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3:30 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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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  —  Cuil may not be cool - or that stable - but it has certainly caught the attention of the blogosphere.  —  Who knows if Cuil will become a viable and popular alternative to Google but there's no doubt people are fascinated with a well-financed search player looking to take on 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 …
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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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.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   Yahoo Music to offer refunds, what about MSN?
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Secrecy cloaked ‘Dark Knight’  —  Warner Bros. took painstaking care to thwart pirates ahead of the film's premier, and the effort paid off.  —  For Warner Bros., the mission was to keep “The Dark Knight” from seeing the light of day.  —  In an era of instantaneous digital copying …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
When the “Wisdom of Crowds” turns on itself: IMDB Edition
Discussion: /Film
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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Saul Hansell / Bits:
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Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Google A Content Company?  Of Course It Is.  So What Should Publishers Do?
Discussion: Andrew Lih and eWeek
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Web Content Producers Turn Focus to Dramatic Fare
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google StreetView Mapping Rural Areas, Crosses “No Trespassing” Boundaries
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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$80 Billion? Online Display Market Is Being Overhyped
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Verizon: Apple's iPhone 3G Isn't Hurting Us
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Hulu Gets All Widgety and Facebook-y
InfoWorld:
IBM to buy Ilog for $340 million
Discussion: CNET News.com
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
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