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1:50 PM ET, May 17, 2007


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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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Imagine Live Search - Microsoft's Test Site Launches  —  Spotted via LiveSide, a new experimental search engine from Windows Live.  Like those from Ask (Ask X), Google (SearchMash) and Yahoo Alpha), it provides a mixture of results all on the same page.  Below is a look at Microsoft's …
Discussion: LiveSide and Screenwerk
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Google's Universal Search brings minor interface tweaks, more results
Business Wire:
24/7 Real Media Announces Agreement to Be Acquired by WPP  —  24/7 Real Media Shareholders to Receive $11.75 per Share  —  Acquisition Will Create a Powerful Combination of Technology and Services to Benefit Global Marketers  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—24/7 Real Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: TFSM - News):
Rationale for the Offer  —  WPP is committed to delivering added value to its clients, its share owners and its people, by continuing to be a significant force in the global advertising and marketing services industry.  This will be achieved by providing local, regional and multinational clients …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   WPP Acquires 24/7 Real Media To Compete With Google And Yahoo
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Latest AACS revision defeated a week before release  —  Despite the best efforts of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Administration (AACS LA), content pirates remain one step ahead.  A new volume key used by high-def films scheduled for release next week has already been cracked.
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.
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New York Times:
Amazon to Sell Music Without Copy Protection  —, the biggest online seller of CDs, is joining the movement against copy-protection software for digital music.  It plans to sell songs that can be freely copied to any computer, cellphone or music player, including the iPod from Apple.
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The net is being carved up into information plantations  —  Search at on evolution or Iraq or Aids or Gordon Brown, and the same site will appear at the top of the list of results: Wikipedia.  Alter your search into one for John Keats or Muhammad Ali or Christianity or platypus or loneliness, and the same thing will happen.
Discussion: MediaVidea
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Google Korea to censor search results  —  (InfoWorld) - Google Korea plans to introduce an age-verification system to its search engine later this year that will restrict adult-themed searches to those 19 years of age and older, it said Thursday.  —  Users will be asked to verify their age …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Yahoo! News
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 …
David Flynn / APC:
Vista will be the last version of Windows for Pentium 4 and Core Duo owners  —  It's the end of the line for 32-bit operating systems, Microsoft has proclaimed at its annual Windows Hardware Engineering conference  —  After the software giant has gotten over its hangover from partying …
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
More Firefox Bloat?  Say It Ain't So, Mozilla  —  When Firefox launched in beta release five years ago, it burst on the open-source browser scene like a young Elvis Presley — slim, sexy and dangerous.  —  Since then it has attracted millions of users, generally set the agenda …
Discussion: Lifehacker
M. David Peterson / O'Reilly XML Blog:
[Mono:DLR] Hello, Dynamic Language Runtime-enabled World!  —  Update: I couldn't help but smile when I saw the pic that John Lam attached to his post congratulating the Mono team on their spectacular achievement,  —  Which reminds me.  If it wasn't for penguin "pics" such as this,
Staten Island Advance / SI Advance Newslog:
'V-Tech Rampage' Internet game sparks outrage  —  An Internet video game putting players in the role of Virginia Tech mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho may be nothing more than a twisted publicity stunt.  —  But the sick game is now in the cross hairs of state Sen. Andrew Lanza …
Chris Faylor /
SCEA Announces PSP Store, SOCOM PS3, Warhawk Beta Plans  —  During its Gamers Day held this week in San Diego, Sony Computer Entertainment America made a number of announcements covering the debut of SOCOM on the PlayStation 3, the sales model and beta test plans for Incognito's multiplayer …
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Microsoft apologizes for Halo 3 problems, extends beta
Discussion: Kotaku and Slashdot: Games
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AT&T offers mobile backup solution
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Stanford to hit P2P users in the wallet with reconnection fees
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Discussion: MacDailyNews
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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Stoney deGeyter / Search Engine Land:
The Ranking Roller Coaster Cause And Effect
Skype Puts Mac Users First With Fresh Features in New 2.6 Release
Discussion: MacUser and VoIP Blog
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Nokia, the computer company?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Vaio TZ sports 32GB SSD and 160GB disk — the best of both worlds
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gadgetell
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Stuff At My Yahoo  —  The big guys are really starting …
Scott Kirsner / Variety:
Google sets spotlight on videos
Discussion: The Daily Feed
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Google Wins Appeal on Copyright of Nude Images

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