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5:50 AM ET, June 5, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Major Relaunch For Ask: Ask3D  —  Forget the advertising campaign debacle: There is some real news about Ask.com tonight.  —  The search engine, which is currently the fourth most used search service, is publicly re-launching tonight around 9 PM PST.  You won't see this when visiting the site …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Makeover at Ask.com: A New Look and More  —  Jim Lanzone, the chief executive of Ask.com, the fourth-most-used Internet search engine in the United States, believes that it is time to move beyond the 10 blue links — the standard way to display Web search results.
Discussion: parislemon and Digital Markets
Search Engine Land:
Ask Relaunches: Now In '3D'  —  Chris Sherman once compared Ask.com to Apple.  Ask CEO Jim Lanzone remarked to me that he liked the comparison because it spoke to quality and innovativeness.  Indeed, among the top-tier search engines Ask has arguably been the most innovative.  In one sense it has to be.
ResourceShelf:
Ask.com Debuts Ask 3D: Say Hello to Morph Technology  —  Some major news from Ask.com today.  Because Gary is a member of the Ask.com team, like we've done in previous situations our overview post is available by clicking the link below.  —  Ask.Com Launches Ask 3D: A Users Guide and a Few Thoughts
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ASK MORPHS: A NEW APPROACH TO THE INTERFACE
Discussion: Online Marketing Blog
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
A New Pricing Model Rolls Out Today  —  A New Pricing Model Rolls Out Today  —  Your Click Charges to be Based on Quality of Traffic  —  Yahoo! Search Marketing is rolling out a new feature that we think will help enhance the quality, potentially reduce the cost and increase the value of traffic to you, our advertisers.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA throws in the towel in Atlantic v. Andersen  —  One of the most notorious file-sharing cases is drawing to a close.  Both parties in Atlantic v. Andersen have agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, which means that Tanya Andersen is the prevailing party and can attempt to recover attorneys fees.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Florida defendant goes after RIAA for fraud, conspiracy, and extortion
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
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 …
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:   Yahoo!: The Web's Future Is Not In Search
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Kawasaki: How I wasted $12,107 on Truemors  —  I don't want to be mean, but I just can't help myself.  I know Guy Kawasaki is a legend for his marketing work with Apple, and a lot of people find his blog to be very useful — despite what appears to be an addiction to the age-old cliche of the "Top 10 Reasons Why..." style of blog post.
China Martens / InfoWorld:
Salesforce.com, Google release first joint product  —  (InfoWorld) - Salesforce.com Inc. and Google Inc. announced a strategic global partnership Tuesday, but it wasn't the widely expected tight integration between Google Apps and Salesforce.com's hosted CRM (customer relationship management) software.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Between the Lines
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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Ex-Cisco Executive to Lead Joost, Internet TV Provider  —  Michelangelo Volpi spent 5 of his 13 years at Cisco Systems selling networking equipment to the companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable that bring television into living rooms.  —  Now he is trying to do an end run around those same companies.
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Major Xbox announcement coming tomorrow?  —  Word on the street (that is, Gamertag Radio) is that a major Xbox announcement is dropping tomorrow, set to coincide with the final round of the Pac-Man World Championship.  Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg dropped the hint via an instant message session with GTR's Godfree.
Discussion: Game | Life and digg
Stephen Brook / Guardian Unlimited Blogs:
World Association of Newspapers: Digital Media Round Table  —  The start of the World Association of Newspapers' digital media round table has been delayed, deliciously, due to "technical difficulties".  —  12.30pm update: (scroll down) Google reared what many newspaper executives regard …
Jennifer Netherby / Video Business Online:
Windows test benefits sell-through, VOD  —  Releasing movies on video-on-demand and DVD the same day boosts sales of both significantly but cuts into disc rentals, according to initial results from a two-market test between Comcast and six studios begun last year.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and NewTeeVee
Business Wire:
SanDisk Launches 64 Gigabyte Solid State Drives for Notebook PCs, Meeting Needs for Higher Capacity  —  New Products on Display at Computex 2007, Taiwan's International Information Technology Show  —  MILPITAS, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Reaching for the "sweet spot" of memory storage for laptop computers …
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Warner Group in Deal to Offer Free Music via Internet Site  —  Major labels have fought several legal battles to try to keep fans from listening to music without paying for it.  Now one label, the Warner Music Group, has made a deal with an Internet start-up, Lala.com, that will allow anyone …
Discussion: Gizmodo, TechCrunch and paidContent.org
 
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Reuters:
Murdoch calls Dow Jones meeting "constructive"
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
After deal with AT&T, Clearwire can reach 223 million people with WiMAX
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lala to open DRM-free digital music store with free streaming access to songs
Kent German / CNET News.com:
What the iPhone commercials tell us
Discussion: PC World: Techlog
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Indie Supporter Blip Raises Funding
Eric Kintz / The Marketing Excellence blog:
Home Page, Landing Pages and HP Blogs: Are We Hiding in Plain Sight?
Discussion: AccMan
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Brushed Metal iMacs Dropping at WWDC
 Earlier Items: 
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Humans get bigger role in search
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Valve hardware survey shows gamers yet to embrace Vista
Finjan:
Finjan's Latest Web Security Trends Report Reveals New Genre of Evasive Attacks
BBC:
Europe online '24 hours a month'
Discussion: Neowin.net
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Nintendo's Wii Widens Lead Over Sony's PS3 in Japan in May
The Smoking Gun:
Google As Terror Tool?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell XPS m1330 performance ultraportable revealed