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11:40 AM ET, August 26, 2010

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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.
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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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Gmail Phone Calls Are All About Facebook, Not Skype  —  Google just made it easy for U.S.-based Gmail users to make and receive calls right inside their browsers using technology from Google Voice.  —  The move has prompted some to speculate that Google is going after Skype …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Mitch Wagner / Computerworld:
Google Apps left out of voice chat update
Discussion: Phones Review
Peter Nowak / SEX, BOMBS & BURGERS:   Gmail Voice about future search, not free calls
David Pogue / New York Times:
New Kindle Leaves Rivals Farther Back  —  Too bad there's not a reality TV show called “America's Most Freaked-Out Tech-Company Meetings,” where you watch classic panicked board meetings.  For example, when the Apple employee left an iPhone 4 prototype in a bar.
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.
Matt Asay / GigaOM:
Apple Doesn't Target Markets.  It Targets People  —  It's fascinating to watch enterprise adoption of Apple technology given its apparent disdain for this market.  According to The Wall Street Journal, businesses are tripping over themselves to justify iPad purchases, just a few years …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Dell Matches HP's $1.6 Billion Bid For 3PAR - 3PAR Accepts  —  Dell announced this morning that 3PAR has 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.  —  Dell had previously signed an agreement …
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.”
Thanks:atul
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Mophie and Intuit partner to create Complete Card Solution for iPhone, try to make Square look square  —  Who knew that credit card processing would be the new hotness for smartphones?  The Square mobile payment system has been making waves by letting small businesses receive credit card payment directly on their smartphones.
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
Kevin Rose / Digg Blog:
Digg Version 4  —  I'm excited to announce that today we opened up the newest version of our Digg platform.  We've been working hard on this next evolution of Digg (what we've been calling “v4") and everyone here is really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the changes we've made.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Digg Trying Hard — Maybe Too Hard — to Stay Relevant
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Adobe updates Web-based Photoshop, no longer demands membership  —  Now approaching its third year online, Adobe's Web-based photo editing suite Photoshop Express underwent a significant redesign which launched Wednesday.  Adobe Photoshop Express Editor, Organizer, and Uploader are included in the refresh.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Pulse2 and Download Squad
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Adobe Photoshop Express for Android taken for a spin, leaves me a little unsatisfied
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Slide's Max Levchin Becomes a VP of Engineering at Google  —  Max Levchin, who was the chief executive of Slide and a PayPal co-founder, has landed a new title at Google as a vice president of engineering, we've confirmed with the company.  It's the latest leadership adjustment since …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
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.
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.”
Discussion: Download Squad and Business Wire
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Cisco To Acquire ExtendMedia In Bid To Ramp Up Its IP Video Services  —  Cisco this morning announced its intent to purchase privately-held and venture-backed ExtendMedia, a provider of software-based Content Management Systems that helps media companies and network operators manage digital video content.
Adam Smith / Adam Smith's Blog:
Thoughts After Y Combinator Demo Day  —  There's lots of motion in the ocean in the early stage investing world.  TechCrunch has a write-up on the companies that presented at Y Combinator's demo day yesterday.  I had several of my own thoughts.  —  Quality  — The average company quality is up.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP acquires privately held Stratavia  —  Hewlett-Packard, which is in a bidding war with Dell for 3Par, said Thursday it acquired Stratavia, a database and application automation outfit.  —  The Denver-based Stratavia is privately held.  Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
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 …
Discussion: Fast Company, Thanks:itsdae
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sprout Social Debuts Social Media Management Platform For Businesses  —  As more businesses look to social media for marketing efforts and to drive sales, there is a need for a comprehensive, yet easy to use platform to manage interactions on social networks.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Rob Dolin / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live and Activity Streams  —  Did you know that Microsoft's Windows Live has been actively embracing the emerging Activity Streams open standard?  —  About a month ago, I traveled to Portland, Oregon, USA to participate in a “Federated Social Web Summit” organized the day before OSCON …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs, Thanks:chrismessina
 
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Richard / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Discussion: Techdirt
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Caitlin Fitzsimmons / All Facebook:
Now QR Codes Can Generate Likes On Facebook
Discussion: Screenwerk and SFGate, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
Quora:
Why does the Facebook Places icon so obviously contain a “four” in a “square”?
Discussion: All Facebook and TechCrunch
Danah Boyd / Technology Review:
Why Privacy Is Not Dead
Thanks:rawmeet