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5:55 AM ET, October 24, 2006

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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google unveils 'custom' searches  —  Google will on Tuesday launch a customisable search engine that users can carry on their own blogs and other websites, a move that potentially opens up a big new market for its search listings and related advertising.  —  Marissa Mayer, vice-president …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Roll your own Google Search  —  Not a day passes by when someone or the other bemoans the fact that they cannot find anything on Google anymore.  Well, they can stop complaining, because Google is doing something about it.  The company has announced Google Custom Search tools …
Discussion: The Next Net, JenSense and Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Co-op Launches  —  Google just launched a customized search service called Google Co-op (screen shots below).  Co-op allows a user to create and launch a search engine with just a few specific websites included.  Searches will return results from only that website.
Discussion: InsideGoogle and Download Squad
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Offers Customized Search With A Social Twist  —  Google has long distributed its search engine on third-party content sites.  But until today you could only search the individual site or the Web — and the branding on search results was practically all Google.
bittorrent.com:
BitTorrent is key ingredient in Internet-connected devices  —  BitTorrent, Inc., home to the world's leading peer-assisted digital content delivery platform, today announced it is collaborating with a number of global hardware manufacturers to promote BitTorrent-embedded consumer products.
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Robert Levine / Fortune:
Unlocking the iPod  —  Jon Johansen became a geek hero by breaking the DVD code.  Now he's liberating iTunes - whether Apple likes it or not.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Growing up in a small town in southern Norway, Jon Lech Johansen loved to take things apart to figure out how they worked.
Business 2.0:
Microsoft's big nightmare: free online apps  —  A new generation of browsers is about to make Web applications better than downloadable desktop software.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — The browser is the new OS.  Yes, we've heard this before, and if you're quietly groaning right about now, I can understand why.
Paul Thurrott / windowsitpro.com:
Exclusive: Microsoft Overcomes Final Vista Hurdles, Heads to RTM  —  A week and a half ago, online reports about an internal countdown clock at Microsoft verified my early 2006 report that the software giant was pushing for an October 25 Windows Vista release to manufacturing (RTM) date.
Discussion: Bink.nu and InsideMicrosoft
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Vista ready? Microsoft testers weigh in
Discussion: TechBlog
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Pimp Every Room in Your House with RSS  —  I love RSS feeds.  How much?  So much that I want to stick them everywhere - in every room I frequent and on every device I use.  So, off I went on a quest to find all of the interesting ways to consume feeds beyond the computer.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jingle gets $30M to grow its free directory assistance service  —  (Updated below with comments from chief executive George Garrick)  —  Jingle Networks, a Menlo Park start-up which provides free phone directory assistance, has raised a whopping $30 million more in venture capital — upping the ante in what is now a crowded field.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jingle Networks Has Now Raised Over $60 million
Discussion: Screenwerk and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Edgeio gets $5 million to expand Web 2.0 classifieds site  —  Edgeio, a Menlo Park start-up trying to redefine the way people list classifieds, has raised $5 million in a first round of venture capital, and may raise more.  Here is the release.  —  The round was led by Intel Capital and included an investment from Transcosmos.
Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
The Problem of Email  —  I have a problem, and its name is "email".  Many people have the same problem.  Not many have it quite as badly as I do.  When I say "my inbox is out of control", people respond "Yeah, mine too.  I spent 5 hours this weekend and knocked it down from 3,000 messages to 50 messages and I feel so much better."
Discussion: JD on EP
Mike / Techdirt:
IBM Wants To Change The Patent System, But Before They Do, They Might As Well Sue Everyone  —  from the they've-patented-the-internet dept  —  There's a famous old story about IBM accusing Sun of patent infringement back in the 1980s, when Sun was still a small company.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Real Sharing vs. Fake Sharing  —  In a recent brainstorming session about Web 2.0, I made the observation that "harnessing collective intelligence" is the pattern that opened the Web 2.0 era, but that "Data is the Intel Inside" is the pattern that will bring it to a close.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
A New System Is Now a Waiting Game  —  I never thought Ludacris would get in the way of my video game habit.  —  But there I was Thursday evening on the second floor of the warehouse Sony rented here to show off its soon-to-be-released PlayStation 3 game console, checking …
Preed / preed's blah-blah-blahg:
The Anti-release  —  I mentioned this in today's Project Meeting, and now it's come up in the newsgroups.  —  Normally, I'd take the time to write up a more in-depth explanation, but since my schedule is... uh... "hectic" right now, I'll just say this:  — No, we have.  Not.  Released.
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
TV is dead  —  YouTube, Digg, and MySpace took out TV a few months back, and now the corpse is sitting up and taking notice.  Latest evidence is the incipient obliteration of Studio 60, the West Wing sequel which is terrific and therefore doomed, in favor of 30 Rock, which is not and therefore not.
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Mike / Techdirt:
How Dare You Make My Content More Valuable!  —  from the it's-not-so-tricky dept  —  Perhaps it's not that surprising, but it's a bit upsetting to still see so many people having difficulty with the idea that having others increase the value of your content is a good thing.
Discussion: AdJab and Slashdot
Jeff Sandquist / Microsoft 10:
Meet Our New 10 Team Mate  —  Awhile back I posted a video where I talk about a new opening on our team.  The position has now been filled.  Thank you everyone who sent an email, a resume or posted a video talking about why they want to join our team.  We were simply blown away …
Discussion: Jeff Sandquist and Scobleizer
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Joe / Techdirt:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
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Kanguru $1k Drive Not For the Poor
Discussion: I4U News and CrunchGear
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Adjusts Hiring Process As Needs Grow
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Venture capitalists open spigot — especially for Web 2.0 & energy