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8:15 AM ET, May 17, 2007

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Google:
Google Begins Move to Universal Search  —  Google Introduces New Search Features and Unveils New Homepage Design  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced its critical first steps toward a universal search model that will offer users a more integrated and comprehensive way to search for and view information online.
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Universal search: The best answer is still the best answer  —  Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products & User Experience  —  Back in 2001, Eric asked for a brainstorm of a few "splashy" ideas in search.  A designer and product manager at the time, I made a few mockups …
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.
Scott Kirsner / Variety:
Google sets spotlight on videos  —  Search to include movies from many sites  —  Google nudged video closer to center stage on Wednesday, announcing that it would spotlight video content from YouTube, Metacafe, iFilm and other sites on its main search page.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Behind the scenes with universal search  —  Posted by David Bailey, Tech Lead, and Johanna Wright, Product Manager, universal search  —  So when we were asked to make the vision Marissa describes about universal search into a reality, we admit we were a little daunted.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Lots of Product Announcements At Google Today
Discussion: Lifehacker
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Searchology: The Future of Search
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Searchology Day: Recap Of Announcements
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
More Google Searchology: Google Universal Search
Discussion: Ubergizmo and TechSpot News
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Google launching "Universal Search"
Discussion: BetaNews
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Breaking - Google Introduces Major Update to Interface & Algorithm
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
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 …
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Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
(Apple) Stock Hacking & the power of DisInformaton
Valleywag:
Engadget: Gullible blog wipes $4bn off Apple
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Ryan Block / Engadget:
False alarm: iPhone NOT delayed until October, Leopard NOT delayed …
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Google Wins Appeal on Copyright of Nude Images  —  A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Google did not infringe on the copyrights of an adult publishing company by displaying thumbnail images of its nude photographs, handing Internet search companies a victory by allowing the display of such miniature pictures in search results.
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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 …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Newest AACS circumvented: The Matrix Trilogy set free
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Joystiq
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Stuff At My Yahoo  —  The big guys are really starting to focus on personalized home pages, where Yahoo dominates and Google is coming on strong (by adding a link from the Google.com home page).  Google says their personalized home page has been their fastest growing product over the last few fiscal quarters.
Discussion: GigaOM
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Making The Switch From Twitter to Jaiku  —  "I thought I saw a putty tat.  I did, I did see a putty tat!"  —  These famous words were never the last from Tweety Bird, but for a growing number of Twitter users they will be.  The last thing they will see before giving up on Twitter …
Discussion: Twitterati
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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, paidContent.org has learned.  We have confirmed the talks from senior insiders, but have not been able to confirm the potential price.
Valleywag:
Talking Points: Apollo v. Silverlight  —  TIM FAULKNER — Just confess already.  You don't have a clue about Adobe's new Apollo platform, nor about Silverlight, Microsoft's equivalent.  You've read, in a crescendo of excitement, Michael Arrington (Here Comes Adobe Apollo), Robert Scoble …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and JD on EP
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 …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Wi-Fi Alliance to begin certifying 802.11n gear
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Financial Times:
Amazon to start selling digital music  —  Amazon moved to shake up the online music business on Wednesday by setting up a direct rival to Apple's iTunes that will sell tracks without copyright ­protection.  —  Amazon said its decision to abandon so-called digital rights management software …
L.M.Orchard / 0xDECAFBAD:
Damn kids!  Get off my web!  —  Scott Burkett, Stop Twittering and Go Solve a Problem: "Aside from aesthetically looking like something a 12 year old cobbled up, the entire tool seems utterly pointless to me."  —  For Scott, Twitter probably is pointless at first glance.  And that's because no one's talking to him.
Discussion: MediaVidea
 
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