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11:05 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 …
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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.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Code Search Live  —  Google released Code Search, a search engine dedicated to finding pieces of public source code.  There are existing code search engines, but this one seems to top them in terms of scope; not only does Google snoop around in ZIP files of different sorts, they also go check different CVS repositories.
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Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Coders, start your (search) engines
Discussion: TechCrunch
NEWSFACTOR:
Tech Gadgets Banned in the USA  —  There's no doubt about it: foreign technology can whet your appetite.  Super-lightweight laptops from Japan, feature-packed smartphones from Europe, and shiny, gotta-get-it devices designed in India, South Korea, and Taiwan are but a few of the items that currently reside on tech's cutting edge.
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to lock pirates out of Vista PCs  —  update Windows Vista will have new antipiracy technology that locks people out their PCs if the operating system isn't activated within 30 days after installation.  —  If Vista is not activated with a legitimate product registration key in time …
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New Google Groups product for testing  —  Google has announced a new beta version of Google Groups — it looks really good.  You can tell they have spent many hours on the user experience, however I have a few suggestions that would add to the usability a bit later in the post.
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Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Groups Beta
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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.
Knowledge@Wharton:
Dot-Com Bubble, Part II?  Why It's So Hard to Value Social Networking Sites  —  Less than three years after emerging from nowhere, the hot social networking website MySpace is on pace to be worth a whopping $15 billion in just three more years.  Or is it?  —  Is the much smaller Facebook …
Discussion: paidContent.org and GigaOM
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Skype's Venice Project Revealed  —  The company is combining professionally produced TV and videos with the Internet, and BusinessWeek.com got the first look  —  Skype co-founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom are preparing to unveil their latest venture to the public …
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).
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.
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.
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
PodZinger to Offer Targeted Video Ads  —  Audio and video search engine PodZinger is launching a new advertising platform that targets video ads based on search queries and the content being viewed.  —  "We're taking one of the key advantages of PodZinger — the words people are searching for …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
ongoing:
Practical Transparency  —  A few days ago, our CEO Jonathan Schwartz sent a letter to SEC Chairman Christopher Cox calling for SEC financial-disclosure regulations to allow for publishing material financials on the Web.  It's obviously a good idea, but there are some implementation issues.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
General Motor's integrated, retractable Flex-Fit bike rack  —  If you've been yearning for a long weekend on the campgrounds, and you've already made arrangements for a svelte hotel / tent hybrid to reside in, the only thing missing (besides the obligatory USB-powered lantern) is your bicycle.
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.
 
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Reuters:
Fujitsu to recall 287,000 Sony batteries
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and The Tech Report
BBC:
Mobile phone sales start to slow
Discussion: 21talks and MocoNews.net
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
TagLoops: Remixable Web Movies Made Out of Tags and Feeds
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Stock Options vs Restricted Shares
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Virtual newscaster hosts News At Seven
Discussion: Digital World
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
How much should you be making? PayScale reveals SV salary data
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Bebo To Become UK's Most Searched For Brand
Discussion: Heather Hopkins
Rebecca Barr / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Cuts Bonuses for Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer (Update1)
GameDaily:
Study: Casual Gamers are 'Grey Gamers'
Discussion: Joystiq and Go Nintendo
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
BBC:
Geekspeak still baffles web users
Wayne Rash / eWEEK.com:
T-Mobile to Announce UMTS, Sources Say