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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.
Ars Technica:
Apple supports video podcasting  —  Apple surprised a few people in June when they rolled podcasting support into iTunes 4.9, giving users the ability to download recorded audio programs automatically through the iTunes Music Store.  What is less known is that the company took another step …
Discussion: The Apple Blog and TechBlog
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 …
Robert McLaws:
Exclusive: BillG Goes To College  —  You want it, we've got it.  The camera work is a little bumpy, but here's the spoof video that was shown at PDC 2005... uncut.  Some highlight screenshots are below...  Watch It Here!  —  Update: For those of you wondering, it was shot with an HP Photosmart R707 digital camera.
Discussion: and Metafilter
Ben Elgin / Business Week:
Yahoo: Mistrust Is Popping Up  —  A string of issues related to its trustworthiness, especially about adware, could tarnish the portal's reputation on the Net  —  Yahoo! (YHOO ) has been taking a beating in the blogosphere lately.  On Sept. 6 came the revelation that it provided information that helped Beijing jail a journalist.
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 …
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
'People believe their partnership with Yahoo is extremely valuable,'  —David Chao,  —  Doll Capital  —  Management  —  CAPITAL  —  AllAbout IPO Soars 727%  —  Japan's answer to U.S. information portal makes a splash in its first day of trading in Tokyo.
Discussion: Techdirt and
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) …
Jo Twist / BBC:
Broadband to rule the TV waves  —  TV delivered into living rooms over broadband connections will completely change TV as well as the internet as we know it, concludes a major report.  —  IPTV (internet protocol TV), as it is known, is a budding area that is exciting telecoms and media companies.

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