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11:55 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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Real-Time Search-Off  —  Today saw the launch of two new real-time search engines, from OneRiot and Tweetmeme.  While the two are slightly different in ways that I went into earlier, all that really matters are the results you get.  So I put those two to the test along with Twitter Search …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
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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 …
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Larry Ellison's Plan A: Buy only Sun's software assets  —  Speculation about a possible spin-off of Sun's hardware business by Oracle may not be so wide of the mark after all.  The reason: Oracle's initial acquisition interest only extended to some of Sun's software assets.
Discussion: The Register
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Frank Rose / Epicenter:
Hulu, a Victim of Its Own Success?  —  Hulu, the online TV service launched two years ago by Fox and NBC, has enjoyed incredible success with viewers — too much, it may turn out.  —  Two weeks ago, comScore's report that Hulu had pulled into the top three streaming video sites was quickly followed …
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kanye West Is Mad As Hell At Twitter — And He's Not Going To Take This Anymore!  —  Celebrities love Twitter, right?  Just look around, Ashton Kutcher, Jimmy Fallon, P Diddy — they won't shut up on it or about it.  But not every celebrity loves it.  Take hip hop artist Kanye West, for example.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Swings at Wii With Videocam  —  Microsoft Corp. is developing a new videocamera for the Xbox 360 console that will allow players to control games with the movement of their bodies, people familiar with the matter said, an effort to attract the casual players that have fueled Nintendo Co.'s recent success.
OUT-LAW News:
IPod designer's private nature costs him jonathanive.com  —  Jonathan Ive, designer of the iMac, iPod and iPhone, has lost a claim for domain names carrying his name because his name is not a trade mark and because he shuns publicity.  His name is not used enough in commerce to be protected, an arbitrator has ruled.
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 …
Phil Windley's Technometria:
Why Didn't PubSub Become Twitter?  —  Ever since Steve Gillmor published his Rest in Peace, RSS article, I've been thinking about RSS and Twitter.  Steve says: … I've been wondering why RSS and something like PubSub didn't create a Twitter like environment.  Here's my thought process:
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
Here it is, the first “tweet from space”  —  About an hour ago, Mike Massimino, an astronaut who blasted off for space from Cape Canaveral on Monday, sent out this tweet on his Twitter account.  —  NASA had said that Massimino would be the first astronaut to tweet from space.
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.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Crave
Adobe:
Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSB09-06  —  CVE number: CVE-2009-1492, CVE-2009-1493  —  A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9.1 and Acrobat 9.1 and earlier versions.  This vulnerability (CVE-2009-1492) …
Discussion: eWeek and Security Fix
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Windows 7 gives Firefox 3, IE8 speed boosts, while Firefox 3.5 slows down  —  In preliminary Betanews tests Tuesday comparing the relative speeds of major Web browsers in Windows Vista- and Windows 7-based virtual machines, not only did the general performance of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 improve …
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Twitter changes @reply settings again, users protest  —  When the Twitter team was first figuring out how people liked to use the site's public reply feature, it introduced a set of three options for seeing @replies: you could either see replies to and from people you follow …
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Stay N' Alive
 
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George White / Dealscape:
New venture funds focus on early stage
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Ask.com CEO Jim Safka leaving company
Austin Modine / The Register:
eBay fees rejig will still hit casual auctioneers
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Pirated Windows 7 Builds Botnet with Trojan
Discussion: Security Fix, Zero Day and WinBeta
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
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In defense of Microsoft's $9 billion research budget
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