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8:50 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
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Exclusive: First Look at the BlackBerry Application Center!  —  This weekend was HUGE for leaked info on the BlackBerry Storm (thanks BG!).  But while all the new Storm OS eye candy has been sweet to look at and filled in some gaps on how the device's OS will function (like copy and paste functionality) …
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm User Guide  —  While we wait for RIM's ex-IDF teams to storm (har, har) the office, we've decided to share a ton of pages from the BlackBerry Storm's User Guide with our loyal readers.  It's a lot more in depth than the PowerPoint was, and it walks you through practically everything.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
How To: Copy & Paste on the BlackBerry Storm  —  Thanks to the windfall of Storm documents obtained yesterday, the often asked question about how copy and paste works on the Storm can finally be answered.  All you'll need to do is put one finger at the beginning, and another finger at the end of the area you want to copy.
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
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff
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.
Between the Lines:
eBay lays off 1,000; Doubles down on payments as it buys Bill Me Later  —  The layoffs were largely expected, but the Bill Me Later purchase for $820 million in cash and $125 million in outstanding options is notable (statement).  Coupling Bill Me Later with PayPal gives eBay a great one-two punch in online payments.
Discussion: Business Wire and CenterNetworks
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
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.2 Hidden Features: Google Street View, Emoji, Auto-Correction Off  —  It seems that Apple is taking further care in hiding new iPhone features in their beta releases.  The most recent firmware beta seeded to developers listed “compatibility testing” in its release notes as the only change.
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
 
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BlackArrow Raises $20 Million For On-Demand TV Advertising
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Verizon says $28.1B buyout of Alltel on track
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David Smith / Guardian:
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