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9:10 PM ET, June 4, 2007

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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Search is history, says Yahoo!  —  The company says personalisation is now more important than search, in what some have seen as an admission that it can't compete with Google  —  Yahoo!, one of the two names most synonymous with search on the internet, has surprised Silicon Valley by suggesting …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft: Silicon Valley Team Building Stealth Search Engine  —  Microsoft has gathered a team of twenty or more "rock star" developers who've been tasked at building their next generation search engine, a source has told us.  The team, which supposedly came together recently …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo!: The Web's Future Is Not In Search
Discussion: SearchViews
PR Newswire:
Yahoo! Opens Access to Search Marketing Platform APIs  —  Dedicated third-party partner services and free, open access to Yahoo!'s "Panama" advertising platform technology will drive further growth and innovation in digital advertising  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 4, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Yahoo opens Panama search ad platform
Discussion: InfoWorld and rexduffdixon.com
Stephen Bryant / eWEEK.com:
Yahoo Opens Panama to Developers
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Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Online tunes are more risky than Web porn
The Smoking Gun:
Google As Terror Tool?  —  One of the plotters behind the alleged scheme to explode gas pipelines at John F. Kennedy airport directed his co-conspirators to use Google Earth to obtain detailed aerial photos of the targeted facility.  In a federal criminal complaint, an excerpt from which you'll find below …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Florida defendant goes after RIAA for fraud, conspiracy, and extortion  —  As the RIAA has continued its legal assault on file-sharing, defendants are responding with what amount to boilerplate defenses and counterclaims against the RIAA's allegations of copyright infringement.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Scribd Banks $3.5 Million from Redpoint  —  Scribd, dubbed the "YouTube for Documents," was the dark horse of their Y Combinator class, but the social document site now gives its critics pause to think.  —  Since launching, traffic to the site scaled quickly to 75-10,000 uniques per …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Soapbox re-opens, beating YouTube to the punch with content filtering  —  MSN reopened Soapbox to the public this weekend after a two-month hiatus while the company implemented a content filtering system on the site.  Soapbox now uses a combination of "proactive automatic filtering technology" …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell XPS m1330 performance ultraportable revealed  —  We've got the scoop on some early marketing materials / renders for Dell XPS m1330, and we have to say, this is as impressed as we've ever been with a Dell laptop.  Check it out:  — 13.3-inch screen, configurable with LED backlight!
Finjan:
Finjan's Latest Web Security Trends Report Reveals New Genre of Evasive Attacks  —  Evasive Attacks Hit Once and Disappear to Minimize Visibility to Security Products;  —  Financial Incentives Drive Growth of Malicious Website Affiliations  —  Finjan, a leader in web security products …
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechSpot News
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Firefox 3 Feature Preview  —  Firefox Alpha 5 arrived last Friday, bringing with it the first look at Places, the new bookmark management system.  But the Firefox team has a number of additional UI tweaks up their sleeve and some of them look quite slick.  —  Alex Faaborg who's …
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09  —  Because of Truemors, I've learned a lot about launching a company in these "Web 2.0" times.  Here's quick overview "by the numbers."  — 0. I wrote 0 business plans for it.
Meraki:
Meraki Introduces First Solar Powered Outdoor WiFi Access Kit  —  New Meraki Solar and Meraki Outdoor Work Together to Cover Entire Neighborhoods with Outdoor Wireless Access  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - June 4, 2007 — Meraki Networks, pioneer of the first consumer wireless mesh Internet network designed to …
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Nintendo's Wii Widens Lead Over Sony's PS3 in Japan in May  —  Nintendo Co., the world's third- biggest maker of video-game players, widened its lead in Japan last month after its Wii consoles and DS portable players outsold products from Sony Corp., a research firm said.
cellular-news:
Brits Drop 850,000 Phones Down the Toilet - Each Year  —  If you've ever found yourself trying to fish your mobile out of the toilet, you're not alone.  A staggering 855,000 handsets are flushed away every year in the UK - that's roughly £342 million we're 'loo'sing.
Discussion: wirelessinfo.com Blog and Gizmodo
TVWeek Blog:
Hearst-Argyle, Where Are You on YouTube?  —  So local TV stations are getting hip to YouTube.  Hearst-Argyle Television started offering local videos from five stations on YouTube today.  You can find them online at: www.youtube.com/wcvbtv, www.youtube.com/wmurtv, www.youtube.com/kcratv …
Mikel / Brain Off:
Hacking Google Street View  —  We did some completely useless hacking Google Street View at WhereCamp on Yahoo's campus.  This is nice .. Google will have good mornings tomorrow with loads of strange requests in their logs from yahoo (evil neatness).  —  Greg Sadetsky cracked Street View …
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Humans get bigger role in search
Discussion: Outside the Valley
Zune Insider:
And Now a Correct Translation  —  Our buddies at 'rama point …
Discussion: CrunchGear and BetaNews
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Valve hardware survey shows gamers yet to embrace Vista
BBC:
Europe online '24 hours a month'
Discussion: Neowin.net
Cisco Cheng / PC Magazine:
General Dynamics Launches Rugged Laptop, Handheld
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News.com and Engadget
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone to get software development kit at WWDC?
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Gaping holes exposed in fully-patched IE 7, Firefox
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FSF says GPLv3 means Microsoft patent protection for all
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
N.Y.-based IAC to open Bay Area venture
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Apple iPhone details a plenty
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
A Start-Up's Risky Niche: Movie-Based Videogames
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Is Acquisition Bait
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