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2:00 PM ET, October 2, 2007

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Yahoo! Search Blog:
From "To Do" to "Done" in One Search  —  That sums up Yahoo! Search in a nutshell; the whole point is we want to get you from "to do" to "done."  Whatever it is you want to do: research a topic, find a website, plan a vacation, research a medical condition, view a funny video …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Search Just Got Smarter  —  Yahoo is adding some major features to its search engine today.  For instance, images from Flickr and playable videos are now embedded in the main results page.  A search for a major rock band like U2 brings up information from the artist's Website …
Vish Makhijani / Yodel Anecdotal:
The new Yahoo! Search  —  Yahoo! began as a human-powered search engine back in 1994.  Okay, so it was Jerry and David's guide to the World Wide Web, but the goal was the same as it is now — give people a simple way to find exactly what they're looking for, whatever it is they're looking for.
Yahoo!:
New Yahoo! Search Makes Web Search Effortless for Consumers
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Upgrades Search Experience, Launches 'Search Assist …
Discussion: Screenwerk and eWEEK.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Life without Google: Yahoo revamps search; Gets smarter
Discussion: InfoWorld
Gemma Soames / Times of London:
Ballmer: Facebook risks being 'a fad'  —  The Microsoft chief says that Facebook's appeal could fade - after being linked to an investment that would value the site at $10 billion  —  Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive, believes that the craze for individual social networks …
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William Rees-Mogg / Times of London:
Microsoft's chief executive has seen the future - and the future is advertising  —  Steve Ballmer's plans for the computer software giant include taking on Yahoo! and Google in their own internet territory  —  Steve Ballmer doesn't do half-measures.  The veteran Microsoft chief executive …
Discussion: Digital Daily
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Pop Quiz: If Skype=Hype, Then Facebook=?
Discussion: Valleywag, Mark Evans and Bloomberg
Live Search:
Microsoft acquires Jellyfish.com  —  We want to welcome some new folks to the Live Search family - we recently purchased a company called Jellyfish.com, based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Jellyfish has done some really innovative work in comparative shopping engines.
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft Buys Jellyfish.com Shopping Site
Discussion: Epicenter and VentureBeat
NextEnergyNews.com:
Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop Battery  —  Your next laptop could have a continuous power battery that lasts for 30 years without a single recharge thanks to work being funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.  The breakthrough betavoltaic power cells are constructed …
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Rupert Goodwins / ZDNet:   Radioactive laptops? Perhaps not...
Ed Foster / InfoWorld:
Amazon Makes You Lie to Log Off  —  Are e-commerce websites making it harder and harder for users to log off?  That's certainly a trend one reader has seen evidence of, including confirmation from Amazon that the best way to sign out from your account is to lie to them about who you are.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's $399 PS3 confirmed by Best Buy?  —  Thanks to a helpful tipster, we have a couple of Best Buy documents showing a $399 Playstation 3 with 40GB disk and Spiderman 3 (yes, Blu-ray) bundle with an "In Stock Date" of October 28.  However, the more important "Street Date" field is unfortunately empty at the moment.
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
The stupidest idea ever?  —  VENTURE CAPITALIST WAS DISSATISFIED WORKING ON SMART IDEAS, SO HE WENT THE OTHER WAY  —  As managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, Guy Kawasaki funded all the really smart ideas he could find.  None hit it big.  —  So earlier this year the guru …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and MARS Magazine
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Finds An Obvious Use For WOW.com: A World Of Warcraft Social Network  —  The wow.com domain name has laid dormant since at least 1998, when it was acquired by AOL along with other assets of Compuserve.  The domain has been coveted by a number of AOL business units over the years, though.
How to of the Day:
How to Quit Facebook  —  Maybe your affinity for Facebook began with a simple desire to keep in touch with your friends, or make new ones online.  Or perhaps you were just bored.  But now Facebook is the thorn in your side, and possibly a bona fide addiction.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple's HTML references "iPhone Extreme"  —  Here's one for you rumor-mongers early in the morning.  It's long been speculated that Apple is working on a second version of the iPhone that will be stripped down a bit from the current iteration (often referred to as the "iPhone nano").
Discussion: InfoWorld
Bill Carter / New York Times:
CBSNews.com Chief to Lead a News and Blogs Site  —  The Huffington Post, a news Web site, plans to announce today the appointment of a new chief executive, Betsy Morgan, who will leave her job as the general manager of CBSNews.com.  —  Ms. Morgan will switch from running the Web site …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Get a free Wiimote sleeve from Nintendo
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David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Intel's 45nm Yorkfield / Wolfdale CPUs get benchmarked, new rumored release dates
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Sharp shows off multi-touch optical scanning portable LCD
ClickZ:
AzoogleAds Branches Into SEM with Bazaar Acquisition
Discussion: paidContent.org
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Online censorship hurts us all
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Barnes & Noble.com Re-Designed: Adds Some Web 2.0 Elements …
Paul Rubens / BBC:
Spam weapon helps preserve books
Discussion: Gizmodo
Telegraph:
Microsoft powers up for change
John Borland / Technology Review:
Gibson's Self-Tuning Guitar
Discussion: Gizmodo
Computerworld:
America's techiest cities: Silicon Valley No. 1, but who's No. 2?
Discussion: The Webpreneur