Miguel Helft / Bits:
Ask.com Revamps Search Engine — Ask.com has a record of coming up with interesting innovations that are often copied by others in the Internet search business. Yet those innovations have done little to help the company expand its share of the search audience.
Discussion: Technologizer, The Technology Chronicles and The Inquisitr
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Ask.com: A Search Engine in Search of Character
Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles: Overhaul (again) at Ask.com
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr: Ask.com revamp smells like Mahalo
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Ask.com, now with more answers — Ask.com is cleaning up its act a bit with the latest (the 11th, I'm told) major update of the search engine, which launches on Monday. — The biggest change is that Ask is parsing more data from various sources and displaying that in its search results.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal, PC World, Technologizer and paidContent.org
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World: Ask.com Upgrade to Add Improved Relevance, Speed
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: The New Ask.com: A Little Less Distinctive
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
So, you need a job? Man, do resumes suck — Since the economy is slowing down, I'm hearing of lots of you who are getting laid off and looking for jobs. Here's my experience on the other side of that — being someone who is trying to hire someone. — Fast Company TV is hiring an administrative assistant.
Discussion: Enterprise Irregulars
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
eBay-backed community site Tokoni leaves beta — Tokoni, a community site for “sharing stories,” has formally launched after nearly a year of public beta. It has taken investment backing from eBay as well as the auction giant's founder, Pierre Omidyar, and was founded by former eBay executive Mary Lou Song …
Discussion: The Technology Chronicles and Mashable!
Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles: Sharing stories on Tokoni
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Story-sharing site Tokoni makes blogging a little less lonely — Tokoni, a site where users can share their stories in the form of notes, photos and videos, is formally launching today. Think of it as a YouTube for stories, or as a broader version of medical support sites like Trusera and DailyStrength, but not limited to health.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Wordpress 2.7 is the Real Deal — For all the excitement about Wordpress 2.5 with its pretty new design, Wordpress didn't change all that much for me. — The layout was different, the design (provided by hot-shot consulting firm, Happy Cog) was a lot more user-friendly but Wordpress continued to be Wordpress.
Discussion: Weblog Tools Collection and CenterNetworks
Jeff Chandler / Weblog Tools Collection: WordPress Weekly Episode 23
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Matt Mullenweg Demo of Wordpress 2.7
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WordCamp NYC: Matt Mullenweg on the State of Wordpress (video) — Today in NYC WordCamp was held at the Sun Microsystems HQ. A big thanks to Jonathan Dingman for organizing everything... having been to many “camps”, this one was better organized than most.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Streamed Its Billionth Song “A Few Days” After Launch — It took iTunes nearly three years to get to 1 billion song downloads. MySpace Music streamed a billion songs in just a few days after it launched on September 25. And while this isn't a fair comparison …
Justin Montgomery / TECH.BLORGE.com: MySpace Music streams over a billion tracks in a few short days
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Chrome: One Month Later — Earlier this week, Profy.com's Svetlana Gladkova sent an email reminding me that Google's Chrome Browser was one month old. How time flies, and how quickly we forget: or at least I did. After my initial few posts and thoughts, Google Chrome has fallen off …
Discussion: Matt Cutts, Regular Geek, Changing Way and Tim Anderson's ITWriting
Lessons from the failure of Livejournal: when NOT to listen to your users — facebook, livejournal, social networks, web2.0 … In the last couple of months, there have been multiple developments that seem to indicate that the combination of a blogging platform/commenting system …
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Where and How am I Investing in Early-Stage Today? — Much has been written recently about VC and start-up angst in the wake to today's - and likely tomorrow's - poor market conditions. Some analysts, myself included, see this malaise possibly lasting well into the next decade.
David Smith / Guardian:
‘Intelligent’ computers put to the test' — Programmers try to fool human interrogators — Can machines think? That was the question posed by the great mathematician Alan Turing. Half a century later six computers are about to converse with human interrogators in an experiment that will attempt to prove that the answer is yes.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Lockergnome Blog Network
Justin Montgomery / TECH.BLORGE.com: Computers can finally “think” for themselves, or can they?