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3:00 PM ET, July 2, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
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”  —  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).
Discussion: and Deal Journal
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Why Powerset is important and different
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Yahoo shares jump on latest Microsoft report
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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  —  Reader Steve has been chatting with CSRs today - he's already talked to two - and they've both confirmed my worst fears: you will not be able to order the IP3G online and it will only be available in stores …
Macworld UK:
O2 to open stores at 7am on iPhone launch day
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and iLounge
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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Office subscription service ready to go
Discussion: Ars Technica, and Valleywag
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple orders 50 million iPhone NAND chips from Samsung, rest of world put on hold?
Discussion: Inquirer and Electronista
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 …
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.
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: BetaNews
Josh Lowensohn / CNET
Adobe's PDF becomes ISO standard
Discussion: and Z Trek
Mike Gualtieri /
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.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Drops Map Product & Outsources To Microsoft Virtual Earth  —  The LiveSide Blog reported that Chris Pendleton,Virtual Earth Evangelist posted the news that has now dropped their own mapping product for Microsoft's Virtual Earth.  —  Virtual Earth can now be found on Ask Maps …
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Cisco to invest in Russian tech startups
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
IBM Acquiring PSI
Discussion: The Register
Eric Lawrence / MSDN Blogs:
IE8 Security Part V: Comprehensive Protection
Google Mobile Blog:
Nicely said: Google Maps for mobile with voice search on BlackBerry Pearl
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:, Radiohead Give Fans Two Years of Free Album Playback
Discussion: last100
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Blizzard introducing two-factor authentication for WoW gamers
 Earlier Items: 
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.0 Video Walkthrough and iTunes 7.7 Confidential Screenshots
Matt / Blog:
WordPress Gears
Discussion: and ReadWriteWeb
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Linspire sinks under Xandros waves
Juan Aguilar / Hack a Day:
ssd hard drives tank laptop battery life
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What's Next For The NYTimes Online?  Widgets, iPhone Apps, APIs, And More
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Is the Government Tracking Us Through Our Cellphones?  Lawsuit Seeks Answers
Government launches data mash-up
Macworld UK:
Steve Jobs, others accused of fraud