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12:25 PM 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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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
Discussion: Oilman
Miguel Helft / New York Times:   New-Look Search Sites Aim to Close Google Gap
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 …
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 …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google/DoubleClick Deal in Trouble  —  Confirmed?  No. But sure feels that way.  —  As Google and Microsoft execs head to Washington to plead their respective cases, a Microsoft-funded 51-page "research paper" on the legal aspects of the fight is making the rounds.  (PaidContent has a brief summary).
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
An Antitrust Analysis of GOOG-DCLK Deal: Search Ads Vs Contextual Ads Vs Display Ads
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Verizon flip-flops on censoring "unsavory" political group SMS messaging  —  Verizon Wireless found itself in a boiling pot of water after the company decided it would not allow a pro-choice abortion group named NARAL to use its mobile network to distribute opt-in SMS news alerts to its subscribers.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Verizon Rejects Messages of Abortion Rights Group
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
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
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Realizes That Criticizing A Trademark Is Not Trademark Infringement  —  For quite some time now, there's been a push to extend the meaning and purpose of trademark law to make it more like copyright or patent law — granting the holder of the mark much more control over its usage.
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."
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Is Gussying Itself Up for an Advertising IPO
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Facebook CEO visits Seattle, Microsoft schemes
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Islandoo cuts its TV ties to go open access
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Explaining the Excel Bug
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
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Open Source Developers Shun GPLv3, Survey Says
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Legal Watchdog Group Uncovers 300 Apparently Pirated Films Viewed …
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