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8:25 PM ET, July 25, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
We knew the web was big...  We've known it for a long time: the web is big.  The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark.  Over the last eight years, we've seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google “Knows” About 1 Trillion Web Items
Discussion: TechCrunch
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft tries to one-up Google PageRank  —  Though a distant third place to Google, Microsoft thinks it can teach its rival a thing or two about searching the Internet.  —  A big part of Google's rise to search engine leadership was an algorithm called PageRank that assesses …
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Ethan / OnoTech:   CNET on BrowseRank: An informative article with a nonsensical premise
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to sponsor the Apache Software Foundation  —  Today at the OSCON open source software convention, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced an unexpected new sponsor: Microsoft.  The Redmond software giant, which will contribute $100,000 annually to the ASF …
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Sam Ramji / Port 25:
history.forward()  —  I'm writing this from Portland, Oregon where one of the world's largest Open Source conferences is taking place: OSCON.  This year's event is focused on a theme of “ten years of open source,” referring to 1998 as the year that Eric S. Raymond, Danese Cooper, et al coined the term.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft pledges love and money to open source
Discussion: Port 25 and InfoWorld
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Android, Symbian Expected To Become One OS  —  Analyst J. Gold Associates said the merger of the two mobile operating systems will begin within three to six months.  —  Nokia-owned Symbian and Google-created Android are destined to be combined to provide a single open source operating system …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Symbian open-source strategy explained at OSCON  —  Nokia made waves in the open-source software community last month when it announced plans to liberate the Symbian code base.  Symbian currently holds the dominant position in the European markets and has traditionally been a highly-proprietary …
Ashley Phillips / ABCNEWS:
Rumor: ‘MacBook Touch’ in the Works  —  Conference Call Comment Reignites Longtime Rumors  —  When it comes to Apple, it doesn't take much to set tongues a-wagging.  A slim Steve Jobs at the Apple Developers Conference in San Francisco last month has led to endless speculation …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
WiMAX phobia?  AT&T tries to block Clearwire/Xohm merger  —  The proposed merger of Sprint's WiMAX Xohm subsidiary with Clearwire has the potential to be a hugely positive move.  The new company pledges support for an open network, wholesale access, 6Mbps speeds, and good coverage.
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Wired News:
Celebrity Meter  —  Are You Internet Famous?  Use the Wired Celebrity Meter to find out how big a deal you really are.  Our algorithm will dig through your personal pages to find out how many fans are following your online exploits.  —  How it Works (short version) The Celebrity Meter scans URLs and scores internet fame based on:
Dan Goodin / The Register:
World's biggest ISPs drag feet on critical DNS patch  —  BT, AT&T among those putting subscribers at risk  —  More than two weeks after security researchers warned of a critical defect in the net's address lookup system, some of the world's biggest internet service providers - including AT&T …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Redlasso Shuts Down In Response To Fox/NBC Lawsuit  —  Redlasso, the video site that allows bloggers to post clips of television content, has shut down its beta in response to a recently filed lawsuit by Hulu-backers Fox and NBC.  —  In May, Fox, CBS and NBC issued Cease and Desist notices …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold browser video walk through  —  Apparently the BlackBerry Bold browser walk through wasn't enough to hold you guys over... we've been getting a flood of emails from y'all wanting some video hotness, and who are we to disappoint?  We have to warn you though, it's not organized that well, but you should get the jist of it.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
V.C. Advice to Entrepreneurs: It's Not All About the iPhone  —  Though almost every discussion at the MobileBeat conference in Sunnyvale, Calif., on Thursday centered around the iPhone, venture capitalists told mobile entrepreneurs to broaden their focus and build applications for all phones.
Discussion: MobHappy and MacDailyNews
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Connect Will Be Game-Changing...and Dangerous  —  With the news coming out of F8 this week, it was hard to not get caught up in the enthusiasm for Facebook Connect, the new authentication methodology which will allow you to login to third-party web sites using your Facebook ID and port your friend graph from Facebook with you.
InfoWorld:
Software group weighs piracy lawsuit against eBay  —  A trade group representing hundreds of software vendors is considering a lawsuit against eBay for what it calls widespread sales of counterfeit software on the auction site.  —  The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple says, “Want to hack iPhones for a living?”  —  Are you tired of seeing all your hard iPhone hacking work go unappreciated?  Do you long for a chance to work for Apple while still poking around for flaws in the iPhone OS?  Wait no longer, intrepid code ninja, for Apple may have just the job for you.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and 9 to 5 Mac
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Who is to blame for MobileMe?  —  Steve Jobs is not a manager who suffers fools, gladly or otherwise.  In the early days of Apple, he was famous for categorizing employees by their “bozo bit,” set at either 0 or 1, and for flipping his assessment from one to the other in the space of an elevator ride.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Web Wars Starts In Two Hours
Discussion: CNET News.com and Kyte Blog
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
How to Save Local Newspapers: Cellphones
Discussion: Gadget Lab and paidContent.org
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Thanko Cooler USB keyboard with three built in fans
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Details For Tonight's 3rd Annual TechCrunch Meet-Up At August Capital
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Roll Your Own Digg: Coming in Six Months
Discussion: VentureBeat and Valleywag
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
Vonage to Name New CEO, Nears Refinancing Deal
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gateway stops selling PCs direct
Discussion: Business Wire and Electronista
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Ballmer's Catch-22 Problem With Search Ads
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
AOL shutting 3 services to cut costs, focus on ads
Discussion: MarketingShift
Daniel McDonald / The Union Recorder:
Wireless city steps closer
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft Moves on from Yahoo Again; Talks Internal Search Innovation
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Squarespace Launches Better Web Publishing Software, Takes On WordPress, SixApart
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
Generation Text: Emailing on the Go Sends Some Users Into Harm's Way
Discussion: Switched
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Users can automatically encrypt Gmail connection
Alessandra Galloni / Wall Street Journal:
Italy Is to File Charges Against Google Executives
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Doom'ing The iPhone  —  While he's best known for creating …