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3:50 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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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 …
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bittorrent.com:
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.
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.
Paul Thurrott / windowsitpro.com:
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: Bink.nu and InsideMicrosoft
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Vista ready? Microsoft testers weigh in
Discussion: TechBlog
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jingle gets $30M to grow its free directory assistance service  —  (Updated below with comments from chief executive George Garrick)  —  Jingle Networks, a Menlo Park start-up which provides free phone directory assistance, has raised a whopping $30 million more in venture capital — upping the ante in what is now a crowded field.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jingle Networks Has Now Raised Over $60 million
Discussion: Screenwerk and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The iPod turns five  —  Hard to believe it, but a half decade ago today Steve Jobs stood up in front of a small crowd and introduced an "MP3 music player... that plays all of the popular open formats of digital music, MP3, MP3 VBR, WAV, and AIFF," a device that changed the consumer electronics industry forever.
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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.
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.
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
Mike / Techdirt:
IBM Wants To Change The Patent System, But Before They Do, They Might As Well Sue Everyone  —  from the they've-patented-the-internet dept  —  There's a famous old story about IBM accusing Sun of patent infringement back in the 1980s, when Sun was still a small company.
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 …
Jeff Sandquist / Microsoft 10:
Meet Our New 10 Team Mate  —  Awhile back I posted a video where I talk about a new opening on our team.  The position has now been filled.  Thank you everyone who sent an email, a resume or posted a video talking about why they want to join our team.  We were simply blown away …
Discussion: Jeff Sandquist and Scobleizer
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.
 
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
OMG!! The Feds Launch Their Own MySpace Clone
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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Adjusts Hiring Process As Needs Grow
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