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9:45 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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google “Knows” About 1 Trillion Web Items
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Misleading Blog Post: The Size Of The Web And The Size …
Discussion: Marksonland
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
So How Huge Exactly Is 1 Trillion Pages Online?
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
Stephen Shankland / CNET
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Arn / MacRumors:
Speculation About a ‘MacBook Touch’ Builds  —  Speculation about a possible Apple tablet has started infiltrating the mainstream media with an article on ABCNews summarizing public reaction to this possibility.  The buzz about Apple's next product kicked into high gear after Apple's Peter …
Discussion: Crave, The Apple Core and MacDailyNews
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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
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.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gateway stops selling PCs direct  —  Gateway, one of the early PC makers that sold their wares direct, said Friday it will sell its systems completely through channel partners and retailers.  —  The company, now a part of Acer, said shifting to a channel-based distribution model will simplify its business and cut costs.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
How to Save Local Newspapers: Cellphones  —  Verve' Wireless's mission is to save the local paper by making it mobile.  It provides publishers with the technology to create mobile Web sites, so readers can read the paper on their cell phones.  Verve or the newspaper then sell ads on those sites.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and
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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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
AOL shutting 3 services to cut costs, focus on ads
Discussion: MarketingShift
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Squarespace Launches Better Web Publishing Software, Takes On WordPress, SixApart
Discussion: Mashable! and CenterNetworks
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Discussion: Switched
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Chris Morris / Forbes:
Doom'ing The iPhone  —  While he's best known for creating …