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10:40 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.
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
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 …
WPP:
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 …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
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Business Wire:
24/7 Real Media Announces Agreement to Be Acquired by WPP
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Business Wire:
InPlay's State-of-the-Art Technology Produces Industry's First Intelligent Pen for Tablet PCs  —  Microsoft's 16th Annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference  —  PHOENIX—(BUSINESS WIRE)—InPlay Technologies (NASDAQ: NPLA) today introduced the InPEN, the first intelligent digital pen for integration with tablet PCs.
Discussion: Engadget
 
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Kodak Enters Inkjet Printer Market and Holds Its Own
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Jason Leow / Wall Street Journal:
Why China Relaxed Blogger Crackdown
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Nokia, the computer company?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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: Engadget, 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
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David DeJean / InformationWeek:
OK, So I Was Wrong About Origami
Chris / Code Intensity:
Twittervision/Flickrvision - the Screen Saver
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Raising taxes on VCs
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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