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5:05 PM ET, July 28, 2008

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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.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Cuil shows us how not to launch a search engine  —  Google challenger Cuil launched last night in blaze of glory.  And it went down in a ball of flames.  Immediately after launch, the criticism started to pile on: results were incomplete, weird, and missing.
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 …
Mark Evans:
Everyone Loves a Google-Killer
Discussion: Technologizer and Network World
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
When the “Wisdom of Crowds” turns on itself: IMDB Edition  —  The concept of the wisdom of crowds is a fundamental building block of a lot of the Web 2.0 services that we see today.  While not all of them are built on this core concept, major sites like Digg, Wikipedia, and Mahalo rely heavily on crowds being wise.
Discussion: VentureBeat and /Film
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Still Clueless; Claims Anti-Piracy Is Why Dark Knight Had A Huge Opening  —  from the are-these-people-serious?  dept  —  Last week, we wrote about how the massively successful opening of The Dark Knight showed (once again) how little an impact “piracy” has on movies.  But don't tell the movie industry that.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Secrecy cloaked ‘Dark Knight’
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone NDA: Doing more harm than good
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: GMSV and Real Dan Lyons Web Site
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 …
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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Rumor: MacBook updates to include glass trackpad, other goodies  —  As I hinted in my “fun” blog, I have been hearing some interesting things about Apple's upcoming line of portable computers.  The talk amongst insiders on the new MacBooks is kind of scattered but here's a summation of what I've heard:
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Music Does the Right Thing: Issues Refunds to Customers  —  Last Thursday, we reported that Yahoo Music was going to shut down its store and DRM licensing servers on September 30, which was basically going to leave anybody who ever bought music from the Yahoo Music Store without a license to play their music.
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   Yahoo Music to offer refunds, what about MSN?
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft Research releases free software for academics  —  At the ninth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Tony Hey, corporate vice president of Microsoft's External Research Division, unveiled free software to help researchers seamlessly publish, preserve, and share data.
Discussion: Microsoft and AppScout
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: Epicenter and Gearlog
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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 …
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.
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.
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sirius: Costs Flat, But New Subscribers Plummet 50% (SIRI)
Discussion: PR Newswire and Ars Technica
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Symantec debuts Norton Safe Web public beta plug-in for NIS
Discussion: eWeek
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft mashes up multiple natural-user-interface inputs
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The Five Percent Solution
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
John Carmack of id Software talks iPhone gaming
Discussion: iLounge
Business Wire:
DIRECTV Remains Clear HD Leader with 130 HD Channels on Tap for Mid-August
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EA Faces A Bumpy Ride
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Shelby Bonnie Takes Another Swig of Online Media
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Google A Content Company?  Of Course It Is.  So What Should Publishers Do?
Discussion: eWeek and Andrew Lih
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Web Content Producers Turn Focus to Dramatic Fare
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The problem with (Not so) OpenOffice.org
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google StreetView Mapping Rural Areas, Crosses “No Trespassing” Boundaries
Discussion: Valleywag and Screenwerk
xHaVoK87's BLoG:
Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard 08 Leaked!  (Updated!) …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Patent Office finds voice, calls for software patent sanity
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Verizon FiOS TV Delivers 100 High-Definition Channels to New Yorkers …
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

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Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

 
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