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11:00 AM 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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Search Engine Land:
Ask Relaunches: Now In '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.
ResourceShelf:
Ask.com Debuts Ask 3D: Say Hello to Morph Technology  —  Some major news from Ask.com today.  Because Gary is a member of the Ask.com team, like we've done in previous situations our overview post is available by clicking the link below.  —  Ask.Com Launches Ask 3D: A Users Guide and a Few Thoughts
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Makeover at Ask.com: A New Look and More  —  Jim Lanzone, the chief executive of Ask.com, the fourth-most-used Internet search engine in the United States, believes that it is time to move beyond the 10 blue links — the standard way to display Web search results.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Major Relaunch For Ask: Ask3D  —  Forget the advertising campaign debacle: There is some real news about Ask.com tonight.  —  The search engine, which is currently the fourth most used search service, is publicly re-launching tonight around 9 PM PST.  You won't see this when visiting the site …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ASK MORPHS: A NEW APPROACH TO THE INTERFACE
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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Jeremy Faludi / WorldChanging:
Google Transit 2.0  —  Google Transit was already the best thing …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
A New Pricing Model Rolls Out Today  —  A New Pricing Model Rolls Out Today  —  Your Click Charges to be Based on Quality of Traffic  —  Yahoo! Search Marketing is rolling out a new feature that we think will help enhance the quality, potentially reduce the cost and increase the value of traffic to you, our advertisers.
Reuters:
Melodeo plans music service from iTunes playlists  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Melodeo Inc. said on Tuesday it plans to help music fans expand use of their iTunes digital music collections beyond their desktop computer and iPod by streaming songs in personal libraries to mobile phones.
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
VIA intros NanoBook Ultra Mobile Device - $600 ultraportable laptop  —  Uh, Palm, the Foleo just got shown up.  VIA just announced the NanoBook Ultra Mobile Device, a reference design for a new ultraportable laptop which just happens to be lighter and smaller than the Foleo — and which will supposedly retail for just $600.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
The Top 100 Alt Search Engines, June 2007  —  I assume that most of AltSearchEngine's readers are familiar with the Top 100 list.  Here is the June Top 100 (attached spreadsheet), which we will discuss in detail below.  —  For those who are new, here's a very brief history of the list.
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Cellphone users try to wrest some of carriers' control  —  Behind rows of cellphone chargers and Bluetooth headsets at a kiosk in the Shops at the Prudential Center, Evan Silbert is quietly loosening the grip that major telecommunications companies have on the cellphone.
Elliance / Search Engine Land:
Search Illustrated: Tagging Explained  —  Tagging is the Web 2.0 version of adding metadata to web content, but with an interesting user-generated twist that the earliest forms of metadata lacked.  —  A W3C recommendation document defined a set of meta tags for web content, including the "keywords" tag.
 
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Business Wire:
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Windows test benefits sell-through, VOD
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Warner Group in Deal to Offer Free Music via Internet Site
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Major Xbox announcement coming tomorrow?
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Kawasaki: How I wasted $12,107 on Truemors
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Ex-Cisco Executive to Lead Joost, Internet TV Provider
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Brushed Metal iMacs Dropping at WWDC
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Scribd Banks $3.5 Million from Redpoint