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4:50 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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Louise Story / New York Times:
Online Customized Ads Move a Step Closer  —  Yahoo will announce new tools for online advertising today that could pull the company ahead in the race for what is called "behavioral targeting," that is, the ability to better tailor online advertisements to the people most likely to buy.
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Yahoo Ads Get Personal: NOT Google Radio Ads
Barryg / Announcements:
Update on the Windows Ultimate Extras  —  When we launched Windows Vista in January 2007, we identified Windows Ultimate Extras as a unique series of add-ons that would be available to Windows Vista Ultimate customers.  To date, we have released four sets of Extras - Windows Hold'Em …
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:   Windows Ultimate team provides an update on Extras
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:   Microsoft says more Vista Ultimate add-ons are in the pipeline
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Ellison's NetSuite Headed for IPO  —  Oracle's chief executive plans to take his accounting software company public in a September auction.  Critics worry about his role  —  Make way for Larry Ellison's other company.  NetSuite, begun in 1998 with a slice of the personal fortune of the Oracle …
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Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
NetSuite Decides To Go Dutch For Date With Public Market  —  The concept of Dutch auction IPOs has been around for some time, but despite its promise of being fairer to investors, the concept hasn't really gained much traction on Wall Street.  Without a doubt, Google's IPO is the most prominent company …
Discussion: alarm:clock and The Register
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NetSuite preps long awaited IPO
Discussion: The Browser
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 …
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Market Wire:
Local.com Granted U.S. Patent Number 7,200,413 for Ad-Supported 411 Local Search Model  —  Free Enhanced Directory Assistance Supported by Referral Advertising Revenues  —  Local.com Corporation (NASDAQ: LOCM), a leading local search engine, today announced that the company …
Reuters:
SK Telecom, EarthLink to put $100 mln each in JV
Discussion: GigaOM and mocoNews.net
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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Paperghost / The SpywareGuide Greynets Blog:
GTA: Hoodlife - Virus Attack is a Public Enemy  —  Recently, there have been a number of weblogs, forums and chatrooms where spam messages advertising a videogame similar to the below have been posted:  —  Click to Enlarge  —  If you go to the YouTube video in question …
Discussion: Vitalsecurity.org
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:   Grand Theft Auto mod virus uses YouTube to spread
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
A Player of Video Games and Politics  —  Michael D. Gallagher does not make video games.  He doesn't review them.  He doesn't sell them.  But recently he became one of the most important people in the video-game industry and, by extension, a powerful shaper of the digital entertainment consumed …
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.
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 …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Mobo makers say AMD Phenom delayed until 1Q08, but AMD says launch remains set for 2H07 (update)  —  AMD's Phenom processors were originally planned to begin test-production between September and October, and to start shipping in November this year.  However, AMD may now be planning …
Discussion: The Tech Report and TechSpot News
 
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Jonathan Hemingway / Broadcasting & Cable:
Moffett: Telco Threat is Over-Hyped
Discussion: dslreports.com
Kelvin Newman / Marketing Pilgrim:
Pownce - it's not very original but it's going to be bigger than twitter
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Are my online friends for real?
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Rival Manufacturers Chasing the iPhone
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Get real: SoundExchange's latest offer just a "stay of execution"
Tom Ivan / Next Generation:
South Korea Taxing Virtual Worlds
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Apps on Facebook
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft document formats gain Mass. favor
Discussion: Computerworld
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Tony Halpin / Times of London:
Russia shuts down Allofmp3.com
Discussion: Slyck and TorrentFreak
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
How SEOmoz Built One Million Links in Thirty-Three Months
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Taking the iPhone Apart
Discussion: TechCrunch, Engadget and digg
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
Domaining & Subdomaining In The Local Space, Part 2
Discussion: Seven Mile
Los Angeles Times:
Some iPhone glitches reported
Tracy Erickson / Sony PSP, Nintendo DS …:
Exclusive: Nokia goes multi-format with secret next-gen N-Gage title
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
A Web Cadre Turns the Tables on African Scam Artists
Discussion: TechWag
John Leyden / The Register:
Senior execs targeted in 'precision' malware attacks
Discussion: CNET News.com