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Chromium Blog:
WebP, a new image format for the Web  —  As part of Google's initiative to make the web faster, over the past few months we have released a number of tools to help site owners speed up their websites.  We launched the Page Speed Firefox extension to evaluate the performance of web pages …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google offers JPEG alternative for faster Web  —  It turns out there was more to Google's WebM technology than just a plan to revolutionize Web-based video.  The company also wants to revolutionize still images on the Web with a new format called WebP.  —  Google plans to announce …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Samsung Continuum for Verizon has double the displays, double the fun  —  The Fascinate's ride at the top of Sammy's Android lineup for Big Red might be a short one — a very short one.  Feast your eyes on this monster, said to be the rumored SCH-i400 Continuum …
HP:
Léo Apotheker Named CEO and President of HP  —  Ray Lane Joins HP as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board  —  The Board of Directors of HP today announced the election of Léo Apotheker as Chief Executive Officer and President.  Apotheker, who previously served as CEO of SAP, will also join HP's Board of Directors.
Justice Godel Conder / Singularity Hacker:
The BlackBerry PlayBook Doesn't Exist  —  I am truly shocked that so many people are being duped by BlackBerry's recent announcement of their tablet, the PlayBook.  I have read endless comments from people who are saying they can't wait to get this tablet computer.  Well, I think I have some bad news for you folks.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Some Android apps caught covertly sending GPS data to advertisers  —  The results of a study conducted by researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel Labs have revealed that a significant number of popular Android applications transmit private user data …
Brian McClendon / The Official Google Blog:
Explore the world with Street View, now on all seven continents  —  Update 12:01PM: To clarify, the Street View imagery for Antarctica includes panoramas of an area called Half Moon Island—such as this view of penguins and this one of the landscape.  The blue dots you see throughout …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple shuts flagship Beijing store as iPhone 4 scalpers run amok (Updated)  —  UPDATE: All four Apple retail stores in China now require customer to show his/her identity card while purchasing the iPhone 4.  Every customer could only purchase one iPhone 4.  Apple employees will unbox …
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, AT&T Set to Unveil Windows 7 Handsets  —  Microsoft Corp. will unveil a lineup of smartphones using the revamped version of its mobile operating system on Oct. 11, and AT&T Inc. plans to begin selling them in early November, according to people familiar with the launch plans.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blame Bing: Why The Google Phone Gallery Doesn't List Verizon's Best Android Phone  —  Google rolled out a new Google Phone Gallery today, a handy way to see the amazingly huge number of Google-backed Android phones out there.  But if you're looking for what Google CEO Eric Schmidt called …
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Ben Serridge / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the Google Phone Gallery
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Internet Tethering coming to iPad?  —  Although Steve Jobs told a Swedish DJ that internet tethering (iPhone's connection used for a WiFi iPad, in this case) wouldn't be coming to the iPad, beta 2 of iOS 4.2 for iPad tells a different story.  Hidden within the APN network settings on the iPad 3G …
James Joaquin / Xmarks Blog:
Xmarks is Dead.  Long Live Xmarks?  —  First off, a big thanks to all of you that sent kudos and “Nooooooo's” in response to our shutdown announcement.  We take enormous pride in the sync service we worked so hard to create and it means a lot to hear how much our users love what we've built.
Muthu Muthusrinivasan / Social Web Blog:
Google URL Shortener Gets a Website  —  We first introduced the Google URL Shortener (goo.gl) last December as part of Google Toolbar and Feedburner.  Since our initial release, we've integrated the technology into many other Google products including News, Blogger, Maps, Picasa Web Albums …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft: Windows Live Spaces already dead, WordPress.com will only get 1% of 30M users  —  Windows Live Spaces' shutdown may not be a big win for WordPress.com, after all.  According to internal e-mail messages obtained by Betanews, Microsoft expects only about 1 percent of Windows Live Spaces bloggers to move to WordPress.com.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Feature: There is no Plan B: why the IPv4-to-IPv6 transition will be ugly  —  Twenty years ago, the fastest Internet backbone links were 1.5Mbps.  Today we argue whether that's a fast enough minimum to connect home users.  In 1993, 1.3 million machines were connected to the Internet.
Discussion: Inquirer
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InformationWeek:
White House Sets IPv6 Transition Deadlines
Discussion: eWeek, ZDNet and The Register, Thanks:hornokplease
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Is Zynga's head count higher than Facebook's?  —  Zynga, the social gaming company responsible for sensations like FarmVille, Mafia Wars, and Pet Society, owes a big chunk of its runaway success to Facebook and the network of social connections that its developer platform opened up.
Discussion: ClickZ
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Vimeo iPhone App On the Way  —  Online video site Vimeo is working on an iPhone app, which is expected to be released in the fourth quarter.  The app is a bit of a departure from Vimeo's existing strategy of making videos available on HTML5 through the iPhone's Safari browser.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: Facebook Passes Yahoo To Become The Second Largest Video Site In The U.S.  —  comScore just released its latest online video data in the U.S. for the month of August; showing that viewership remained steady since the previous month.  According to comScore, 178 million U.S. Internet …
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Square using social media stats for credit checks and fraud prevention  —  On stage just now at TechCrunch Disrupt, Keith Rabois, General Manager of Square, the little cube that plugs into an iPhone that can then be used to accept payments from any credit card, just made a very interesting statement.
Discussion: New York Times, Thanks:chadcat
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Interest In The iPhone Crashes  —  Android has successfully destroyed Apple's dominance of consumer mindshare in the smartphone world, according to a new survey from ChangeWave Research about smartphone preferences.  —  ChangeWave found only 38% of the people it interviewed want iOS on their next smartphone.
Discussion: Network World and Macworld
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google's Mayer criticizes content “locked” inside Facebook  —  Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search and user experience, mostly dodged questions on-stage today about the company's future plans, including rumors of some sort of social networking service in the works.
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
IMDb turns 20 with a refreshed, video-full website  —  LOS ANGELES — IMDb.com, the website you go to in order to find out who acted in what film, no matter how obscure, turns 20 next month.  In addition to its extensive and unmatched database, the site was overhauled this week …
Christopher Beam / Slate:
The Other Social Network  —  It launched first.  It had cooler features.  Why did Columbia's Campus Network lose out to Harvard's Facebook?  In a parallel universe, there is a blockbuster movie coming out this weekend about a Web site that changed the world.  It's called The Social Network.
Discussion: City Room and MediaPost Raw
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft releases updated Windows Live apps  —  Microsoft today is releasing the final version of its new set of Windows Live apps, including updates to its photo- and video-editing programs, as well as synching and blogging tools.  —  The Windows Live Essentials 2011 apps …
 
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David Meyer ZDNet UK / ZDNet:
Hacker group promises more attacks until it ‘stops being angry’
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
No Microsoft Windows Tablets Until Mid-2011
Discussion: Fast Company and GottaBeMobile
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Veni, Vidi, Googli: Google Translate Now Speaks Latin to Aid Educators, Scientists
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Wiretapping the Internet  —  On Monday, The New York Times reported …
Discussion: @methodshop, FierceCIO News and The Register, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Key Multiband Cellular Antenna Patent for MacBook +
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Big Switch to Internet TV & How Clicker Aims to be Your TV Guide
Thanks:rawmeet
Chris / Adventures in Capitalism:
Did Peter Thiel Make The Single Best Investment In History?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer: Orkut's U.S. Failure Was Due To Slow Performance After Fast Growth
JBC / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia N8 is shipping (photos)
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Inside Facebook security, and how to better protect your account
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Teardown reveals new Apple TV comes with 8GB flash storage