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4:00 PM ET, July 2, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Consumer Subscription Offering That Combines Microsoft Office and Windows Live OneCare  —  Microsoft Equipt gives consumers powerful productivity and security protection technologies in a single package through Circuit City.  —  Microsoft Corp. today unveiled Microsoft Equipt …
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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: Microsoft Watch and TG Daily
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Office subscription service ready to go
Discussion: Ars Technica, Neowin.net and Valleywag
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   New Microsoft Office subscription bundle to hit in mid-July
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Humiliating Detail Yahoo (YHOO) Left Out of Its “Microsoft Timeline”
Discussion: Furrier.org and Deal Journal
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Why Powerset is important and different
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
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.
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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.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Apple Confirms: No Online iPhone 3G Sales, In-Store Activation Only
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Why I'm leaving Forrester  —  I was once asked what was the best career advice I ever received — and it was to plan for job obsolescence every 18 months, because research showed that people typically master a job in that time period and fall into a routine.
Macworld UK:
Steve Jobs, others accused of fraud  —  Stock options nightmare continues to affect Apple management  —  Jonny Evans  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been accused of fraud in a US court.  —  Jobs alongside a range of current and former board members and executives have been accused of fraud …
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Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Netflix's Online Movie Dreams  —  Can start-up Roku save DVD rental giant Netflix from the coming video-streaming onslaught?  —  Saratoga, Calif.-based Roku, best known for its networked music player SoundBridge, in May rolled out a set-top box that streams Netflix (nasdaq: NFLX - news - people ) movies.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   The Roku box to expand beyond Netflix. Living room Trojan horse?
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.
ISO:
PDF format becomes ISO standard  —  The Portable Document Format (PDF), undeniably one of the most commonly used formats for electronic documents, is now accessible as an ISO International Standard - ISO 32000-1.  This move follows a decision by Adobe Systems Incorporated …
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and BetaNews
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Adobe's PDF becomes ISO standard
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 …
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:
Last.fm, Radiohead Give Fans Two Years of Free Album Playback  —  Earlier today, we asked for your impressions of the Last.fm design refresh, currently in a limited beta stage, for a likely full-fledged rollout in the near future.  Looking at our poll results for the morning, most of you so far appear enthused by the changes.
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Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Radiohead teams with Last.fm to offer “In Rainbows” for free, on-demand streaming
Discussion: Webware.com and hypebot
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.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Drops Map Product & Outsources To Microsoft Virtual Earth  —  The LiveSide Blog reported that Chris Pendleton,Virtual Earth Evangelist posted the news that Ask.com has now dropped their own mapping product for Microsoft's Virtual Earth.  —  Virtual Earth can now be found on Ask Maps …
Mike Gualtieri / CIO.com:
9 Reasons Why Application Developers Think Their CIO Is Clueless  —  From being a control freak to being a vendor puppet, here are nine behaviors management needs to steer clear of or risk being labeled “clueless.”  —  As CIO you hold one of the most important executive positions in your company.
Matt / WordPress.com Blog:
WordPress Gears  —  Some may have noticed the “Turbo” link in the upper right corner of the admin area.  (Remember when computers used to have a Turbo button?)  Behind it is a new feature of WordPress.com, support for Gears.  —  Gears?  It is a browser extension like Flash or QuickTime/Media Player.
Discussion: Webware.com and ReadWriteWeb
 
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