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1:10 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 to know about a trillion unique web pages).
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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.?
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.
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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
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: yardley.ca and Darren Herman
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Widgets At Hulu; We Talk To CTO Eric Feng  —  Hulu, the online video joint venture between NBC and News Corp., launched last October.  Today the site has 140 free on-demand movies available to anyone (as long as they are in the U.S.) and 700 total titles (including TV).
Discussion: CenterNetworks and NewTeeVee
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The blog editing system in action  —  At last week's Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference I was on a blogger panel where some members of the audience brought up ye olde “bloggers aren't as good as ‘real journalists’ because bloggers don't get it right” argument.
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Delicious 2.0 Imminent Again  —  Yahoo's inability to launch Delicious 2.0, which was feature complete and in private beta back in September 2007, has become a bit of a joke around Silicon Valley.  —  Last month we called on Yahoo to provide guidance on when we might see the new version of the service.
Discussion: MyBlogLog and Digg
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Britta Gustafson / delicious blog:
public service announcement: do you know where your password is?
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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