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2:00 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  —  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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jobs entrusts a NYT columnist with the truth about his health …
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  —  Cable television subscribers in New York City will have another company to choose from starting on Monday when Verizon begins selling programming, taking on companies like Cablevision and Time Warner Cable.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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
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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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft readies XP for One Laptop Per Child computer  —  Microsoft has quietly released to manufacturing a tweaked version of Windows XP to run on the One Laptop Per Child XO computer.  —  Microsoft's marketing and communications wonk James Utzschneider offered some detail about its forthcoming release in a blog post late last week.
Discussion: TechSpot
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.
 
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Secrecy cloaked ‘Dark Knight’
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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
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: Screenwerk and Valleywag
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Live from Virgin Galactic: We visit the White Knight 2
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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
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Predict The Future On WashingtonPost.com
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.
 

 
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