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12:45 PM 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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:   Hello Natural Language Search, My Old Over-Hyped Search Friend
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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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Google crawls into source code search  —  Google is taking its search expertise to one of its favorite audiences: software developers.  —  The company on Thursday launched a Web site, Google Code Search, which the company says will let programmers search billions of lines of code for tips on how to write their own software.
Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Coders, start your (search) engines
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Five Questions with Skype co-founder Janus Friis  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, together could be considered Internet's biggest trouble makers.  As co-founders of Kazaa they brought the wrath of the entire music establishment.  With Skype they poked the telephone industry in the eye, before flipping it to eBay for billions.
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 …
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
CRN Breaking News:
Microsoft Plans Vista Upgrade Coupon For Holiday PC Buying Season  —  1:56 PM EDT Wed.  —  Microsoft later this month plans to roll out an Express Upgrade program that gives buyers of Windows XP-based PCs a coupon for a free or discounted upgrade to Windows Vista through March 15.
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
The Attention Gang prepares for a land grab  —  Fellow ZDNet blogger Denise Howell and went to an AttentionTrust luncheon, where Michael Goldhaber decoded the concept of attention and Seth Goldstein and Steve Gillmor rolled out some AttentionTrust and GestureBank announcements.
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Seth Goldstein / TRANSPARENT BUNDLES:
SPYING ON TRANSPARENCY
Discussion: Lawgarithms
Reuters:
Scientists teleport two different objects  —  LONDON, England (Reuters) — Beaming people in "Star Trek" fashion is still in the realms of science fiction, but physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Michael Reilly / NewScientistTech:
Happy snaps from a virus-infested chip  — From New Scientist Print Edition.  Subscribe and get 4 free issues  —  Giving your digital camera a virus may not sound very smart, but a memory chip that incorporates millions of viruses may just be the fastest thing around.
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and Slashdot
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.
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Apple Says Jobs Knew of Options  —  Apple Computer said on Wednesday that an internal review had found that Steven P. Jobs, the chief executive, knew that the company was backdating some stock options granted to employees to inflate their value.  —  The company said Mr. Jobs did not knowingly receive …
Discussion: Apple and Silicon Valley Watcher
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.
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).
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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b5media:
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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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
TagLoops: Remixable Web Movies Made Out of Tags and Feeds
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
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Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
PodZinger to Offer Targeted Video Ads
Discussion: TechCrunch
CNET News.com:
Calif. AG files felony charges in HP probe
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Bebo To Become UK's Most Searched For Brand
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
USA Today:
What's Teoma, you ask?  You could ask Jeeves, but he's become ... Teoma
Wayne Rash / eWEEK.com:
T-Mobile to Announce UMTS, Sources Say