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7:30 PM ET, August 18, 2010

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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: everythingiCafe and iLounge
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
The Facebook Location Perspective, Then and Now  —  Back when I first got a Facebook account as a college student in the spring of 2004, it had a location feature.  There was a space on each user's profile that automatically indicated the dorm cluster from where they'd last logged in, based (I guess?) on their IP address.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web and Google Code Blog
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Status Gets Auto-Suggest  —  Facebook has begun automatically suggesting links to Facebook pages, groups, interests and even other users this morning, offering a drop-down list of suggestions as you type.  —  The feature is reminiscent of Google Suggest, which tries to predict …
Discussion: Inside Facebook, All Facebook and WebProNews, Thanks:rwwmike
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Thou Shalt Not Surprise Users: Twitter Suspends (Then Reinstates) Twifficiency  —  Yesterday, we noted the annoying phenomenon on Twitter that was Twifficiency.  For those unaware (though I'm not sure how you could be), it was a third-party app that hooked into Twitter to calculate a grade for you based on your Twitter usage.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and ReadWriteWeb
Peter Parkes / Skype Mobile:
Skype mobile now available on Verizon Wireless multimedia phones on the BREW platform  —  Six months ago, we announced a strategic relationship between Skype and Verizon Wireless to create the Skype mobile application and make it available on a variety of Verizon Wireless' Android and BlackBerry smartphones.
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.
Discussion: CNET News and Ubergizmo
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Search For Google Docs From Within Gmail (And It Catches Typos, Too)  —  Google may be synonymous with search, but some of the search functionality in its Apps products is sadly lacking — if you want to search for something in Google Docs, Calendar, or Gmail, you've had to do it from within its respective app.
Bostjan Spetic / Z-Blog:
Zemanta now available on WordPress.com … As of today, Zemanta, the ultimate blogging assistant, is available to all of you as a part of the WordPress.com platform.  —  We are proud to announce the launch of our partnership with the most advanced and acclaimed blogging platform in the world …
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
 
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