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12:20 PM 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).
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Yahoo shares jump on latest Microsoft report
BBC:   Google Yahoo ad deal faces probe
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:   Microsoft looking for partners to dismember Yahoo, says Wall Street Journal
Fred / A VC:   YHOO and MSFT  —  This is the soap opera drama that won't go away.
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.
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple orders 50 million iPhone NAND chips from Samsung, rest of world put on hold?
Discussion: Electronista
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
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.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Office subscription service ready to go
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 …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Sunshine / LiveSide:
Ask Maps Now Using Virtual Earth
Discussion: Virtual Earth …
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.
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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
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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Dave Nagel / thejournal.com:
State Agencies Bring K-12 Education Content to iTunes U  —  For more than a year now, Apple's iTunes U has served as a repository of educational multimedia content and resources.  While these materials have always been accessible to K-12 educators, the focus of the content has been primarily on post-secondary education.
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 …
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What's Next For The NYTimes Online?  Widgets, iPhone Apps, APIs, And More
Karl / DSLreports:
AT&T Ending Dish Network Partnership at Year-End …
Mike Gualtieri / CIO.com:
9 Reasons Why Application Developers Think Their CIO Is Clueless
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copyright Office: cable should lose special access to local channels
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rolando: A different iPhone game
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Is the Government Tracking Us Through Our Cellphones?  Lawsuit Seeks Answers
Discussion: All Points Blog and Switched
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Another Big App Disappears: This Time, It's Social Me
BBC:
Government launches data mash-up
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:
OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner available for order July 4, shipping July 7
Discussion: Electronista, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
DigiTimes:
Transition to 16:9 aspect ratio unstoppable, says DisplaySearch
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
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Co-evolving  —  I heard a term the other day that I really liked: co-evolve.
Anwar Ghuloum / Research@Intel:
Unwelcome Advice  —  Generally speaking, you don't want to deliver …
Cade Metz / The Register:
How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
HP, Parallels Ink Virtualization Deal
Discussion: Virtualization.com