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8:55 AM ET, July 2, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Seeks Partners For a New Run at Yahoo  —  Plan Would Lead To Effective Breakup; Yang's Second Thoughts  —  Microsoft Corp., positioning itself for a new run for Yahoo Inc.'s search business, has approached other media companies in recent days about joining it in a deal …
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Google Ad Deal Is Under Scrutiny  —  Yahoo Agreement Subject of Antitrust Probe, Sources Say  —  The Justice Department has opened a formal antitrust investigation into a deal struck last month that would allow Internet titan Google to provide some search advertising for Yahoo, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Humiliating Detail Yahoo (YHOO) Left Out of Its “Microsoft Timeline”  —  Yahoo seems to be winning some folks over with its PR offensive about how it didn't blow the Microsoft deal (part of the board and Jerry Yang's campaign to ask you to please not fire them at the shareholder meeting).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Ballmer on Yahoo Deal: The Bankers “screwed everything up.”
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Justice Department to review Google-Yahoo deal
Discussion: WinBeta
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
New iPhone Can Decouple From AT&T, for a Price  —  Apple's popular iPhone can be yours, no contract required.  But there's a catch — and a pricey one at that.  —  AT&T yesterday announced that it will offer the smartphone to people who want to use another carrier, starting at $599.
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PC World:
AT&T to Sell New iPhones Minus Contracts  —  Apple's iPhone 3G goes on sale July 11, 8 a.m. local time.  —  Gregg Keizer, Computerworld.com  —  AT&T Inc. today said it will sell Apple's iPhone 3G to customers without requiring a two-year contract sometime “in the future” …
Live Search:
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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Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Email In Danger?  —  Human history is one of progressive improvement in communication.  From the 20th century mail was a fundamental form of communication.  The invention of electronic mail (email) changed two things.  It became cheap to send short mail, and delivery was instant.
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Diary of a deliberately spammed housewife  —  What happened when ‘Penelope Retch’ answered her spam e-mail  —  For Tracy Mooney, a married mother of three in Naperville, Ill., the decision to abandon cyber-sense and invite e-mail spam into her life for a month by participating in a McAfee experiment was a bit of a lark.
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BBC:
Spam experiment overloads inboxes
Discussion: Ars Technica
Kelsey Blodget / Beet.TV:
Google Readying Analysis of World's “One Trillion” Images  —  As it seeks to monetize the exploding universe of uploaded images to the Web, which Google says is nearing one trillion, it is developing image processing to more effectively search and organize images.
Cade Metz / The Register:
How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew  —  As the AVG LinkScanner continues to spew fake traffic across the internet, web masters say they've uncovered a reliable means of filtering these rogue hits from their log files.  —  Bundled with AVG's newest anti-virus engine, AVG 8 …
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X approaches 8 percent market share in June  —  If it's the first of the month, it's time for me to be accused of being an indentured servant of web metrics firm Net Applications.  Nonetheless, data from thousands of web sites and millions of visitors make it at least possible to follow trends and …
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Co-evolving  —  I heard a term the other day that I really liked: co-evolve.  It was said in the context of humans and technology...humans and technology co-evolve together.  —  In other words, we change technology by creating it, and then it changes us as we use it.  And we both change in response to each other.
Electronista:
Blockbuster backs out of Circuit City offer  —  Video retailer Blockbuster tonight said it has withdrawn its offer to buy Circuit City.  The company provides few details as to the reason for its sudden exit but says that a combination of “market conditions” and the process of due diligence …
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Add Another to the Eee Family, “Eee Monitor” Revealed  —  If Eee mania hasn't set in yet, it's about to.  Earlier this week pictures of the Eee PC 903, 904, and 905 were leaked.  Joining these “unofficial” pictures of new Eee PCs are some shots of the Eee Monitor, or what looks to be an Eee PC all-in-one …
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Anwar Ghuloum / Research@Intel:
Unwelcome Advice  —  Generally speaking, you don't want to deliver any kind of difficult news to customers, partners, etc.  Some of us are lucky enough to talk to folks about the performance and capabilities of our processors, shipping and soon-to-ship.  Some of us, however …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
PINs stolen from Citibank ATMs  —  We all worry about keeping our online passwords safe from prying eyes.  But now our faith in ATM PIN codes is being shaken.  —  Three people face charges in federal court in New York for allegedly breaking into Citibank's ATM network inside 7-Eleven stores …
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Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Sprint Airave routes your Sprint calls over the Internet - arrives July 15
Blakespot / Touch Arcade:
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D for iPhone
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
HP, Parallels Ink Virtualization Deal
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
BEA gets last laugh on Oracle app server
Discussion: eWeek and Irregular Enterprise
Loretta Chao / China Journal:
Facebook Gets Poked in China
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
40% of surfers don't bother with browser security updates
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Amazon's Page Recommender: Foreshadowing A New Web Service?
Discussion: Industry Standard
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Monster founder sets sights on online obituaries
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Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
Cracking Physical Identity Theft
Discussion: Zero Day and Slashdot
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Docs Stats
Elsa Wenzel / Webware.com:
Adobe unveils Reader 9 with Flash
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Adobe Flash gets a break in war against Silverlight
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL For Sale (TWX)*
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Amazon: Hey Spammers, Get Off My Cloud!
Discussion: CircleID and UMBC ebiquity
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Spurns Intel, For Now
Discussion: Macsimum News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Engadget's Ryan Block and Peter Rojas To Team On New Startup
 

 
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