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Yahoo! Search blog:
Instant Search Gives You Instant Answers  —  If search engines are so smart, why do they give you millions of results when you type in "boston weather"?  Why even ten, for that matter?  Why not just one?  Or better yet, why not just tell me what the weather is?
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Yahoo intros Instant Search  —  Yahoo!'s new "Instant Search" product leverages its search short cuts (those little modules that appear above regular search results) that return anything from the local weather forecast to gas prices (type "[city] weather" and "gas [zip code]" in the query box, respectively).
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Time Warner Rises on Report Microsoft May Share AOL (Update1)  —  Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) — Shares of Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media company, rose as much as 2.4 percent after the New York Post said the company is in talks to sell a stake in America Online to Microsoft Corp.
NY Post: Time Warner, Microsoft in talks over AOL
Gillette ups the ante, unveils 5-blade razor  —  Fusion is market leader's answer to rival Schick's 4-blade Quattro  —  A drawing released by Gillette Co. shows its Fusion razor, which has five blades in the front and a precision trimmer in the back.  —  NEW YORK - Gillette Co. Wednesday unveiled …
Discussion: Mary's Blog and Seth's Blog
Leslie Katz / Gadgets |
Behold the 'future of shaving'
Barb Dybwad / Engadget:
Apple files for "iPodcast" trademark  —  Whatchu talkin' about, Apple?  Maybe it's really just a noble gesture to try and finally end the feud between Dave Winer and Adam Curry but sheesh, Apple — trying to get a trademark on the term "iPodcast" is kind of a slap in the face to all the folks …
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Careful or they'll hear your password  —  Computer scientists at the University of California at Berkeley have found a new way to crack computer passwords: By listening.  —  Professor Doug Tygar and graduate student Li Zhuang use off-the-shelf microphones to record keystroke sounds and run …
Pete Mortensen / Wired News:
Meet the Apple Pack Rats  —  Gary Ian Reich remembers his first time in lurid detail: The struggle to get home, how he fumbled with the outer layers, his delight with what was concealed, the many lingering caresses in the ecstatic aftermath.  —  Seven years later, it's hard to describe …
Chris Pratley / Chris_Pratley's OneNote WebLog:
Unifying the analog and the digital with OneNote  —  One of the long term visions for OneNote is to bring together "your information" and make it findable and reusable, regardless of format.  When we look at the types of info we try to help people organize, it is obvious that a lot …
Jon's Radio:
Bill Gates interview: the transcript  —  I've been too busy here at the PDC to transcribe Tuesday's podcast of my interview with Bill Gates, but the folks at IDG kindly took care of that, so here it is:  —  JU: So, the Napoleon Dynamite thing was delightful.  —  BG: It was fun to do that.
Discussion: Geeking with Greg
Lauren Hammit /
Space Cycle tests artificial gravity as solution to muscle loss  —  A bike-like centrifuge that creates artificial gravity may help astronauts combat muscle atrophy in space.  Through a study at the University of California, Irvine, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) …
Join the Liberation Front of Digital Television!  —  May 6, 2005: Stop the Clock!  —  In a unanimous decision, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out the broadcast flag.  Click to read more!  —  Today, you can use any device you like with your television: VCR, TiVo, DVD recorder …
Discussion: Copyfight and Wendy's Blog
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
Opinion: Getting serious about the Linux Desktop  —  Novell's Jack Messman thinks Microsoft Vista is going to be so expensive that it's going to make users think hard about switching to Linux instead.  —  You know something?  He's right.  —  Vista certainly won't cost a penny less than XP Pro …
Discussion: Ted's Radio Weblog and
Dawn Kawamoto /
Record labels send more letters to P2P services  —  The Recording Industry Association of America has sent letters to seven peer-to-peer companies, asking them to halt what the RIAA alleges is their practice of encouraging users to illegally distribute copyrighted material.

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