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4:25 PM ET, August 26, 2010

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Dylan Casey / The Official Google Blog:
Google Realtime Search: a new home with new tools  —  When we first introduced our real-time search features last December, we focused on bringing relevance to the freshest information on the web.  Our goal was to provide real-time content from a comprehensive set of sources, integrated right into your usual search results.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Realtime: The Good News & the Bad News (Updated)  —  Everyone says Google doesn't “get” social media.  What Google gets better than anyone else in the world, though, is search - combine the two and the company may have found a winning recipe.  —  Today Google announced (our coverage) …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Realtime Search Gets Home Page, Conversation View, Alerts & Geosearch
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lifehacker
Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Use Gmail to make VoIP calls: Hands-on review  —  With Google's Wednesday rollout to Gmail, the built-in Google Talk chat app is finally getting its own voice.  Specifically, a plugin that lets you surface a dial pad so you can launch VoIP calls from the Gmail.com in-box, or from within iGoogle.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Gmail users place 1M calls in 24 hours  —  It looks like Gmail users are already taking advantage of the cheap calling that Google launched yesterday.  The company announced via Twitter that there were 1 million calls placed from Gmail in 24 hours.  —  The feature is particularly attractive …
Discussion: Fortune and NBC Bay Area
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
My Theory: Maybe Phone Calls in Gmail are About Phone Calls in Gmail?
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Gmail Phone Calls Are All About Facebook, Not Skype
Discussion: Verizon, CNNMoney.com and Technologizer
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
ITunes Music Update: Think Social, Not Streaming  —  When will Apple launch a cloud-based version of the iTunes music service that lets you stream your songs to wherever you are, whenever you want?  —  Probably not at Apple's newest product launch next week.
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Jared Newman / PC World:   Dear Apple: Forget Social, Fix iTunes
Dylan Swift / Yelp Official Blog:
Sneak Peak at Yelp Deals  —  Yelp's mission from the beginning has been to connect consumers with  —  great local businesses.  Members of the Yelp community have been and  —  continue to be the driving force behind that mission.  Historically, we  —  have provided value to our 36 million monthly unique visitors by
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Netflix App Now Supports iPhone and iPod Touch  —  As promised, Netflix has finally updated their App Store app [iTunes Link] to support the iPhone and iPod Touch in addition to the iPad. … Netflix originally launched the app for the iPad-only and later revealed that the App would come for all iOS devices.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Netflix on iPhone: You're Gonna Like It
Discussion: Netflix, OStatic blogs and TiPb
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Smaller iPod nano without click wheel could be unveiled at Apple event  —  Rumors of a “significant redesign” of Apple's iPod nano have surfaced, suggesting the company could introduce a smaller device with no click wheel at its event next week.  —  Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros. issued a note …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sometimes I Just Want To Copy Someone Else's Status, Word For Word, And See If They Notice  —  I'm so confused right now.  —  There's this thing spreading around Twitter right now.  It looks like it may be a virus — but it's not.  It's just thousands of people all tweeting the same thing …
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
HP Ups The Ante For 3PAR; Offers $1.8 Billion For Data Storage Company  —  This morning, we saw Dell's announcement this morning that 3PAR had accepted its increased offer to acquire the storage company for $24.30 per share in cash, or approximately $1.6 billion, net of 3PAR's cash.
Discussion: Business Wire
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Dell Matches HP's $1.6 Billion Bid For 3PAR - 3PAR Accepts
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Goes Hunting for a Music Boss  —  Anybody want to run the music division of the world's biggest media company?  Because Google is hiring: The search giant is casting about for an executive to run its music service, which doesn't actually exist yet.  —  Industry sources tell me Google …
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista, Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Hey Facebook, Here Are Some Other Companies You Can Bully Or Sue  —  I've been reading up on Facebook's most recently filed lawsuit, and the more I learn, the more the whole ordeal aggravates me.  —  As you may have heard, the social networking juggernaut has decided to sue …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and p2pnet, Thanks:leenarao
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Flood Lite:
Apple's Attention to Detail  —  In July 2002, Appled filed a patent for a “Breathing Status LED Indicator” (No. US 6,658,577 B2).  They described it as a “blinking effect of the sleep-mode indicator in accordance with the present invention mimics the rhythm of breathing which is psychologically appealing.”
