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3:35 PM ET, July 1, 2008

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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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
AT&T announces iPhone 3G pricing plans
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 …
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
MSDN Blogs:
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Microsoft's Plan B for Search
Discussion: Beyond Search
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The “Crisis” In Venture Capital
Discussion: Deal Journal and Washington Post
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
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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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Forty Percent of Web Users Surf With Unsafe Browsers
Discussion: Asa Dotzler and StopBadware Blog
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.
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Also Tells Judge That Proof Shouldn't Be Necessary To Sue For Infringement  —  Following in the footsteps of the MPAA, the RIAA has now filed its response in the Jammie Thomas case, claiming again that actual proof of distribution doesn't make sense: “Requiring proof of actual transfers …
 
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Douglas Quenqua / ClickZ:
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu: A Consumer Success But Still A Small Business
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Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
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InfoWorld:
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Hands on: New AMD Phenoms up power efficiency, performance
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