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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.
Timothy M. O'Brien / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Announces Support for Microformats and RDFa
Discussion: Internet Alchemy and TechCrunch
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.
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Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Digging into Apple's OS X 10.5.7 update
Discussion: Softpedia News and MacFixIt
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Decides We're Not Smart Enough For @Replies, Changes Them Again  —  Twitter is officially getting dumbed down.  —  For the second time in less than two months, Twitter has changed its @reply system, this time by removing an option that has existed for many months in an effort to appease confused newcomers.
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Small Settings Update  —  We've updated the Notices section of Settings to better reflect how folks are using Twitter regarding replies.  Based on usage patterns and feedback, we've learned most people want to see when someone they follow replies to another person they follow—it's a good way to stay in the loop.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T issues official statement on SlingPlayer's 3G blackout for iPhone  —  Sweating bullets over network saturation, are we?  AT&T's obviously taking a good helping of heat today over Sling's rock-and-a-hard-place decision to remove 3G streaming capability from its SlingPlayer Mobile build for the iPhone …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone coming shortly: $29.99, no 3G support
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
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
New Apple Ad Mocks Microsoft Laptop Hunters In Usual Smarmy Way  —  Apple's new ad takes solid aim at Microsoft's recent much-talked-about Laptop Hunters ad series with the Apple style fully intact.  In other words, it's really, really smug.  —  The ad has a Lauren-type actress give her list …
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 …
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 …
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 and Between the Lines
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DealBook:   Sun's Deal Saga and the Mystery Suitor
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 …
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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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.
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.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Ubuntu One's Online Storage Looks an Awful Lot Like Dropbox  —  Ubuntu One, an online file storage service from Ubuntu's backers, could be a unique, innovative way to seamlessly integrate cloud-style computing into the most popular Linux desktop.  Right now, though, it just looks like Dropbox.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obnoxious Newspaper Bailout Begins  —  Senator Kerry isn't cutting Arthur Sulzburger a fat check or anything so obvious, but make no mistake: the newspaper bailout is on.  —  Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today approved a 40% tax cut for that state's newspaper printers and publishers.
Discussion: Seattle Times
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 …
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Has AOL mothballed Userplane?  —  Userplane, a chat service for other web sites as well as an advertising network, sold to AOL for possibly up to $40 million in August of 2006.  But reports from its clients — and sources I've spoken with — indicate that the service has been neglected if not abandoned by AOL.
Discussion: Online Dating Insider
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Sony Says It Should Have Been More Open... But It Said That In 2005 Too  —  There's a bunch of buzz around a recent interview with Sony's CEO Howard Stringer, where he admits that Sony should have gone with an “open” music solution from early on, and if it had done so, how it could have “beaten Apple.”
 
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Windows 7 gives Firefox 3, IE8 speed boosts, while Firefox 3.5 slows down
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Pirated Windows 7 Builds Botnet with Trojan
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
In defense of Microsoft's $9 billion research budget
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Dan Ackerman / CNET News:
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