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3:30 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
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
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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 …
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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 …
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.
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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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.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Sony cuts price on new Blu-ray player  —  NEW YORK - With dominance of the market for high-definition movie discs still up in the air, Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). said Monday it is including a small surprise with the new Blu-ray disc player it is shipping this week: a price tag $100 lower than previously announced.
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BBC:
Sony price cut for Blu-ray player
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
YouTube, Hearst-Argyle agree local TV deal
Discussion: Daily Feed
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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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 …
Discussion: Valleywag and TechFold
New York Times:
Specialized Software Maker Is Said to Be in Buyout Talks  —  Cadence Design Systems, one of the largest makers of the software used to design computer chips, is in talks with at least two buyout firms about a possible sale of the company, two people close to the matter said yesterday.
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.
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell XPS m1330 performance ultraportable revealed  —  We've got the scoop on some early marketing materials / renders for Dell XPS m1330, and we have to say, this is as impressed as we've ever been with a Dell laptop.  Check it out:  — 13.3-inch screen, configurable with LED backlight!
 
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
AdSense is Coming to Google Maps
Paul Farhi / American Journalism Review:
Rolling the Dice  —  Media companies have high hopes …
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Search is history, says Yahoo!
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Tom Hume:
Launching US Ghosty
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Discussion: TeleRead
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Rocketboom Sponsorship Launch
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