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 by John Moe // Posted: 09/08/10 06:06 PM

Because clicking something is a real pain. You’ll never get that 1/5th of a second back. You could have been using that time to volunteer in your community.

Google debuted a new thingie today: Google Instant. Go to Google.com and if you have a current browser and are logged in to your Google account, you can see instant results as you type. They appear below what you’re typing as you type it.

Xeni at Boing Boing suggests someone write a list for what each letter wants to point you to.

Here’s what I got:

A - Amazon

B - Best Buy

C - Craigslist

D - Dictionary

E - Ebay

F - Facebook

G - Gmail (not Google? Well, I suppose if they’re already there.)

H - Hotmail

I - Ikea

J - Jimmy John’s (seems a bit Minnesota-centric, that result)

K - Kare 11 (sure enough!)

L - Lowe’s

M - Mapquest

N - Netflix

O - Orbitz

P - Pandora

Q - Qwest

R - REI

S - Star Tribune (Minnesota again)

T - Target

U - USPS (really?)

V - Valleyfair (local amusement park)

W - Weather

X - Xcel Energy

Y - YouTube

Z - Zappos

Here’s Wired’s coverage.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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