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7:40 AM ET, October 5, 2006

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
More on Powerset, the secretive search engine  —  We promised to bring you more on Powerset, that secretive company that wants to better Google with a new kind of search.  —  Powerset is going after the holy grail.  It is called "natural language" search, or understanding language …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Barney Pell / Barney Pell's Weblog:
Powerset and Natural Language Search  —  Ever since I stated that Powerset was in "semi-stealth" mode about a year ago, I have been pretty quiet about the company on my blog.  A few months ago we realized, after going through a fundraising process with a great set of angel investors …
USA Today:
What's Teoma, you ask?  You could ask Jeeves, but he's become ... Teoma  —  Hard to believe that while I was attending Rutgers University — in a building not far from the grain-alcohol frat parties that I may or may not have gone to, depending on who's asking — the history of Teoma was taking shape.
Official Google Blog:
The new Groups experience  —  Today, the Google Groups team launched a new beta version, available to anyone at groups-beta.google.com.  It may have been awhile since you thought of Groups as cool or sexy — if you ever did — but I couldn't have been more excited to work on the team responsible …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and digg
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New Google Groups product for testing
Jordan Running / Download Squad:   Google Groups launches new beta
Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Groups Beta
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Our B5 Media Investment  —  Today we've closed a financing round with our co-lead, Brightspark Ventures into B5 media.  At first, I really wanted to just sit back and let the rocks fly and blogosphere go nuts with the who/what/why and the zillions of opinions.
CNET News.com:
Calif. AG files felony charges in HP probe  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California's attorney general filed felony criminal charges on Wednesday against former Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn and four others in connection with the company's internal probe into boardroom leaks to the news media.
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BBC:
Google launches literacy portal  —  Search engine Google has launched a portal to connect literacy organisations around the world.  —  The Literacy Project enables teachers, organisations, and those interested in literacy to use the internet to search for and share literacy information.
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Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Coders, start your (search) engines
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
BBC:
Geekspeak still baffles web users  —  Britons are increasingly tech-savvy but are still bamboozled by tech jargon.  —  According to research from Nielsen/NetRatings, people are buying cutting-edge technology but often don't understand the terms that describe what their device actually does.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:   NetRatings finds 40% of online Britons use news feeds
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
del.icio.us Plans To Become A Social Network  —  I recently interviewed del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter, who is now with Yahoo after the popular social bookmarking service was acquired last December.  Joshua was recently named as top innovator of the year by MIT Technology Review Magazine.
Discussion: Things That and digg
Reuters:
Newspaper website readership up 31%  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) — The average number of monthly visitors to U.S. newspaper websites rose by nearly a third in the first half of 2006, a study released on Wednesday said, though print readership at some larger U.S. newspapers fell.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Bebo To Become UK's Most Searched For Brand  —  Bebo has been picking up steam in the UK market, overtaking MySpace earlier this year (see MySpace vs Bebo).  Now the stat-reporting company Hitwise has released stats to show that the social network is gaining rapidly on eBay in terms of search volume …
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Bebo Closing the Gap with eBay as Most Searched for UK Brand
Discussion: Free Roaming
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The State Of Web Development - Ajax set to surpass Flash in '07  —  Ektron and SitePoint did a survey of 5,000 web developers over the US summer, and have just released the results in a report entitled The State of Web Development 2006/2007.  It's packed full of useful data, even in the 25-page preview (which is free).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL's New Private Information Gatherer  —  AOL announced Openride today, a new Internet Explorer based browser.  Openride is available only on Windows machines (and does not work with Vista).  Openride gives users access to the Internet, as well as email, IM and locally stored audio …
Wayne Rash / eWEEK.com:
T-Mobile to Announce UMTS, Sources Say  —  T-Mobile sources have told eWEEK that the company is scheduling a press conference for Oct. 6 in New York for the purposes of making a major announcement in the wake of the company's win in the recent frequency auction.
Rebecca Barr / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Cuts Bonuses for Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer (Update1)  —  Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software company, cut bonuses paid to Chairman Bill Gates and Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer as profit growth slowed in three of the past four quarters.
Knowledge@Wharton:
Henning Kagermann: Balancing Change and Stability in the Evolution of SAP's Enterprise Software Platform  —  When Henning Kagermann became the sole CEO of SAP in 2003, a role he had previously shared with company co-founder Hasso Plattner, he faced a number of challenges, including an economic slowdown that hurt SAP's growth.
Discussion: JD on EP
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Virtual newscaster hosts News At Seven
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
How much should you be making? PayScale reveals SV salary data
Discussion: The New View …
RevoDS / JCXP:
Windows Vista Build RC2 Download Discovered
Darren Murph / Engadget:
General Motor's integrated, retractable Flex-Fit bike rack
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
PodZinger to Offer Targeted Video Ads
Discussion: TechCrunch
GameDaily:
Study: Casual Gamers are 'Grey Gamers'
Discussion: Go Nintendo and Joystiq
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
The casino experience
Discussion: Things That and digg
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Building eBay 2.0  —  Clobbered by Wall Street.  Fierce competition from Google.
Discussion: Webtown and Blogging Stocks
 Earlier Items: 
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo serving up search ads on mobile phones
Joris Evers / ZDNet:
Microsoft to lock pirates out of Vista PCs
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple's Special Committee Reports Findings of Stock Option Investigation
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Competitio.us: track your competitors online
Kotaku:
Rumor: Gamestop Wii Kiosk To Require Credit Card?
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Don't try to do interactive graphics with Ajax
Discussion: Ajaxian and JD on EP
Froosh / HipMojo.com:
YouTube IS Wildly Profitable - No Doubts About It
 

 
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Janko Roettgers / Lowpass:
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