Weed Out Bogus Searches …
John Poirier / Reuters:
Four Democrats urge U.S. to act on Internet traffic
Discussion: Electronista
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google Is From Mars and Facebook Is From Venus
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Bryan Mason / The Typekit Blog:
Adobe partners with Typekit to bring legendary typefaces to the web
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Would Buy Chai Labs
 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
Intel succumbs to evolution of 4G
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Your Brain on Computers: Studying the Brain Off the Grid, Professors Find Clarity
Discussion: Rough Type and Stowe Boyd
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft delivers on-premises private-cloud building block
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Foursquare's Future Slowly Takes Shape
Discussion: Screenwerk and NewTeeVee, Thanks:mathewi
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
New Apple Support Communities social network to replace Discussions
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google's motives for abandoning Net Neutrality