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11:30 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 …
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.
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
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
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
PR Newswire:
Verizon Reports Double-Digit Earnings Growth, Strong Operating Cash Flows, Sales Gains in All Key Areas in 2Q  —  Network Investments Delivering Growth: Wireless Again Tops Industry, and FiOS Penetration and Sales of Strategic Business Services Continue to Advance
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and DSLreports
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Q2 In-Line, No “Significant Economic Impact” Expected In Second Half (VZ)
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
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
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Michael Dell, CEO & Founder of Dell Inc.  —  Last week, at the Fortune Brainstorm: Tech Conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., I caught up with Michael Dell, founder and chief executive officer of Dell Inc., the Round Rock, Texas-based computer hardware maker.
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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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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Gets All Widgety and Facebook-y
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Microsoft Charges Ahead in Home Server, Small-to-Mid Business Server Markets
Discussion: WinBeta
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
A Means for Publishers to Put a Newspaper in Your Pocket
Discussion: Romenesko
InfoWorld:
IBM to buy Ilog for $340 million
Discussion: CNET News.com
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gannett Investing $10 Million In Live Streamer Mogulus?
Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
China to launch CBHD high-definition disc format but Taiwan makers …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Predict The Future On WashingtonPost.com
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple stores now open at 8 A.M. to handle iPhone 3G demand
 Earlier Items: 
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
Reuters:
Yahoo shareholder may pull support: report  —  (Reuters) …
Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Microsoft considers Apple to be a serious competitor
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Moves to Open Up Sale Options
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MPAA planning site to offer legit movie links
Frans Charming / Jason McCabe Calacanis' Mail:
[Jason] Is Google a content company?
Discussion: A VC and broadstuff
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Leftover Ad Space? Exchanges Handle the Remnants
 

 
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Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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