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2:50 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
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
ResourceShelf:
Ask.com Debuts Ask 3D: Say Hello to Morph Technology
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ask.com redesign brings new features, integration
Discussion: ContentBlogger
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
Discussion: WebProNews and Google LatLong
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
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 …
Inside AdSense:
Policy updates — and it's not even Thursday!  —  After our many weeks of policy posts on Thursdays, you're probably intimately familiar with all of our program policies.  So we can imagine your surprise when you woke up today, got your morning coffee, and settled in for your daily re-read of the policies …
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 …
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.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News.com:
XBOX 360 getting next-gen Pac-Man  —  This morning Microsoft, together with Namco/Bandai announced a new version of the arcade classic Pac-Man at the Pac-Man World Championships at Times Square in New York City.  It's called "Pac-Man Championship Edition" and will have the first new mazes in 26 years.
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.
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 …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
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 …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Xandros deal is Microsoft water torture strategy  —  Long-time readers of this blog may remember how two years ago I sat down to lunch with Marc Fleury, then running JBoss.  —  Fleury was celebrating because he'd signed a re-sale agreement with Microsoft.  The deal was superior to one IBM offered …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Lone Wolves
 
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