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10:35 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ballmer on Yahoo Deal: The Bankers “screwed everything up.”  —  Interesting and surprisingly detailed story in the Wall Street Journal tonight about the ongoing (never ending) Microsoft/Yahoo deal.  The headline is that Microsoft, apparently not happy with simply destroying Yahoo's credibility …
Discussion: The Open Road and Electronista
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).
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
Samsung to reduce NAND flash supply in July amid Apple orders  —  Samsung Electronics has informed downstream customers it will start reducing its supply of NAND flash chips to them from July as its key customer Apple has placed a large batch of orders, according to sources at the company's customers.
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
AT&T says original iPhones can be inactivated and used as WiFi iPods  —  Original iPhone owners who prefer not to give away or sell their old iPhones after upgrading to an iPhone 3G can instead keep their devices and use them as WiFi-enabled iPods, AT&T has confirmed.
Discussion: CrunchGear and I4U News
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How to launch an iPhone: A tale of two videos  —  With the July 11 launch of the iPhone 3G less than two weeks away, Apple and AT&T each posted videos Tuesday designed to soften the ground for what's shaping up as another frenzied triumph of Apple event marketing.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Bloggers Scale The ‘Great Firewall’ In Riot's Aftermath  —  To slip past Internet censors squashing reports of a weekend riot in China's Guizhou province, some bloggers have started writing backward.  —  Some 30,000 rioters set fire to government buildings over the weekend to protest …
PR Newswire:
Blockbuster Withdraws Proposal to Acquire Circuit City  —  Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI, BBI.B) announced today that it has decided to withdraw its proposal to acquire Circuit City.  —  “Based on market conditions and the completion of our initial due diligence process …
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft to sell Office ‘value pack’ for $70 per year  —  Microsoft has chosen the name “Equipt” for a forthcoming package of products that includes its Office suite, Internet security software and other services, and will sell it for an annual subscription fee of $69.99.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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 …
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Study Refutes Niche Theory Spawned by Web  —  Had PowerPoint been around 150 years ago, Thoreau might have warned us to beware not only of enterprises that require new clothes, but also of those that require new paradigms.  —  A book from 2006, “The Long Tail,” was one of those that appear periodically …
Discussion: rc3.org
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.
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Ask Maps Now Using Virtual Earth  —  Chris Pendleton,Virtual Earth Evangelist, let's us know that Ask.com is now using Virtual Earth as their mapping platform.  In this they are following portal sites as YellowPages.com, Superpages.com, and WhitePages.com.  —  Ask.com has integrated …
 
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Campus copyright battle moves to textbook torrents
Business Standard:
Ozone Media gets $4 mn from IDG Ventures
Becky / The Open Rights Group:
ORG verdict on London Elections: “Insufficient evidence” …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Jibi / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: The iDEN Curveball, Introducing the BlackBerry 8350
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola announces ZN200 slider in Brazil
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Sprint Airave routes your Sprint calls over the Internet - arrives July 15
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Unwelcome Advice  —  Generally speaking, you don't want to deliver …
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Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D for iPhone
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
HP, Parallels Ink Virtualization Deal
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
PINs stolen from Citibank ATMs
Discussion: Inquirer and Associated Press
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
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Diary of a deliberately spammed housewife
Discussion: Zero Day and Slashdot
Kelsey Blodget / Beet.TV:
Google Readying Analysis of World's “One Trillion” Images
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X approaches 8 percent market share in June
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Add Another to the Eee Family, “Eee Monitor” Revealed
 

 
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