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Geekosystem, Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
MPEG LA: H.264 Streaming Will Be Free Forever  —  MPEG LA is announcing today that it will continue to offer a royalty-free license for the H.264 video codec for video sites that offer free video streams to consumers “during the entire life of this (l)icense.”
Adam Cohen / Time:
The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves  —  Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go.  This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Mike Prospero / LAPTOP Mag:
Android Battery Test Reveals Droid X Lasts Longest, AMOLED Handsets Trail  —  Ever since the first Android phone appeared, we've been developing a battery test that would accurately gauge their endurance, and lend some objective data to our anecdotal tests.Finally, we've come up with one …
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Has Google Purged Places Of Yelp?  All Signs Point To Yes.  —  Well, this is curious.  —  From our checks, it seems like Google has completely omitted Yelp reviews from Google Places.  As you may recall, Yelp has been frustrated by Google's recent decision to pump up its Places service with Yelp's content— without Yelp's consent.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
SkyFire for iPhone To Be Submitted To Apple Next Week?  —  SkyFire.  Heard of it?  It's the smartphone browser that was chewing through Flash video and other rich media long before any of the built-in browsers were supporting such things — and on a number of platforms, it's still the only option.
Adam Rifkin / GigaOM:
Why Google Has No Game  —  A few weeks ago, I wrote Pandas and Lobsters: Why Google Cannot Build Social Applications, a post that dissected why Google doesn't get social.  Since then, Google appears to have stepped up its efforts to develop a coherent social strategy.
Discussion: FM Blog and MediaPost
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Groupon Preps for More National Marketers After $11 Million Gap Promo  —  Touts Ability to Generate Foot Traffic as Key  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It looks like Groupon will be topping retailers' holiday wish lists.  —  Since last week's national Gap promotion, Groupon's phones …
Discussion: GigaOM and Screenwerk
Wall Street Journal:
The ABCs of E-Reading  —  New Devices Are Changing Habits.  People Are Reading More, Even While in a Kayak  —  People who buy e-readers tend to spend more time than ever with their nose in a book, preliminary research shows.  —  A study of 1,200 e-reader owners by Marketing …
Richard Barley / TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck User Streams Preview: Open To All  —  I think it's fair to say that the reaction to our User Streams Preview version of TweetDeck was extremely positive.  —  TechCrunch called it “Crack for Real-time Web Junkies”.  The Next Web summarised their experience succinctly as “Twitter in real time.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Tonight the Lights Go Down on Netscape's Silicon Valley HQ
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Power Diggers React To New Version of Digg (video)
Discussion: The Next Web
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Over 88% of Hulu Plus Content is Already Available for Free on Hulu.com
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
What Digg Needs To Change To Keep Its Users Happy
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Sony: Expect game discs for at least 10 years
Discussion: mcvuk.com, Techland and Ars Technica
Bloomberg:
Intel Said to Be Near Purchase of Infineon's Wireless Unit
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Electronista
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's ‘iAd for Developers’ May Not Be Cost-Effective
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
DISNEY, WARNER BROS. SUE TO STOP ADVERTISING ON PIRATE WEBSITES
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Next Web
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
Google Trademarks a Computer Called the Speedbook [Update]
Heather Smith / Bloomberg:
Google Street-View Car Searched by Paris Privacy Regulators Before Ruling
Rob Dolin / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live and Activity Streams
Discussion: TechNet Blogs, Thanks:chrismessina
Matt Asay / GigaOM:
Apple Doesn't Target Markets. It Targets People
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Mophie and Intuit partner to create Complete Card Solution …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Slide's Max Levchin Becomes a VP of Engineering at Google
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