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August 8, 2012, 7:25 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Search app for iPad and iPhone adds voice-based answers, available in the ‘next couple of days’  —  Google has updated its search app for iOS to include voice-based questions and answers.  You can “ask for the weather in a natural way” and it will provide results.
The Official Google Blog:
Building the search engine of the future, one baby step at a time  —  Larry Page once described the perfect search engine as understanding exactly what you mean and giving you back exactly what you want.  It's very much like the computer I dreamt about as a child growing up in India …
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The New York Times Is About to Say Goodbye to About.com  —  The New York Times' time with About.com may be coming to an end.  The paper has been looking to get rid of the struggling Web site, which produces high-volume, low-cost content, and has a deal in place to sell it to Answers.com.
Kelly Faircloth / Betabeat:
NYPD Unveils Creepy New Surveillance System Developed with Microsoft  —  “Wait, can't I just Google the address?”  —  Just last week, news broke that the NYPD would soon begin rolling out new tech that brings together information streams like CCTV footage and criminal databases.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
HP incurs $8 billion Q3 impairment charge, as it tries to limit damage from 27,000 job cuts  —  As part of its ongoing restructuring plans, HP announced today that it has appointed Mike Nefkens to lead its Enterprise Services division, also appointing Jean-Jacques (JJ) Charhon as the new COO …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
IDC: Android and iOS now power record 85% of all smartphones shipped, as RIM hits 3-year low  —  If you own a smartphone, the chances are it is an iPhone or powered by Google's Android operating system.  That observation has rung true for some time but the two platforms have taken their domination …
Groklaw:
SCO Files for Chapter 7: “There is no reasonable chance of ‘rehabilitation’”  —  SCO Group has now filed [PDF] for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.  They are in Chapter 11 now.  What is the difference?  Chapter 11 means you are trying to reorganize and survive as a corporate entity.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
YC-Backed Grid Reinvents The Spreadsheet For The Tablet Age  —  Popular wisdom has it that tablets are great for consuming content but aren't that useful for creating it.  Don't tell that to Josh Leong, though.  His Y Combinator-backed startup, Grid, is based around the idea that a tablet should be a great place for spreadsheets.
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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Stable and safe: Google Chrome for Windows gets improved Flash support  —  Flash has long been the enemy of web browsers and users alike thanks to security and stability issues, but the plug-in should be less of an issue now for Chrome users on Windows, according to Google.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Brings ‘Just For Kids’ User Interface To The Xbox 360  —  Netflix is making it even easier for kids to bypass channel surfing and search for their favorite shows and characters, with an updated app for the Xbox 360.  The latest version of Netflix's Xbox 360 app, which went live this morning …
Anita Li / Mashable!:
Mars Landing Broadcast on Ustream Outperforms Cable TV  —  New stats from Ustream suggest that more people are forgoing television for online sources when it comes to getting news.  —  More than 3.2 million people tuned in to the live streaming platform to see Sunday night's landing …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Microsoft's Massive Metro Mistake  —  Don't call it Metro.  Call it overkill.  —  There's an old saw that Windows users adopt every other version of Microsoft's OS, and Microsoft seems to be trying to make this “new every two” legend come true, if we believe Microsoft guru Mary Jo Foley's recent story …
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
Microsoft is already working on Surface 2 tablets  —  Exclusive A dozen job adverts for “the next generation” posted online  —  Microsoft Surface: great design but there's more to come  —  The Surface tablets that Microsoft will start selling on 26 October at Microsoft Stores …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft holiday pop-up stores coming to NYC, San Francisco, Vancouver  —  Summary: Microsoft is prepping for a busy holiday 2012 season by opening temporary pop-up brick-and-mortar stores in about a dozen cities in North America.  —  Microsoft officials said earlier this summer that they planned …
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