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1:05 PM ET, September 27, 2007


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Microsoft Releases Updated Live Search Engine  —  Includes significant advancements in core technology and consumer experience.  —  Microsoft Corp. is releasing an update to Live Search ( centered on improvements to core search technology and deeper advancements …
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?
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.
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging: Microsoft Searchification Day 2007
Discussion: WebProNews and 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.
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 …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
PCs: Gateway One Unboxed (Verdict: So Shiny and Sweet, It Gives Windows a Good Name)  —  Normally I don't get this jazzed about desktop PCs, but the Gateway One is special.  From the sleek yet substantial design to the quiet, powerful core, it's a real statement, especially from the cow-pocked South Dakota underdog.
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 tomorrow.  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 …
Discussion: Bits
Microsoft Unveils Extenders for Windows Media Center and Internet …
Discussion: Computerworld and Mobility Site
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
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).
Discussion: CNET
Rafat Ali /
An Antitrust Analysis of GOOG-DCLK Deal: Search Ads Vs Contextual Ads Vs Display Ads
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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."
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.
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.
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Facebook CEO visits Seattle, Microsoft schemes  —  An investment by the software giant seems likely - Facebook is the ideal testbed for the future of advertising.  —  (Fortune) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was spotted Tuesday in Seattle, headed for meetings with executives at Microsoft.
Discussion: The Browser
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Causes US Navy To Change Its Swastika Building  —  You have to feel a bit sorry for the US Navy.  They have a building in California that looks like a swastika from the air.  But who looks at buildings from the air?  Until Google Maps popularized easy access to aerial views, only the occasional bored air traveler.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Natural Search Blog
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.
Brian Prince /
Study Shows Businesses Face PCI Challenges  —  The Sept. 30 deadline set by Visa USA for large enterprises to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is looming.  But even with the deadline so close, a study commissioned by EMC's security division found that many businesses are still struggling to make the grade.
Discussion: The Register
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Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
The End User: Apple and Orange
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Discussion: Gadgetell
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The Future of Computing, According to Intel
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Bob Vawter / Google Web Toolkit Blog:
GWT Application Development for the iPhone
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