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As I'm thinking about the sale of TechCrunch to AOL and Jason Calacanis' ideas for how to take tech reporting to the next level (in the form of an email newsletter), I can't help but think about what the next generation of tech blogs will look like. Since the early days of tech blogging, the field has become more professionalized and the major blogs now have plenty of full- and half-time staffers who ensure that no nuance of the tech world goes uncovered. While Twitter and Facebook have changed the way these publications find readers for their stories (in the early days, RSS feeds used to be a huge source of traffic), the blogs themselves all still look pretty much the same (one exception - at least with regards to their homepage, is the rapidly expanding The Next Web).

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A new Zogby poll commissioned by the kids-focused online advocacy group Common Sense Media challenges the idea that kids today don't care about online privacy. While some pundits believe that teens care very little about online privacy, the report suggests that teens are quite aware that social networks and search engines track their online behavior. I do have some...

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhtgsAXmz7U&fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0] YouTube - Worlds Scariest Job. And some people do this for fun... [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GPWkbLVw04&w=580&h=465]

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRsGyueVLvQ&fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0] YouTube - Sintel. More information at Sintel.org. You can find an interview with the producer here.

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After a few hours of wild speculation, TechCrunch founder and co-edit Mike Arrington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong just announced that AOL has indeed acquired TechCrunch. According to Arrington, TechCrunch will be a fully owned subsidiary of AOL, but his team will have no "editorial boundaries" and AOL will allow the blog to operate as usual. Arrington will stay...

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According to Om Malik and the Wall Street Journal, AOL is in the process of acquiring TechCrunch, arguably the world's foremost technology blog. For the time being, this is only a rumor, but with sources like GigaOm and the WSJ, it sure feels like a very sold rumor. It's worth noting, though, this is not the first time we've heard about a possible sale of TechCrunch and none of the other possible sales ever worked out.

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Our RWW post about the new Digg just hit the Digg front page - and the comments are anything but friendly. Here are a few choice examples.

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Works just as advertised, but here are a few observations: the new phone icon is inconspicuously placed in the "Chat" box - if Google didn't point it out so clearly when the feature is activated, you could almost miss it Gmail doesn't auto-recognize phone-numbers and so you can't just click on a number in an email and initiate a call if your...

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Google just announced that Linux users can now finally use voice and video chat in Gmail. For now, this is an Ubunutu-only feature, though the company plans to add support for other Debian- and RPM-based Linux distributions (like Red Hat and Fedora) in the near future. Until now, these features were only available to Windows...

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Just a few months ago, Google finally introduced categories for its Chrome extensions library. Today, the company is adding a number of additional categories, including News and weather, Photos,Productivity, Search tools and Social. Nothing too exciting here, but good to see that Google continues to improve the extensions library. Developers Now Pay...

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Yesterday, Facebook launched Facebook Places, its new location-sharing service. As a location-sharing service, Facebook as about as barebones as they come. The functionality is limited to checking in and sharing your location with your Facebook friends. Thanks to its enormous number of users, Facebook is able to bring location-sharing back to its basics, while others...

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Most Android phones allow users to protect their phones from unauthorized access by drawing a pattern on their device's touchscreens. According to a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, however, these graphical passwords are actually extremely easy to crack, as "oily residues, or smudges, on the touch screen surface, are one side effect of touches from which frequently used patterns such as a graphical password might be inferred."

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During his keynote speech at QuakeCon 2010, id Software's John Carmack demonstrated Rage on the iPhone, running at 60 frames-per-second and able to "kill anything done on the Xbox or PlayStation 2." via id Unleashes Impressive Rage On The iPhone.

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If you own an Android phone with the latest Android 2.2 Froyo update, you can now use your voice to control almost all of the most often used features of the phone. With Voice Actions for Android, users can use voice commands to perform actions like sending text messages (" "send text to Allison Miller Running late. I will be home around 9"), play specific songs from their music collection ("listen to the New Pornographers"), go to websites, send email, write a note, search Google and view a map and get directions.

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tap tap tap ~ Camera+ second month sales: The Sophomore Software Slump? You just have to love how open these guys are about their sales figures.