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9:25 AM ET, October 2, 2007

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Yahoo! Search Blog:
From "To Do" to "Done" in One Search  —  That sums up Yahoo! Search in a nutshell; the whole point is we want to get you from "to do" to "done."  Whatever it is you want to do: research a topic, find a website, plan a vacation, research a medical condition, view a funny video …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Search Just Got Smarter  —  Yahoo is adding some major features to its search engine today.  For instance, images from Flickr and playable videos are now embedded in the main results page.  A search for a major rock band like U2 brings up information from the artist's Website …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Search Launches Google Killer : Search Assist, Videos, Flickr Integration  —  Yahoo Search, over the past 5 years or so, has been trying hard to step out of Google's shadow, a shadow that Yahoo cast upon itself when they made Google their search technology provider in 2000.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo! Juices Its Search Engine
Discussion: New York Times
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Upgrades Search Experience, Launches 'Search Assist …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Beyond Blogs: Old & New Media Converge
Discussion: The Social Web
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune 2 leaks out in three flavors  —  Well, we'd heard new Zunes were coming tomorrow (or maybe October 16th) and it looks like retailers are starting to receive display units — everyone, say hello to the new Zunes.  Barring some Photoshop trickeration, it looks like we're getting …
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Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Microsoft to Debut Zune 2 on Tuesday
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune 1 running firmware 2.1, Zune 2 coming Wednesday
Guardian:
EBay says it paid almost $1bn too much for Skype  —  Graeme Wearden  —  Dotcom giant eBay has admitted it paid far too much when it bought internet telephony company Skype for $2.6bn (£1.28bn) in 2005.  —  The web auction company said it was writing down the value of Skype …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
EBay's $4 Billion Lesson in the Value of Hype  —  As Microsoft mulls putting up to $500 million into Facebook at a $10-billion-plus valuation, it may want to consider the fate of eBay's adventure with the Internet phone service Skype.  —  When eBay bought Skype in 2005 …
How to of the Day:
How to Quit Facebook  —  Maybe your affinity for Facebook began with a simple desire to keep in touch with your friends, or make new ones online.  Or perhaps you were just bored.  But now Facebook is the thorn in your side, and possibly a bona fide addiction.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Valleywag
Telegraph:
Microsoft powers up for change  —  Chief executive says free software, downloadable online, is on the horizon for consumers.  Josephine Moulds reports  —  Steve Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft, yesterday signalled another step towards a dramatic change in the software giant's business model.
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Live Search:
Microsoft acquires Jellyfish.com  —  We want to welcome some new folks to the Live Search family - we recently purchased a company called Jellyfish.com, based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Jellyfish has done some really innovative work in comparative shopping engines.
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
The stupidest idea ever?  —  VENTURE CAPITALIST WAS DISSATISFIED WORKING ON SMART IDEAS, SO HE WENT THE OTHER WAY  —  As managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, Guy Kawasaki funded all the really smart ideas he could find.  None hit it big.  —  So earlier this year the guru …
Discussion: MARS Magazine
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Finds An Obvious Use For WOW.com: A World Of Warcraft Social Network  —  The wow.com domain name has laid dormant since at least 1998, when it was acquired by AOL along with other assets of Compuserve.  The domain has been coveted by a number of AOL business units over the years, though.
Discussion: Webware.com and VTOR
Computerworld:
America's techiest cities: Silicon Valley No. 1, but who's No. 2?  —  Hint: It's not Boston or Seattle, according to Census Bureau stats  —  The highest concentration of IT professionals in the U.S. is — you guessed it — in Silicon Valley.  But naming the No 2 spot isn't as easy, and the answer might surprise you.
Discussion: The Webpreneur
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mochila Adds Citizen Image  —  Mochila, the NY-based media marketplace, will now distribute content from image agency Citizen Image, which specializes in amateur photography.  It's one of a flurry of deals for Mochila, which sold a stake last month to the Belo (BLC) newspaper chain.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Paul Rubens / BBC:
Spam weapon helps preserve books
Ed Foster / InfoWorld:
Amazon Makes You Lie to Log Off
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Supporting Patent Reform Bill
Discussion: The Register
Aidan Henry / Read/WriteWeb:
10 Chat Widgets to Consider
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
All the Wood Behind One Arrow
Don Reisinger / NewTeeVee:
5 Alternatives To Apple TV
Nintendo:
NINTENDO ANNOUNCES NEW WII REMOTE JACKET ACCESSORY
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm's Ed Colligan hypes new OS to investors
Discussion: PalmInfocenter.com
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John Borland / Technology Review:
Gibson's Self-Tuning Guitar
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Financial Models for Underachievers: Two Years of the Real Numbers of a Startup
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Is Favorit a Digg killer?
Discussion: The fav.or.it Blog
Andrew McAfee:
The Ties that Find
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
iPhone: Context over consistency
Digital Joystick:
Bungie Leaving Microsoft!! You heard it here first folks
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's MSN: Still Sucking Wind After All These Years
Discussion: LiveSide
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Nokia Buys Software Maker for $8.1 Billion