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August 9, 2012, 1:00 AM

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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 …
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.
Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
ThinkPad Celebrates 20 Years, Announces Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet 2  —  1992 was a big year.  Bill Clinton was elected president.  Price Charles and Diana separated.  And the first ThinkPad laptop was released by IBM.  —  Twenty years have passed now and a lot has changed.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Borrowing from Google, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Begins Makeover  —  Yahoo Inc.'s rookie chief executive Marissa Mayer has made one thing clear to employees at the outset of her bid to revive the Internet company: Product comes first.  —  Since taking over Yahoo three weeks ago …
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.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
40% of top brands use Instagram, love image filters  —  Today, Seattle-based Simply Measured launched its Instagram analytics tool for both the public, and its enterprise customers.  In conjunction with that release, the company made public a study that it executed of the Interbrand 100 firms, concerning their usage of Instagram.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Finally Ditches Invitations, Now Lets Anyone Sign Up  —  Calling all chefs, wedding planners, stylists, and crafty-types: Pinterest has just opened registration to the public after two years of requiring an invite to join.  Anyone can now sign up with Twitter, Facebook, or just an email address.
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
After 5 Years With Facebook, Ben Blumenfeld Leaves To Beautify The Future At Designer Fund  —  A designer's eye can change the world, but some don't know how to build a company.  So today, veteran Facebook designer Ben Blumenfeld revealed to me that he's moving on to co-direct Designer Fund …
Alan Henry / Lifehacker:
Current Caller ID Supercharges Your Phone's Caller ID with Social Info, Best Times to Call, and More  —  Android: Current Caller ID is a free utility for Android that turns every incoming call into a dashboard full of information about the caller, complete with social updates, weather where they are …
Michael McWhertor / The Verge:
Valve to sell non-gaming software on Steam starting September 5th  —  Valve is opening up Steam to non-gaming software, the company announced today, bringing applications ranging from “creativity to productivity” to the digital distribution platform.  The first software titles will be released on September 5th.
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 …

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