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1:45 PM ET, September 8, 2010

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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Search: now faster than the speed of type  —  Search as you type.  It's a simple and straightforward idea—people can get results as they type their queries.  Imagining the future of search, the idea of being able to search for partial queries or provide some interactive feedback while searching has come up more than a few times.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging Google 'Streaming" Search Event & How To Watch Live  —  Google's holding a highly anticipated “can't miss” press event today.  The news?  Perhaps the new results-as-you-type your search feature that started showing today.  Perhaps something else.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Now Serving 1 Billion Users Each Week  —  Today at their Google Search event in San Francisco, executive Marissa Mayer kicked things off with a big state: Google is now serving 1 billion users each week.  —  Mayer noted that they have some big announcements coming up today (likely these) …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Google announces Google Instant search, coming to mobile this fall  —  We're reporting live from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where Google's just taken the wraps off its latest software product.  The announcement itself is taking its time right now, with background facts …
Steve Rubel / The Steve Rubel Stream:
Google Instant Makes SEO Irrelevant
Discussion: Fortune, Pocket-lint and Gizmodo
Bloomberg:
HP's Bid to Block Hurd's Oracle Move Is Long Shot, Lawyers Say  —  Hewlett-Packard Co.'s lawsuit seeking to block former Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd from working at Oracle Corp. may be hard to win because California's courts favor letting employees move freely, legal experts said.
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Oracle:
Oracle Responds to HP Lawsuit  —  Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) today issued the following statement:  —  “Oracle has long viewed HP as an important partner,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.  “By filing this vindictive lawsuit against Oracle and Mark Hurd, the HP board is acting with utter disregard …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kno Raises $46 Million More To Build “Most Powerful Tablet Anyone Has Ever Made”  —  Marc Andreessen is normally enthusiastic about the startups he's invested in.  Still, when I spoke to him last week about Kno, he surprised me by saying it will be “the most powerful tablet anyone has ever made.”
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPod touch review (2010)  —  At Apple's last event, Steve Jobs called the iPod touch the company's “most popular iPod,” and it's easy to understand why.  In just a few short years, the iPhone-with-no-phone has kept in lockstep with Cupertino's halo device, benefitting from the same kind …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon Buys Amie Street's Digital Music Store, Shuts It Down  —  Add another digital music start-up to the bonfire: Amazon is buying up the retail operations of Amie Street, the online music store it helped fund four years ago, and will then shut it down.  Meanwhile, the Amie Street guys …
asymco:
iTunes app total downloads to overtake songs this year  —  Last week I posted the iTunes download rate graph that showed how Apps are being downloaded much more rapidly than songs and revealed an inflection point in the song rate.  —  Based on the recent updates to iTMS and iTAS on Sept. 1 …
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AppsFire.com blog:   More apps downloaded than songs? not really a surprise …
AppleInsider:
Apple release iOS 4.1 with Bluetooth, proximity sensor fixes  —  Apple on Wednesday released the iOS 4.1 update for recent iPhone and iPod touch models, addressing issues with Bluetooth connectivity and proximity sensor accuracy, and also adding HDR photos the mobile operating system.
Discussion: MacRumors, Engadget and Gizmodo
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple forecast to sell 28M iPads in 2011, chipping away at PC sales  —  Apple's competitively priced iPad is expected to reduce sales of low-end notebook PCs in 2011, when consumers are projected to buy at least 28 million of the touchscreen tablet, one analyst believes.
Nicholas Deleon / TechCrunch:
Facebook Integration Coming To GM's OnStar  —  It's safe to say we've reached the pinnacle of humanity with this next bit of news: you'll soon be able to update your Facebook status using OnStar.  It's the first “entertainment-y” option to be offered by OnStar, perhaps designed to cash …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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Bloomberg:
GM's OnStar Said to Offer Free Services in Challenge to Ford
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Takes Chatter Mobile With iPhone, iPad, Android And BlackBerry Apps  —  As Salesforce's foray into social collaboration, Salesforce Chatter, gains traction amongst enterprise users, it makes sense for the company to launch complimentary mobile apps to the platform.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Antennagate cost Apple 20% of sales  —  But for three times as many people, the lack of a Verizon iPhone is a bigger problem  —  The iPhone 4's widely publicized antenna problems cost Apple (AAPL) some sales this summer, but not nearly as many as its exclusive deal with AT&T (T).
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Xbox 360 250GB plus Kinect bundle priced at $399 in US, £300 in UK  —  Microsoft has chosen the small hours of the night to announce pricing of its second Kinect bundle, which is set for launch along with the standalone and 4GB options on November 4 in the USA and November 10 across Europe.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why iTunes song samples are still only 30 seconds  —  Apple's plan to extend the length of song samples doesn't appear to be dead.  —  “We are in active negotiations with Apple,” about the length of song samples, said Hanna Pantle, a spokeswoman for Broadcast Music Inc., (BMI) …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Microsoft Needs To Make Office Apps For The iPad  —  One thing has been consistent since Apple's iPad launched in April: Apple's iWork apps, its versions of Microsoft Office apps — Word ("Pages"), Excel ("Numbers"), and PowerPoint ("Keynote") — are near the top …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Technologizer, Thanks:rawmeet
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia N8 officially for sale last week of September, UK shops October 1st  —  At last, an official date for Nokia's N8 flagship Symbian^3 handset.  This one's been a long time coming, featuring the first of two major Symbian updates meant to bring Nokia's smartphone division in line with the competition.
Gizmodo:
Justin Bieber Has Dedicated Servers at Twitter  —  Justin Bieber uses 3% of Twitter resources at any moment.  According to a Twitter employee—talking to designer Dustin Curtis—Bieber has “racks of servers dedicated to him.  I'm sure this will excite his haters (hello 4chan!) even more.
 
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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Jim Wiatt, ex-William Morris Chief, Takes Content Strategy Job With AOL
Discussion: MediaMemo
Bloomberg:
Vodafone Sells China Mobile Stake for HK$50.9 Billion
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
In Facebook's Crosshairs
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Google's Mobile Loss in China Kai-fu Lee's Gain?
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:rawmeet
Cari Tuna / Wall Street Journal:
Slow-Going for Web-Privacy Software
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: A Facebook Bill Of Rights
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How Ping Might Grow
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Do People Want ‘Amateur Hour’ on Their TVs?
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Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
Google TV to Roll Out World-Wide Next Year
Melissa Petro / The Huffington Post:
Thoughts From a Former Craigslist Sex Worker
Discussion: PC World
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Chris Sacca's Lowercase Capital Adds $20 Million To Its Coffers
Discussion: Pulse2
Mike Beltzner / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 4 Beta With Faster Graphics and New Audio Capabilities for the Web