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2:35 PM 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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Vince Sollitto / Cuil:
Cuil Launches Biggest Search Engine on the Web  —  Technology Company Offers New Look at Search  —  Cuil, a technology company pioneering a new approach to search, unveils its innovative search offering, which combines the biggest Web index with content-based relevance methods, results organized by ideas, and complete user privacy.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Cuil Launches — Can This Search Start-Up Really Best Google?
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Steve Jobs Walks Into the Trap  —  What was Steve thinking?  I don't pretend to understand the pressures he's under, both physically and professionally, but calling New York Times columnist Joe Nocera with an “off the record” health update was a big mistake, completely unnecessary, and serves only to fan the flames.
Discussion: ZDNet
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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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jobs entrusts a NYT columnist with the truth about his health …
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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Verizon counts on wireless for profits  —  Verizon Communications' wireless business continues to boost the company's profits as its landline business sputters, according to second-quarter earnings reports.  —  On Monday, Verizon reported a 12 percent increase in second quarter net income.
Discussion: Gearlog
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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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Ken Belson / New York Times:
Verizon Begins Competing for Cable TV Customers
Discussion: Ars Technica
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
iPhone, App Store problems causing more than just headaches  —  It has been a couple weeks since Apple deemed iPhone OS 2.0 to be ripe enough for us to pluck from its digital tree.  While third-party software (albeit from a walled garden) is indeed an appetizing treat, widespread reports …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   The App Store could spread like wildfire through Apple's product line
ABCNEWS:
High Cost of the FCC's Free Wireless Network  —  Critics Argue That ‘Pre-School Test’ for Content Is Unconstitutional, Limiting  —  OPINION by LESLIE HARRIS  —  The Federal Communications Commission may set aside spectrum for a free wireless broadband network.
Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Calendar Adds CalDAV Support  —  After many months of testing, Google Calendar finally adds CalDAV support.  “CalDAV is an open protocol that allows calendar access via WebDAV.  CalDAV models calendar events as HTTP resources in iCalendar format, and models calendars containing events as WebDAV collections.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hires Mozilla Exec Mike Schroepfer As Director Of Engineering  —  Mike Schroepfer, the extremely well regarded VP Engineering at Mozilla, is now Facebook's Director of Engineering.  —  He'll be heading up Facebook Platform and the main product front end, he said by telephone this morning …
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
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Market Wire:
IBM Announces Plans to Acquire ILOG
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.
Robert M. McDowell / Washington Post:
Who Should Solve This Internet Crisis?  —  The Internet was in crisis.  Its electronic “pipes” were clogged with new bandwidth-hogging software.  Engineers faced a choice: Allow the Net to succumb to fatal gridlock or find a solution.  —  The year was 1987.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Patent Office finds voice, calls for software patent sanity  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office is a convenient whipping boy for problems with the patent system.  The USPTO famously approved the junk patents at the heart of the legal battle between Research in Motion and a patent-trolling firm called NTP.
Discussion: Slashdot
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Web Content Producers Turn Focus to Dramatic Fare  —  Among the more ambitious projects is Foreign Body, a 10-week, 50-episode, adult-targeted soap produced by Michael Eisner's Vuguru  —  Web content producers are hoping there's room among the angry landlord babies and lazy Sundays for some serious drama.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
$80 Billion?  Online Display Market Is Being Overhyped  —  For All the New Media Spin, It's Just an ‘Old’ Media  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The exuberance isn't so rational this time, either.  —  It's déjà vu all over again as the web giants scurry to build massive internet-ad networks …
 
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Secrecy cloaked ‘Dark Knight’
Discussion: Gizmodo
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Shelby Bonnie Takes Another Swig of Online Media
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Google A Content Company?  Of Course It Is.  So What Should Publishers Do?
Discussion: eWeek and Andrew Lih
Arn / MacRumors:
Manufacturers Exploring Intel Atom-Based Designs
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The problem with (Not so) OpenOffice.org
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google StreetView Mapping Rural Areas, Crosses “No Trespassing” Boundaries
Discussion: Valleywag and Screenwerk
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Gets All Widgety and Facebook-y
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
A Means for Publishers to Put a Newspaper in Your Pocket
Discussion: Romenesko
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Amazon's S3 post-mortem demonstrates maturity
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Michael Dell, CEO & Founder of Dell Inc.