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10:40 AM ET, August 25, 2010

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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google testing voice calling in Gmail  —  Google could be ready to turn Gmail into a communications hub by adding the ability to make phone calls from the Google Chat interface.  —  CNET has learned that Google is testing a Web-based service within Gmail that will allow users to place phone calls from their inboxes.
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Prepare New 99-Cent TV Show Rental Service  —  Apple Inc. is in advanced talks with News Corp. to let iTunes users rent TV shows for 99 cents and is in discussions with other media companies about similar deals, said three people familiar with the plan.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
New Apple TV will have ARM processor, App Store access - report  —  Like the iPhone 4 and iPad, the new Apple TV will run the iOS operating system and be powered by a processor with ARM architecture, and will also have access to the App Store, according to one prominent analyst.
Discussion: Softpedia News and New York Times
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Follow: The Twitter-Eater, The Preemptive Google Me-Killer  —  Up until a few months ago, I was using Facebook the same way I was using Twitter.  That is, I was allowing anyone to follow me.  But it was different.  With Twitter, anyone can follow me without my approval.
Discussion: Telegraph
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Updates Friend List Interface Again, Hoping to Increase Usage
Adam Vaughan / Guardian:
Apple blocks iPhones from green ranking scheme  —  Scheme rates handsets on factors such as ecological impact of raw materials, manufacturing process and energy efficiency  —  • iPhone app pitches climate change science against scepticism  —  Apple has refused to allow its iPhones …
Arthur Brice / CNN:
3 Colombian teens on Facebook hit list killed in past 10 days  —  The hit list on Facebook gave the people named three days to leave the town of Puerto Asis, Colombia, or be executed  —  (CNN) — Three teens who were on a 69-name hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days …
Discussion: Gawker and NPR
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon: New Kindles Selling At Record Rates, U.S. Store Now Has Over 670,000 Books  —  Amazon has announced today that more “next generation Kindles were ordered in the first four weeks of availability than in the same timeframe following any other Kindle launch, making the new Kindles the fastest-selling ever.”
Arron La:
Android Revenue - Advanced Task Manager  —  Background  —  “Advanced Task Manager” is an Android application I created in February 2009.  At that time, it was needed mainly to kill running services that a number of applications spawned but never ended.  Some of these services would start …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Defense official discloses cyberattack  —  Now it is official: The most significant breach of U.S. military computers was caused by a flash drive inserted into a U.S. military laptop on a post in the Middle East in 2008.  —  In an article to be published Wednesday discussing the Pentagon's cyberstrategy …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Hey, Digg — This 17-Year-Old Knows What You Are Thinking  —  Hard-core Digg users and fans of the link-sharing site — the so-called “Digg Nation” — spend a lot of their time trying to push their favorite links to the front page, competing with each other for the number of “diggs” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GameCrush Is Crushing It.  Investors Agree.  —  San Francisco based GameCrush is part happy hour at the local bar, part old school “900 chat line.”  Users come to the site to play games with others, and there's a video/audio cam.  The only hitch is that you have to pay $.60/minute to do so.
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Orkut Now Encouraging Users to Project Different Personas to Different People  —  The Google-owned social network Orkut is not well-known in the U.S., but it's extremely popular in India and Brazil - that is, until Facebook started catching up.  But Orkut just announced a new feature that makes it look pretty good.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Is this Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 9 interface?  —  Microsoft has delivered four developer previews of Internet Explorer (IE) 9 so far, but has yet to show off the new interface for its next-generation browser.  That is expected to happen on September 15, during Microsoft's beta launch event in San Francisco.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Finance Now Looks Better In Your Mobile Browser  —  If you go to Google Finance on your iPhone or Android via the mobile browser, it looks a lot like an app.  You can enter a ticker symbol or company name in the search box at the top to generate a current price and stock chart.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
‘Angry Birds’ iPhone Game To Get Line Of Toys, Possibly Movie  —  According to Variety, Rovio, the company that makes ‘Angry Birds’ has been shopping the beloved iPhone game around Hollywood, and currently rolling out some franchising deals. … While we can't say anything definite …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Motorola Snaps Up 280 North For $20 Million  —  Motorola has acquired Y Combinator startup 280 North, we've confirmed.  We haven't confirmed, but have heard from multiple sources, that the price is around $20 million.  This is a sizable exit for the founders - the company has raised just $250,000 in a 2008 angel round.
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Phone to console real time gaming coming to Windows Phone 7  —  In a surprisingly information-packed interview at Microsoft's X'10 event in Toronto, RGBFilter managed to get the Microsoft rep, Greg Milligan, Mobility Solutions Manager.  Microsoft Canada to admit to quite a scoop.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Users are still idiots, cough up personal data despite warnings  —  Study after study has shown that users are the weak link when it comes to security.  Some of it, however, is not their fault: best security practices often go against everything we know about human behavior or mental capacity.
Discussion: broadstuff
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: HTC's Windows Phone 7-equipped T8788 breaks cover for AT&T  —  In case you needed any more evidence that AT&T is going all-in with Windows Phone 7, take a gander at this little beast, a phone known only as the HTC T8788 at this point (rest assured, you'll get a snappy, memorable …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Ad Firm Sued for Allegedly Re-Creating Deleted Cookies  —  Specificmedia, one of the net's largest ad-serving and tracking companies, has been hit with a federal lawsuit accusing the company of violating computer intrusion laws by secretly re-creating cookies deleted by users.
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog, Thanks:atul
Brian Caulfield / Velocity:
Is Facebook About To Use ARM Chips In Its Data Centers?  No!  —  For any geek — or anyone who pays attention at all to the fortunes of big tech companies — it was a truly tantalizing rumor.  Too bad it turned out to be untrue.  No, Facebook is not planning to switch to servers based on the same ARM design used in Apple's iPhone.
The JobsBloggers / Microsoft JobsBlog:
The Top Three hottest new majors for a career in technology  —  Have you ever wondered what fields of study are hot right now in the world of technology?  Or maybe you're starting to think about declaring your major and you're looking for some real world guidance?
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Mobile Maps Are Moving Indoors To Pinpoint Specific Items On Store Shelves  —  One of the biggest limitations to GPS is that it doesn't work indoors.  Your phone might be able to navigate you to the front door of the mall, but finding the store, much less the box of Rice-A-Roni on the shelf—forget about it.
Discussion: GigaOM and Google Maps Mania, Thanks:atul
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
StreetSpace Sues Google, Nokia, Apple, Mobile Ad Networks For Infringement Of Location-Based Ads Patent  —  StreetSpace is a company you probably haven't heard of, but it's not a so-called “patent troll” seeking to cash in on unimplemented intellectual property.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Third-party iPad clamshell keyboard case revealed in FCC filing  —  A new third-party iPad peripheral coming soon to the U.S. will turn Apple's touchscreen tablet into more of a traditional laptop form factor, with a clamshell case that provides tactile input via an attached Bluetooth keyboard.
 
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Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
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Keith Andrew / PocketGamer:
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Discussion: TUAW, The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Elevation Moving to Acquire a Large Stake in Pandora
Discussion: VatorNews, Thanks:chirag_mehta
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
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