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6:35 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.
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 …
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.?
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.
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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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Earnings: FT Profit Up, Subs Flat, Confident On Ad Outlook  —  FT Group profit rose 21 percent to £84 million ($167 million) on 11 percent better revenue of £374 million ($743 million) in the first half of the year, supposedly on digital and subscription growth.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MPAA planning site to offer legit movie links  —  The Motion Picture Association of America has tried any number of tactics to fight piracy, but its latest scheme might actually prove useful to movie consumers on the Internet.  The group is supposedly working on a new website that will offer information …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
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
Jean Halliday / AdAge:
At GM, 25% of Marketing Dollars Doled Out to Digital  —  Automaker Ambushes Used-Car Buyers Online  —  DETROIT (AdAge.com) — GM has moved almost a quarter of its media spending into digital in the past three years, Mark LaNeve, GM's VP-vehicle sales service and marketing for North America, told Advertising Age.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
How to: Installing and running Ubuntu on the Eee PC  —  When the Asus Eee PC came out last year, we found that the eeextremely eeenticing subnotebook had the potential to be a real game-changer.  Indeed, the diminutive wonder has spawned countless imitation products from a wide range of other vendors.
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