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5:55 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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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
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Is Google Squared? …
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.
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.
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.
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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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 …
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?
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
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 …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Chinese rumor claims 2009 iPhone will be modest upgrade  —  A forum thread on a Chinese Apple fan site is generating some interest by AppleInsider readers because one commenter claims to have used prototypes of Apple's next-gen iPhone because he purportedly has a friend working at the company's manufacturing partner Foxconn.
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
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 …
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.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm and Sprint announcing Pre availability May 19th in the WSJ?  —  We just got a tip from a very proven tipster who informed us that Palm and Sprint were set to make a big announcement in the Wall Street Journal on May 19th.  They said that there's a very good chance of Palm and Sprint announcing the Pre release date then.
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: AppleInsider
Aurora Dizon / PC World:
Security Alert: Twitter Porn Names Scam  —  Popular social networking site Twitter's current top trending topic, or things that are twittered the most in a period of time has a security hole.  What larger hole to patch then that of human error itself.  The “twitter porn names” …
Discussion: Download Squad and TheNextWeb.com
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.
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.
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Up to 24 percent of software purchases now open source  —  Open source has become big business, suggests an article in the Investors Business Daily, but it has done so by becoming more like the proprietary-software world it purports to leave behind.  —  The article cites recent research …
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.
Discussion: Wolfram
ABCNEWS:
Nightline Teams Up With Twitter for New Web Show  —  Join the Conversation With Nightline Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. ET  —  “Nightline” is expanding its ongoing relationship with Twitter to develop “NightTline,” a new half-hour digital program hosted by the show's anchors and correspondents …
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE and NewTeeVee
Wladimir Palant / Adblock Plus and (a little) more:
An approach to fair ad blocking  —  Update: Sorry but I won't answer most comments individually any more - they are just reiterating points that have been mentioned already.  I am going to summarize the feedback in a new blog post soon.  —  As I stated many times before …
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
StockTwits Takes Over Chart.ly To Enrich Trading Chatter On Twitter  —  Now businesses that are being built on top of Twitter are starting to consume others that were in fact features of those very businesses to begin with.  Case in point: StockTwits has just acquired Chart.ly, which is a tremendously logical deal.
Discussion: The Post Money Value
 
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
Pirated Windows 7 Builds Botnet with Trojan
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Reuters:
Galloway denies he approached Google about NY Times
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The GigaOM Interview: Cole Brodman, CTO, T-Mobile USA
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Eric / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Google Hit With Major Class Action Trademark Lawsuit Over Trademarked …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
SeeqPod Seeks New Life at Microsoft
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Tracking Cyberspies Through the Web Wilderness
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