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11:30 AM ET, September 27, 2007

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Updated Live Search Engine  —  Includes significant advancements in core technology and consumer experience.  —  Microsoft Corp. is releasing an update to Live Search (http://www.live.com) centered on improvements to core search technology and deeper advancements …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Highlights: Microsoft revamps its Live Search engine  —  Microsoft tonight unveiled the widely rumored revamp of its Live Search engine.  Here's a summary of the news:  — The company says it has made improvements in relevance, the measure of how closely the results match a searcher's intent.
Live Search:
Introducing...the new Live Search  —  This week we're excited to launch a major update to Live Search that's relevant, faster and easier to use.  Hundreds of us rolled up our sleeves and dug deep.  We pored over your feedback, analyzed the data and talked to thousands of users.  How major is this?
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging: Microsoft Searchification Day 2007  —  I'm sitting at the Microsoft conference center for Searchification Day.  We're within walking distance from the Googleplex, where I was for Google Searchology Day just a few short months ago.  Searchology was all about Google's unveiling …
Discussion: Oilman
Miguel Helft / New York Times:   New-Look Search Sites Aim to Close Google Gap
Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
MICROSOFT PLAYS CATCH-UP ON SEARCH
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
New York Times:
A Cellphone Without Borders  —  It's amazing the way the Internet keeps toppling traditional businesses.  Telegrams have gone away.  Music CD sales are tanking.  Newspapers are hurting.  —  One especially lucrative business, however, has somehow escaped the Internet's notice so far: international cellphone calls.
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Picture this - LinkedIn adds profile photos  —  On Friday LinkedIn plans to allow profile photos on its business-focused social network, in a move which reflects its increasingly international focus.  —  It's taken four years for LinkedIn to add photos, when every other social network has done it forever.
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Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words  —  We're excited to announce that starting tomorrow (Friday 28, 2007) LinkedIn members will have a new option available: the ability to add a professional photo to their profile.  —  Adding a profile photo is one of the most commonly requested features …
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn finally adds user photos
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair  —  A silent update that Microsoft deployed widely in July and August is preventing the "repair" feature of Windows XP from completing successfully.  —  Ever since the Redmond company's recent download of new support files for Windows Update …
Discussion: The Raw Feed
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Microsoft Stealth Update and Windows XP repair don't mix
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
Interview With A Convicted Hacker: Robert Moore Tells How He Broke Into Routers And Stole VoIP Services  —  On his way to federal prison, the 23-year-old hacker says breaking into computers at telecom companies and major corporations was "so easy a caveman could do it."
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Sprint says it won't subsidize WiMax hardware  —  Recommend article:  —  Chicago (IL) - Barry West, president of Sprint's Wimax unit "Xohm", said that Wimax customers will have to pay "full freight" for their Wimax cards, but will not be locked in long-term service contracts in return.
Discussion: dslreports.com and Gizmodo
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Pricing, service for Xohm WiMax to be 'around user needs'
Discussion: Ars Technica
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Birthday Logo: Nine Years Old  —  The Google home page is sporting the special logo above, celebrating the company's ninth birthday, with one of the Gs turned into a nine.  But wait?  Didn't Google just turn 10?  Google Is 10 Years Old?  Finding The Real Google Birthday …
Bob Vawter / Google Web Toolkit Blog:
GWT Application Development for the iPhone  —  In our not-so-humble opinions, we think that the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and the Apple iPhone are two very cool technologies.  Because we're all highfalutin computer-scientist types (as well as being irrepressibly geeky) we wanted to see what happens when you mix them together.
Discussion: 1FPS and TechCrunch
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Verizon Rejects Messages of Abortion Rights Group  —  Saying it had the right to block "controversial or unsavory" text messages, Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon's mobile network available for a text-message program.
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Building an audience for your blog  —  What's the best way to draw a crowd?  —  If you start a blog on Blogger, WordPress or a similar service, it'll just be you, your mother and the tumbleweed for a few weeks at least.  So how do you build an audience?  —  A thread on the Authority Blogger Forum has been gathering responses.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft launches Internet TV for Windows Media Center  —  Microsoft is rolling out the public beta of Internet TV for Windows Vista Media Center today.  If you've got a machine running Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate, a new option should pop up inside of your media center interface, cleverly titled "Internet TV."
Discussion: Bits
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! to Close Its Podcasting Site  —  Two years to the month after launching its large podcast search and listening site, Yahoo! has announced that Yahoo! Podcasts will cease operation on Halloween, October 31st.  The site never came out of Beta before the plug was pulled.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Podcasts Joins The Deadpool
Discussion: Podcasting News
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
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InfoWorld:
Panasonic plans new Toughbook laptops
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Special Edition pink iPod shuffles turn up at Target stores (photos)
Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
The End User: Apple and Orange
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and 9 to 5 Mac
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Open Source Developers Shun GPLv3, Survey Says
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BBC:
Halo 3 sales top £84m in 24 hours
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An Antitrust Analysis of GOOG-DCLK Deal: Search Ads Vs Contextual Ads Vs Display Ads
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Legal Watchdog Group Uncovers 300 Apparently Pirated Films Viewed …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Mark Twain's plans to compete with copyright "pirates" (in 1906)
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Java for iPhone urged by Sun official
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