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10:05 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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
BBC:
Search site aims to rival Google
Discussion: MarketingVOX
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.
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: Gadget Lab, Electronista and Gizmodo
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: O'Grady's PowerPage, eWeek and Gearlog
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.
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Amazon post-mortems S3 service failure  —  Amazon web services (AWS) had a substantial service outage on July 20, disrupting customers across the web.  Amazon has now conducted a post-mortem and released the results.  —  Amazon describes it's post-failure analysis on a special page …
Discussion: SmoothSpan 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 …
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Report: FCC expected to rule against Comcast
Discussion: The Register and Inquirer
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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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 …
Frans Charming / Jason McCabe Calacanis' Mail:
[Jason] Is Google a content company?  —  Sunday, July 26th, 11:40M PST.  —  Word Count: 2,147  —  List Message #: 12  —  Jason's List Subscriber Count: 2,775  —  Change since last email: 1 unsubscribe, 188 subscribes  —  List management: http://tinyurl.com/jasonslist  —  Message type: internet industry
Discussion: broadstuff
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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.
BBC:
China becomes biggest net nation  —  China now has the world's largest net-using population, say official figures.  —  More than 253 million people in the country are now online, according to statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).
Discussion: WebProNews and Slashdot
Reuters:
Yahoo shareholder may pull support: report  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc's second-largest investor, Gordon Crawford of Capital Research and Management, may yank support for the company's top executives at Friday's annual meeting, the New York Post said citing sources close to the fund manager.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Newsnight editor Peter Barron leaving the BBC to join Google
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE: Verizon Q2 In-Line Despite “Economic Headwinds” (VZ)
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The App Store could spread like wildfire through Apple's product line
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?
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GigaOM Interview: Michael Dell, CEO & Founder of Dell Inc.
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Moves to Open Up Sale Options
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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
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Jean Halliday / AdAge:
At GM, 25% of Marketing Dollars Doled Out to Digital
Discussion: paidContent.org
Chrisbrogan Com / chrisbrogan.com:
50 Steps to Establishing a Consistent Social Media Practice
Discussion: Beth's Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Widgets At Hulu; We Talk To CTO Eric Feng
Tamar Weinberg / Lifehacker:
The Lifehacker Editors' Favorite Software and Hardware
Discussion: Digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Russia, The Final Frontier For Data Centers?
 

 
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