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7:40 AM ET, October 6, 2008

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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Ask.com Revamps Search Engine  —  Ask.com has a record of coming up with interesting innovations that are often copied by others in the Internet search business.  Yet those innovations have done little to help the company expand its share of the search audience.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Ask.com, now with more answers  —  Ask.com is cleaning up its act a bit with the latest (the 11th, I'm told) major update of the search engine, which launches on Monday.  —  The biggest change is that Ask is parsing more data from various sources and displaying that in its search results.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Goes Back To 1996 With New Release  —  Ask.com has released version 11 of their new search engine today.  The new version somewhat goes back to the Ask Jeeves approach, focusing on providing structured search results, mostly in the form of answers.  —  Techmeme has coverage of the news item …
Discussion: Guardian and The Next Web
BBC:
Search engine Ask gets a facelift  —  Search engine Ask has had another makeover in an effort to gain boost the numbers of people using it.  —  The relaunch follows the decision to drop its iconic butler at the beginning of 2006 and the introduction of new applications last year.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
So, you need a job?  Man, do resumes suck  —  Since the economy is slowing down, I'm hearing of lots of you who are getting laid off and looking for jobs.  Here's my experience on the other side of that — being someone who is trying to hire someone.  —  Fast Company TV is hiring an administrative assistant.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
eBay-backed community site Tokoni leaves beta  —  Tokoni, a community site for “sharing stories,” has formally launched after nearly a year of public beta.  It has taken investment backing from eBay as well as the auction giant's founder, Pierre Omidyar, and was founded by former eBay executive Mary Lou Song …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Story-sharing site Tokoni makes blogging a little less lonely
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Where's the Money in Online Video?  —  This post was originally written for GigaOM's syndicated column relationship with BusinessWeek.  It's relevant to NewTeeVee so we're publishing it here as well.  —  The sharp growth in online video viewing, increasing availability of TV online …
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Where and How am I Investing in Early-Stage Today?  —  Much has been written recently about VC and start-up angst in the wake to today's - and likely tomorrow's - poor market conditions.  Some analysts, myself included, see this malaise possibly lasting well into the next decade.
Discussion: A VC
Mark Evans:
Wordpress 2.7 is the Real Deal  —  For all the excitement about Wordpress 2.5 with its pretty new design, Wordpress didn't change all that much for me.  —  The layout was different, the design (provided by hot-shot consulting firm, Happy Cog) was a lot more user-friendly but Wordpress continued to be Wordpress.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WordCamp NYC: Matt Mullenweg on the State of Wordpress (video)
Discussion: Mark Evans
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BlackArrow Raises $20 Million For On-Demand TV Advertising  —  TV advertising doesn't have to be just on TV.  That's the premise behind BlackArrow, a startup that caters to the cable industry by offering a way to place ads on broadband Web video, on-demand TV, and digital-video recorders (with unskippable ads).
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Redesign  —  One more step towards a consistent Google Docs interface: Google Spreadsheets has been redesigned and it now includes the same old-fashioned menu like the word processor and the presentation app.  —  “We were hoping to accomplish three things with it …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Mono delivers Foundation-free open .NET alternative  —  Parity on C# 3.0 and LINQ  —  The open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET is due to hit its second release today, with many .NET 3.5 features and a few notable exceptions.  —  Mono 2. will be announced today a year and a half later …
 
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