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7:30 AM ET, July 28, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cuil Exits Stealth Mode With A Massive Search Engine  —  Menlo Park based Cuil will launch later this evening with an index of 120 billion web pages, making them arguably the most comprehensive search engine on the web (Google doesn't disclose the size of their index, although they claim …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Cuil Launches — Can This Search Start-Up Really Best Google?  —  Can any start-up search engine “be the next Google?”  Many have wondered this, and today's launch of Cuil (pronounced “cool') may provide the best test case since Google itself overtook more established search engines.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Maximum PC all
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Beats Cuil Hands Down In Size And Relevance, But That Isn't The Whole Story  —  Search engine Cuil launched earlier this evening, claiming a bigger index size (120 billion web pages) than Google or any other search engine.  The pedigree of the founders and execs …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Reuters
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cuil Finally Gets Going  —  These days, anyone starting a search-related effort almost certainly has to deal with the G-Factor.  Are they trying to take on Google?  How are they going to beat that awesome search-and-advertising money machine from Mountain View, Calif.?
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Is Cuil a Googleslayer?  Nope, Not Yet-Not Hardly  —  A search engine called Cuil launched tonight.  It touts itself as the world's largest search engine, with more than 121 billion pages indexed-three times as many as Google, it says.  Its “About Cuil” page sniffs at “superficial popularity metrics” …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Leftover Ad Space?  Exchanges Handle the Remnants  —  Joe Zawadzki's traders spend their days in front of two computer screens, feeding their systems with data and trying to perfect their trading algorithms.  —  But they are not analyzing stocks.  They are analyzing advertising.
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Greg / yardley.ca:
Serving's the easy part  —  Interesting article in the NYT about creating more complex financial derivatives from advertising.  This idea seems to attract a new pack of smart-as-hell people every year - my own year was three years back.  It's the perfect NYC concept, wedding the financial industry with advertising.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Brandstreaming: What Is It & Who's Doing It?  —  If there's a hot new social media trend happening, you can bet that companies are trying to find a way to use it to.  It happened of course with blogging, it happened with Twitter, and it is now happening with FriendFeed and other lifestreaming apps.
Frans Charming / Jason McCabe Calacanis' Mail:
[Jason] Is Google a content company?  —  Sunday, July 26th, 11:40M PST.  —  Word Count: 2,147  —  List Message #: 12  —  Jason's List Subscriber Count: 2,775  —  Change since last email: 1 unsubscribe, 188 subscribes  —  List management: http://tinyurl.com/jasonslist  —  Message type: internet industry
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Russia, The Final Frontier For Data Centers?  —  Updated: To paraphrase (and mangle) StarTrek's famous tagline: Can Russia be the place where Internet companies boldly go looking for the final frontier of data centers?  At least one blog thinks so, and it points to the massive hydroelectric power capacity on tap in Russia.
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Moves to Open Up Sale Options  —  Motorola Inc. is reorganizing its second-largest business unit, home and networks mobility, into three distinct businesses, a step that could make it easier for Motorola to sell some of the businesses in the future.
Chrisbrogan Com / chrisbrogan.com:
50 Steps to Establishing a Consistent Social Media Practice  —  You've told the boss that you're going to implement social media stuff for your organization, and in your mind, you've decided that means an account on Twitter and a blog.  Maybe there's a bit more to it than that.  For instance, what are your goals?
Discussion: Beth's Blog
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC to Rule Comcast Can't Block Web Videos  —  Decision Could Set Precedent In Debate Over Internet Traffic  —  Washington — Federal regulators are set to announce this week that Comcast Corp. wrongly slowed some of its customers' Internet traffic, in a victory for consumer groups …
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
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