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8:55 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: Web Analytics World
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: TechCrunch
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
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Newest AACS circumvented: The Matrix Trilogy set free  —  Just in case you didn't already piece it together, many (if not all) of the new HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles set for release on May 22nd will feature the latest revisions to AACS.  Right, the update hinted at by those forced user updates to the WinDVD and PowerDVD software.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Joystiq
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
HD DVD hopes to lure buyers with $100 rebate on Toshiba players
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 and Peer Pressure
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
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
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 …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and A VC
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.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Raising taxes on VCs  —  Venture capitalists are trying to distance themselves from their private equity cousins in order to avoid higher taxes, says Fortune's Adam Lashinsky.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — At first glance, private equity and venture capital are kissing cousins …
Discussion: Internet Outsider and Valleywag
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Vaio TZ sports 32GB SSD and 160GB disk — the best of both worlds
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gadgetell
David DeJean / InformationWeek:
OK, So I Was Wrong About Origami
Business Wire:
HP Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
Martin Nisenholtz: Times must distribute its video
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Twittervision/Flickrvision - the Screen Saver
Bink / Bink.nu:
Windows Server 2008 R2 planned for 2009....
Michael Calderone / New York Observer:
Revolt of the Page-Slaves?  —  Forbes.com counts Bono as an investor …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Skype Got Game? Too Little, Too Late?
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Craigslist' Craig Was Too Odd To Land A Job
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Wi-Fi Alliance to begin certifying 802.11n gear
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senators demand more regulations on Net pharmacies
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Researcher Reveals 2-Step Vista UAC Hack
Discussion: Neowin.net
L.M.Orchard / 0xDECAFBAD:
Damn kids! Get off my web!
Discussion: MediaVidea
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Microsoft brings Vista to developing world PCs
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FreeHand no longer updated; moving to Illustrator
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