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1:30 AM ET, August 27, 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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Realtime Search Gets Home Page, Conversation View, Alerts & Geosearch  —  Google Realtime Search has finally gained its own home page, as well as some new tools including “conversations view,” Google Alerts for real time content and the ability to see tweets filtered by geography.  —  New Home Page
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 …
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Suzanne Choney / Technolog:
Gmail calling takes off, but not without bumps  —  Google's Gmail “Call phone” link in the e-mail program makes it easy to place free calls — for now — within the United States and Canada.  —  More than 1 million calls were placed from Gmail's free calling service in its first 24 hours …
Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Use Gmail to make VoIP calls: Hands-on review
Carl Sjogreen / Facebook Developer Blog:
Social From the Ground Up  —  At Facebook, we are huge believers in what a small dedicated team with a unique perspective can accomplish.  We've already seen how a group of startups who built social interactions into the core of their product experience have completely changed how people play games online …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Begin Giving Y Combinator Startups VIP Treatment  —  Startups that enter the Y Combinator program don't generally do it for the money alone — most companies receive $20,000 or less in seed funding.  Instead, they do it for the exposure, connections, mentors, and resources that the YC program affords.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Pay More Than Half A Billion Dollars To Jump-Start Windows Phone 7  —  Editor's note: The following guest post is by Kim-Mai Cutler.  —  Nearly four years after Apple launched the iPhone and two years after Google open-sourced the code for its Android operating system …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Diaspora Three Weeks Away From Unveiling Open-Source Facebook Alternative  —  Remember Diaspora?  You'll be forgiven if you don't.  Since they received a lot of hype as the open-source “Facebook Alternative” this past May, they've been quiet.  In fact, they hadn't given any updates on their progress since early July.
Discussion: Mashable!
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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 …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Leaked Case Design Suggests iPod Nano May Gain Smaller Square Form Factor
Discussion: eWeek, iLounge and iPodNN
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Exchange ActiveSync to arrive on Hotmail on Monday  —  REDMOND, Wash.—One of the features promised as part of the latest update to Hotmail will arrive next week, CNET has learned.  —  In an interview here on Thursday, Microsoft's Dharmesh Mehta told CNET that Exchange ActiveSync …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Power Diggers React To New Version of Digg (video)  —  Yesterday the big news wasn't that Lindsay Lohan is out of rehab.  The real news was that the new version of the social news site Digg launched to the public.  Alex from Next Web has an overview of the new Digg.
Discussion: GigaOM, Andy Beard and TNW Social Media
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
What Digg Needs To Change To Keep Its Users Happy
Discussion: Redmond Pie and ReadWriteWeb
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Developer of Tablets Loses Apple as Customer  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple severed ties with a small Silicon Valley design firm that for nearly a decade had helped with the development of some of its products, after the firm showcased its own prototype tablet computer.
foursquare:
Am I mayor yet?  —  We made a quick yet long-awaited tweak to our apps today.  When you're getting close to winning a Mayorship (within 10 check-ins), you'll now see how far away you are from ousting the current Mayor.  You'll see the count in the post check-in screen when you check into a place.
Pete Warden / HubSpot:
The March Of Twitter: Analysis of How And Where Twitter Spread  —  To answer that question I created a visual history of Twitter's growth, feeding data from Dharmesh Shah (developer of TwitterGrader.com) into OpenHeatMap to produce an animated visualization of the service's growth …
Discussion: PeteSearch, Thanks:atul
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
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Charges Settled Over Fake Reviews on iTunes  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Savvy Internet users know that glowing online reviews of things like books or restaurants can't always be trusted.  But federal regulators are giving notice that if you stand to gain financially from the review you are writing, you should be up front about it.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacNN and WebProNews
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, WebProNews and Electronista, Thanks:atul
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Over 88% of Hulu Plus Content is Already Available for Free on Hulu.com  —  A new analysis of all the content available on Hulu Plus reveals that over 88% of all the full-length TV program episodes available in the $10/mo subscription service are already freely accessible on Hulu.com.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Digg's Matt Van Horn leaving for start-up Path  —  Matt Van Horn, business development director at social news site Digg, is departing for Path—the ultra-stealthy start-up co-founded by former Facebook executive Dave Morin and Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's “Platmobile” Team Working On Eliminating Mobile Password Entry  —  Earlier this evening, Facebook held an developer's garage event at their headquarters — sort of like a State of the Union for third-party developers.  Notably, they announced a new partnership with Y Combinator …
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
HP Ups The Ante For 3PAR; Offers $1.8B In Cash For Data Storage Company  —  This morning, we saw Dell's announcement 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.
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 …
Nova Spivack / GigaOM:
Trailmeme and the Web of Intent  —  The quickened pace of content production and distribution have created a stream of information that we have trouble focusing our attention on, much less our intention.  Establishing (indeed, re-establishing) a true Web of Intent will require different interaction …
Discussion: Nova Spivack
Google Code Blog:
Google Buzz API adds Track and some improvements  —  Let's say you're really interested in coffee and tea and would like to know every time someone talks about them.  You've been able to do that for the web with Google Alerts.  Now you will be able to do the same thing for Google Buzz with our latest feature: Track.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
FTC drops P2P file sharing probe of LimeWire  —  Agency cites upgrades to LimeWire software that aim to prevent inadvertent P2P file sharing  —  Computerworld - In a rare break for LimeWire, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week decided to drop its investigation into the embattled …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Index Ventures Buys Into Etsy, Triples Valuation To Nearly $300 Million
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Facebook: Actually, there are 44 million active monthly users …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com, TUAW and iLounge
Sameer Soleja / Baker Institute Blog:
Why Google and Verizon shouldn't be the gatekeepers of net neutrality
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Ford Uses Wi-Fi to Customize Cars
Agence France Presse:
RIM makes offer to end BlackBerry crisis in India
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Tonight the Lights Go Down on Netscape's Silicon Valley HQ
Discussion: CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sometimes I Just Want To Copy Someone Else's Status, Word For Word …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Hey Facebook, Here Are Some Other Companies You Can Bully Or Sue
Richard Barley / TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck User Streams Preview: Open To All
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
SkyFire for iPhone To Be Submitted To Apple Next Week?
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
Google Trademarks a Computer Called the Speedbook [Update]
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Groupon Preps for More National Marketers After $11 Million Gap Promo
Discussion: GigaOM, ReveNews and Screenwerk
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
ITunes Music Update: Think Social, Not Streaming