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7:05 AM ET, October 24, 2006


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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google unveils 'custom' searches  —  Google will on Tuesday launch a customisable search engine that users can carry on their own blogs and other websites, a move that potentially opens up a big new market for its search listings and related advertising.  —  Marissa Mayer, vice-president …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Roll your own Google Search  —  Not a day passes by when someone or the other bemoans the fact that they cannot find anything on Google anymore.  Well, they can stop complaining, because Google is doing something about it.  The company has announced Google Custom Search tools …
Discussion: The Next Net, JenSense and Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Co-op Launches  —  Google just launched a customized search service called Google Co-op (screen shots below).  Co-op allows a user to create and launch a search engine with just a few specific websites included.  Searches will return results from only that website.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Custom Search Engine Launches  —  Google is launching its Google Custom Search Engine [tomorrow] now, which will let users & publishers construct their own specialized Google search indexes made up of specific sites.  Publishers and bloggers will be able to use the customizable search engine …
Business 2.0:
Microsoft's big nightmare: free online apps  —  A new generation of browsers is about to make Web applications better than downloadable desktop software.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — The browser is the new OS.  Yes, we've heard this before, and if you're quietly groaning right about now, I can understand why.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
BitTorrent lands new hardware deals  —  Three hardware manufacturers will embed file-sharing software BitTorrent into their consumer products.  —  Asus, Planex and QNap will include BitTorrent's peer-to-peer technology in products such as wireless routers, media servers and network storage devices …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Edgeio gets $5 million to expand Web 2.0 classifieds site  —  Edgeio, a Menlo Park start-up trying to redefine the way people list classifieds, has raised $5 million in a first round of venture capital, and may raise more.  Here is the release.  —  The round was led by Intel Capital and included an investment from Transcosmos.
Paul Thurrott /
Exclusive: Microsoft Overcomes Final Vista Hurdles, Heads to RTM  —  A week and a half ago, online reports about an internal countdown clock at Microsoft verified my early 2006 report that the software giant was pushing for an October 25 Windows Vista release to manufacturing (RTM) date.
Discussion:, and InsideMicrosoft
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Vista ready? Microsoft testers weigh in
Discussion: TechBlog
Robert Levine / Fortune:
Unlocking the iPod  —  Jon Johansen became a geek hero by breaking the DVD code.  Now he's liberating iTunes - whether Apple likes it or not.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Growing up in a small town in southern Norway, Jon Lech Johansen loved to take things apart to figure out how they worked.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Pimp Every Room in Your House with RSS  —  I love RSS feeds.  How much?  So much that I want to stick them everywhere - in every room I frequent and on every device I use.  So, off I went on a quest to find all of the interesting ways to consume feeds beyond the computer.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Real Sharing vs. Fake Sharing  —  In a recent brainstorming session about Web 2.0, I made the observation that "harnessing collective intelligence" is the pattern that opened the Web 2.0 era, but that "Data is the Intel Inside" is the pattern that will bring it to a close.
Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
The Problem of Email  —  I have a problem, and its name is "email".  Many people have the same problem.  Not many have it quite as badly as I do.  When I say "my inbox is out of control", people respond "Yeah, mine too.  I spent 5 hours this weekend and knocked it down from 3,000 messages to 50 messages and I feel so much better."
Discussion: JD on EP
Preed / preed's blah-blah-blahg:
The Anti-release  —  I mentioned this in today's Project Meeting, and now it's come up in the newsgroups.  —  Normally, I'd take the time to write up a more in-depth explanation, but since my schedule is... uh... "hectic" right now, I'll just say this:  — No, we have.  Not.  Released.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
A New System Is Now a Waiting Game  —  I never thought Ludacris would get in the way of my video game habit.  —  But there I was Thursday evening on the second floor of the warehouse Sony rented here to show off its soon-to-be-released PlayStation 3 game console, checking …
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
TV is dead  —  YouTube, Digg, and MySpace took out TV a few months back, and now the corpse is sitting up and taking notice.  Latest evidence is the incipient obliteration of Studio 60, the West Wing sequel which is terrific and therefore doomed, in favor of 30 Rock, which is not and therefore not.
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jingle Networks Has Now Raised Over $60 million  —  Like Skype, the main attraction of Jingle Networks is to destroy a fat existing market.  Skype gave users a way to bypass costly telephone calls by routing them over the internet for free.  Jingle Networks, through its 1-800-Free-411 service …
Discussion: Screenwerk and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
How Dare You Make My Content More Valuable!  —  from the it's-not-so-tricky dept  —  Perhaps it's not that surprising, but it's a bit upsetting to still see so many people having difficulty with the idea that having others increase the value of your content is a good thing.
Discussion: AdJab and Slashdot
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
SkyRider gets $12M more for aggressive P2P search engine
Discussion: GigaOM
Mike / Techdirt:
IBM Wants To Change The Patent System, But Before They Do …
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Discussion: VentureBeat
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Jeff Sandquist / Microsoft 10:
Meet Our New 10 Team Mate
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Gumstix Sized Computer...Kinda
Discussion: Engadget, Ubergizmo and Crave
Joe / Techdirt:
Does High-Definition Video Suddenly Make Video Conferencing More Desirable?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HD telepresence arrives
Discussion: Gizmodo and ongoing
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
No More Free MuniFi for New Orleans
Discussion: Earthling
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The iPod turns five
Rick Broida / Lifehacker:
11 Killer Freebies for Your Pocket PC
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Adjusts Hiring Process As Needs Grow

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