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Microsoft Kumo Screenshots (Yawn)

“Kumo” it is–at least for the internal beta test.  We’ll withhold the Bronx cheer for the name (Better than Windows HotLive Search or whatever the current branding is, but hardly blows our socks off).  More importantly, the search interface looks just like…a search interface. 
Microsoft Kumo Screenshots (Yawn)
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Our Excerpting Policy

Standards about “fair” excerpting of online content are still evolving, and different sites have different policies.  Recent high-profile cases like GateHouse suing the New York Times and the Chicago Reader blasting Huffington Post have brought the issue front and centre.  (Brian Stelter discusses the issue in today’s New York Times.)
Our Excerpting Policy
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How Facebook Blew The Twitter Takeover

Spencer Ante at BusinessWeek gets some additional colour on why Facebook’s play for Twitter failed.  Something about Facebook trying to pretend that Facebook’s stock was worth twice what the market said it was worth:
How Facebook Blew The Twitter Takeover
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Super Bowl Ad Jacked Hulu’s Traffic 50%

Recently I interviewed Jason Kilar, CEO of the very hot (and very unusual) video start up Hulu. (If you want more on what Hulu is, check out his introduction of it at our CM Summit last June). Hulu is funded by NBC and Fox, and Jason comes from Amazon, and […]
Super Bowl Ad Jacked Hulu’s Traffic 50%
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Can We Have A Carol Bartz For eBay, Please?

New Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz is already shaking up the place.  She’s fired up the troops.  She’s fired up the media.  She’s whacked hideous bureaucracy.  She’s emphasised the need to make tough decisions quickly.  She’s focused on improving the product.
Can We Have A Carol Bartz For eBay, Please?
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IBM: We’re Still Committed To Virtual Worlds

Earlier this week, we wondered if the departure of IBM’s (IBM) “Metaverse Evangelist” means the company is scaling back its interest in virtual worlds and Second Life. We haven’t heard much from the group in months, which only added to our speculation.
IBM: We’re Still Committed To Virtual Worlds
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Surprise! Yahoo Outperforming Google

Remember November?  When every analyst on Wall Street had given up on Yahoo (YHOO) and the nabobs were certain that the stock was headed straight to $6?  Bet you’re glad you didn’t listen to those people.
Surprise! Yahoo Outperforming Google
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New AOL Platform-A Boss Greg Coleman Cleans House, Too

It was reorg day in Internet land.  Kara Swisher grabs the latest memo, from Greg Coleman at AOL.  (Greg Coleman, you’ll recall, used to be a Yahoo.  He was brought in about a month ago, and Lynda Clarizio was unceremoniously dumped).
New AOL Platform-A Boss Greg Coleman Cleans House, Too
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Twitter = YouTube

What? Is Battelle crazy? Hear me out. Think back when YouTube was growing like a weed, and Google snapped it up. Most folks (including me) saw this as Google “getting into the video business,” and sure, that in fact was one part of the equation. But as we all know, […]
Twitter = YouTube
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Citi.com Is Down!

A tipster tells us, and we have confirmed, the Citi.com is down, or at least it was at 4:36. Is this a sign of things to come?
Citi.com Is Down!
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Hey, Kindle 2 Users, You’re Stealing

Author Roy Blount, president of the Authors Guild, is outraged about Amazon’s Kindle 2: Its computer-generated voice is so good, Roy says, that it might put audiobooks out of business!  And Amazon isn’t paying publishers or authors for audio rights!
Hey, Kindle 2 Users, You’re Stealing
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Yahoo’s Top Mobile Exec Quits

Yahoo’s top mobile exec Marco Boerries will leave the company. The EVP for the Connected Device Division joined Yahoo with the acquisition of VerdiSoft in 2005.
Yahoo’s Top Mobile Exec Quits
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Better Business Bureau Gives Second Life An “F”

During my brief stint as a Second Life business reporter — there to track the growth of the virtual economy in the 2007 heyday — a lot of my stories centered on the fact that Second Life actually didn’t seem to be a very good place to do business at […]
Better Business Bureau Gives Second Life An “F”
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Gmail Goes Down, Again

Another major outage at Google’s (GOOG) Gmail overnight, with the service going down for about four hours.
Gmail Goes Down, Again
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Ballmer: No Office 14 This Year

Earlier this morning Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer and CFO Chris Liddell gave their annual mid-year “strategic update” to Wall Street (read SAI’s minute-by-minute coverage) and told analysts that Office 14 “will not be this year.”
Ballmer: No Office 14 This Year
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Google Sucking Wind In Europe, Estimates Cut

Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal cuts his Google (GOOG) estimates based on anecdotes of weakness at the London Search Engine Strategies conference.  We expect to see Google estimates continue to come down as analysts realise that the company will be hard pressed to grow revenue 11% in 2009 and 17% […]
Google Sucking Wind In Europe, Estimates Cut
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Virus That Downed French Air Force Still At Large, Upgraded With New Attacks

OK, we got some cheap laughs when we learned a Windows virus called ‘Conficker’ penetrated French military networks and grounded the French Air Force. Then last week when Microsoft (MSFT) declared it was offering a $250,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the masterminds behind Conficker, we assumed the […]
Virus That Downed French Air Force Still At Large, Upgraded With New Attacks
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Ph.D: Social Networks Increase Risk Of Cancer And Dementia

In Biologist, the journal of the Institute of Biology, a Dr. Aric Sigman says that because they isolate us and prevent face-to-face interaction, use of social networks like Facebook and MySpace can lead to increased risk of cancer, strokes, heart disease, and dementia.
Ph.D: Social Networks Increase Risk Of Cancer And Dementia
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HP Implements Across-The-Board Pay Cuts

How can a troubled corp save money? Well, it can force unpaid time off on employees, like Cisco (CSCO) or Dell (DELL). There’s the mass layoff option, happening at too many companies to list, most notably Microsoft (MSFT).
HP Implements Across-The-Board Pay Cuts
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Google Vows No Settlements With Patent Trolls

How to do you beat off a patent troll? You can post a $50,000 reward for anyone who can help your prove your case. Or you can band together with industry partners and start an open-source IP repository a la IBM’s (IBM) “Linux Defenders.”
Google Vows No Settlements With Patent Trolls
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Will Obama Break Up Google?

Obama’s pick to head the Justice Department’s antitrust unit, Christine Varney, believes that Google has a monopoly in search and will soon have a monopoly in cloud computing and that the government should act aggressively to prevent monopolies.  So will she try to break Google up?
Will Obama Break Up Google?
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Yahoo Search Share Rises Again… And Google Falls!

Last month we reported a potentially important change in search-market share trends: After years of steady decline, Yahoo’s domestic share numbers (YHOO) had increased for five months in a row.  Well, the good news continued in January, with Yahoo’s share jumping a half-point to 21%, per comScore.
Yahoo Search Share Rises Again… And Google Falls!
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Google May Dump MySpace Search Deal

Barclay’s analyst Doug Anmuth thinks Google is considering ditching its disappointing $900 million search-monetization deal with MySpace.  If so, good riddance.  Google has had a devil of a time making the deal work economically, and there’s no need to throw good money after bad.
Google May Dump MySpace Search Deal