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11:05 AM ET, July 1, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
Google learns to crawl Flash  —  Google has been developing a new algorithm for indexing textual content in Flash files of all kinds, from Flash menus, buttons and banners, to self-contained Flash websites.  Recently, we've improved the performance of this Flash indexing algorithm by integrating Adobe's Flash Player technology.
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Adobe:
Adobe Advances Rich Media Search on the Web  —  For immediate release  —  Adobe Flash Technology Enhances Search Results for Dynamic Content and Rich Internet Applications  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the company is teaming up with search industry leaders …
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Improved Flash indexing  —  We've received numerous requests to improve our indexing of Adobe Flash files.  Today, Ron Adler and Janis Stipins—software engineers on our indexing team—will provide us with more in-depth information about our recent announcement that we've greatly improved our ability to index Flash.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Microsoft's Plan B for Search  —  Moving past the Yahoo saga, the software giant is eyeing semantic search engine Powerset as a way of closing the gap with Google  —  Still smarting from a failed attempt to buy Yahoo! (YHOO), Microsoft (MSFT) is trying another tactic to gain on Google (GOOG) in Web search.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Once Nearly Invisible To Search Engines, Flash Files Can Now Be Found And Indexed  —  For most people on the Web, if Google or Yahoo cannot find something, it doesn't exist.  That has been one of the biggest drawbacks to creating a Website or application that displays itself as a Flash (SWF) file.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
A boon to the Webtop: Adobe makes indexing Flash in search easier  —  It's a big day for rich Internet applications.  Why?  You can now find these newfangled Web applications a lot easier.  Google, Yahoo and Adobe have teamed to make Flash file format content easier to find.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Flash A-Ah — Savior of the Universe  —  Flash content on the Web may be slow-loading and occasionally nonintuitive, but at least now it's searchable.  Adobe has conceived of a way for search engines to index Flash content, even pre-existing Flash content, without the need for developer intervention.
Discussion: Inquirer and eWeek
Ryan Stewart:
Finally, Flash Becomes Truly Searchable
Discussion: eWeek
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
Bag Helps Laptop Pass Air Security  —  For years at airport security checkpoints, passengers have heard the refrain, almost a dirge: “Laptops must be removed from their cases and placed on the belt.”  —  Get ready for a change.  The Transportation Security Administration has given the go-ahead …
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Agam Shah / IDG News Service:
Laptops lost like hot cakes at US airports
Discussion: TechBlog and Business Technology
Anuj Srivastava / Inside AdSense:
We're retiring AdSense Referrals  —  We're constantly looking for ways to improve AdSense by developing and supporting features which drive the best monetization results for our publishers.  Sometimes, this requires retiring existing features so we can focus our efforts on the ones that will be most effective in the long term.
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Kevin Carmony / Kevin Carmony's Blog:
Xandros Acquires Linspire Assets in Secret Backroom Deal  —  Today, as a Linspire shareholder, I received the below “memorandum” from Linspire.  I have confirmed with several other Linspire shareholders that they too received this same notice.  —  In classic Michael Robertson form …
Discussion: The Register
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Practical Technology:
Surprise Desktop Linux Move: Xandros Buys Linspire
Discussion: The Open Road and OStatic blogs
Nokia:
Nokia welcomes Warner Music Group to Comes With Music  —  Warner Music content also available via Nokia Music Stores globally  —  New York, NY, USA - Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today announced that Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) will make its diverse catalog of new stars and legendary artists available …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nokia (NOK) Signs Up Warner (WMG) For Music Phone
Discussion: Associated Press, PDA and AppScout
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside Microsoft's Internet Infrastructure & Its Plans For The Future  —  A few minutes after she delivered a speech at our Structure 08 conference in San Francisco, I caught up with Microsoft's corporate VP of global foundation services, Debra Chrapaty, for a video chat.
Nate Westheimer / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Twitter Could Be Worth A Billion In A Year  —  Twitter's not going to make their money with advertising.  So how can they be a Billion Dollar Company in a year?  —  Twitter should take full advantage of their messaging platform, user base and user disposition to lead in the P2P mobile payments space …
Discussion: PDA, greg hughes and The Social Times
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
AT&T iPhone 3G Pricing Revealed  —  AT&T retail stores will be open at 8AM local time on July 11th, so be “iReady!”  Existing customers who don't qualify for an upgrade will have to shell out $399 and $499 for the corresponding iP3G model.  Customers who don't want to extend their current contract …
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Google Webmaster Central Blog:
What are your SEO recommendations?  —  Posted by the Webmaster Trends Analysts (John, Jonathan, Susan)  —  You may have noticed that we recently rewrote our article on What is an SEO?  Does Google recommend them?  Previously, the article had focused on warning people about common SEO scams …
Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.4 update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, and 10.5.3 Leopard.  It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.  —  For information about security updates, please see this article.
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
A Cringing Quarter for Venture Capitalists  —  As I reported Saturday, venture capitalists experienced a very poor second quarter.  The industry's trade association said Tuesday that for the first time since 1978, not a single venture-backed company went public in the quarter.
 
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
No Panic: Digital Buyers Shrug Off Google's Web Metrics Launch
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Nikon D700 presentation video revealed early, it's very nice
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Gallery of Sawn-In-Half Cameras
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Yahoo Board and Investors Burn, While Everyone Else Fiddles
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