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2:20 PM ET, September 12, 2010

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Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Using Microsoft, Russia Suppresses Dissent  —  IRKUTSK, Russia — It was late one afternoon in January when a squad of plainclothes police officers arrived at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group here.  They brushed past the staff with barely a word and instead set upon the computers before carting them away.
Discussion: TechFlash and open
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
As “Instant” Services Proliferate, Instantise Gives Them All A Home  —  Yesterday I wrote about how all web services could possibly be more useful with some “Instantization”; Scottish engineer Tam Denholm had the very same idea, and built Instantise to house the recent outcrop …
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Feross Aboukhadijeh / Feross.org:
YouTube Instant.  The last two days...  The last two days of my life have been amazing, insane, sleepless, and humbling!  —  After the Google Instant announcement on Wednesday, I decided to build YouTube Instant, a site that lets you search across the vast YouTube video database in real-time.
Discussion: Mashable!, Quick Online Tips and TopINews Blog, Thanks:atul
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Page Discovery “Browser”  —  Facebook has launched a new way to “Discover Facebook's Popular Pages” called Browser.  It shows icons of Pages that are popular in a user's country, but factors in which Pages which are popular amongst their unique friend network.
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews and UMBC ebiquity
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Bartz in a China Shop: Has Yahoo's CEO Wrecked the Valley's Most Valuable Chinese Relationship?  —  The Chinese aren't exactly prone to emotional outbursts in front of Western reporters.  In China, if you insult a business partner in the press, there's likely a calculating reason behind it.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Nokia's New CEO: Challenges  —  Here we are, back from last June's Nokia science-fiction romp.  The company has finally elected a new CEO to replace OPK, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. 43-year-old Stephen Elop's bona fides are in order: As President of Microsoft's Business Division (since January 2008) …
Discussion: Digits and Guardian
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Europe to Back Plan to Create Pan-European Mobile Market  —  BERLIN — The European Commission is poised this week to back a plan that would divert a portion of the valuable broadcast spectrum used by television stations to mobile operators by 2013, in a bid to create an E.U.-wide market for wireless broadband services.
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Reading E-Books in All the Colors of the Rainbow  —  BLACK-AND-WHITE movies have their film noir appeal, yet it's glowing color that rules on most consumer displays these days, with one exception: the pages of e-book readers.  There, color is still supplied the old-fashioned way — not by filtered pixels, but by readers' imaginations.
Discussion: Personanondata
Ross Rubin / Engadget:
Switched On: Why the digital hub died  —  Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.  —  A decade ago at Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs provided a rare look into the vision guiding Apple.  Breaking with naysayers foretelling the demise of the PC …
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Windows Phone running ZuneHD2 confirmed in Microsoft job post?  —  Even with all the Windows Phone news around, it seems it is still worth keeping an eye on Microsoft's job board.  —  it appears the Entertainment and Devices Division is looking for a Hardware Engineer for …
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
Patent Office Admits the Truth: Things Are a Disaster  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, under its new director, David Kappos, has finally begun to seriously address transparency of information with a new data visualization dashboard.  The big lesson?
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The “Verizon iPhone” Versus “The iPhone On Verizon's Network”  —  If you think back to 2005, you'll remember that the Motorola RAZR phone was all the rage.  Not entirely unlike the iPhone today, it was the sleek phone that everyone wanted.  But if you happened to be on the largest carrier in the U.S., Verizon, you couldn't get one.
Discussion: Computerworld
 
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
A Closer Look At The Google Buzz Privacy Settlement
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple may abandon Intel's Infineon chips in next iPhone - report
Discussion: BlogsDNA and TG Daily
Anil Dash:
Forking is a Feature  —  While Linus Torvalds is best known …
Discussion: Smarterware, Thanks:atul
Raffi Krikorian / mehack:
Twitter by the Numbers  —  Yesterday I gave a talk at UC Berkeley …
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Instant Search in Google Chrome
Discussion: BlogsDNA and Download Squad, Thanks:arpitnext
MacHackPC:
Cydia Acquired Rock Your Phone [Rock.app]
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW, The Next Web and Covering Web, Thanks:machackpc
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google search index splits with MapReduce
Discussion: High Scalability