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4:05 AM ET, August 19, 2010

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Michael Eyal Sharon / Facebook Blog:
Who, What, When, and Now...Where  —  If you're like me, when you find a place you really like, you want to tell your friends you're there.  Maybe it's a new restaurant, a beautiful hiking trail or an amazing live show.  —  Starting today, you can immediately tell people about that favorite spot with Facebook Places.
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Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: Still deciding on Facebook Places  —  With Facebook's announcement of a check-in feature dubbed Facebook Places, we're all wondering how it will affect location-based services like Foursquare.  So I went ahead and asked founder and chief executive Dennis Crowley.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Places Goes Live On The iPhone.  Check-In While It's Hot (If You Can)  —  At Facebook's Places event earlier tonight, they noted that their iPhone app would be updated tonight with the new check-in functionality.  Sure enough, here it is.  Though the App Store update alert hasn't kicked in yet …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and 9 to 5 Mac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Partnering With Gowalla, Foursquare For Places  —  Today at an event in Palo Alto, CA, Facebook unveiled its new Places product — essentially their check-in utility.  Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about what this means for the current players like Foursquare and Gowalla.
Discussion: VentureBeat and BetaNews
Chris Pendleton / Bing Maps Blog:
Facebook Places Launches with Bing'd Out Maps  —  After listening to the rumor mills roar and authoring hundreds of emails with my friends at Facebook it can finally be said that Facebook has launched their location-based check-in service dubbed Facebook Places.
ACLU of Northern California:
Facebook Places: Check This Out Before You Check In  —  Following Facebook's announcement today about its new location-based product, Places, here's what the ACLU of Northern California has to say on the privacy front: Facebook made some changes to its regular privacy practices …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Facebook Checks In to the World of Locations
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   New Facebook Places Logo Is A “4.” In A Square. Yeah.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Introduces New Privacy Norms Around Location With Tagging
Discussion: VentureBeat and IntoMobile
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants Advertisers To Help Build Out Its Directory of Places
Discussion: Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype's Chief Development Officer Leaves Amid TechCrunch Comment Fiasco  —  Madhu Yarlagadda, who joined Skype as Chief Development Officer last month, has left the company.  Generally speaking executives don't leave a startup as it jumps into the IPO process, and they certainly don't leave after just a month on the job.
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Skype Loses Engineering Chief Before Offering  —  After just a month as chief development officer at Skype, Madhu Yarlagadda has left the company for personal reasons, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.  —  Mr. Yarlagadda's responsibilities at Skype included running engineering for all of its products …
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Next Web and mocoNews
Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: New Stacked Cards Interface for Gmail on iPad.  —  In April 2009, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iOS and Android.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code, which allows us to more rapidly develop …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Search For Google Docs From Within Gmail (And It Catches Typos, Too)
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple's App Store Director Sells His Own Fart Apps  —  Apple has long been an icon for quality products, but its overflowing iOS App Store is a crapshoot: Nuggets of quality are buried in a vast, steaming heap of inanity.  In fact, the man who oversees the App Store process runs a side business selling fart and urination apps.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Apple's ‘Freedom From Porn’ Enforcer Drawn To Porn Stars and Escorts on Twitter
Discussion: VatorNews, everythingiCafe and iLounge
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google launching a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon, goes on sale November 26  —  The title pretty much says it all on this one, folks.  —  Yes, our source tells us that Google is building a Chrome OS tablet.  It's real, and it's being built by HTC.  No surprise there, since HTC churned out the Nexus One for Google.
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Chrome OS Tablet Unlikely So Soon
Discussion: Computerworld and Download Squad
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
The Problems With Google House Ads  —  [Note: This blog post has taken me 7 months to write, so I'm glad to be sharing it finally.  I am cross-posting it to Search Engine Land.]  —  Introduction  —  Many publishers run “house ads” to self-promote their own offerings.  Google does too.
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Shops for Mobile Ad Network  —  Under pressure in the increasingly competitive wireless market, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. is shopping for a mobile advertising network, people familiar with the matter said.  —  In recent months, the Canadian device maker has held talks …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Verizon to Put Live TV on the iPad  —  Verizon unveiled a series of new video applications today, including an upcoming iPad app that will allow FiOS subscribers to watch the same linear programming that is available on their TV screens on their tablet devices.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Tragic Death of Practically Everything  —  Wired Editor in Chief Chris Anderson is catching flack for the magazine's current cover story, which declares that the Web is dead.  I'm not sure what the controversy is.  For years, once-vibrant technologies, products, and companies …
Pete Warden / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Publicly Available Data: A Big Strategic Risk  —  My name is Pete Warden, and a few months ago I created visualization based on crawling 210 million public Facebook profiles that raised a lot of questions about how openly available that information should be.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Apple Catching Up on iPhone 4, iPad Production  —  The wait for a new Apple iPhone 4 order should be shorter by the end of September, which would help Apple sell 14 million new handsets in the third quarter and another 15 million in the final three months of 2010 according to an industry analyst.
 
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