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2:20 PM ET, June 4, 2007

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Protection from Adware, Spam, Viruses, Online Scams:
The State of Search Engine Safety … Key Findings  —  Overall, 4.0% of search results link to risky Web sites, which marks an improvement from 5.0% in May 2006.  Dangerous sites are found in search results of all 5 of the top US search engines (representing 93% of all search engine use).
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Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Online tunes are more risky than Web porn  —  About 9% of adult sites produce spyware, adware or spam, compared with 19% of digital music sites found in a study by McAfee.  —  Whatever threat online pornography might pose to society's morals, online music might pose a bigger threat to society's computers.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and JD on EP
Neil J. Rubenking / PC Magazine:
McAfee Reports Drop in Malicious Search Results
Discussion: p2pnet and ITWire
Jeremy Guscott / Times of London:
Bono and Rubinstein plan to shake Palm  —  Palm sells 25 per cent stake to Bono's Elevation Partners and invites key former iPod chief to shake up the Treo maker  —  Palm has sold a 25 per cent stake to a private equity partner in a move that will bring two key former Apple executives …
Discussion: PC World: Techlog
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New York Times:
Palm Is Said to Sell Stake to Equity Firm in Revamping
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm sells 25% stake to Bono and former Apple execs
Think Secret:
With iPhone launch date out, other details emerge  —  A trio of iPhone television commercials Sunday night delivered the news many have been waiting for: June 29.  That's the day that customers will be able to take home an Apple iPhone.  —  Just weeks ago, Apple had been targeting …
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BBC:
Launch date for iPhone revealed  —  Apple has confirmed that its much-anticipated iPhone product will launch on 29 June in the US.  —  The date was given in a series of TV adverts broadcast on Sunday, and was later confirmed by a spokesman for the California-based company.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Yahoo opens Panama search ad platform  —  Yahoo announced Monday that its Panama search advertising platform is now open to third parties.  —  Under Panama, which was launched in February, sponsored search results are based on items such as relevancy and not just on the advertiser's bid price.
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
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PR Newswire:
Yahoo! Opens Access to Search Marketing Platform APIs  —  Dedicated third-party partner services and free, open access to Yahoo!'s "Panama" advertising platform technology will drive further growth and innovation in digital advertising  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 4, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Land
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft teams with Linux distributor Xandros  —  Microsoft and Linux distributor Xandros announced on Monday a technical and legal collaboration, the latest step in the software giant's ongoing program to partner with open-source companies.  —  Over the next five years, the two companies said …
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone details a plenty  —  Now that we all know when the iPhone is dropping, some further details about Apple's upcoming wireless Coup de'Tat are in order.  Here's a short rundown for your viewing pleasure:  —  1. The iPhone will interact with your Mac through iPhoto and iTunes …
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Some VERY Interesting iPhone Developments
Discussion: I4U News and digg
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09  —  Because of Truemors, I've learned a lot about launching a company in these "Web 2.0" times.  Here's quick overview "by the numbers."  — 0. I wrote 0 business plans for it.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
A Start-Up's Risky Niche: Movie-Based Videogames  —  LOS ANGELES — For decades, videogame companies have drawn inspiration from Hollywood, borrowing movie characters, settings and story lines for game titles.  But the results have been decidedly mixed, leading to a checkered reputation …
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BBC:
Sony price cut for Blu-ray player  —  Sony has cut $100 (£50) off the price of its new next-generation DVD player as it tries to get ahead in the market.  —  The BDP-S300 now costs $499 - half what the firm's first Blu-ray player cost at its launch six months ago.
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft: Silicon Valley Team Building Stealth Search Engine  —  Microsoft has gathered a team of twenty or more "rock star" developers who've been tasked at building their next generation search engine, a source has told us.  The team, which supposedly came together recently …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Details Dynamic IT Strategy at Tech  •Ed 2007  —  Bob Muglia demonstrates new technology innovations designed to help IT professionals and developers evolve their organizations.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — June 4, 2007 — Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business …
The Smoking Gun:
Google As Terror Tool?  —  One of the plotters behind the alleged scheme to explode gas pipelines at John F. Kennedy airport directed his co-conspirators to use Google Earth to obtain detailed aerial photos of the targeted facility.  In a federal criminal complaint, an excerpt from which you'll find below …
Drew / Dembot:
Rocketboom Sponsorship Launch  —  Tomorrow on Monday we will be launching a new sponsorship model on Rocketboom!  —  Just over a year ago, we ran out money for Rocketboom. … The plan had materialized months prior but I never wanted to take the risk.  I certainly was into the excitement, but what if no one bid?
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
N.Y.-based IAC to open Bay Area venture  —  FIRM'S STYLE ALARMS SOME AREA START-UPS  —  IAC/InterActive Corp., the New York-based media and e-commerce conglomerate run by former Hollywood mogul Barry Diller, already has pieced together an empire of dozens of Web properties …
 
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Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Microsoft unveils integrated security
Tom Hume:
Launching US Ghosty
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Asustek previews Net radio, overclocking laptop
Discussion: Engadget
Datamonitor / Computer Business Review:
FSF says GPLv3 means Microsoft patent protection for all
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Removing The Login Barrier
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell XPS m1330 performance ultraportable revealed
Discussion: DailyTech and Ministry of Tech
Andy Abramson / Working Anywhere:
What A Global Nomad Wants In A Hotel To Work Anywhere
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Brits Drop 850,000 Phones Down the Toilet - Each Year
 Earlier Items: 
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe brings Flash to LiveCycle enterprise server
Discussion: JD on EP and Ryan Stewart
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Waxing Philosophical, Booksellers Face the Digital
Discussion: TeleRead
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Amazon Comes to Twitter
Telegraph:
Baidu bowls Google a fastball
Discussion: Network World, WebProNews and 901am
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Desperate Botnet Battlers Call for an Internet Driver's License
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The better iPhone: Nokia N95?