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12:15 PM ET, October 5, 2006

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
More on Powerset, the secretive search engine  —  We promised to bring you more on Powerset, that secretive company that wants to better Google with a new kind of search.  —  Powerset is going after the holy grail.  It is called "natural language" search, or understanding language …
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Barney Pell / Barney Pell's Weblog:
Powerset and Natural Language Search  —  Ever since I stated that Powerset was in "semi-stealth" mode about a year ago, I have been pretty quiet about the company on my blog.  A few months ago we realized, after going through a fundraising process with a great set of angel investors …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Code Search Live  —  Google released Code Search, a search engine dedicated to finding pieces of public source code.  There are existing code search engines, but this one seems to top them in terms of scope; not only does Google snoop around in ZIP files of different sorts, they also go check different CVS repositories.
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Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Coders, start your (search) engines
Discussion: TechCrunch
CRN Breaking News:
Microsoft Plans Vista Upgrade Coupon For Holiday PC Buying Season  —  1:56 PM EDT Wed.  —  Microsoft later this month plans to roll out an Express Upgrade program that gives buyers of Windows XP-based PCs a coupon for a free or discounted upgrade to Windows Vista through March 15.
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NEWSFACTOR:
Tech Gadgets Banned in the USA  —  There's no doubt about it: foreign technology can whet your appetite.  Super-lightweight laptops from Japan, feature-packed smartphones from Europe, and shiny, gotta-get-it devices designed in India, South Korea, and Taiwan are but a few of the items that currently reside on tech's cutting edge.
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
The Attention Gang prepares for a land grab  —  Fellow ZDNet blogger Denise Howell and went to an AttentionTrust luncheon, where Michael Goldhaber decoded the concept of attention and Seth Goldstein and Steve Gillmor rolled out some AttentionTrust and GestureBank announcements.
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Seth Goldstein / TRANSPARENT BUNDLES:
SPYING ON TRANSPARENCY
Discussion: Lawgarithms
Reuters:
Scientists teleport two different objects  —  LONDON, England (Reuters) — Beaming people in "Star Trek" fashion is still in the realms of science fiction, but physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Knowledge@Wharton:
Dot-Com Bubble, Part II?  Why It's So Hard to Value Social Networking Sites  —  Less than three years after emerging from nowhere, the hot social networking website MySpace is on pace to be worth a whopping $15 billion in just three more years.  Or is it?  —  Is the much smaller Facebook …
Discussion: paidContent.org, GigaOM and Vacuum
b5media:
b5media Inc. Raises US$2 Million  —  TORONTO, ONT, October 4, 2006 - b5media Inc. ("b5media"), a global new media network, has raised US$2-million of equity financing in a transaction co-lead by Brightspark Ventures and J. L. Albright Venture Partners.  The funding will strengthen …
Discussion: Performancing.com
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
del.icio.us Plans To Become A Social Network  —  I recently interviewed del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter, who is now with Yahoo after the popular social bookmarking service was acquired last December.  Joshua was recently named as top innovator of the year by MIT Technology Review Magazine.
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Skype's Venice Project Revealed  —  The company is combining professionally produced TV and videos with the Internet, and BusinessWeek.com got the first look  —  Skype co-founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom are preparing to unveil their latest venture to the public …
Knowledge@Wharton:
Henning Kagermann: Balancing Change and Stability in the Evolution of SAP's Enterprise Software Platform  —  When Henning Kagermann became the sole CEO of SAP in 2003, a role he had previously shared with company co-founder Hasso Plattner, he faced a number of challenges, including an economic slowdown that hurt SAP's growth.
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
PodZinger to Offer Targeted Video Ads  —  Audio and video search engine PodZinger is launching a new advertising platform that targets video ads based on search queries and the content being viewed.  —  "We're taking one of the key advantages of PodZinger — the words people are searching for …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The State Of Web Development - Ajax set to surpass Flash in '07  —  Ektron and SitePoint did a survey of 5,000 web developers over the US summer, and have just released the results in a report entitled The State of Web Development 2006/2007.  It's packed full of useful data, even in the 25-page preview (which is free).
BBC:
Mobile phone sales start to slow  —  Worldwide sales of mobile phones will hit a billion next year but the days of massive growth could be over, says an industry report.  —  According to research firm Informa Telecoms and Media, the battle now will be persuading users to upgrade their phones regularly.
Discussion: CrunchGear, 21talks and MocoNews.net
Rebecca Barr / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Cuts Bonuses for Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer (Update1)  —  Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software company, cut bonuses paid to Chairman Bill Gates and Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer as profit growth slowed in three of the past four quarters.
 
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Melissa Harris / Baltimore Sun:
E-poll results undecided
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Competition in search
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony denies PS3 overheating problems
Discussion: Kotaku and Slashdot
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
New Setting in Google Adsense - Hosts with Access
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
TagLoops: Remixable Web Movies Made Out of Tags and Feeds
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Stock Options vs Restricted Shares
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Virtual newscaster hosts News At Seven
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
How much should you be making? PayScale reveals SV salary data
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
General Motor's integrated, retractable Flex-Fit bike rack
CNET News.com:
Calif. AG files felony charges in HP probe
GameDaily:
Study: Casual Gamers are 'Grey Gamers'
Discussion: Joystiq and Go Nintendo
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
The casino experience
Discussion: Things That and digg
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Building eBay 2.0  —  Clobbered by Wall Street.  Fierce competition from Google.
Discussion: Webtown and Blogging Stocks
USA Today:
What's Teoma, you ask?  You could ask Jeeves, but he's become ... Teoma
BBC:
Geekspeak still baffles web users
Reuters:
Newspaper website readership up 31%
 

 
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Iran will let some BBC journalists in the country to report for a week on special report

 
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