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1:45 AM ET, September 9, 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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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: TechCrunch, Yahoo! Search Blog and CNET News, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Just Killed The “I'm Feeling Lucky Button”
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
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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Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Will “Google Instant” Distract From Google Ads?  That's What Eye-Tracker Data Shows...  I went to the launch of “Google Instant” this morning.  It's a major overhaul of Google search in that it seeks to lessen the time people spend typing in their search queries by trying to guess what the user wants.
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Dr. Siddharth Shah / Efficient Frontier Insights:
Google Instant: Potential Implications for the Advertiser
Discussion: TechCrunch and Domain Name Wire
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hey iPhone, Meet a Tiny Chip With Superpowers.  —  I can distinctly remember the day when Intel Corp. launched the Pentium processor.  It was the day the desktop computing changed for me and for a lot of others.  It was also the day when Intel started to put a gap between itself and all its wannabe processor rivals.
Discussion: AnandTech
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Google's Brin: Make smartphone apps searchable  —  For more than a decade, Google has reigned supreme as the main gateway to online information.  —  But with consumers increasingly accessing the Internet through specialized apps on smartphones like Apple's iPhone, Google's Web search engine …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Google Instant: A Mobile App Approach to Search
Rebecca O'Brien / The Daily Beast:
My Classmate Mark Zuckerberg  —  As the movie The Social Network rolls toward theaters, Rebecca O'Brien writes about Zuckerberg's reputation around Harvard, his fraternity nickname, and why Facebook was such a hit.  —  Hollywood biopics are often the inverse of political autobiographies …
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: TechCrunch, Joystiq and GamePolitics News, Thanks:ceelew
Stefan Etienne / LaptopMemo:
T-Mobile G2 Is Official And It's Coming Later This Month  —  I just got hit up that the HTC-built T-Mobile G2 is headed to consumers for pre-sale later this month.  The handset, powered by stock Android 2.2 and a Snapdragon MSM7230 CPU clocked at exactly 800Mhz, has a 3.7-inch screen …
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: Mashable! and MacRumors
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
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 …
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Google: Chrome OS still focused on netbooks  —  Touch experiments but don't expect tablet  —  Google Chrome's senior product manager Anders Sandholm has told TechRadar that despite the rise of the tablet, the forthcoming Chrome OS is still very much focused on netbooks and not touchscreen devices.
TechNet Blogs:
R.I.P. Waledac: Undoing the damage of a botnet  —  Earlier this year, we wrote in this blog about Operation b49 - the groundbreaking legal and technical efforts led by Microsoft in cooperation with academic and industry experts around the world to shut down the notorious Waledac botnet …
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.”
Ranjit Devraj / AlterNet.org:
Creepy Biometric IDs to Be Forced Onto India's 1.2 Billion Inhabitants  —  Fears about loss of privacy and government abuse abound as India gears up to biometrically identify and number its 1.2 billion inhabitants.  —  Fears about loss of privacy are being voiced as India gears up to launch …
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 …
 
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Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Film industry hires cyber hitmen to take down internet pirates
Discussion: p2pnet and TechEye
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
DHS Cybersecurity Watchdogs Miss Hundreds of Vulnerabilities on Their Own Network
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
David Pogue / New York Times:
In Season 9, iPods Still Get High Ratings
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo, Bits, SlashGear and Engadget
Robert McMillan / PC World:
After Google Incident, Wi-Fi Data Collection Goes on
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
Microsoft previews more of Office 2011
Discussion: MacRumors
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple forecast to sell 28M iPads in 2011, chipping away at PC sales