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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Microsoft Expected to Debut Updated Search Engine at D: All Things Digital  —  The long-awaited upgrade to Microsoft's search engine will soon make its debut.  —  Sources with knowledge of the situation said the company is expected to demonstrate it at our D: All Things Digital conference next week.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Forget Kumo — Will Microsoft's New Search Engine Launch Soon As Bing?  —  It's not long now.  Microsoft's new search engine has been widely expected to launch soon, and now it appears likely to happen within the next week or two.  And might Bing be the new name?
Thanks:atul
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo: We're Moving From Web Of Pages To Web Of Objects  —  Yahoo held a search event today in San Francisco at which the company connected the dots among a number of search initiatives that it has rolled out over the past couple of years: Search Assist, BOSS, Search Monkey, Search Pad and oneSearch.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Search, As We Know It, Is Over  —  Earlier today, we were at Yahoo's “End of the 10 Blue Links” event.  Basically, it was their state of search gathering, similar to the “Searchology” event that Google had last week.  But there was a key difference, as anyone who was following along …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook CEO says IPO a few years out  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to eventually take his company public but said it won't be for a few years, and stressed that the world's largest online social network is in no immediate need of capital.
Discussion: All Facebook
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Movie fans to get a TV-friendly Netflix experience on Windows Media Center  —  Microsoft is announcing today that its Windows Media Center can now show more than 12,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix's library of online video rentals.  —  The videos are now available to watch instantly …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
What Larry Page thinks about Twitter  —  I just asked Larry Page what he thought about Twitter here is what Larry answered:  —  “I have always thought we needed to index the web every second to allow real time search.  At first, my team laughed and did not believe me.  Now they know they have to do it.
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Larry Page: Twitter made Google focus on Realtime Search
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Automatic message translation  —  Back in the early days of human existence, before language had fully developed, our caveman ancestors probably did a lot of grunting.  Language, and thus life, were pretty simple: watch out for that saber-toothed tiger ("Blorg!  AIYA!!!")
Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
Latest round of Reader improvements  —  The Google Reader team has just finished releasing a new version of Reader with a bunch of small changes and tweaks that we thought you'd like to know about.  —  If you've added enough friends in Reader that you're feeling overwhelmed, we're here to help.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Mashable! and louisgray.com, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP's earnings offer some evidence that downturn has run its course  —  Hurt just a little by the downturn, Hewlett Packard hit its expected financial targets as it reported net income fell 17 percent to $1.7 billion for the second fiscal quarter ended April 30.
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Groklaw NewsPicks:
Terms of Use: A Real Difference Between Wolfram|Alpha and Google  —  Google and Wolfram|Alpha are providing utterly different services, and as you might expect, that means the terms of use are also utterly different.  —  Wolfram's Terms of Use are not at all what I would expect from a search engine …
Discussion: InformationWeek, Slashdot and Guardian
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android Donut Interface Makes Us Forget All About Palm Pre  —  Palm what?  A better look Android “Donut” build for the HTC Hero shows us just how buttery smooth and slick Android can be, and it's incredible.  —  The widgets have the tang of HTC—if you've used a Touch Diamond or Pro …
Darren Waters / BBC:
Wiping data ‘hits flu prediction’  —  Forcing Google to delete user data after six months could dent its ability to predict pandemics such as swine flu, said the search giant's co-founder.  —  Larry Page said he thought more debate was needed around the issue of storing user data.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
We must ensure ISPs don't stop the next Google getting out of the garage  —  Allowing ISPs to have too much would drastically hinder the chances of fresh new startups developing into major businesses - as happened with Google  —  If politicians want to effect economic recovery …
Discussion: broadstuff
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Elemental Shakes Up Video Servers With Parallel Processing  —  Elemental Technologies — aka the smart young startup in Portland that makes video processing better by doing it in parallel — is beta-releasing a video encoding and transcoding server.  —  In the last year, Elemental has put GPUs …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel previews Atom ‘Pineview’ chip, Linux OS  —  On Tuesday, Intel released information on its next-generation Atom silicon and the next version of its Linux operating system for Netbooks.  —  Noury Al-Khaledy, general manager of Nettop and Netbook Computing at Intel …
Rob / Apple iPhone Apps:
Source Reveals Specs And Release Date of Next iPhone!  —  Recently we were approached by a source who is closely connected to Apple's hardware development team.  The source was willing to provide detailed information on the specs and release date of the next generation iPhone.
