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8:50 PM ET, August 20, 2010

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
It's Official: Google Acquires Like.com  —  It's official.  Google has acquired Like.com.  In a post on Like.com's homepage, the company's CEO and Founder Munjal Shah writes that the visual search engine has been bought by Google.  We originally reported the acquisition last weekend.  Updating.
Discussion: Fortune and The Next Web
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Jobs: Software Update to Address iOS 4 Performance Issues on iPhone 3G ‘Coming Soon’  —  A new email from Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears to confirm that the company will soon be issuing a software update to address issues with the iPhone 3G's performance under iOS 4.
Wilson Rothman / msnbc.com:
Facebook is the new Google  —  If Facebook keeps acting like Google, how soon until the two titans clash?  —  With the arrival of Facebook Places , Facebook is showing (not for the first time) that it has the power to steamroll friends and competitors alike.
Thanks:wjrothman
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Facebook Places: The Real Target Is Yelp  —  Most of the attention paid to Facebook Places, the new location feature that the social network launched on Thursday, has focused either on the privacy implications of the service, or on the impact that it could have on location-based startups such as Foursquare …
Hot Potato:
We've Moved to Facebook  —  It's been an exciting year at Hot Potato.  Since going live last November, we've been inspired and energized by your reaction to the service and people's appetite for socializing around activities and live events.  —  Today, we're thrilled to announce …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed Hot Potato: Yup, Facebook Bought 'Em, Will Soon Shut Them Down
Discussion: DailyFinance and silicontap.com
Wall Street Journal:
LG Readies Tablet, Optimus Smartphones  —  SEOUL—LG Electronics Inc., which was late to the smartphone game, said it plans to launch 10 more smartphones and sell five million devices by the end of the year in a scramble to compete with rivals.  —  The South Korean company also plans to launch …
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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
LG To The WSJ, “Our tablet will be better than the iPad.”
Discussion: TechCrunch and GeekSugar
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Google TV demo shows off Dish Network integration, universal search (video)  —  For those still wavering over the possibility of dropping a few Ben Franklins on something rocking the Google TV logo this fall, maybe the best idea is to get to know this new flavor of Android a bit better.
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:   An In-Depth Look at the Google TV Interface
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Tweet Button Bookmarklet: Share links from any page  —  Last week, we announced an easy-to-install and lightweight Tweet Button that allows publishers to make it easy for users to share a link to their content on Twitter.  Thousands of sites have implemented the Tweet Button already.
Esther Dyson / Project Syndicate:
The Future of Internet Search  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights  —  NEW YORK - Imagine that Googling an address gave you a list of the closest buildings, ranked by distance.  Not exactly what you were looking for, most likely.  But that is pretty close to what we still accept for most Internet searches.
Thanks:atul
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Digg's Founder Kevin Rose Says New CEO, Website Are Both About a Week Away  —  Digg Inc., the Web service that lets people rate news stories, is about a week away from hiring a new chief executive officer and will soon overhaul its site to make the content more relevant to users, founder Kevin Rose said.
Discussion: Neowin.net, Erictric and The Next Web
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Creep Executive Officer  —  In a weekend WSJ interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Schmidt said: … Nick Carr, quoting the above, quips: … But Carr doesn't even mention the oddest part of the WSJ interview: … I've been thinking about this since Saturday.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Computerworld, Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Infoaxe raises $3M to make online bookmarks obsolete  —  Infoaxe, a startup that helps helps users find better search results based on their Web history, just announced that it has raised $2 million in a first round of funding.  —  The Sunnyvale, Calif. company's main product is an add-on for Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
German Guy Wants to Photograph Those Buildings People Want to Exclude from Google Street View  —  Spiegel reports that German photographer and IT consultant Jens Best wants to personally take snapshots of all those (German) buildings which people asked Google Street View to remove.
