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5:55 PM ET, October 5, 2006

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Hello Natural Language Search, My Old Over-Hyped Search Friend  —  This is a rant.  It's a rant from over 10 years of watching people trot out natural language search as the "killer" solution to the current state of search, something that's happening once again with Powerset.
Discussion: GigaOM and Screenwerk
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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 …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
A Gaggle of Google Wannabes  —  Ask.com and other challengers hope to pull share from Google with new search methods, but it won't be easy to unseat the market leader  —  In the race for Web-search share, Ask.com is the tortoise.  The search engine formerly known as Ask Jeeves still handles less …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Competition in search
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Will Powerset Pull a Google?
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 …
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Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
Del.icio.us is already a social network  —  I've been watching some of the reactions to the latest news about del.icio.us, a service that I love and use extensively.  According to a post in Read/Write Web, Joshua Schachter and the team will be introducing more social features to del.icio.us.
comScore:
More than Half of MySpace Visitors are Now Age 35 or Older, as the Site's Demographic Composition Continues to Shift comScore Analysis Reveals Demographic Profiles for Selected Social Networking Sites  —  comScore Media Metrix, a leader in digital media measurement, today released an analysis …
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.
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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 …
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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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.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Ex-Chief of H.P. Pursued Leaks, Too  —  The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carleton S. Fiorina, once the most prominent female executive in the United States, ordered the first of a series of leak investigations into contacts by board members with journalists in January 2005, she says in a long-anticipated memoir.
Discussion: Valleywag
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Ex-Leader Among 5 Charged in Hewlett Case
Discussion: Know It All and Valleywag
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 …
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Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Former CFO Anderson steered Apple through some rough times
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Local review site Yelp raises $10 million from Benchmark  —  Yelp, the Web site offering user-generated reviews of bars, restaurants and other places, has raised $10 million in venture capital from Benchmark Capital.  —  We recently mentioned Yelp's wave-making with its parties.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Yelp Takes $10 Million from Benchmark
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
Reuters:
Viacom's Redstone rules out bidding for Facebook  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIAB - news) has ruled out bidding for social networking site Facebook, despite suffering a stinging defeat in losing a deal to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to purchase MySpace.com …
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
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Joystiq review: South Park makes love, not Warcraft [update 2]  —  To kick off the fall season of South Park, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to take on gaming phenomenon World of Warcraft.  The episode kicks off in Goldshire.  Cartman, "a mighty dwarf," takes back from a bathroom break before they all take on a quest.
Discussion: Boing Boing, Kotaku and digg
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
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: Engadget, I4U News and Slashdot
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Times Publisher Johnson Forced Out  —  The Tribune Co. forced out Los Angeles Times Publisher Jeffrey M. Johnson this morning, a little more than a month after he defied the media conglomerate's demands for staff cuts that he suggested could damage the newspaper.
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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