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4:50 PM ET, July 1, 2008

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Powerset joins Live Search  —  We're excited to announce that we've reached an agreement to acquire Powerset, a San Francisco-based search and natural language company.  —  Powerset will join our core Search Relevance team, remaining intact in San Francisco.
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Mark Johnson / Powerset:
Microsoft to Acquire Powerset 2  —  We're excited to announce officially that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Powerset.  —  Powerset has always been a small company with big dreams, with the ultimate goal of changing the way humans interact with computers through language.
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: paidContent.org and Beyond Search
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Confirmed: Microsoft buys Powerset natural-language search
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Ok, Now It's Done. Microsoft To Acquire Powerset
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 …
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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.”
Joseph Smarr / Plaxo's Personal Card:
Gnip launches and Plaxo's pulse is racing
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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Adobe:
Adobe Advances Rich Media Search on the Web
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
News flash: Flash websites still suck
Discussion: Mashable!, TG Daily and Blogging Pro
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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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T offers new option of iPhone without contract
Discussion: TechSpot
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
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Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Researchers: 637 million browser users at risk
Discussion: TG Daily
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Forty Percent of Web Users Surf With Unsafe Browsers
Discussion: Asa Dotzler and StopBadware Blog
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 …
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.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
That 3G iPhone Not $199 For Everyone; Bernstein Hikes Apple Estimates  —  New details today on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone pricing and U.S. launch, as well as a bullish report from Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi, once an iPhone skeptic.  —  The iPhone 3G will go on sale at AT&T stores beginning at 8 …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Bernstein Ups Target; Boosts iPhone Unit Forecast
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu: A Consumer Success But Still A Small Business  —  Since Hulu launched three months ago, it has become a consumer success, joining Nielsen's top-10 video sites, and serving more video in May than ABC.com.  —  What does that mean in terms of gross ad sales for the NBC U - News Corp. JV?
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.
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Crash Bandicoot Comes Racing to iPhone 2.0  —  It looks like the iPhone gaming scene is getting more solid by the day: Crash Bandicoot is the latest famous franchise that is going to appear at the app store in the form of Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart, a racing game that—looking at the demo video …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla Releases Weave 0.2: Filling in for Browser Sync  —  Not too long ago, Google announced that it was going to stop the development of its Browser Sync project.  Browser Sync automatically synchronized bookmarks between different computers.  Mozilla just announced a new version …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Engadget's Ryan Block and Peter Rojas To Team On New Startup  —  Engadget's editor-in-chief Ryan Block will be leaving parent company AOL shortly, sources say, to launch a new startup.  Partnering with him on the new company will be Peter Rojas, Engadget's former editor-in-chief (pictured left below, next to Block).
 
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EXCLUSIVE: BlackBerry Thunder now the BlackBerry 9500, OS 4.7.0
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