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1:20 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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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.
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.
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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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
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Imagine if any other CEO pulled bulls**t like this
Discussion: The Open Road
Market Wire:
IBM Announces Plans to Acquire ILOG  —  IBM (IBM - News) and ILOG (ILOG - News) (Paris:ILO.PA - News) (ISIN: FR0004042364) today announced they have signed an agreement regarding a proposed acquisition by IBM of ILOG to be implemented by way of concurrent cash public tender offers in both France and the United States.
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InfoWorld:
IBM to buy Ilog for $340 million
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
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.
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Verizon: Q2 EPS Beats; Revs Light; Wireline Crumbling  —  Verizon (VZ) this morning posted adjusted Q2 profits of 67 cents, two cents ahead of Street expectations.  But revenue was slightly light at $24.1 billion, versus the Street consensus at $24.2 billion.
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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.
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Manufacturers Exploring Intel Atom-Based Designs  —  Toshiba Atom-based prototype from PCAuthority  —  With persistent rumors of some sort of tablet-based Mac, it is interesting to see what other device manufacturers are working on in their labs.  Toshiba revealed last week a prototype device which relies on an on-screen keyboard.
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.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The problem with (Not so) OpenOffice.org  —  OpenOffice.org has a range of problems: Monolithic architecture, declining interest in fat-client software, etc.  But it's primary problem may be its corporate ownership, as Michael Meeks, long-time OpenOffice developer and Novell employee, notes:
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
 
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google StreetView Mapping Rural Areas, Crosses “No Trespassing” Boundaries
Discussion: Screenwerk and Valleywag
Robert M. McDowell / Washington Post:
Who Should Solve This Internet Crisis?
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
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Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard 08 Leaked!  (Updated!) …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Calendar Adds CalDAV Support
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Absurd deal on HP Color Laser Printer Copier Fax
Discussion: CNET News.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big Media Gets Serious About LiveStreaming: Gannett Invests $10 Million In Mogulus
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rearden Commerce, the personal concierge company, adds expense management
Discussion: eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon: Apple's iPhone 3G Isn't Hurting Us
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Amazon's S3 post-mortem demonstrates maturity
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Newsnight editor Peter Barron leaving the BBC to join Google
Discussion: paidContent
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Predict The Future On WashingtonPost.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The App Store could spread like wildfire through Apple's product line
Dong Ngo / Crave: The gadget blog:
SimpleTech's (Re)Drive: Green external hard drive redefined
BBC:
China becomes biggest net nation
Discussion: WebProNews, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Michael Dell, CEO & Founder of Dell Inc.