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10:20 AM ET, May 17, 2007

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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.
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
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.
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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Valleywag:
Engadget: Gullible blog wipes $4bn off Apple
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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 …
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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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
HD DVD hopes to lure buyers with $100 rebate on Toshiba players
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.
Discussion: The Daily Feed
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Lots of Product Announcements At Google Today
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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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Appeals Court Overturns Perfect 10 Ruling, Says Google Showing …
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
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New York Times:   Amazon to Sell Music Without Copy Protection
Adario Strange / Wired News:
What Makes Techmeme Tick?  Inventor Gabe Rivera Explains  —  For many Silicon Valley insiders, one site has become the primary aggregator of technology news: Techmeme.  The site constantly scrapes news sites and blogs and compiles a continually updated list of links to the most popular tech news of the day.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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
eHomeUpgrade:
Skype Puts Mac Users First With Fresh Features in New 2.6 Release  —  Skype today released Skype™ for Mac 2.6, the latest version of its communication software for Mac users.  In addition to improved quality, stability and more features, the company has done something entirely new …
Discussion: MacUser and VoIP Blog
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):
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Stoney deGeyter / Search Engine Land:
The Ranking Roller Coaster Cause And Effect  —  There are many reasons why your site might lose search engine result rankings.  Some of those reasons can be traced to a particular fault while others just occur in the natural course of life.  In essence, rankings change because change happens.
Discussion: SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog
 
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Nokia, the computer company?
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Business Wire:
InPlay's State-of-the-Art Technology Produces Industry's First …
Discussion: Engadget
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The net is being carved up into information plantations
Discussion: MediaVidea
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Russia accused of unleashing cyberwar to disable Estonia
Discussion: TechnoLlama and Slashdot
PR Newswire:
Salesforce.com Announces Record Fiscal First Quarter Results
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Samsung develops 8GB microSD card
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
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Twittervision/Flickrvision - the Screen Saver
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Raising taxes on VCs
Bink / Bink.nu:
Windows Server 2008 R2 planned for 2009....
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
Valleywag:
Talking Points: Apollo v. Silverlight
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and JD on EP
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
FreeHand no longer updated; moving to Illustrator
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