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10:35 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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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 …
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:
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.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
BBC:
Search site aims to rival Google
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
New search engine takes aim at Google
Discussion: p2pnet, AppScout and Slashdot
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.
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.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, MacBlogz and eWeek
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Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Imagine if any other CEO pulled bulls**t like this
Discussion: The Open Road
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
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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: Electronista, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The App Store could spread like wildfire through Apple's product line  —  You may not realize it yet, but Apple's newly launched App Store is going to transform the company again.  Think of Apple without iTunes.  Yeah, it's hard to do now.  Soon it will be the same way for the App Store.
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Amazon's S3 post-mortem demonstrates maturity  —  Amazon web services (AWS) experienced a substantial service outage on July 20, disrupting customers across the web.  Amazon's post-mortem demonstrates an unusual level of organizational maturity for an Enterprise 2.0 company.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
InfoWorld:
IBM to buy Ilog for $340 million  —  IBM has agreed to buy French software company Ilog for around €215 million ($340 million).  IBM plans to combine Ilog's business rules management systems with its own business process management and business optimization tools, it said Monday.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Predict The Future On WashingtonPost.com  —  Think you've got the gift of foresight?  The Washington Post has partnered with Predictify, an online polling service, to create a “Prediction Center” that allows readers to vote on possible outcomes for selected stories.
Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Microsoft considers Apple to be a serious competitor  —  With Windows Vista's reputation suffering and Macs continuing to gain ground, Microsoft made it clear last week that Apple is on its competitive radar as much as ever.  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer referred to the Redmond …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
To Make Its Case, Coupons.com Says It Blocks Users When It Doesn't  —  We recently noted the somewhat mixed ruling in the Coupons.com lawsuit over whether or not it's a DMCA violation to merely tell people to delete some files from their hard drive.  The ruling noted that Coupons.com was trying to make a rather questionable argument.
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 …
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Report: FCC expected to rule against Comcast
Discussion: The Register and Inquirer
 
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
A Means for Publishers to Put a Newspaper in Your Pocket
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gannett Investing $10 Million In Live Streamer Mogulus?
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
China to launch CBHD high-definition disc format but Taiwan makers …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple stores now open at 8 A.M. to handle iPhone 3G demand
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
IBM Blades Destined for Rackable Modular Data Center
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Annual Meeting Countdown (4 Days to Go!):  Who Will Be the New Board Members?
BBC:
China becomes biggest net nation
Discussion: WebProNews, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Michael Dell, CEO & Founder of Dell Inc.
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Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Moves to Open Up Sale Options
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MPAA planning site to offer legit movie links
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
How to: Installing and running Ubuntu on the Eee PC
Discussion: Digg
Frans Charming / Jason McCabe Calacanis' Mail:
[Jason] Is Google a content company?
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Chrisbrogan Com / chrisbrogan.com:
50 Steps to Establishing a Consistent Social Media Practice
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Leftover Ad Space? Exchanges Handle the Remnants
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Russia, The Final Frontier For Data Centers?
 

 
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