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The Official Google Blog:
We knew the web was big...  We've known it for a long time: the web is big.  The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark.  Over the last eight years, we've seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Misleading Blog Post: The Size Of The Web And The Size Of Their Index Are Very Different  —  In a blog post today Google says they've identified 1 trillion unique URLs on the web.  It's actually more, they say, but some web pages have multiple URLs with exactly the same content …
Discussion: Marksonland
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google “Knows” About 1 Trillion Web Items
Sam Ramji / Port 25:
history.forward()  —  I'm writing this from Portland, Oregon where one of the world's largest Open Source conferences is taking place: OSCON.  This year's event is focused on a theme of “ten years of open source,” referring to 1998 as the year that Eric S. Raymond, Danese Cooper, et al coined the term.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to sponsor the Apache Software Foundation  —  Today at the OSCON open source software convention, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced an unexpected new sponsor: Microsoft.  The Redmond software giant, which will contribute $100,000 annually to the ASF …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Satellite Radio Merger Approved  —  The government has approved the long-delayed merger of the nation's only satellite radio companies, combining Sirius and XM into a single entity with 18 million subscribers.  —  The decision last night came almost a year and a half after the companies first proposed joining.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
It's Official: Sirius-XM Gets Thumbs Up From FCC (SIRI, XMSR)  —  The deal-that-never-wants-to-go- through is finally through: Late today, the FCC finally approved Sirius' (SIRI) $3.6 billion merger with rival satellite radio operator XM (XMSR).  —  An embarrassment for the FCC, which took way too long to give the deal the thumbs-up.
Ashley Phillips / ABCNEWS:
Rumor: ‘MacBook Touch’ in the Works  —  Conference Call Comment Reignites Longtime Rumors  —  When it comes to Apple, it doesn't take much to set tongues a-wagging.  A slim Steve Jobs at the Apple Developers Conference in San Francisco last month has led to endless speculation …
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Apple's Culture of Secrecy  —  “No one wants to die,” said Apple's chief executive, Steven P. Jobs.  “And yet death is the destination we all share.  No one has ever escaped it.”  —  It was a little over three years ago that Mr. Jobs spoke those existential words, in a commencement address at Stanford.
Discussion: Valleywag
InfoWorld:
San Francisco DA discloses city's network passwords  —  In its bid to protect the city from one computer security risk, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office may very well have created another.  —  The office of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has made public close …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
21 months later, Vista is still more secure than XP  —  Last October, roughly one year after the release to manufacturing of Windows Vista, I did a comparison of how well Windows Vista was living up to its promise of being more secure than its predecessor, Windows XP (see “One year later, Vista really is more secure").
Discussion: DygiScape
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gateway stops selling PCs direct  —  Gateway, one of the early PC makers that sold their wares direct, said Friday it will sell its systems completely through channel partners and retailers.  —  The company, now a part of Acer, said shifting to a channel-based distribution model will simplify its business and cut costs.
Discussion: Inquirer, Electronista and Engadget
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Business Wire:
Gateway Moves to 100 Percent Indirect Sales Model
Discussion: Technologizer and TechBlog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Hammer drops at last: FCC opposes Comcast P2P throttling  —  Once FCC Chair Kevin Martin announced his support for sanctions against Comcast, penalties looked inevitable.  The two Democrats on the Commission, long supportive of network neutrality, seemed set to vote along with Martin …
Discussion: AppScout and Digg
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
The FCC Nears a Finding On Violation by Comcast
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple says, “Want to hack iPhones for a living?”  —  Are you tired of seeing all your hard iPhone hacking work go unappreciated?  Do you long for a chance to work for Apple while still poking around for flaws in the iPhone OS?  Wait no longer, intrepid code ninja, for Apple may have just the job for you.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft tries to one-up Google PageRank  —  Though a distant third place to Google, Microsoft thinks it can teach its rival a thing or two about searching the Internet.  —  A big part of Google's rise to search engine leadership was an algorithm called PageRank that assesses …
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Ethan / OnoTech:   CNET on BrowseRank: An informative article with a nonsensical premise
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
WiMAX phobia?  AT&T tries to block Clearwire/Xohm merger  —  The proposed merger of Sprint's WiMAX Xohm subsidiary with Clearwire has the potential to be a hugely positive move.  The new company pledges support for an open network, wholesale access, 6Mbps speeds, and good coverage.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Promotes “The Dark Knight” Leak  —  The Pirate Bay is messing with Hollywood again, as they've put up a new logo which links to pirated copies of the blockbuster movie “The Dark Knight”.  Although Warner did all it can to protect the film from leaking, a Cam version leaked onto BitTorrent sites soon after it premiered.
Discussion: Slyck and Digg
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
How to Save Local Newspapers: Cellphones  —  Verve' Wireless's mission is to save the local paper by making it mobile.  It provides publishers with the technology to create mobile Web sites, so readers can read the paper on their cell phones.  Verve or the newspaper then sell ads on those sites.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and paidContent.org
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Symbian open-source strategy explained at OSCON  —  Nokia made waves in the open-source software community last month when it announced plans to liberate the Symbian code base.  Symbian currently holds the dominant position in the European markets and has traditionally been a highly-proprietary …
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Taylor Singletary / The LinkedIn Blog:
Xobni and LexisNexis integrate with LinkedIn  —  The LinkedIn Intelligent Application Platform is all about surfacing LinkedIn where you need and want it most.  Writing or reading an email?  LinkedIn should be there, providing context between you and your contacts.
 
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David Barboza / New York Times:
China Surpasses U.S. in Number of Internet Users
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Austin Modine / The Register:
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Software Group Weighs Piracy Lawsuit Against EBay
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Ballmer's Catch-22 Problem With Search Ads
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Redlasso Shuts Down In Response To Fox/NBC Lawsuit
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World's biggest ISPs drag feet on critical DNS patch