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9:10 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 and Mark Evans
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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.
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and Lifehacker
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Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Groups Beta
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Jordan Running / Download Squad:   Google Groups launches new beta
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: Googling Google
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: Unit Structures, Things That and digg
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Microsoft will cripple PCs running pirated copies of Vista  —  We all thought that Microsoft was asking for trouble when the company announced previously that it would be including all the versions of Windows Vista on a single DVD, setting the stage for those in the know to crack the disc …
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
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.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Building eBay 2.0  —  Clobbered by Wall Street.  Fierce competition from Google.  Meg Whitman's had a rough couple years.  Fortune's Adam Lashinsky finds out how she's trying to turn eBay from ultra-hot to built-to-last.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Meg Whitman is waiting in her personal meeting room …
Discussion: Webtown and Blogging Stocks
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.
BBC:
Mobile phone sales start to slow  —  Worldwide sales of mobile phones will hit a billion next year but the days of massive growth could be over, says an industry report.  —  According to research firm Informa Telecoms and Media, the battle now will be persuading users to upgrade their phones regularly.
Discussion: 21talks and MocoNews.net
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
How much should you be making? PayScale reveals SV salary data
Darren Murph / Engadget:
General Motor's integrated, retractable Flex-Fit bike rack
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
PodZinger to Offer Targeted Video Ads
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Bebo To Become UK's Most Searched For Brand
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GameDaily:
Study: Casual Gamers are 'Grey Gamers'
Discussion: Go Nintendo and Joystiq
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
The casino experience
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo serving up search ads on mobile phones
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
Froosh / HipMojo.com:
YouTube IS Wildly Profitable - No Doubts About It