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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.
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.
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: New York Times and Softpedia News
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.”
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
New Kindle is Here, Selling Like an Unspecified Number of Hotcakes  —  Amazon has announced that it's started shipping its third-generation Kindle e-reader to customers.The new version is thinner and lighter, with a better screen and longer battery life, and it now starts at $139 (for a Wi-Fi version).
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 …
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” …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   New Version of Digg Goes Live For Everyone This Morning
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 …
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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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
$750K for Flowtown's Social Marketing to Existing Customers  —  Yes, Flowtown is yet another social media marketing company, but it's not yet another tool for monitoring customer feedback through their tweets.  Flowtown takes a list of your existing customers' email addresses and delivers profiles …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
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.
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.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
CollegeOnly, a Social Network Just for the University Set  —  When Facebook arrived at my university near the end of my fourth year, I remember feeling a huge wave of relief.  —  Not because I had an easy way to keep in touch with my friends after college but because the site arrived …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
Russell Nichols / Government Technology News:
California to Deploy Nation's First Mass Mobile Alert System  —  California and Sprint have officially joined forces to spearhead the nation's first mass mobile alert system, which means warnings about terrorist attacks, wildfires, hurricanes, school shootings and other emergency situations could soon be at citizens' fingertips.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why We Never Talk Anymore  —  While perusing some Nielsen mobile trends data this morning, I was prompted to check my phone bill, and found that I've been using less than 500 minutes a month for past six months.  Wow!  We really don't talk anymore!  —  In the last few decades …
Discussion: Black Web 2.0, IntoMobile and Internet2Go, 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.
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Gets a Movie Library, Actually A Few Of Them  —  Since the launch of the Boxee Beta in January, users been vocal about their love of the TV Show Library - one place to search and browse full-length TV Shows from major networks across the web.  For episodic content online, we think it's the best experience you'll find.
 
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Andreessen Horowitz Seeks $650 Million for New Fund
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Loses E-Book Deal
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple To Dominate Tablet Market Through 2012, iSuppli Says
Discussion: Inquirer and iSuppli
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Mobile Maps Are Moving Indoors To Pinpoint Specific Items On Store Shelves
Discussion: GigaOM and Google Maps Mania, Thanks:atul
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
StreetSpace Sues Google, Nokia, Apple, Mobile Ad Networks …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Third-party iPad clamshell keyboard case revealed in FCC filing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sketchy Startup Promises Facebook Stock To Investors
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Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Users are still idiots, cough up personal data despite warnings
Discussion: broadstuff
Keith Andrew / PocketGamer:
Qwiboo's Vladimir Roth on why piracy is thriving on iPad
Discussion: TUAW, The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
The JobsBloggers / Microsoft JobsBlog:
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Elevation Moving to Acquire a Large Stake in Pandora
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Where the Startups Are, By Zip Code
Discussion: PeteSearch
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
Firefox Panorama: Tab Candy Evolved