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Search Engine Land’s Q&A with Google SearchWiki Engineers

Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land talked with engineers working on Google's oddly pointless SearchWiki feature. The upshot? "Google knows best."

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Don’t Run a MacBook or MacBook Pro Without a Battery

If you were considering running your MacBook or MacBook Pro without a battery, think again. Aside from the obvious problem of causing a power interruption by bumping the easily dislodged MagSafe connector, Gearlog reports that running without a battery significantly hurts performance.

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iPhone 2.2 Software Released

Apple has made its 2.2 update to the iPhone software available via the desktop iTunes update mechanism. The new version adds direct podcast download within the iPhone iTunes application, Google Street Views, and other improvements.

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Latest Mac Virus, OSX_LAMZEV.A, Requires Manual Installation

We imagine it's still a virus even though a user has to be naive enough to download the program and install it. The virus opens a backdoor, but it's lazy enough to ask the user to select the incoming port over which the backdoor is available. Virus writers these days! Trend Micro has more details.

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Zune Subscription Now Lets Users Keep 10 Songs per Month

Microsoft's latest update to its Zune player now allows users who subscribe to the $14.99-per-month Zune Pass to keep 10 songs per month from certain labels. The music labels continue to punish Apple by giving others - now including Microsoft - DRM-free music. Read all about it in Microsoft's press release.

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The Black Art of PDF Compression

In the course of publishing Take Control ebooks, Adam has learned way more about PDF compression than he ever wanted to know, and he shares the most important lessons in this Macworld article.

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Real Dan Lyons Shuts Down, Too

Sad news. The Associated Press reports that the writer behind the now-shuttered Fake Steve Jobs site, Dan Lyons, has pulled his own Real Dan Lyons blog as a result of perhaps too much honesty about Yahoo's press team and the Wall Street Journal's Kara Swisher; that didn't sit well with his current employer, Newsweek.