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6:40 PM ET, June 26, 2008

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BBC:
Internet overhaul wins approval  —  A complete overhaul of the way in which people navigate the internet has been given the go-ahead in Paris.  —  The net's regulator, Icann, voted unanimously to relax the strict rules on so-called “top-level” domain names, such as .com or .uk.
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Jason Keenan / ICANN:
Biggest Expansion to Internet in Forty Years Approved for Implementation  —  Paris, France: The Board of ICANN today approved a recommendation that could see a whole range of new names introduced to the Internet's addressing system.  —  “The Board today accepted a recommendation …
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
New Flavors of Web Addresses Are Near
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
ICANN adopts new Web site naming rules
Discussion: Industry Standard
Paul Thomasch / Reuters:
Get ready for .smith, .sports or .love on the Web
Discussion: Download Squad
InfoWorld:
ICANN opens way for new top-level domains
Agence France Presse:   Internet body approves domain name big bang
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
.confusion: ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs
Discussion: Slashdot
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Yahoo's Reorg: Dietzen Is Garlinghouse Replacement  —  As BoomTown reported last night, the Yahoo (YHOO) reorg will be unveiled later this morning, with the slate of execs that this column outlined last week in its gory-oops, I mean, glorious-detail.
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Realignment to Support Core Strategies  —  Centralizes Audience Product Development; Forms New U.S. Region;  —  Realigns Technology Organization  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Yahoo Regroups With SAAS, Cloud Computing Focus
Discussion: Gartner, Forbes and BoomTown
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo reorg centralizes power
Discussion: Coop's Corner and BoomTown
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft to buy semantic search engine Powerset for $100M plus  —  Microsoft, the software giant flush with billions of dollars in its warchest, has agreed to buy Silicon Valley semantic search engine Powerset, we've learned.  —  The purchase price is rumored to be slightly more than $100 million.
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Google's multi-million dollar welcome to new CFO  —  Google finally named a replacement for its outgoing chief financial officer, George Reyes.  He is Patrick Pichette who comes to the search juggernaut after seven years at Bell Canada.  —  So how do you make a new top executive feel at home …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Dell Dock Puts a Little Mac OS X Into Vista Studio Laptops  —  Dell's Studio Laptops will be getting a little touch of the Mac OS when they ship, thanks to the Dell Dock, a launcher that cleans up the Vista desktop in the most charming, albeit derivative, way.  Below you can see “Before” and “After” images of the cleanup:
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Icahn: Still Waging Proxy Fight; Still Wants Microsoft Deal And Severance Plan Revoked  —  The real news here may be that Carl Icahn hasn't given up yet on his uphill battle to install a slate of candidates on Yahoo's (NSDQ: YHOO) board.  In the midst of all this Yahoo drama …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Icahn battles for Yahoo's gold
Discussion: CNET News.com and Electronista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Grammy Winner: Piracy Is Brilliant; I Love It  —  Slowly, but surely, we're seeing more and more musicians understand that “piracy” isn't a threat but an opportunity.  Take the latest example, as Grammy-award winner Joss Stone apparently stunned a television reporter by telling him that piracy was “brilliant.”
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reaches for Clouds and Deepens Mobile Possibilities With Planned MobiComp Acquisition  —  Company's expertise in mobile personal data protection and management to come to Microsoft.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it intends to acquire MobiComp, a company that helped pioneer …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Opens Up The Data Pipe With Full Launch Of Data Availability  —  MySpace was the first of the Big Three to announce tools for third party sites to integrate MySpace user data into their services (called, collectively, Data Availability).  A day later Facebook announced Facebook Connect …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft tries to hit VMware where they ain't  —  In Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner is wary of building a baseball diamond on his farm, which is already near foreclosure.  But a voice tells him, “If you build it, they will come.”  —  Microsoft has the same vision for its virtualization technology.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Forbes
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Orders Lots More iPhones; More iPods, Macs (AAPL)  —  Last time FBR Research analyst Craig Berger checked in with Apple's suppliers, he reported that Apple had slightly cut its iPhone build orders, and could cut them again.  —  Good news: Now he says Apple has revised those orders …
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
I've Seen the Future, and It Has a Kill Switch  —  It used to be that just the entertainment industries wanted to control your computers — and televisions and iPods and everything else — to ensure that you didn't violate any copyright rules.  But now everyone else wants to get their hooks into your gear.
Discussion: Xconomy, PSFK and Boing Boing
Anil Dash:
Bill Gates and the Greatest Tech Hack Ever  —  Bill Gates has pulled off one of the greatest hacks in technology and business history, by turning Microsoft's success into a force for social responsibility.  Imagine imposing a tax on every corporation in the developed world …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, MacUser and Gizmodo
IDG News Service:
Sony Previews ‘Life With PlayStation’  —  Sony is preparing a non-game service for its PlayStation 3 console that at first glance is similar to one available on Nintendo's Wii.  —  Called “Life with PlayStation,” the service will launch with news and weather information channels but is set …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Radio stations, RIAA trade barbs at hearing over royalties
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests the New iGoogle
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Tests Using Your Search Data to Tailor Ads to You
Discussion: Search Engine Land
AppleInsider:
Orange says iPhone 3G to sell for 149 euros on July 17th
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Add Wi-Fi to the list of options on Chrysler vehicles
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Viacom Relaunches Atom.com As (Yet) Another Comedy Site
John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Sony unleashes three new ES receivers
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Nick Heath / silicon.com:
UK students outsource IT coursework to India
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Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Garmin Intros New GPS Dog Collar
Discussion: PR Newswire, Engadget, DVICE and Gizmodo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Continues to Destroy All Competitors in Declining Video Market
Discussion: WebProNews
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Calendar Phishing
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft updates its Windows roadmap: XP, Vista, and 7
Brad Stone / Bits:
Judge Ends Facebook's Feud With ConnectU
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Inventor of the Internet takes aim at BitTorrent
Discussion: CNET News.com and p2pnet
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