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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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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Thoughts on Google Instant  —  The blogosphere is absorbing today's announcement of Google Instant.  I wanted to give some context and some thoughts.  —  Google's web search (and web search infrastructure) team tries to do several things well:  — We want the most comprehensive index of the web.
Stephen Hood / unique hazards may exist:
Google Instant is an example of how Yahoo could have won in search  —  Today Google launched Google Instant, and make no mistake: this is big.  It's far more than just a new fancy interface.  It's a fundamental change to a user interaction model that's been largely unchallenged for years.
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Just Killed The “I'm Feeling Lucky Button”  —  Google just effectively offed one of it's oldest, quirkiest features - the “I'm Feeling Lucky” button.  —  The good news is that in the process, Google added at least another hundred million dollars in revenue.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and GigaOM
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
The Google Alphabet  —  Google's new search feature …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Instant Will Save 350 Million Hours Of User Time Per Year
Discussion: Faster Forward, SFGate and CNET News
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Check Your iPhone 4's Antenna Reception With Field Test Mode In iOS 4.1  —  Now you can put your iPhone into field test mode, which will allow to easily and precisely test your cell signal reception quality.  You just need to follow these two easy steps:  • First, upgrade your iPhone 4—or any iPhone—to iOS 4.1.
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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.
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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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.”
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Boxee Embraces HTML5, Switches to Webkit  —  Boxee is going to switch its integrated web browser from Mozilla's Gecko to Webkit with its next major update, I was told by Boxee Lead Apps Developer and Community Evangelist Rob Spectre.  The switch is an attempt to make full use of HTML5 within Boxee …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and Electronista
Dr. Siddharth Shah / Efficient Frontier Insights:
Google Instant: Potential Implications for the Advertiser  —  Google just unveiled Google Instant, where the search engine adjusts results in real time as the user types in the query.  Google claims that Instant Search leads to 2-5 seconds of time savings per query.
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Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:   Will 'Google Instant" Distract From Google Ads? …
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) …
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.
Tomio Geron / Wall Street Journal:
Incubator Coaxes Start-Ups Out of Their Shells  —  Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator recently held a daylong pitch session that underlined the organization's growing clout in the region.  —  At the event last month, 36 new companies that completed a start-up program run by Y Combinator pitched …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
After Google Incident, Wi-Fi Data Collection Goes on  —  Four months ago, amidst a backlash from government regulators and privacy advocates, Google stopped collecting Wi-Fi data with its Street View cars.  But that doesn't mean Google has stopped collecting wireless data altogether, and neither have other companies such as Apple.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Jane Wells / Tech Check:
Apple Pulls Back the Curtain for One Company  —  Apple is famous, or infamous, for not working well with others.  It would rather make its own digital music player than let iTunes play on a different device.  Ping doesn't connect to Facebook.  Flash won't play on iPads.  —  That just changed.
Discussion: MacRumors
Peter Jamison / sfweekly.com:
FarmVillains  —  Steal someone else's game.  Change its name.  Make millions.  Repeat.  —  One of the Internet's greatest success stories in 2010 can be found in a former potato chip factory on Vermont Street in Potrero Hill.  This is the original office of Zynga, the S.F.-based creator of online …
Discussion: GamePolitics News, Thanks:ceelew
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).
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 …
Gabe Rivera / The Atlantic Wire:
MEDIA DIET: Gabe Rivera: What I Read  —  How do people deal with the torrent of information that rains down on us all?  What's the secret to staying on top of the news without surrendering to the chaos of it?  In this series, we ask people who seem well-informed to describe their media diets.
David Pogue / New York Times:
In Season 9, iPods Still Get High Ratings  —  CUPERTINO, Calif.—At a special press event today, Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, unveiled a new lineup of iPod models, just in time for the holiday season.  The diminutive iPod Shuffle still has no screen and is still made of brushed aluminum …
Discussion: Bits, Gadget Lab, Gizmodo, SlashGear and Engadget
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 …
Discussion: Fortune
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
VLC Submits iPad App to App Store  —  Video support on Apple's mobile devices is far from universal and that's an issue that Applidium hopes to solve with its submission of VLC, the open-source video player, to the App Store.  —  According to the company's release, “if everything goes well …
Discussion: App Advice and Applidium
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
European Parliament passes anti-ACTA declaration
Associated Press:
NY town votes to stop Google Earth pool searches
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix still after first-run films
Discussion: Electronista and NewTeeVee
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Hand-Write Your Searches in Yahoo! Taiwan and Hong Kong
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Microsoft previews more of Office 2011
Discussion: MacRumors
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Qualcomm: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon devices to arrive at end of 2011, 1.2GHz in Q1
Nicholas Deleon / TechCrunch:
Facebook Integration Coming To GM's OnStar
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How Ping Might Grow