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6:15 AM ET, September 27, 2007

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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.
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Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
MICROSOFT PLAYS CATCH UP ON SEARCH  —  Microsoft unveiled on Wednesday the first significant changes to its Live search site since it was launched over a year ago, adding new shopping, entertainment and health verticals and improving video search.  But most of the changes …
Discussion: Mashable!
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Five Reasons Why The Mobile Web Sucks  —  I've had it with all the hype about mobile being the next big thing — more to the point, I've had it with the mobile web.  Here are five reasons why the web on the go still has a long way to go.  —  1. Wireless carrier networks are SLOW
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Russ / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Five Reasons Why Web 2.0 People Need to Shut The F**k Up about the Mobile Web  —  Actually, I'm not going to give five new reasons, I just wanted a catchy title when I responded to this moron who has absolutely no f**king idea what he's talking about.  —  1) 3G is slow?
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Up next for Apple: the return of the Newton  —  Apple Inc, which helped spawn the PDA market with its Newton MessagePad line in the early '90s, plans to give the concept another go with a modern day reincarnation of the old fan favorite based on the company's new mutli-touch technology, AppleInsider has learned.
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
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn finally adds user photos  —  On Friday, the social network for professionals, LinkedIn, will go live with its newest feature: User photos.  —  Why did it take four years to add a feature already offered by every other social network?  LinkedIn claims recent user requests for the feature drove the decision.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Why does Apple get a free ride?  —  I really don't want to get into the usual pissing match that seems to occur whenever someone fails to bow down and worship Steve Jobs' every move, but I can't help myself.  Why aren't we seeing more outrage — okay, even a little bit of outrage …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Plugs Google Web ToolKit For iPhone  —  Google has plugged the Google Web ToolKit demonstrating an iPhone specific version of Google Reader.  —  The iPhone Reader combines the Google AJAX Feed API with a user interface geared for use on the iPhone.  —  Google's Research Actualization …
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Bob Vawter / Google Web Toolkit Blog:   GWT Application Development for the iPhone
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Gateway One all-in-one desktop breaks cover  —  A whole slew of sites this morning spilled out info on Gateway's new "One" PC, which Gateway was teasing us about the other day.  Due to be announced tomorrow at Digital Life, the Gateway One is a sleek little all-in-one number …
Discussion: TechSpot News, I4U News, MacNN and Digg
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Gateway's all-in-one PC
Discussion: Gadgetell
Anne Broache / ZDNet:
Microsoft, Google square off in Washington  —  Google and Microsoft's bitter and long-standing rivalry in the Internet search and advertising markets is spilling over into Washington.  —  Senior executives from both companies are scheduled to show up before a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday afternoon …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Bits
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Rubicon White Papers:
Growth of web applications in the US: Rapid adoption, but only when there's a real benefit  —  Status and implications for the tech industry September 25, 2007 Summary: Adoption of web applications is moving faster than most observers realize The rise of web applications …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Web apps: e-mail and games remain hot, office apps cool
Discussion: Symantec Corp.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Pro-business watchdog targets Google for enabling video piracy  —  Google's doing nothing about rampant copyright violations and may have become the storage medium of choice for movie pirates.  That's the conclusion of an open letter (PDF) from the National Legal and Policy Center, a pro-business watchdog group.
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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.
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."
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Surprise: MSN Has Built the Video Site of the Future  —  There are big changes underway over at MSN Video, some of which represent a real look forward for the industry.  It's hard to believe, and it isn't pretty, but this is a site you've got to check out.  The site's design, full screen player and advertising model are big.
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Widgetbox's App Accelerator turns widgets into Facebook apps  —  Widgetbox today announced App Accelerator, a step-by-step guide and tool for creating Facebook applications from Widgetbox widgets.  The blandly named App Accelerator shrewdly connects the community developers …
Inside Google Book Search:
New ways to dig into Book Search  —  Posted by Pramod Sharma and Garima Sahai, Software Engineers  —  Every time I go into a bookstore or library, I go straight to the sports section, to check out the newest books on running.  In my spare time I'm a runner, and I like to be up on the latest developments in marathon training.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Books Redesign
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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privcom.gc.ca:
Report of an Investigation into the Security, Collection and Retention …
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Jack / Twitter Blog:
Tracking Twitter  —  One of the driving philosophies behind Twitter …
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Microsoft Stealth Update and Windows XP repair don't mix
puredigitalinc.com:
Pure Digital Technologies Launches Five Year, One Million Flip …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and geeksugar
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Mark Twain's plans to compete with copyright "pirates" (in 1906)
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Verizon Rejects Messages of Abortion Rights Group
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Report: One-third of TV watching to be video-on-demand by 2012
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Java for iPhone urged by Sun official
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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Dell to go 'carbon neutral' by late 2008
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A root shell in my pocket (and maybe yours)
Discussion: InfoWorld
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Ring! Ring! Ring! In Japan, Novelists Find a New Medium
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Truphone demos VoIP for iPhone
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Tech giants chart research goals
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Pondering Google 2.0: How will it get to $100 billion in revenue?
Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
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