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1:10 PM ET, July 1, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
Google learns to crawl Flash  —  Google has been developing a new algorithm for indexing textual content in Flash files of all kinds, from Flash menus, buttons and banners, to self-contained Flash websites.  Recently, we've improved the performance of this Flash indexing algorithm by integrating Adobe's Flash Player technology.
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Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Improved Flash indexing  —  We've received numerous requests to improve our indexing of Adobe Flash files.  Today, Ron Adler and Janis Stipins—software engineers on our indexing team—will provide us with more in-depth information about our recent announcement that we've greatly improved our ability to index Flash.
Adobe:
Adobe Advances Rich Media Search on the Web  —  For immediate release  —  Adobe Flash Technology Enhances Search Results for Dynamic Content and Rich Internet Applications  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the company is teaming up with search industry leaders …
Ryan Stewart:
Finally, Flash Becomes Truly Searchable
Discussion: eWeek and TechSpot
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
Bag Helps Laptop Pass Air Security  —  For years at airport security checkpoints, passengers have heard the refrain, almost a dirge: “Laptops must be removed from their cases and placed on the belt.”  —  Get ready for a change.  The Transportation Security Administration has given the go-ahead …
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Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
AT&T iPhone 3G Pricing Revealed  —  AT&T retail stores will be open at 8AM local time on July 11th, so be “iReady!”  Existing customers who don't qualify for an upgrade will have to shell out $399 and $499 for the corresponding iP3G model.  Customers who don't want to extend their current contract …
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T's official iPhone 3G pricing/plans: $199 to $499  —  AT&T sent out the official announcement today, detailing its pricing and service plans for the iPhone 3G.  As expected, the purchase price for the 8GB iPhone starts at $199 and the 16GB model will be available for as low as $299 …
Discussion: Gearlog, AppleInsider and Apple Gazette
Anuj Srivastava / Inside AdSense:
We're retiring AdSense Referrals  —  We're constantly looking for ways to improve AdSense by developing and supporting features which drive the best monetization results for our publishers.  Sometimes, this requires retiring existing features so we can focus our efforts on the ones that will be most effective in the long term.
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Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
We are retiring the pay-per-action beta
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gnip: Grand Central Station for the Social Web  —  Ping, ping, ping!  That's the sound made day and night by the new social media technologies rapidly proliferating around the web... and the machines are getting tired.  Polling for updates to user data streams, wishing they spoke the same language …
Discussion: Scripting News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gnip Launches To Ease The Strain On Web Services  —  MyBlogLog founder Eric Marcoullier sold his company to Yahoo in January 2007 for an estimated $10 million.  He left Yahoo in July 2007 with the seed of a new idea germinating in his head - “Make data portability suck less.”
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and The Real McCrea
Matt Richtel / Bits:
A Cringing Quarter for Venture Capitalists  —  As I reported Saturday, venture capitalists experienced a very poor second quarter.  The industry's trade association said Tuesday that for the first time since 1978, not a single venture-backed company went public in the quarter.
techzoom.net:
Understanding the Web browser threat: Examination of vulnerable online Web browser populations and the “insecurity iceberg”  —  Stefan Frei 1, Thomas Dübendorfer 2, Gunter Ollmann 3, Martin May 1  — Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory (CSG), ETH Zurich  — IBM Internet Security Systems, IBM ISS
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Forty Percent of Web Users Surf With Unsafe Browsers
joinred.com:
WEEKLY DELIVERY OF GREAT MUSIC HELPS TO SAVE LIVES IN AFRICA  —  Led by Don MacKinnon, Founder of Hear Music  —  In the fall of 2008, (RED) will unveil a simple, seamless way for people to receive music from artists they love and artists they will discover through (RED).
Discussion: last100, WebProNews and hypebot
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Product (RED) plans music service to combat AIDS
Discussion: Distorted-Loop.com
Nokia:
Nokia welcomes Warner Music Group to Comes With Music  —  Warner Music content also available via Nokia Music Stores globally  —  New York, NY, USA - Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today announced that Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) will make its diverse catalog of new stars and legendary artists available …
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Kevin Carmony / Kevin Carmony's Blog:
Xandros Acquires Linspire Assets in Secret Backroom Deal  —  Today, as a Linspire shareholder, I received the below “memorandum” from Linspire.  I have confirmed with several other Linspire shareholders that they too received this same notice.  —  In classic Michael Robertson form …
PR Newswire:
Scripps Networks Interactive Launches as Separate Publicly Traded Company  —  Chairman, President and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe to Ring the Opening Bell at NYSE  —  Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI - News) began operations today as a separate publicly traded company upon …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Microsoft's Plan B for Search  —  Moving past the Yahoo saga, the software giant is eyeing semantic search engine Powerset as a way of closing the gap with Google  —  Still smarting from a failed attempt to buy Yahoo! (YHOO), Microsoft (MSFT) is trying another tactic to gain on Google (GOOG) in Web search.
Discussion: Beyond Search
 
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Dell Tackles Blade Management
Discussion: The Register
David Ward / Hollywood Reporter:
Or Die Networks branches into videogames
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
Jibi / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: BlackBerry Thunder now the BlackBerry 9500, OS 4.7.0
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
TripAdvisor Acquires VirtualTourist And Online Booker OneTime
Discussion: alarm:clock and PR Newswire
Chris Williams / The Register:
Italian authorities raid alleged music filesharing forum
Discussion: Slyck
InfoWorld:
Everex to launch 10.2-inch netbook with 3G
Discussion: Liliputing
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Microsoft program to make volume licenses ‘evergreen’
Business Technology:
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Hands on: New AMD Phenoms up power efficiency, performance
Discussion: TG Daily and Lockergnome
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Google Webmaster Central Blog:
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Patrick Klepek / MTV Multiplayer:
BioWare Confirms PC Support, ‘Looking At’ iPhone Development
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile bumping per-text rates again
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside Microsoft's Internet Infrastructure & Its Plans For The Future
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How Twitter Could Be Worth A Billion In A Year
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