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9:30 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 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
Live Search:
Introducing...the new Live Search
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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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.
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Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words  —  We're excited to announce that starting tomorrow (Friday 28, 2007) LinkedIn members will have a new option available: the ability to add a professional photo to their profile.  —  Adding a profile photo is one of the most commonly requested features …
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair  —  A silent update that Microsoft deployed widely in July and August is preventing the "repair" feature of Windows XP from completing successfully.  —  Ever since the Redmond company's recent download of new support files for Windows Update …
Discussion: The Raw Feed
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Microsoft Stealth Update and Windows XP repair don't mix
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
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Sprint says it won't subsidize WiMax hardware  —  Recommend article:  —  Chicago (IL) - Barry West, president of Sprint's Wimax unit "Xohm", said that Wimax customers will have to pay "full freight" for their Wimax cards, but will not be locked in long-term service contracts in return.
Discussion: dslreports.com and Gizmodo
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Pricing, service for Xohm WiMax to be 'around user needs'  —  Plan is not to use a cellular-plan pricing model  —  Sprint Nextel Corp.'s ambitious Xohm WiMax vision will be based on a radical change in the way users pay for the service compared to cellular plans.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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."
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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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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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
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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Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
The End User: Apple and Orange  —  PARIS: The biggest annual gathering of Mac fans on the planet - the Apple Expo - opened in Paris on Tuesday.  But even though organizers expect 70,000 people to attend over the course of the week, the Mac-head-in-chief, Steve Jobs, is not on the schedule.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
 
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Open Source Developers Shun GPLv3, Survey Says
Discussion: Open Source
BBC:
Halo 3 sales top £84m in 24 hours
Discussion: Gadgetell
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
The Future of Computing, According to Intel
Erick Schonfeld / Business 2.0:
The startup king's new gig
privcom.gc.ca:
Report of an Investigation into the Security, Collection and Retention …
Discussion: The Register
puredigitalinc.com:
Pure Digital Technologies Launches Five Year, One Million Flip …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and geeksugar
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Mark Twain's plans to compete with copyright "pirates" (in 1906)
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Verizon Rejects Messages of Abortion Rights Group
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Java for iPhone urged by Sun official
Discussion: iLounge and blognation USA
HDM / Metasploit:
A root shell in my pocket (and maybe yours)
Discussion: InfoWorld
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Why does Apple get a free ride?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Gateway One all-in-one desktop breaks cover
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Coming Soon: Microsoft 2.0 the book
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Widgetbox's App Accelerator turns widgets into Facebook apps
Rubicon White Papers:
Growth of web applications in the US: Rapid adoption, but only …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Surprise: MSN Has Built the Video Site of the Future