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7:25 PM ET, May 12, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
More Search Options and other updates from our Searchology event  —  Today we are hosting our second Searchology event, to update our users, partners, and customers on the progress we have made in search and tell them about new features.  Our first Searchology was two years ago …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Is Google Squared?  It Is How Google Will Crush Wolfram Alpha (Exclusive Video)  —  One of the next frontiers of search is taking all of the unstructured data spread helter-skelter across the Web and treat it like it is sitting in a nice, structured database.
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Google soft-launches public comments  —  Google's Searchology press conference (Techmeme) unveiled a boatload of new features including different ways to visualize results, better support for semantic markup, and more.  But when I was looking at the results page, I noticed a little comment icon.
Discussion: Technologizer and ReadWriteWeb
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google: Understanding is the next frontier of search; Meet Wonder Wheel, Google Squared  —  Google executives argued that “understanding people, health, communication, education and knowledge” is the next frontier of search.  —  At its annual Searchology powwow Tuesday …
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google Search Now Supports Microformats and Adds “Rich Snippets” to Search Results  —  Today at Searchology, Google has launched a search results enhancement called “rich snippets” that uses meta data from web pages (from microformats such as hCard, hCalendar, and RDF) to display additional details …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Timothy M. O'Brien / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Announces Support for Microformats and RDFa
Discussion: Internet Alchemy
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?  —  While rumors about what is/isn't part of the next Zunes and “Pink” phones swirl, I figured I'd add a few more tidbits that I've been hoarding.  —  First up: A list of what may or may not be the final specs for the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1.
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Sean Bradford / Neowin.net:
This just in from Microsoft: No Zune in June  —  A few hours ago we reported that someone from Microsoft was reportedly tweeting some hints at a possible June release for a new device.  We've been speaking with company officials all morning, and there seems to have been a big mix-up.
Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update  —  The 10.5.7 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.  For detailed information about security updates, please visit this website.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone coming shortly: $29.99, no 3G support  —  After what has become one of the longer (and certainly one of the highest-profile) App Store approval delays, SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone has finally gotten Apple's blessing — with some serious changes under the hood.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
France Approves Crackdown on Internet Piracy  —  PARIS — The French National Assembly on Tuesday approved a plan by President Nicolas Sarkozy to punish digital pirates with the possible suspension of their Internet connections, a little more than a month after the same body had rejected the proposal in a surprise vote.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome-on-Mac precursor rough but workable  —  I spent the better part of Monday trying out the Mac OS X version of Chromium, the open-source project on which Google Chrome is based, and I'm favorably impressed.  —  The software, available for download from the Chromium Web site …
Discussion: Macworld
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel outlines notebook plans for 2H09  —  Intel recently outlined its plans for traditional notebook, CULV-based ultra-thin notebook and netbook product lines for its partners, according to sources at notebook makers.  —  Intel's next-generation Calpella notebook platform will launch …
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Facebook's Holocaust Controversy  —  Facebook is under fire for allowing Holocaust denial groups to remain on the site, claiming they don't violate the social network's terms of service  —  Facebook is under pressure to take a stand on groups that want to use its pages to air views that are at best controversial and at worst hateful.
Thanks:blogfisher
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Remains Stubbornly Proud Of Position On Holocaust Denial
Discussion: CloudAve
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
In defense of Microsoft's $9 billion research budget  —  Rupert Goodwins at Cnet makes the case that Microsoft's gigantic R&D budget — Steve Ballmer pegged it at $9 billion this year at his speech in Dallas last week — is more about marketing and prestige than actually creating new products or even developing scientific breakthroughs.
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Rupert Goodwins / CNET News:   Microsoft Research...why make the effort?
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Microsoft says hackers seek to attack PowerPoint users  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday that hackers are seeking to attack users of its PowerPoint presentation software for Windows PCs and released patches to protect them against the threat.
Arjun Banker / Facebook Blog:
Be the First to Know with Immediate Notifications  —  Notifications let you know when people take actions on Facebook related to you, so you can quickly check out a photo you've been tagged in or read a new posting on your Wall.  They already are available from your home page …
Discussion: Rough Type and bub.blicio.us, Thanks:atul
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple, Dell, HP laptop owners sue Nvidia over faulty graphics  —  Five plaintiffs join forces to demand class-action lawsuit  —  Computerworld) Owners of Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard laptops have combined their lawsuits against Nvidia in an attempt to force the graphics chip maker …
Discussion: The Tech Report and AppleInsider
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Madison Avenue and the App Store  —  There are two new reports this week about how to use Apple's (AAPL) App Store as a marketing medium.  —  The first, in today's Wall Street Journal, cites several success stories, including Zippo's virtual lighter and Lions Gate's (LGF) Stun-O-Matic.
Kevin Serafini / Google Mobile Blog:
Sky Map for Android - A Mobile Planetarium  —  I originally heard about Android on my first day at Google.  A colleague and I were excited about all of the features that would be present in the platform, such as the GPS, compass, and motion sensors.  As astronomy buffs …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia halts investment in media-sharing site  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia, the world's biggest cell phone maker, said on Tuesday it would halt investment in its first major Internet service push, a media sharing site, as part of a revamp of its services strategy.
Discussion: BetaNews and Unwired View
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
At Start-Ups, Boards Spar Over Cash Plans  —  Managers Face Dilemma Over Whether to Save or Spend Amid Recession, Slump in Financing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — At a recent board meeting, Jaspersoft Corp. Chief Executive Brian Gentile found himself stuck between two camps: the savers and the spenders.
Discussion: TechFlash and Dealscape, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Print Books Are Target of Pirates on the Web  —  Ursula K. Le Guin, the science fiction writer, was perusing the Web site Scribd last month when she came across digital copies of some books that seemed quite familiar to her.  No wonder.  She wrote them, including a free-for-the-taking copy …
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Ask.com CEO Jim Safka leaving company  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Ask.com Chief Executive Jim Safka is stepping down after roughly 16 months on the job, the company said Tuesday.  —  “Jim has decided to move on from Ask.com, following the recent passing of his brother which has led …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Dan Ackerman / CNET News:
Dell undercuts Netbook competitors with the $299 Mini 10v  —  Dell has released a revamp of its Mini 10 Netbook, that “delivers on value,” says the company.  Accordingly, the new product's name is the Dell Mini 10v.  Starting at $299, the Mini 10v is a bold shot across the bow of the competition, notably Acer's $349 Aspire One.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Wolfram Alpha gets supercomputer boost  —  One of my concerns with the public launch of Wolfram Alpha later this month is withstanding the crushing load the Internet can impose.  But Wolfram Research revealed Tuesday it's building the service on the world's 66th-fastest supercomputer.
Austin Modine / The Register:
eBay fees rejig will still hit casual auctioneers  —  Sticker shock  —  Free whitepaper - Surviving and thriving in the customer-driven age  —  eBay announced today it's removing listing fees for users who only occasionally auction their wares on the online flea market - but seller beware.
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
A familiar name in real time search  —  The Musk name is famous among techies thanks to high-profile companies like PayPal and Tesla Motors, the electric car maker, which were founded or funded by entrepreneur Elon Musk.  —  Now another Musk-backed start-up is looking to make a splash.
 
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Frank Rose / Epicenter:
Hulu, a Victim of Its Own Success?
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Pirated Windows 7 Builds Botnet with Trojan
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Reuters:
Galloway denies he approached Google about NY Times
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Google Hit With Major Class Action Trademark Lawsuit Over Trademarked …
Aurora Dizon / PC World:
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