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12:50 PM 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
And....Cuil Goes Offline  —  The new Cuil search engine apparently got a bit more traffic than the team anticipated immediately after launch a couple of hours ago.  Everyone is trying it out to decide for themselves how disruptive it may be to the old guard search guys.
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.
BBC:
Search site aims to rival Google
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jobs entrusts a NYT columnist with the truth about his health, even before he tells Apple shareholders  —  An Apple (AAPL) spokeswoman lied recently when she said Steve Jobs' haggard look lately was due to a “common bug,” a remarkable piece in the New York Times this weekend strongly suggests.
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Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Imagine if any other CEO pulled bulls**t like this  —  Here's an interesting experiment.  Imagine what the reaction would be if a different CEO, one who isn't worshipped as a man-god by a small but vocal portion of the world's population, did what Steve Jobs just did to Joe Nocera.
Discussion: The Open Road
New York Post:
‘CAPITAL’ UNREST CASTS GLOOM OVER YAHOO!  —  Yahoo! may have made peace with activist investor Carl Icahn, but its second-largest shareholder is still furious with Chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang and is considering withholding votes for them, sources told The Post.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Annual Meeting Countdown (4 Days to Go!):  Who Will Be the New Board Members?
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Tech Ticker
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 too.  It happened of course with blogging, it happened with Twitter, and it is now happening with FriendFeed and other lifestreaming apps.
Verizon:
Verizon FiOS TV Delivers 100 High-Definition Channels to New Yorkers - on the Network Built for HD  —  FiOS TV in New York Metro Area Now Offers More HD Channels Than Time Warner or CablevisionNew Sports and Multicultural Programming in Standard Definition Also Joins FiOS TV Lineup
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hires Mozilla Exec Mike Schroepfer As Director Of Engineering  —  Mike Schroepfer, the extremely well regarded VP Engineering at Mozilla, is now Facebook's Director of Engineering.  —  He'll be heading up Facebook Platform and the main product front end, he said by telephone this morning …
Discussion: FaceReviews, Mashable! and All Facebook
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon: Apple's iPhone 3G Isn't Hurting Us  —  Apple's (AAPL) new, cheaper iPhone 3G flown off the shelves in the two weeks it's been on sale — AT&T, Apple's exclusive carrier partner, says it's selling them almost twice as fast as it sold first-gen iPhones last summer.
Discussion: Electronista
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
$80 Billion?  Online Display Market Is Being Overhyped  —  For All the New Media Spin, It's Just an ‘Old’ Media  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The exuberance isn't so rational this time, either.  —  It's déjà vu all over again as the web giants scurry to build massive internet-ad networks …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Patent Office finds voice, calls for software patent sanity  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office is a convenient whipping boy for problems with the patent system.  The USPTO famously approved the junk patents at the heart of the legal battle between Research in Motion and a patent-trolling firm called NTP.
Dong Ngo / Crave: The gadget blog:
SimpleTech's (Re)Drive: Green external hard drive redefined  —  I've recently seen quite a few devices with an environmentally conscientious design.  These devices generally consume less power and are made of recycled, non-toxic materials.  Today, though, I got introduced a device that put “green” in a different light.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Electronista and Gizmodo
Business Wire:
Samsung's Q1 Ultra Now Available with HSDPA and Vista Business  —  The Q1U-CMXP and Q1UP-V Extends the Company's High-Performance Family of Ultra Mobile Personal Computers  —  IRVINE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Samsung Electronics America, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Live from Virgin Galactic: We visit the White Knight 2  —  I've just touched down in the Mojave and we're all awaiting the unveiling of the White Knight 2.  Buzz Aldrin is on hand as well as Sir Richard Branson's parents.  The White Knight 2 is the world's largest all carbon composite aircraft …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rearden Commerce, the personal concierge company, adds expense management
Discussion: eWeek
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
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IBM to buy Ilog for $340 million
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Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Amazon's S3 post-mortem demonstrates maturity
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The App Store could spread like wildfire through Apple's product line
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
To Make Its Case, Coupons.com Says It Blocks Users When It Doesn't
BBC:
China becomes biggest net nation
Discussion: WebProNews, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Michael Dell, CEO & Founder of Dell Inc.
Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Microsoft considers Apple to be a serious competitor
 

 
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