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1:40 PM ET, June 5, 2007

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Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
Introducing Ask3D - A Truly New Way to Search  —  For the past several years, we have been innovating furiously to provide people with a faster, easier, and richer search experience.  We've created products that go some way towards this - Smart Answers, Zoom related search, Binoculars, AskCity, and ExpertRank (aka Teoma) to name a few.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Ask Relaunches: Now "Ask 3D"  —  Chris Sherman once compared Ask.com to Apple.  Ask CEO Jim Lanzone remarked to me that he liked the comparison because it spoke to quality and innovativeness.  Indeed, among the top-tier search engines Ask has arguably been the most innovative.  In one sense it has to be.
CNN:
UPDATE: Blinkx Strikes Ask.com Video Search-Engine Deal  —  LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Video search engine company Blinkx PLC (BLNX.LN) Tuesday signed its largest deal to date, with Ask.com (IACI), one of the world's largest internet search engine firms.  —  Ask.com, a subsidiary …
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
ResourceShelf:
Ask.com Debuts Ask 3D: Say Hello to Morph Technology
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ASK MORPHS: A NEW APPROACH TO THE INTERFACE
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ask.com redesign brings new features, integration
Discussion: Webware.com
Kate / Google LatLong:
Hop on the bus, Gus.  Or the train.  Or the subway.  —  For some time now we have been "painting" icons for transit stops into our maps.  While it was helpful to be able to see where to catch a train or bus, it left a lot of people wishing they could click on the icon to get more information about a specific station.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Transit Data in Google Maps and Google Earth
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
GOOGLE MAPS JOINS THE MILE HIGH CLUB
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
Jeremy Faludi / WorldChanging:   Google Transit 2.0  —  Google Transit was already the best thing …
Katy Dormer / Google:
Salesforce.com and Google Form Strategic Global Alliance  —  Two industry leading platforms come together to allow companies to acquire customers, run more efficiently and thrive  —  Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, and Google …
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Google and Salesforce Tightly Integrate Adwords Products  —  There's been a lot of speculation about Salesforce and Google lately.  Tomorrow the two companies will announce a marketing and distribution alliance that will tightly bind Google Adwords to existing Salesforce tools that track sales from online advertising.
Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook Pro  —  Latest Intel Core 2 Duo Processors, Memory Up to 4GB and Higher Performance Graphics Across the Line  —  Apple® today updated its MacBook® Pro line of notebooks with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, memory up to 4GB, and high-speed graphics in a stunning …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:   Apple unveils upgraded MacBook Pro laptops
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Movable Type 4.0 Announced - Becomes Social Media Platform  —  Six Apart is announcing today the beta release of Movable Type 4, a much anticipated upgrade to a blog platform that has two distinct user bases nowadays - consumer base (like R/WW, which uses MT) and Enterprise.
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Six Apart:
Six Apart Announces Movable Type 4 beta - blogging's next step toward a flexible, extensible social media platform for businesses and power bloggers  —  Easier to use than ever, MT4 provides the most powerful blog tools for any size organization  —  Six Apart, the world's leading independent …
www.htc.com:
HTC Touch™ Delivers New Touch Screen Experience  —  HTC Device Signals New Direction In Finger Touch Navigation  —  HTC Corp. (TAIEX:2498; "HTC"), the world's leading provider of Microsoft® Windows Mobile®-based smart devices, today announced the global launch of the HTC Touch&trade …
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Bonnie Cha / CNET News.com:
HTC Touch launches; first impressions and thoughts as an iPhone rival
Discussion: Gadget Lab and CNET News.com
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel readies new chipsets  —  Intel is set to take the wraps off its latest chipsets and a new low-cost laptop.  —  Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's sales and marketing group, plans to unveil the chipsets during his keynote address on Tuesday at Computex Taipei trade show in Taiwan.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Via trots out mini notebook, mobile motherboard
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
OpenOffice For Mac Alpha Out Today  —  A few weeks ago in my Tech 101 video podcast, a viewer asked about alternatives to Microsoft Office on the Mac.  (You can see it here, or find it on iTunes.)  The viewer who wrote in apparently thought that since Microsoft hadn't yet released …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Lawyer ratings site not without objections  —  A venture-capital backed Web site called Avvo.com that launches Tuesday claims to offer a "game-changing" alternative to the Yellow Pages for anyone interested in hiring a lawyer.  —  Avvo's plan is ambitious: to award a numeric score …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Re-nano titanium iPod nano case: only $800  —  So you've given in and finally picked up an iPod nano, eh?  So how do you go about differentiating yourself from the white-bud wearin' cattle around you?  Easy, slip that skinny slab of flash into the massive FACTRON Re-nano case made of solid Titanium, boy.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Local TV in five cities goes online through YouTube  —  YouTube announced a partnership with an independently-owned TV broadcast network yesterday that will enable five stations to begin monetizing their content online.  The agreement with Hearst-Argyle Television will put local TV programming …
Gizmodo:
Exclusive: iPhone Data to be Boosted by AT&T's Operation "Fine Edge"  —  An AT&T employee who works on Operations tells us that the carrier ordered a last-minute beefing up of its EDGE throughput, latency and coverage in anticipation of the iPhone.  The operation, internally referenced as …
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Listen to Music Free, but Pay to Carry  —  The music industry is so desperate for new ways to make money that a Silicon Valley start-up is trying a counterintuitive approach: giving the music away as a way to jump-start sales.  —  Starting today, visitors to Palo Alto-based Lala Media Inc …
 
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
30 Years Of Apple  —  Today marks the 30th anniversary …
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toshibadirect.com:
Toshiba Launches World's Thinnest Notebook with Integrated Optical Drive
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Zach Sims / Rev2.org:
Facebook Follows Up to Viral Growth with Official Announcement
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
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Rockstar Dismisses Talk of GTA IV Delay
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Drobo changes the way you think about storage
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Cellphone users try to wrest some of carriers' control
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Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
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