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6:40 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 …
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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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.
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.
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Justice Department to review Google-Yahoo deal
Discussion: Computerworld and WinBeta
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” …
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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.
Discussion: Zero Day and Slashdot
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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.
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 …
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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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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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
40% of surfers don't bother with browser security updates
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.
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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 …
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Amazon's Page Recommender: Foreshadowing A New Web Service?  —  Amazon is turning its personalization engine towards webpages.  You can test it on your site via the new Page Recommender Widget (sorry if the link doesn't work you, it's only open to affiliates).  The widget only considers pages on your website.
Discussion: Industry Standard
Blakespot / Touch Arcade:
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D for iPhone  —  Do you suffer from the dreaded and painful Floating Steering Wheel Grip, bane of the hardcore Wii gamer?  Do you weep when you must power off Mario Kart and head out the door for school or work?  Well, if you're an iPhone or iPod touch user …
 
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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
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Monster founder sets sights on online obituaries
Ben Furfie / PC Retail:
Asus confirms Eee PC 904 HD
Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
Cracking Physical Identity Theft
Discussion: Zero Day and Slashdot
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Docs Stats
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Facebook close to putting ConnectU behind it
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Adobe Flash gets a break in war against Silverlight
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL For Sale (TWX)*
Discussion: Voices
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Amazon: Hey Spammers, Get Off My Cloud!
Discussion: CircleID and UMBC ebiquity
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
MS's Remote Desktop Connection 2 for Mac finally out of beta
Smashing Magazine:
Should Links Open In New Windows?
Discussion: WinExtra
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Spurns Intel, For Now
Discussion: Macsimum News and Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Engadget's Ryan Block and Peter Rojas To Team On New Startup
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gnip: Grand Central Station for the Social Web