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
The Fading Glory of the Television and Telephone  —  One day you're the brightest star in the galaxy.  Then something new comes along — and suddenly you're a relic.  It's a turn of fate that awaits sports heroes, movie stars, political leaders.  And, yes, even household appliances.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile G2 again, this time with less Mr. Blurrycam  —  So we just got a second batch of T-Mobile G2 shots dropped in our mailbox — and this time, you can get a much better look at the inner workings of the carrier's version of the upcoming HTC Vision.  [Looks like this bad boy slides and tilts …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Textbooks Up Their Game  —  Inkling Adapting College Best Sellers for iPad, Capitalizing on Interactive Features  —  Maybe the iPad will move digital college textbooks out of theory and into practice.  —  Although electronic book sales have exploded, digital college textbooks have been slow …
John Leyden / The Register:
Trojan-ridden warning system implicated in Spanair crash  —  Cascading fail  —  Malware may have been a contributory cause of a fatal Spanair crash that killed 154 people two years ago.  —  Spanair flight number JK 5022 crashed with 172 on board moments after taking off from Madrid's Barajas Airport …
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Best Buy To Focus On Tablets For Holidays  —  Best Buy is known for stocking thousands of electronic gadgets.  To date, that assortment has included just one tablet computer-Apple's iPad-but that will change in coming months, Forbes has learned.  —  “Going into the holidays …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Has Been Trying (And Failing) To Trademark “Check-In”  —  You'd be hard-pressed to find a hotter term in technology right now than “check-in.”  Following Facebook's entry into the location space with Places, it will soon be a term that hundreds of million of web users know well.
Discussion: Regular Geek and ReadWriteWeb
Joab Jackson / CIO.com:
HTML5 Raises New Security Issues  —  As HTML5 enhances the Web, so too will it bring new vulnerabilities, security experts warn  —  IDG News Service — When it comes to new security issues, the security team for the Firefox browser have the new version of the Web HyperText Markup Language, HTML5, foremost on the mind.
Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Zynga in Hot Water with San Francisco City Attorney Over ‘Mafia Wars’ Marketing  —  The San Francisco City Attorney's office is going after social-gaming company Zynga — maker of such popular Facebook applications as FarmVille and Mafia Wars — for what it calls an “illegal and actionable” …
Justin Yu / Crave: The gadget blog:
FleshDrives pitch plug-and-play adult content  —  “Hundreds of adult movies in the palm of your hand” is the motto behind New York-based FleshDrive, a new company selling USB thumbdrives filled with porn.  The small devices are targeted at busy travelers and others looking/lurking for virus-free porn …
Discussion: Techland and GadgetReview
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Foursquare's record check-ins aren't because of Facebook  —  Facebook's latest feature, Places, mimics the core function of another hot startup, Foursquare: announcing to your friends where you are.  The long-expected competition stirred a lot of buzz in Facebook's Silicon Valley turf and Foursquare's home base, media-soaked Manhattan.
Discussion: PC Magazine, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
ISP's top data hog gobbles 2.7TB of data in a month  —  ISPs sometimes complain about “data hogs,” often in the service of ridiculously tight-fisted data caps on Internet service.  But there are users who deserve the porcine label, and Belgian ISP Telenet recently offered a rare picture of them.
Discussion: Tech Eye and Geek.com
Stephen Shankland / Crave:
Google Runs out of Nexus Ones for developers  —  Google scrapped its plan to sell the Nexus One through its own store in July, six months after trying to rewrite the phone market's rules.  With Android developers, though, to whom Google still sells the phone, it's become a bit too desirable at least measured by Google's inventory.
Computerworld:
Chrome 6 Beta May Hint at Mythical Chrome OS Tablet  —  The latest beta of Chrome 6 is out, and its menus havw been optimized for touch—complete with buttons for copying, pasting, as well as zooming in on a page.  Could this be a taste of what the rumored Chrome OS tablet will be like?  Maybe.
Discussion: internetnews.com
 
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
ICANN Asks Demand Media for Answers After Report
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
IDC: U.S. Internet Advertising Rose 15 Percent In Second Quarter
Discussion: Macsimum News and IDC
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google Makes it Easier to Monetize iPad Apps
Motley Fool:
Why Apple and Facebook May Be BFFs
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google patches 10 Chrome bugs, pays out $10K in bounties
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
FCC member blasts Google-Verizon plan, says it favors the rich
Discussion: BetaNews and GamePolitics News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Official: Google Now Lets One Domain Dominate Search Results
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Analyst: Yahoo Should Invest In Hulu
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Senators Demand Huawei Cyberespionage Answers
Thanks:forbestech
Keith Winstein / Ksplice:
Essay: 3G and me  —  In 2002, I got my first cell phone.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Studios Giving Up on DVD, Pushing VOD Instead
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Verizon invests $400,000 into CardStar to help you carry fewer loyalty …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Here's a Much More Realistic Facetime iPhone 4 Commercial
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia just bought mobile analytics firm Motally
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Hey Verizon, Whoever Made This Is Going To Hell
Discussion: adweek.blogs.com