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5:35 PM ET, July 28, 2008

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Vince Sollitto / Cuil:
Cuil Launches Biggest Search Engine on the Web  —  Technology Company Offers New Look at Search  —  Cuil, a technology company pioneering a new approach to search, unveils its innovative search offering, which combines the biggest Web index with content-based relevance methods, results organized by ideas, and complete user privacy.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Cuil shows us how not to launch a search engine  —  Google challenger Cuil launched last night in blaze of glory.  And it went down in a ball of flames.  Immediately after launch, the criticism started to pile on: results were incomplete, weird, and missing.
Mark Evans:
Everyone Loves a Google-Killer
Discussion: eWEEK.com and TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cuil Exits Stealth Mode With A Massive Search Engine
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Rumor: MacBook updates to include glass trackpad, other goodies  —  As I hinted in my “fun” blog, I have been hearing some interesting things about Apple's upcoming line of portable computers.  The talk amongst insiders on the new MacBooks is kind of scattered but here's a summation of what I've heard:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Is Apple thinking about ditching Intel chipsets?  —  Apparently tired of using the same basic architecture in its computers that its other Windows-based rivals do, Apple is thinking about not adopting Intel's so-called Montevina chipset, the key component of Intel's Centrino 2 platform, according to AppleInsider.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Electronista
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Steve Jobs Walks Into the Trap  —  What was Steve thinking?  I don't pretend to understand the pressures he's under, both physically and professionally, but calling New York Times columnist Joe Nocera with an “off the record” health update was a big mistake, completely unnecessary, and serves only to fan the flames.
Discussion: GMSV and Real Dan Lyons Web Site
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Still Clueless; Claims Anti-Piracy Is Why Dark Knight Had A Huge Opening  —  from the are-these-people-serious?  dept  —  Last week, we wrote about how the massively successful opening of The Dark Knight showed (once again) how little an impact “piracy” has on movies.  But don't tell the movie industry that.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Secrecy cloaked ‘Dark Knight’  —  Warner Bros. took painstaking care to thwart pirates ahead of the film's premier, and the effort paid off.  —  For Warner Bros., the mission was to keep “The Dark Knight” from seeing the light of day.  —  In an era of instantaneous digital copying …
Discussion: Gizmodo
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
iPhone, App Store problems causing more than just headaches  —  It has been a couple weeks since Apple deemed iPhone OS 2.0 to be ripe enough for us to pluck from its digital tree.  While third-party software (albeit from a walled garden) is indeed an appetizing treat, widespread reports …
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone NDA: Doing more harm than good
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 …
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Robert M. McDowell / Washington Post:
Who Should Solve This Internet Crisis?  —  The Internet was in crisis.  Its electronic “pipes” were clogged with new bandwidth-hogging software.  Engineers faced a choice: Allow the Net to succumb to fatal gridlock or find a solution.  —  The year was 1987.
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
FCC probably can't police Comcast's BitTorrent throttling
Discussion: Electronista
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Sirius/XM merger approved with new conditions  —  The Federal Communications Commission hasn't posed an Order yet, but it's a done deal.  Three out of five Commissioners have voted in favor of the union of Sirius and XM satellite radio: FCC Chair Kevin Martin, Deborah Taylor Tate, and Robert M. McDowell.
Discussion: TechSpot
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sirius: Costs Flat, But New Subscribers Plummet 50% (SIRI)
Discussion: PR Newswire
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
When the “Wisdom of Crowds” turns on itself: IMDB Edition  —  The concept of the wisdom of crowds is a fundamental building block of a lot of the Web 2.0 services that we see today.  While not all of them are built on this core concept, major sites like Digg, Wikipedia, and Mahalo rely heavily on crowds being wise.
Discussion: VentureBeat and /Film
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft Research releases free software for academics  —  At the ninth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Tony Hey, corporate vice president of Microsoft's External Research Division, unveiled free software to help researchers seamlessly publish, preserve, and share data.
Discussion: Microsoft and AppScout
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Calendar Adds CalDAV Support  —  After many months of testing, Google Calendar finally adds CalDAV support.  “CalDAV is an open protocol that allows calendar access via WebDAV.  CalDAV models calendar events as HTTP resources in iCalendar format, and models calendars containing events as WebDAV collections.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Music Does the Right Thing: Issues Refunds to Customers  —  Last Thursday, we reported that Yahoo Music was going to shut down its store and DRM licensing servers on September 30, which was basically going to leave anybody who ever bought music from the Yahoo Music Store without a license to play their music.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
How to Jumpstart the Economy - Tax Free Small Businesses  —  I can't remember how many companies I have started in my life.  It's quite a few.  Many have worked, some haven't.  The one thing I know with certainty is that at no time prior to starting a company did capital gains …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The problem with (Not so) OpenOffice.org  —  OpenOffice.org has a range of problems: Monolithic architecture, declining interest in fat-client software, etc.  But it's primary problem may be its corporate ownership, as Michael Meeks, long-time OpenOffice developer and Novell employee, notes:
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Revolution Money Launches Payments For AIM: Convenient But Who's Going To Download?
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
VMware Plans Major Data Center in Wenatchee
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Who Is Your Information Filter?  —  This comment by Michael C. Harris …
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Microsoft mashes up multiple natural-user-interface inputs
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
John Carmack of id Software talks iPhone gaming
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Business Wire:
DIRECTV Remains Clear HD Leader with 130 HD Channels on Tap for Mid-August
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High Cost of the FCC's Free Wireless Network
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Shelby Bonnie Takes Another Swig of Online Media
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Google A Content Company?  Of Course It Is.  So What Should Publishers Do?
Discussion: eWeek and Andrew Lih
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Patent Office finds voice, calls for software patent sanity
Discussion: Slashdot
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
$80 Billion? Online Display Market Is Being Overhyped
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Gets All Widgety and Facebook-y
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Verizon FiOS TV Delivers 100 High-Definition Channels to New Yorkers …
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GigaOM Interview: Michael Dell, CEO & Founder of Dell Inc.
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Brandstreaming: What Is It & Who's Doing It?
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