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2:30 PM ET, October 24, 2006


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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.
Official Google Blog:
Eureka!  Your own search engine has landed!  —  Wouldn't it be cool if you could easily build a search engine on your blog or website tailored to the topics and areas you know and love the most?  You're not alone if you'd like that — we've heard from partners large and small …
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 …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Custom Search Engine  —  Google just launched their Custom Search Engine (CSE) program allowing webmasters, bloggers and everyone else to create a search engine tailored to their specific community interests.  (Google made CSE part of their Google Co-op service, which allows communities to add their own oneboxes to Google.)
Discussion: Google Watch and Googling Google
Erica Ogg / CNET
Google releases customizable search  —  A new Google tool will let people use Google's search platform to create search engines focused on the content of their choice.  —  With the Google Custom Search Engine, announced by the company on Monday, Web site and blog publishers can provide custom results …
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 …
Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Review: Custom Search Engine
Discussion: SEL and Screenwerk
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Google Wants To Own the Business of Content
The Power of Google Search is Now Customizable
Discussion: Download Squad
Apple MacBook Pro Notebooks Now with Intel Core 2 Duo Processors  —  Up to 39 Percent Faster  —  Apple® today announced that its entire MacBook™ Pro line of notebooks now includes the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor and delivers performance that is up to 39 percent faster than the previous generation.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros imminent
Discussion: TechSpot and MacRumors
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush says he uses "the Google."  —  Watch it:  —  Digg It!  —  Transcript:
Ken Belson / New York Times:
T-Mobile Tests Dual Wi-Fi and Cell Service  —  Yesterday T-Mobile became the first major mobile phone carrier in the United States to begin selling service that allows a single handset to communicate over both cellular networks and Wi-Fi hot spots.  —  The first phones, which are available …
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.
The PlayStation 3: 24 things you need to know  —  (Reprinted from  For the original version of this story, visit  —  With all the hoopla and wahoo about Sony's Playstation 3 getting passed around like a hot potato, it can be difficult to keep things in perspective.
Discussion: Joystiq, and digg
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
A New System Is Now a Waiting Game
Rumor: Zune to Pay You For Sharing Songs?  —  The Microsoft Zune may pay you for sharing a song with others if they end up buying that song themselves.  As you probably know, the Zune's WiFi capability will let you send a song to another Zune user, and then that user can listen to it three times …
Discussion: CrunchGear and TechCrunch
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.
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.
BitTorrent is key ingredient in Internet-connected devices  —  BitTorrent, Inc., home to the world's leading peer-assisted digital content delivery platform, today announced it is collaborating with a number of global hardware manufacturers to promote BitTorrent-embedded consumer products.
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.
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Sue Marek / Wireless Week:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Lefsetz Letter
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Verizon's G'zOne phone: fit for Cousteau
Steven Levy / Wired News:
The Perfect Thing … In mid-October 2001, I received an invitation …
International Herald Tribune:
A cellphone sideshow: YouTube-like content is going mobile
Discussion: GigaOM
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 2 Launch: Interview With Chris Beard, Mozilla VP Products
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft earns a mixed report card for its year-old Live initiative
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David / JCXP:
PINNED: Windows Defender Final Released
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Pimp Every Room in Your House with RSS
Preed / preed's blah-blah-blahg:
The Anti-release  —  I mentioned this in today's Project Meeting …
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