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Newswatch 3.24.08: Sun shines light on chips

Small fish don't like GOOG's new search feature. Google for "new york times" and you'll get a second search box as part of your results. Searching in this field lets you search just within the Times. The same goes for other large companies like Best Buy. That is pissing off smaller companies, who say Google is using the brands to sell advertising. (NYT)

Sun's laser breakthrough. The rapidly approaching limit to Moore's Law could be blown away by a new approach to connecting chips. Rather than using tiny wires, Sun is researching a process to use laser beams instead. Sun researcher: "We expect a 50 percent chance of failure, but if we win we can have as much as a thousand times increase in performance." (NYT)

Top sites say no to networks. ESPN.com and other premium sites are starting to realize that ad networks suck off value from their brands. They're paying attention to Harris Millard's warning against selling off Web inventory like "pork bellies." (MediaWeek.)

NetSols shuts down anti-Islam film site. Network Solutions has blocked the site for a soon-to-be-released film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders that attacks Islam. NS spokeswoman: "In this situation with the dialogue that’s happening throughout the world we’ve made the choice to suspend the site as of last night." (a href="http://government.zdnet.com/?p=3730">ZDNet)

MSFT investigates Word hack. The risk is limited because users have to go through several steps for the hack to be successful. (News.com)