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4:30 PM ET, July 25, 2008

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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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google finds the web has over 1 trillion unique URLs  —  1,000,000,000,000.  That's how many URLs Google has found on the web.  Obviously, that's a huge number and it's even more impressive considering that it is only unique URLs — to get to the number, Google removed all pages that have multiple URLs with the same content.
Discussion: Profy.Com
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 …
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Android, Symbian Expected To Become One OS  —  Analyst J. Gold Associates said the merger of the two mobile operating systems will begin within three to six months.  —  Nokia-owned Symbian and Google-created Android are destined to be combined to provide a single open source operating system …
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Is For The Masses, iPhone For The Rich  —  Our network blog last100 has an interesting interview with Nicolas Gramlich, founder of anddev.org - an online community for Android developers.  As editor Steve O'Hear notes in his intro, there have been issues with Google's mobile OS of late …
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 …
Discussion: eWeek
Wired News:
Celebrity Meter  —  Are You Internet Famous?  Use the Wired Celebrity Meter to find out how big a deal you really are.  Our algorithm will dig through your personal pages to find out how many fans are following your online exploits.  —  How it Works (short version) The Celebrity Meter scans URLs and scores internet fame based on:
Dan Goodin / The Register:
World's biggest ISPs drag feet on critical DNS patch  —  BT, AT&T among those putting subscribers at risk  —  More than two weeks after security researchers warned of a critical defect in the net's address lookup system, some of the world's biggest internet service providers - including AT&T …
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
How OpenDNS, PowerDNS and MaraDNS remained unaffected by the DNS …
Discussion: DSLreports
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Connect Will Be Game-Changing...and Dangerous  —  With the news coming out of F8 this week, it was hard to not get caught up in the enthusiasm for Facebook Connect, the new authentication methodology which will allow you to login to third-party web sites using your Facebook ID and port your friend graph from Facebook with you.
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Dick / Identity 2.0:   Passport vs OpenID vs Facebook Connect
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Bomb Blasts Hit India's IT City Bangalore  —  Updated at the bottom: Over the past few years, the quaint and sleepy town of Bangalore has been transformed into a highly compressed version of Silicon Valley, only with worse housing and transportation problems.
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Neha Singh / Reuters:
Eight small blasts hit Indian IT city of Bangalore
Discussion: Between the Lines
Dianne See Morrison / paidContent.org:
Italian Prosecutors To Charge Google Execs Over Third-Party Content  —  Four Google (NSDQ: GOOG) executives may be standing trial over failing to adequately monitor third-party content posted to their Italian language site.  Italian prosecutors are preparing to file charges in a two-year old case …
Discussion: eWeek, Beyond Search and Startup Meme
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Alessandra Galloni / Wall Street Journal:
Italy Is to File Charges Against Google Executives
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Techdirt
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.
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Doom'ing The iPhone  —  While he's best known for creating graphics engines that push systems to their limits, game designer John Carmack is spending a lot of time with mobile gaming these days.  —  The co-founder of id Software is considered one of the creators of the first-person shooter genre …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Redlasso Shuts Down In Response To Fox/NBC Lawsuit  —  Redlasso, the video site that allows bloggers to post clips of television content, has shut down its beta in response to a recently filed lawsuit by Hulu-backers Fox and NBC.  —  In May, Fox, CBS and NBC issued Cease and Desist notices …
Daniel AJ Sokolov / heise Security UK:
Speculation over back door in Skype  —  According to reports, there may be a back door built into Skype, which allows connections to be bugged.  The company has declined to expressly deny the allegations.  At a meeting with representatives of ISPs and the Austrian regulator on lawful interception …
Discussion: The Register, Memex 1.1, open and Zero Day
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold browser video walk through  —  Apparently the BlackBerry Bold browser walk through wasn't enough to hold you guys over... we've been getting a flood of emails from y'all wanting some video hotness, and who are we to disappoint?  We have to warn you though, it's not organized that well, but you should get the jist of it.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Users can automatically encrypt Gmail connection  —  Update 12:35 p.m. PDT: I clarified this post to reflect the fact that this involves encryption only between a user's browser and Gmail's servers.  —  Gmail now can be set to encrypt communications between a browser and Google's servers by default …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Verizon to Launch FiOS TV in NYC on Monday
Brad Flora / The Windy Citizen Full Feed:
Digg.com Chicago Town Hall Wrap-Up: Developing sub-Diggs …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Valleywag and Digg
Daniel McDonald / The Union Recorder:
Wireless city steps closer
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to sponsor the Apache Software Foundation
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft Moves on from Yahoo Again; Talks Internal Search Innovation
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Squarespace Launches Better Web Publishing Software, Takes On WordPress, SixApart
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Who is to blame for MobileMe?  —  Steve Jobs is not a manager …
Nate Westheimer / innonate:
Open Sourcing BricaBox
 Earlier Items: 
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
Generation Text: Emailing on the Go Sends Some Users Into Harm's Way
Discussion: textually.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Power Upcoming MySpace Music Downloads
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Would Ray Ozzie Take On(line) for the Microsoft Team?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft finalizes Windows XP for OLPC laptops
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple releases iPhone 2.1 beta to registered developers only
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
Google's Begun Growing Very Fast
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!