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2:30 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?
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
New-Look Search Sites Aim to Close Google Gap
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).
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Is Gussying Itself Up for an Advertising IPO  —  What's behind all the shuffling going on at AOL lately?  New CEO Randy Falco is moving the headquarters from Dulles, Va. to New York City, more layoffs are rumored at the dying dial-up business, and all the advertising businesses …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senate ponders Google-DoubleClick deal as report raises antitrust concerns
Discussion: CNET
Rafat Ali /
An Antitrust Analysis of GOOG-DCLK Deal: Search Ads Vs Contextual Ads Vs Display Ads
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 …
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.
Tim Wu / Slate:
WHY MUNICIPAL WIRELESS NETWORKS HAVE BEEN SUCH A FLOP.  —  It's hard to dislike the idea of free municipal wireless Internet access.  Imagine your town as an oversized Internet cafe, with invisible packets floating everywhere as free as the air we breathe.  That fanciful vision inspired …
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.
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.
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: All Facebook
Jessihempel / The Browser:
Are we already moving on from traditional social networking?
Discussion: Computerworld
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: Hardware 2.0 and The Raw Feed
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."
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from the Palm press conference at DigitalLife  —  Well folks — we're here at the Palm / Sprint press event at DigitalLife, so get ready to have your heads go popping off your neck in a matter of moments.  We're going to be liveblogging the whole nasty affair — so keep your browser tuned in for the action.
Discussion: The Raw Feed and PalmAddicts
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 …
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.
Discussion: InfoWorld and New York Times
Karl /
Verizon Blocks Opt-In Pro-Choice SMS - 'Controversial & unsavory' insists company...
Discussion: Reuters
Staci D. Kramer /
Disney Mobile Closing; Second Disney MVNO To Shutter; WDIG Will Explore Licensing A La ESPN  —  Later this morning, sources close to the situation tell, the Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) Company will announce that it is closing its second MVNO in as many years rather than continue to invest in the expensive service.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Google sets sights on Europe growth
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Piper Cautions That Street Ests On FY Q4 iPod Sales …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Lukas Gilkey / Audio Junkies:
New Qsonix Q110 Touch Screen Music Management System
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Erica Ogg / CNET
Sling tries for a Solo home run
Discussion: Mr Blog
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New Advertising Model: Wish Fulfillment
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Realizes That Criticizing A Trademark Is Not Trademark Infringement
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Discussion: Apple 2.0 and 9 to 5 Mac
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The Future of Computing, According to Intel
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