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4:45 PM ET, September 27, 2007

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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).
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senate ponders Google-DoubleClick deal as report raises antitrust concerns
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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Introduces New Live Search Index, Adds Features In Effort …
Discussion: WebProNews and Mercury News
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Searches for Signs of Live
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
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Palm aims new Centro smartphone at students, 'CEOs of households'  —  (InfoWorld) - Palm introduced a smartphone with a new brand aimed at a younger audience on Thursday.  —  The Centro phone will cost $99.99 and initially be available exclusively from Sprint Nextel starting in mid-October.
Discussion: Reuters
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:   Palm launches Centro smart phone for mass market consumers on Sprint Nextel
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: BoomTown and All Facebook
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Jessihempel / The Browser:
Are we already moving on from traditional social networking?
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
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Royal Pingdom:
Google availability differs greatly between countries  —  Google Search users in the United States are 10 times more likely to encounter a problem than users in Brazil, according to this unique one-year survey from Pingdom.  —  Google has a large number of localized versions of their Google Search homepage.
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and WebProNews
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Microsoft VOD to Be Ad-Supported by YuMe  —  It's no secret that Windows Media Center will start supporting Internet television this week.  The update, to be released September 28, will give Windows Media Center and Xbox 360 users in the United States access to a selection …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft launches Internet TV for Windows Media Center
Discussion: Bits
Vince Broady / Yodel Anecdotal:
Finding focus in Hollywood  —  BusinessWeek just released its annual "Best of the Web" user survey.  Among the most beloved sites are some of the properties housed at our Santa Monica operations — Finance, Games, Health, Music, News.  Since opening our office here five years ago …
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 …
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Extenders for Windows Media Center and Internet TV Beta — Connected Entertainment Comes Home for the Holidays  —  New devices from Cisco's Linksys division, D-Link, HP and Niveus Media deliver new video formats, form factors and HD TV over wireless home networks …
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 …
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."
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Podcasts To Close; The Sorry State Of Podcast Search
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Marchex Expands Openlist.com, Empowering Consumers Nationwide …
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Turn Gmail (or any E-mail Account) Into a Social Network Hub
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Updated: Disney Mobile Closing; Second Disney MVNO To Shutter …
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Apple: Piper Cautions That Street Ests On FY Q4 iPod Sales …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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SanDisk to Sell Solid-State Drives to Systems Integrators Through …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Advertising Model: Wish Fulfillment
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Verizon flip-flops on censoring "unsavory" political group SMS messaging
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