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2:40 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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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.
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 …
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New Yahoo! Search Makes Web Search Effortless for Consumers
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
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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.
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft's 4GB / 8GB flash-based Zunes revealed by FCC  —  Well, would you look at this.  Thanks to the oh-so-disclosing FCC website, we're now seeing drawings of what looks to be 4GB and 8GB versions of Microsoft's forthcoming flash-based Zunes.  Sure enough, the pictures match the leaked photos …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Gadget Lab
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.
 
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
UK can now demand data decryption on penalty of jail time
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Yahoo! News:
NTT DoCoMo aims to make phone swiping obsolete
Nick Sturiale / VentureBeat:
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Chinese internet security response team under attack
Discussion: C.I.S.R.T.
PR Newswire:
Consumer Reports: Panasonic Plasma Best Flat Screen Ever Tested
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Facebook.fr: someone is looking for trouble (or money)
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
CBSNews.com Chief to Lead a News and Blogs Site
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Online censorship hurts us all
Paul Rubens / BBC:
Spam weapon helps preserve books
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