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12:55 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.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Major Relaunch For Ask: Ask3D
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ask.com redesign brings new features, integration
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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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
GOOGLE MAPS JOINS THE MILE HIGH CLUB  —  Google Maps is just so hot right now, we couldn't resist giving it yet another nod this morning.  On Tuesday, the low-cost U.S. airline JetBlue Airways announced that real-time flight tracking on Google Maps will be available on its in-seat TVs soon.
Discussion: WebProNews
Jeremy Faludi / WorldChanging:
Google Transit 2.0  —  Google Transit was already the best thing …
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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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
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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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.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Ex-Cisco Executive to Lead Joost, Internet TV Provider  —  Michelangelo Volpi spent 5 of his 13 years at Cisco Systems selling networking equipment to the companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable that bring television into living rooms.  —  Now he is trying to do an end run around those same companies.
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Reuters:
Ex-Cisco executive moves to Web TV
Discussion: The Next Net
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Kikizo.com Videogames Website XML Feed:
Rockstar Dismisses Talk of GTA IV Delay  —  Analyst speculation turns out to be ... speculation.  —  Two of of the biggest games due in 2007 are Halo 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV.  As luck would have it, they're coming out within a couple weeks of one another - despite what you may have heard to the contrary.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Kotaku and youNEWB
 
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Zach Sims / Rev2.org:
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BBC:
Complacency 'rife' in IT projects
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Why there's no such thing as Web 2.0
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel readies new chipsets
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Michael Gartenberg:
Drobo changes the way you think about storage
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Elliance / Search Engine Land:
Search Illustrated: Tagging Explained
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Reuters:
Melodeo plans music service from iTunes playlists
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Cellphone users try to wrest some of carriers' control
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
VIA intros NanoBook Ultra Mobile Device - $600 ultraportable laptop
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
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