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10:05 PM ET, August 18, 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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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Facebook Checks In to the World of Locations  —  The 800-pound gorilla of social networks, Facebook, is jumping into the location game.  —  On Wednesday, it announced a new, optional service for its 500 million members called Places, which allows you to check in to various places you go …
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: BetaNews and VentureBeat
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, Bits and TechFlash
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
New Facebook for iPhone Application with Places Coming Tonight
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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  —  As the director of Apple's app store, Phillip Shoemaker is responsible for enforcing Apple's controversially draconian policies on iPhone code and content.  So you'd think he'd have done a better job cleaning the online skeletons out of his closet.
Discussion: VatorNews, everythingiCafe and iLounge
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: 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 …
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft's Arc Touch Mouse revealed?  —  It's not official until Microsoft says it is, but the image above of the rumored Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse was just snagged off a German online store.  Amazingly, the mouse arches its back for comfortable mousing before packing flat for easy transport.
Kevin Rose:
Email Sucks.  5 Time Saving Tips.  —  My stats:  —  938 unread work emails.  —  1002 unread personal emails.  —  The madness has to stop.  What was once a 30 minute annoyance is now my full-time job.  Here are 5 time saving tips:  —  #5: Add a http://three.sentenc.es/ email signature and keep them short.
Discussion: GigaOM
Cho Ji-hyun / The Korea Herald:
Site crashes as iPhone fans make 130,000 pre-orders  —  KT Corp., the exclusive provider of the iPhone in Korea, said Wednesday that the number of people who made pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 4 surpassed 130,000 in the first 13 hours of registration.  —  The number of people applying …
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
What It's Like To Suddenly See Your Bank Account at Negative $900,000 Thanks to PayPal  —  This morning, 24-year-old web developer Derek Lanphier started seeing fraudulent charges on his PayPal account, adding up to about $3,000.  Then, moments later, his bank account balance was at -$888,871.91.
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
For the Class of 2014, No E-Mail or Wristwatches  —  Every year the administrators at Wisconsin's Beloit College put together a list of information about incoming freshmen that is shared with the school's professors.  It's not a list of student names, or the books they'll need to order for class.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
‘Powered By Bing’ Shows Up On Yahoo Search Pages—In Size 8 Font  —  Microsoft's Bing search engine isn't getting much branding play on the “powered by Bing” Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) search result pages, which are making their debut this week.  Do a search on Yahoo, and you'll need a magnifying glass …
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 …
Discussion: mocoNews and Silicon Alley Insider
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Iris Scanners Create the Most Secure City in the World.  Welcome, Big Brother  —  We've all seen and obsessively referenced Minority Report, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's dystopian future, where the public is tracked everywhere they go, from shopping malls to work to mass transit to the privacy of their own homes.
Discussion: Gizmodo
LAPTOP Mag:
Mobile Flash Fail: Weak Android Player Proves Jobs Right  —  I'm the last person on earth who wanted to believe Steve Jobs when he told Walt Mossberg at D8 that “Flash has had its day.”  I took it as nothing more than showmanship when Jobs shared his thoughts on Flash and wrote that …
Los Angeles Times:
Google TV plan is causing jitters in Hollywood  —  Many worry that Silicon Valley will upend the entertainment industry just like the Internet ravaged the music and newspaper industries.  —  The two men leading Google TV believe technological innovation can make TV better and more profitable for everyone.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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