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10:05 PM ET, May 16, 2007


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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Searchology Day: Recap Of Announcements  —  It's Searchology Day today at Google, where the company is devoting time to look at the past, present and future of search at Google.  There will be a number of significant announcements coming out of the event.  Want to keep up?  Stay tuned to this page.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google 2.0: Google Universal Search  —  Google is undertaking the most radical change to its search results ever, introducing a "Universal Search" system that will blend listings from its news, video, images, local and book search engines among those it gathers from crawling web pages.
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
Google moves to 'universal' search  —  (InfoWorld) - Google will make a significant push toward integrating results from a variety of its search engines in an attempt to deliver as relevant and comprehensive a result set as possible to search queries.  —  Although Google and its competitors …
Discussion: Associated Press and
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
More Google Searchology: Google Universal Search  —  Google's VP of search product and user experience, Marissa Mayer, is now presenting.  She's saying there are a lot of non-inuitive advances that need to happen to make search good.  "From my perspective, search needs to be easy.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and TechSpot News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Lots of Product Announcements At Google Today
Discussion: BetaNews
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Searchology: The Future of Search
Google Begins Move to Universal Search
Discussion: Macworld and Micro Persuasion
Rafe Needleman / CNET
Google launching "Universal Search" to Launch DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store with Songs and Albums from EMI Music and More Than 12,000 Other Labels  — (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced it will launch a digital music store later this year offering millions of songs in the DRM-free MP3 format from more than 12,000 record labels.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon to Sell Music Without Copy Protection  —  After years of industry speculation, is getting into the digital music business.  —  Amazon, the Internet's most successful seller of physical CDs, today announced plans to introduce a music download store later this year …
Discussion: The Next Net and Jeffrey McManus
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon announces long-rumored DRM-free music store  —  Amazon dropped the bomb today by announcing its DRM-free music store.  The previously-rumored store will be launched sometime "later this year" and offer unprotected MP3 files for purchase.  The Amazon music store …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET   Amazon to offer DRM-free music downloads
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone delayed until October, Leopard delayed again until January  —  This one doesn't bode well for Mac fans and the iPhone-hopeful: we have it on authority that as of today, the iPhone launch is being pushed back from June to... October (!), and Leopard is again seeing a delay, this time being pushed all the way back to January.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Engadget Knocks $4 billion off Apple Market Cap on Bogus iPhone email  —  What a day for Apple investors.  The stock started off strong today on a lot of pre-market buying, despite news that Amazon will finally start competing on sales of DRM-free music.  —  Then, whoops, at 11:49 AM EST …
Rafat Ali /
Sony In Advanced Talks To Buy Kids Social Gaming Service ClubPenguin  —  Sony is in advanced talks to buy the two-year-old kids focused social gaming ( ClubPenguin, has learned.  We have confirmed the talks from senior insiders, but have not been able to confirm the potential price.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Club Penguin In Acquisition Talks With Sony For $500+ million
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
FreeHand no longer updated; moving to Illustrator  —  After a long and storied career, Adobe (neé Altsys, Aldus, and Macromedia) FreeHand has reached the end of its development road.  The application has not been revised since Macromedia released MX nearly four years ago …
Discussion: Ars Technica and MacUser
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Adobe writes FreeHand obituary
Discussion: Macsimum News
CUOMO SUES DELL FOR FALSE ADVERTISING, FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, AND DECEPTIVE BUSINESS PRACTICES  —  Lawsuit Seeks Restitution, Civil Penalties, and End of Deceptive Business Practices  —  Customers Were Pressured to Take Apart Their Own Computers Even After Paying for Onsite Repair Service
Discussion: Digital Daily
The Microsoft Security Response Center:
ANS and Security Bulletin Updates  —  This is Mark Miller again to let you know about some additional changes we are making this month.  In April, we announced changes to our blog site.  This month we are announcing changes to our Advanced Notification Service (ANS) as well as some changes …
Wi-Fi Alliance:
Wi-Fi Alliance® Reveals New Logo and Announces First Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ 802.11n Draft 2.0 Products and Test Suite  —  Customers will soon be able to buy interoperable, backward-compatible, next-generation Wi-Fi products  —  CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2. products sporting an eye-catching …
Kevin Morris / Wall Street Journal:
Hollywood Showdown  —  It is that time again.  Like boxers getting ready for the title match, they're circling each other, trading taunts, and promising to deliver a knockout blow.  Here in Hollywood, it's the triennial Main Event: the Guilds against the Studios.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
HD DVD hopes to lure buyers with $100 rebate on Toshiba players  —  Hoping to give HD DVD a leg up on the Blu-ray competition, the HD DVD Promotional Group is launching a new promotional campaign.  At the forefront of the marketing blitz will be a $100 rebate on some Toshiba HD DVD players …
Discussion: TechSpot News and
GPS enabled rear view mirrow knows where speed cameras are  —  GPSMirror is a rear view mirror driving aid.  GPS mirror uses GPS location to check it's position against an on board database of accident black spots, common mobile cameras, and fixed safety camera locations.
Bill Gates: Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2007  —  Transcript of Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation  —  Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2007  —  BILL GATES: Well, good morning.  This is a very important conference.
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Presentation Application?  —  Dirson reports that some users, myself included, are seeing a "View as slideshow" link in Gmail when receiving PowerPoint files.  —  Clicking "View as slideshow" opens a new window where you can view the slideshow using Google's Flash-based player.
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Microsoft brings Vista to developing world PCs  —  LOS ANGELES — After a year in trials, Microsoft Corp. is fine tuning its FlexGo initiative for developing world PCs.  Partners including Advanced Micro Devices, Infineon, Intel, and Via Technologies are collaborating on new designs focused …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Adam Tanner / Reuters:
Court ends ruling halting Google sex thumbnails  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ended a preliminary injunction on Wednesday against Google Inc.'s. image-search service from displaying thumbnail-sized photos from a sexually explicit site.  —  Yet it said a lower court …
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