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12:25 PM 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.
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.
Ryan Stewart:
Finally, Flash Becomes Truly Searchable
Discussion: eWeek and TechSpot
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 …
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T's official iPhone 3G pricing/plans: $199 to $499  —  AT&T sent out the official announcement today, detailing its pricing and service plans for the iPhone 3G.  As expected, the purchase price for the 8GB iPhone starts at $199 and the 16GB model will be available for as low as $299 …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Gearlog and Apple Gazette
PR Newswire:
Scripps Networks Interactive Launches as Separate Publicly Traded Company  —  Chairman, President and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe to Ring the Opening Bell at NYSE  —  Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI - News) began operations today as a separate publicly traded company upon …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:   Scripps' Cable And Web Unit Starts Trading Sans Newspapers And Local TV
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 …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Linspire + Xandros = Anything of value?
Discussion: OStatic blogs
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.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Hands on: New AMD Phenoms up power efficiency, performance  —  To build a better Phenom  —  AMD hasn't launched a new Phenom X4 processor since late last March, when the B3-based 2.5GHz Phenom 9850 hit the market.  Today, the company is making up for lost time, debuting …
Discussion: TG Daily and Lockergnome
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Today we see AMD release three new high-performance quad-core desktop processors.
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.
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: CNET, PDA and greg hughes
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gnip Launches To Ease The Strain On Web Services  —  MyBlogLog founder Eric Marcoullier sold his company to Yahoo in January 2007 for an estimated $10 million.  He left Yahoo in July 2007 with the seed of a new idea germinating in his head - “Make data portability suck less.”
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and The Real McCrea
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