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3:30 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: Maximum PC all
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.?
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: Associated Press and Reuters
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.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google's Assault on Wikipedia  —  For several months Nick Carr has pointed out that Wikipedia ranks highly in the search results for a number of common topics in Google's search engine.  In his post entitled Googlepedia Nick Carr speculated on why Google would see this trend as a threat in a paragraph which is excerpted below
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Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com:
Google Knol - Google's Latest Attack on Copyright  —  Knol Off to a Quick Start  —  One day after Knol publicly launched Wil Reynolds noticed that a Knol page was already ranking.  Danny Sullivan did a further test showing that 33% of his test set of Knol pages were ranking in the first page of search results.
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 …
Tamar Weinberg / Lifehacker:
The Lifehacker Editors' Favorite Software and Hardware  —  Lifehacker readers range from the complete newbie to the most seasoned techie, but where do the Lifehacker editors stand?  We polled our own editors for the computer hardware and applications they swear by and we're breaking it down for you here.
Discussion: Digg
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Who Is Johng77536 And How Did He Game Twitter?  —  One of the reasons Twitter is such a useful platform for publishing is that it is largely spam free - you only received messages from people you choose to follow.  So even though a large number of spammy accounts have appeared on the service …
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
PR Rule #1: People who are telling the truth about themselves do not insist on being ‘off the record’  —  Best part of Joe Nocera's article from yesterday's New York Times ("Apple's Culture of Secrecy") was, of course, the quote from Steve Jobs, the one where Nocera picks up the phone …
Discussion: IDG News Service, Gawker and Pulse 2.0
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Say So Long to an Old Companion: Cassette Tapes  —  There was a funeral the other day in the Midtown offices of Hachette, the book publisher, to mourn the passing of what it called a “dear friend.”  Nobody had actually died, except for a piece of technology, the cassette tape.
Fred / A VC:
When Will A Comment Be Treated Like A Post On Techmeme?  —  I've asked this question before and I am still hoping we'll see someone answer it soon.  —  The best comments are often way better than the posts that generated them.  I've reblogged comments on to the front page of this blog …
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