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3:50 PM ET, June 4, 2007

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McAfee SiteAdvisor:
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
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 …
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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: InfoWorld and rexduffdixon.com
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 and HipMojo.com
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Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Palm to add former Apple CFO, iPod head to board
Discussion: MacUser and O'Grady's PowerPage
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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 …
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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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
YouTube, Hearst-Argyle agree local TV deal
Discussion: Daily Feed
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Telegraph:
Baidu bowls Google a fastball  —  Baidu.com, China's largest internet search engine, is understood to be planning to take on Google by expanding into Europe.  —  Baidu.com, China's largest internet search engine, is understood to be planning to take on Google by expanding into Europe.
Discussion: Network World, WebProNews and 901am
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Search is history, says Yahoo!  —  The company says personalisation is now more important than search, in what some have seen as an admission that it can't compete with Google  —  Yahoo!, one of the two names most synonymous with search on the internet, has surprised Silicon Valley by suggesting …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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.
Datamonitor / Computer Business Review:
FSF says GPLv3 means Microsoft patent protection for all  —  Microsoft's covenant not to sue users of Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise will be extended to all General Public License v3 users as soon as Novell includes GPLv3 code within its Linux distribution, according to the Free Software Foundation.
 
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Paul Farhi / American Journalism Review:
Rolling the Dice  —  Media companies have high hopes …
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Tom Hume:
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Waxing Philosophical, Booksellers Face the Digital
Discussion: TeleRead
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Rocketboom Sponsorship Launch
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