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple patents all-seeing display  —  Here's looking at you, kid  —  Free whitepaper - Empowerment as a growth strategy  —  Apple was granted a flurry of patents today, including one that describes a flat-panel display that doubles as a camera.  —  More on that “Integrated sensing display” in a moment.
Discussion: MacNN, Thanks:sinkercat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Financial Exposure: Rudder Inadvertently Shows Users Each Other's Bank Account Info  —  Hundreds of people who use personal financial monitoring service Rudder woke up this morning to find that their personal bank account, credit card, and other financial data was exposed to other users.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Google Threatened With Sanctions Over Photo Mapping Service in Germany  —  BERLIN — A German data protection official on Tuesday threatened Google, the world's largest search company, with “unspecified sanctions” if the company did not change its Street View panoramic photo mapping service …
Washington Wire:
Obama's CTO Nominee Offers Some Thoughts  —  Amy Schatz reports on the FCC and tech policy.  —  President Barack Obama's pick to be the nation's first chief technology officer, Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra, made his first public remarks on what he'd do in the new post during a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Second Life generates 15 billion minutes in web voice calls  —  When you think of phone companies, Linden Lab's Second Life virtual world doesn't come to mind.  But the company is announcing today that its users have used its web-voice calling feature to talk to each other for a total …
internetnews.com:
Gumblar: Biggest Threat on the Web Today?  —  A new trojan has grown quickly, and experts aren't mincing words in describing the danger.  —  A new worm is propagating across the Web, and a growing chorus security experts are warning that the Gumblar worm might be the biggest danger now facing the Net.
Discussion: The Register and PC World
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Vish Makhijani Leaves Operating Role At Yandex, Moves To Zynga  —  Yandex Labs CEO Vish Makhijani, a former Yahoo executive, will be leaving his operational role at the company, we've learned, and will be taking a new “senior operating role” at fast growing Zynga.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Wall Street Journal:
Who Owns Your Name on Twitter?  —  Social networks can be friendly places, but they are not democracies.  Nor are they free markets.  They are authoritarian regimes with whimsical and arbitrary rules.  —  Nowhere is this fact more evident than in the doling out of domain names.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
RoamBi iPhone app makes data uberpretty  —  A data report-reader may not seem like the most exciting candidate for an iPhone app, but if you're working in the field—or are even just a numbers nut—the new RoamBi app will catch your eye.  —  RoamBi (short for 'roaming business intelligence') …
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Macworld
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Bill Keller's Best Frenemy  —  “Google is one of those companies that we generally refer to as a frenemy,” said New York Times executive editor Bill Keller at his semi-annual newsroom question-and-answer session, informally called Throw Stuff at Bill.  —  Google has been a popular whipping boy these days.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Next up for France: police keyloggers and Web censorship  —  Having just passed its super-controversial Création et Internet “graduated response” law, you might think the French government would take at least a brief break from riling up the “internautes.”
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Google Earth Blog:
Fantastic Free Google Earth Game: Ships  —  PlanetInAction.com has released the first version of a fantastic free simulation game which leverages the browser-based Google Earth plugin as the primary graphics engine.  The game is called “Ships” and lets you take the helm on ships - barges …
 
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Internet data heads for 500bn gigabytes
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Ordered To Pay $1.6 Million To ASCAP
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Has Social Gaming Peaked On Facebook?
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Record Labels Increase Legal Pressure on Pirate Bay
Discussion: Threat Level, p2pnet and digg.com
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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
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