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12:30 PM ET, July 2, 2007

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Yahoo!:
Yahoo!'s New ''SmartAds'' Meld Brand and Direct Response Advertising  —  Innovative, Patent-Pending Ad Delivery Platform Allows Marketers to Present Highly Targeted Online Display Ads in Real Time to Match a User's Distinctive, Expressed Interests  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jul 02, 2007 …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo launches customizable ad tool  —  Yahoo just upped the ante in the display advertising space.  —  On Monday the Web giant launched a new display advertising product called SmartAds, which allows marketers to offer ads that are customized according to the Web surfer's age, gender, location and online activities.
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Yahoo Ads Get Personal: NOT Google Radio Ads  —  Yahoo ads are getting personal.  How about Google?  CEO Eric Schimdt has a personal advertising "fantasy."  —  Personalized radio advertising, as imagined by Schmidt one year ago: While driving past a clothing store, a radio ad should remind Eric …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable!
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Yahoo's New SmartAds Product Aims to Ease Creative Production
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Universal in Dispute With Apple Over iTunes  —  Steven P. Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple, is an emerging force in the mobile phone business, thanks to the snaking lines of gadget fans who queued up last week to buy the iPhone.  But now he faces a headache in an industry Apple already dominates — digital music.
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Universal Music declines long-term iTunes deal: source
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
Universal and Apple get Ugly
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Breaking: UMG Will Not Renew iTunes Contract
Discussion: Gadgetell and Texas Startup Blog
CNNMoney.com:
iPhone sales said to hit half-million  —  New Apple device lives up to the hype, though some buyers have activation woes; availability mixed at Apple Stores heading into new week.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Opening weekend sales of iPhones may have reached 500,000, according to an analyst's estimate …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Piper Jaffray: 500,000 iPhones sold over the weekend  —  Apple sold around half a million iPhones the first weekend the device went on sale, one analyst firm has estimated.  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster released a report Sunday night estimating that Apple sold about 500,000 units …
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple May Have Sold 500,000 IPhones, Beating Estimate
Discussion: Epicenter and iLounge
Ed Hardy / Brighthand.com Handheld News and Reviews:
"Palm OS II" Pushed Back to 2008  —  In May of this year, Palm, Inc. announced that it is developing its own operating system that will be based on Linux, but also include important parts of the Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS Garnet).  —  At that time, the company said that the first devices running …
Washington Post:
Calling In Pros to Refine Your Google Image  —  At the height of the cyber-abuse, Sue Scheff, a consultant to parents of troubled teens, would type her name in a Google search box and brace herself: Up would pop page after page of attack postings. … The stream of negative comments began …
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
A Web Cadre Turns the Tables on African Scam Artists  —  Ever been tempted to respond to that e-mail message offering untold millions from the relatives of a deposed African dictator?  —  For some, replying to such Internet scams is a rewarding hobby.  They call themselves scam-baiters …
Discussion: TechWag
John Leyden / The Register:
Senior execs targeted in 'precision' malware attacks  —  Spear phishers prey on friends and family of top managers  —  Hackers are targeting senior managers of large firms - along with members of their families - in a new wave of highly-focused email attacks.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Computerworld
Brad Stone / New York Times:
In a Bid for Dow Jones, an Entrepreneur Again Finds Murdoch as Rival  —  In the continuing saga of Rupert Murdoch's quest for Dow Jones & Company, perhaps the strangest turn is the rival offer from Brad Greenspan, a former chief executive of Intermix Media, the onetime parent company of the social networking service MySpace.
Reuters:
Local.com shares soar after mobile local search patent win  —  BANGALORE, July 2 (Reuters) - Shares of Local.com (LOCM.O: Quote, Profile, Research) rose 52 percent, after the Web search services provider said it received a patent for mobile local search.  —  The Irvine, California-based company …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
Google apologises for Sicko outburst  —  A la Ferret Blog ye not  —  THE LATEST TWIST in Google's do-no-evil saga reflects a growing uncertainty about the direction Silicon Valley's biggest startup is taking.  —  The public and press perception of the company is now heading towards …
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Tracy Erickson / Sony PSP, Nintendo DS …:
Exclusive: Nokia goes multi-format with secret next-gen N-Gage title  —  Phone meet PC, PC meet phone  —  Product:  —  Developer:  —  Publisher:  —  Millions of game-capable handsets aren't enough for Nokia.  The Finnish company, which holds approximately a third of the world's mobile market share …
 
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