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10:05 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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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
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 …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and The Next Web
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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.
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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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
My Theory: Maybe Phone Calls in Gmail are About Phone Calls in Gmail?
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.
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Join Diaspora Blog:
An Overdue Update  —  Since August is nearly over, it is time for an update and answers to some questions.  We have been coding.  We have Diaspora working, we like it, and it will be open-sourced on September 15th.  —  We are spending a good chunk of time concentrating on building clear, contextual sharing.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Epicenter and Mashable!
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: iPodNN, iLounge and AppleInsider
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 and TNW Social Media
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Alex Wilhelm / TNW Social Media:
What Digg Needs To Change To Keep Its Users Happy
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
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.
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Facebook: Actually, there are 44 million active monthly users of our iPhone app, not 104 million  —  Yesterday, the internet collective noticed that Facebook was claiming some astonishing monthly active user figures on its respective app fan pages.  At the time, Facebook was showing …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com, TUAW and iLounge
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and Gizmodo
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.
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: ReveNews, GigaOM and Screenwerk
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 …
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: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and DailyTech
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
 
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Charges Settled Over Fake Reviews on iTunes
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and WebProNews
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
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Investors Push Blogging Platform Six Apart And Ad Network VideoEgg Toward Merger
Discussion: VentureBeat
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: 
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Sony: Expect game discs for at least 10 years
Discussion: mcvuk.com, Ars Technica and Techland
Bloomberg:
Intel Said to Be Near Purchase of Infineon's Wireless Unit
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]
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
MPEG LA: H.264 Streaming Will Be Free Forever
Flood Lite:
Apple's Attention to Detail
Discussion: Switched and Geekosystem, Thanks:atul