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11:50 AM 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 …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Search Launches Google Killer : Search Assist, Videos, Flickr Integration  —  Yahoo Search, over the past 5 years or so, has been trying hard to step out of Google's shadow, a shadow that Yahoo cast upon itself when they made Google their search technology provider in 2000.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Life without Google: Yahoo revamps search; Gets smarter
Vish Makhijani / Yodel Anecdotal:
The new Yahoo! Search  —  Yahoo! began as a human-powered search engine back in 1994.
Discussion: CyberNet and Mashable!
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo! Juices Its Search Engine
Discussion: Mashable!
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Upgrades Search Experience, Launches 'Search Assist …
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Screenwerk
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 …
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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: MARS Magazine
Telegraph:
Microsoft powers up for change  —  Chief executive says free software, downloadable online, is on the horizon for consumers.  Josephine Moulds reports  —  Steve Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft, yesterday signalled another step towards a dramatic change in the software giant's business model.
Guardian:
EBay says it paid almost $1bn too much for Skype  —  Graeme Wearden  —  Dotcom giant eBay has admitted it paid far too much when it bought internet telephony company Skype for $2.6bn (£1.28bn) in 2005.  —  The web auction company said it was writing down the value of Skype …
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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 …
Computerworld:
America's techiest cities: Silicon Valley No. 1, but who's No. 2?  —  Hint: It's not Boston or Seattle, according to Census Bureau stats  —  The highest concentration of IT professionals in the U.S. is — you guessed it — in Silicon Valley.  But naming the No 2 spot isn't as easy, and the answer might surprise you.
Discussion: The Webpreneur
Paul Rubens / BBC:
Spam weapon helps preserve books  —  Typing in two words correctly results in the digitisation of one word  —  A weapon used to fight spammers is now helping university researchers preserve old books and manuscripts.  —  Many websites use an automated test to tell computers and humans apart …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sharp shows off multi-touch optical scanning portable LCD  —  Our hats go off to Sharp for this one.  We wrote about this display in late August, but sometimes seeing really is believing.  Today at CEATEC Sharp showed off its optical scanning LCD — a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 portable display …
Discussion: PC World
 
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