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9:05 AM ET, August 31, 2010

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Doug Aberdeen / Gmail Blog:
Email overload?  Try Priority Inbox  —  People tell us all that time that they're getting more and more mail and often feel overwhelmed by it all.  We know what you mean—here at Google we run on email.  Our inboxes are slammed with hundreds, sometimes thousands of messages a day …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Launches Priority Inbox to Help You Fight Email Overload  —  Every single day, people send about 294 billion emails and the average knowledge worker spends close 13 hours per week on managing email.  Over the last few months, we have seen a number of tools that help users to manage their email in Google's Gmail more effectively.
Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Galaxy Tab is Verizon Wireless' tablet  —  Guess what we have here, folks?  Confirmation that the very sexy and very unannounced Samsung tablet device for Verizon Wireless is actually Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet.  It is currently sitting pretty in Verizon's internal systems, and a source of ours has sent in proof.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
iTunes song samples may double in length  —  Apple's iTunes, the largest music retailer, will boost the amount of time users are allowed to sample a song, sources told CNET on Monday.  —  On Wednesday, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes the stage at the company's annual September media event …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple survey hints at iTunes streaming video service coming soon?  —  At this point we're fairly certain we'll see updated iPods at Apple's event on Wednesday, but we're still in the dark when it comes to that updated iOS-based Apple TV — we know it's in the works, but we don't know if it's coming this week.
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Digg's top user warned of possible backlash months ago  —  The top Digg user of all time has a surprisingly calm demeanor as he brings up how he warned Digg many months ago about the backlash it's facing.  —  “Keep in mind, I first voiced my concern about this to the Digg team back in March …
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Andy Chu / Search Blog:
Bing for Mobile comes to your Verizon Android  —  Today we are happy to announce the first official Bing for Mobile Android App available to Verizon customers.  You can now download the free Bing App from your Verizon Wireless Android phones' Marketplace.  —  The app homepage features …
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Verizon-only Bing app shows proprietary side of Android
Discussion: MobileContentToday, IntoMobile and Erictric, Thanks:rawmeet
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
AutoCAD coming to iPad, iPhone, returning to Mac  —  Premier design and engineering software back on Mac OS after 18-year absence; iOS version will allow editing and sharing  —  Autodesk is bringing its AutoCAD architecture, design, and engineering software back to the Mac OS after an 18-year absence …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
LG's E900 said to have 1.3GHz Snapdragon inside, handsome looks outside (video)  —  Wherever it is that Mr. Blurrycam calls home, Poland isn't it.  Android.com.pl has the best pre-release shots of the 3.7-inch LG E900 yet, replete with some titillating specs.
Penny MacRae / Agence France Presse:
Now Google, Skype under fire in India  —  NEW DELHI — After BlackBerry won a reprieve, Google and Skype stepped into the firing line Tuesday as India's security agencies widened their crackdown on online communications firms.  —  India's BlackBerry users heaved a sigh of relief late Monday …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Microsoft: Android Hidden Costs Are Expensive  —  According to Business Insider, Microsoft says that Android has hidden costs for cellphone manufacturers much higher than their own $15-per-unit Windows Phone 7 license.  They have some very good points, but others are not so good.  These are their arguments:
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
As E-Book Wars Heat Up, Borders Drops Prices Of Kobo And Aluratek Devices  —  As competition in the e-books device market heats up, Borders is cutting the prices of its leading eReading devices, the Kobo and Aluratek to $129 and $99.99 respectively.  The Kobo was previously priced at $149.99 and the Aluratek was priced at $119.99.
Discussion: MediaMemo and Gizmodo
Telegraph:
iPhone app to replace the stethoscope  —  The iPhone could replace the stethoscope as millions of doctors across the world are signing up for a free app created by University College London.  —  Peter Bentley invented the iStethoscope application which monitors heartbeat through sensors in the phone as just a bit of fun.
Discussion: Guardian and Pocket-lint
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Is A Hot Mess Right Now  —  I think I liked Google Voice better back when it was hard to get an invitation.  Back then it worked most of the time, and the infrequent outages were tolerable given how useful the service is overall.  But over the last week the service has become spotty at best, and unusable at times.
Chang Kim / Blogger Buzz:
Introducing Blogger Stats  —  Posted by Noah Fiedel and Wiktor Gworek, Software Engineers  —  Just in time for our eleventh birthday, we are excited to introduce Stats for Blogger.  First launched to Blogger in Draft back in July, Blogger Stats is a cool real-time stats service that's fully integrated …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web, Thanks:rawmeet
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Google Buys Mobile Social Game Developer SocialDeck  —  In its latest social acquisition, Google has bought mobile game developer SocialDeck, according to a letter posted by the company.  SocialDeck is located in Waterloo, Ontario, close to a regional Google office.
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Twitter Applications and OAuth  —  If you are like most Twitter users, you have used use a third-party Twitter application to read or send Tweets.  As of August 31, Twitter applications will all use OAuth, an authentication method that lets you use apps without them storing your password.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NYTimes.com Connects With Facebook; Users Must Opt In  —  We're not tracking every site that adds log ins using Facebook or Twitter but when the site is a few months away from putting up a paywall—and it's one of the top news sites— it's worth a little attention.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What If UberCab Pulls An Airbnb?  Taxi Business Could (Finally) Get Some Disruption  —  If you live in San Francisco and you haven't tried UberCab yet, do it.  The service, which we first covered in July, eliminates everything bad about a taxi experience.  In my order, that's flagging one down …
Jim Louderback / AdAge:
There, I Said It: Screw Viral Videos  —  Why the Constant Focus on Viral Success Is No Good for the Industry  —  Online video creators, advertisers and producers have an unhealthy fascination with viral videos, and that obsession is dragging down the entire industry.  Why?
Discussion: Geek News Central and FM Blog
Jim / craigslist blog:
For Amber Lyon, CNN  —  I see you've now gotten around to requesting an interview with me or a company spokesperson, 90 days after you ambushed our namesake and founder, Craig Newmark, following his May 20th talk on veteran's affairs and other issues unrelated to craigslist, at a conference in Washington.
Discussion: WebProNews and BoomTown
Caitlin Fitzsimmons / All Facebook:
Facebook Launches Universities Page For Back to School  —  With the current “back to school” advertising blitz, it's hard to forget that American schools, universities and colleges are resuming classes for the new academic year right about now - even if you are not a student or a parent of one.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Local news rivals doom publisher pay walls  —  The local news sites being developed by Yahoo, AOL, Huffington Post and a growing number of other online players will dash the hopes of most newspaper publishers of charging for access to their online content.  —  While newspaper executives …
 
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Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Rixty Solves Credit Problem for Virtual Goods
Discussion: New York Magazine
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft Research takes a second look at multi-touch mice interaction
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wave Still Dead, But Funeral Won't Be Until 2011.  And Data Export Coming.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Roku Tries A Price Reset With Google TV, Apple Whatever In The Wings
Damian Kulash / Washington Post:
OK Go on net neutrality: A lesson from the music industry
Discussion: Engadget and hypebot
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Considering The PayPal Mafia's place in Silicon Valley history
Thanks:atul
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Hulu: We Know That Hulu Plus Sucks, But It's Not Our Fault
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Picks Virginia for Major Data Center
Discussion: Datamation, Beyond Binary and TechFlash, Thanks:rawmeet
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook “Like Farms” Are Spamming Up Your News Feed
Discussion: bingocardcreator.com
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
The Decline and Fall of Chatroulette
Inc.com:
How Google Cost Me $4 Million
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail now supports push email, calendar, and contacts with Exchange ActiveSync