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8:40 AM ET, September 27, 2007

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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Highlights: Microsoft revamps its Live Search engine  —  Microsoft tonight unveiled the widely rumored revamp of its Live Search engine.  Here's a summary of the news:  — The company says it has made improvements in relevance, the measure of how closely the results match a searcher's intent.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Updated Live Search Engine  —  Includes significant advancements in core technology and consumer experience.  —  Microsoft Corp. is releasing an update to Live Search (http://www.live.com) centered on improvements to core search technology and deeper advancements …
Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
MICROSOFT PLAYS CATCH-UP ON SEARCH
Discussion: Mashable!
Miguel Helft / New York Times:   New-Look Search Sites Aim to Close Google Gap
New York Times:
A Cellphone Without Borders  —  It's amazing the way the Internet keeps toppling traditional businesses.  Telegrams have gone away.  Music CD sales are tanking.  Newspapers are hurting.  —  One especially lucrative business, however, has somehow escaped the Internet's notice so far: international cellphone calls.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Five Reasons Why The Mobile Web Sucks  —  I've had it with all the hype about mobile being the next big thing — more to the point, I've had it with the mobile web.  Here are five reasons why the web on the go still has a long way to go.  —  1. Wireless carrier networks are SLOW
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Bob Vawter / Google Web Toolkit Blog:
GWT Application Development for the iPhone  —  In our not-so-humble opinions, we think that the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and the Apple iPhone are two very cool technologies.  Because we're all highfalutin computer-scientist types (as well as being irrepressibly geeky) we wanted to see what happens when you mix them together.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Google Plugs Google Web ToolKit For iPhone
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
An Antitrust Analysis of GOOG-DCLK Deal: Search Ads Vs Contextual Ads Vs Display Ads  —  A research paper from the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, which builds the case that Google's (NSDQ: GOOG) buyout of DoubleClick may exceed the limit in terms of concentration of power …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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SSRN:
An Antitrust Analysis of Google's Proposed Acquisition of DoubleClick  —  AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies  —  AEI-Brookings Joint Center Related Publication No. 07-24  —  Abstract:  —  By serving as a key revenue source for online content providers …
Discussion: WebProNews, ZDNet and paidContent.org
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! to Close Its Podcasting Site  —  Two years to the month after launching its large podcast search and listening site, Yahoo! has announced that Yahoo! Podcasts will cease operation on Halloween, October 31st.  The site never came out of Beta before the plug was pulled.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Podcasts Joins The Deadpool
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Microsoft Stealth Update and Windows XP repair don't mix  —  Remember that Stealth Update I talked about a couple of weeks ago?  The one that Microsoft sent down the pipes to XP and Vista users and installed it irrespective of whether the user had given consent for updates to be installed?
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Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:   Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn finally adds user photos  —  On Friday, the social network for professionals, LinkedIn, will go live with its newest feature: User photos.  —  Why did it take four years to add a feature already offered by every other social network?  LinkedIn claims recent user requests for the feature drove the decision.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Pro-business watchdog targets Google for enabling video piracy  —  Google's doing nothing about rampant copyright violations and may have become the storage medium of choice for movie pirates.  That's the conclusion of an open letter (PDF) from the National Legal and Policy Center, a pro-business watchdog group.
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Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
Interview With A Convicted Hacker: Robert Moore Tells How He Broke Into Routers And Stole VoIP Services  —  On his way to federal prison, the 23-year-old hacker says breaking into computers at telecom companies and major corporations was "so easy a caveman could do it."
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Why does Apple get a free ride?  —  I really don't want to get into the usual pissing match that seems to occur whenever someone fails to bow down and worship Steve Jobs' every move, but I can't help myself.  Why aren't we seeing more outrage — okay, even a little bit of outrage …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Up next for Apple: the return of the Newton  —  Apple Inc, which helped spawn the PDA market with its Newton MessagePad line in the early '90s, plans to give the concept another go with a modern day reincarnation of the old fan favorite based on the company's new mutli-touch technology, AppleInsider has learned.
Rubicon White Papers:
Growth of web applications in the US: Rapid adoption, but only when there's a real benefit  —  Status and implications for the tech industry September 25, 2007 Summary: Adoption of web applications is moving faster than most observers realize The rise of web applications …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Web apps: e-mail and games remain hot, office apps cool
Discussion: Symantec Corp.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Birthday Logo: Nine Years Old  —  The Google home page is sporting the special logo above, celebrating the company's ninth birthday, with one of the Gs turned into a nine.  But wait?  Didn't Google just turn 10?  Google Is 10 Years Old?  Finding The Real Google Birthday …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Gateway One all-in-one desktop breaks cover  —  A whole slew of sites this morning spilled out info on Gateway's new "One" PC, which Gateway was teasing us about the other day.  Due to be announced tomorrow at Digital Life, the Gateway One is a sleek little all-in-one number …
 
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Mark Twain's plans to compete with copyright "pirates" (in 1906)
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Java for iPhone urged by Sun official
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Surprise: MSN Has Built the Video Site of the Future