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3:32 AM ET, July 2, 2008

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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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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.
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 …
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  —  A recent study collaborative study between Google, the Swiss Federal Insitute of Technology, and IBM offers new insight into how many people surfing the web are doing so safely.  According to the report, a clear majority of users …
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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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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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Spam experiment overloads inboxes
Discussion: Ars Technica
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 …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Gizmodo
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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
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 …
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 the Internet titan Google to provide some search advertising for Yahoo, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Engadget's Ryan Block and Peter Rojas To Team On New Startup  —  Engadget's editor-in-chief Ryan Block will be leaving parent company AOL shortly, sources say, to launch a new startup.  Partnering with him on the new company will be Peter Rojas, Engadget's former editor-in-chief (pictured left below, next to Block).
Discussion: Ryan Block, Valleywag and CrunchGear
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gnip: Grand Central Station for the Social Web  —  Ping, ping, ping!  That's the sound made day and night by the new social media technologies rapidly proliferating around the web... and the machines are getting tired.  Polling for updates to user data streams, wishing they spoke the same language …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Spurns Intel, For Now  —  SAN FRANCISCO -  —  One of Intel's top technologists revealed Monday that the chip giant will not win a spot on Apple's iconic iPhone anytime soon, even as he outlined Intel's plans to keep growing as it turns 40 on July 18.
Discussion: Macsimum News and Electronista
 
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Loretta Chao / China Journal:
Facebook Gets Poked in China
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
PINs stolen from Citibank ATMs
Discussion: Associated Press
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Monster founder sets sights on online obituaries
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Gaia Online tees up its massively multiplayer online game
Ryan / Signal vs. Noise:
Features are a one-way street
Ben Furfie / PC Retail:
Asus confirms Eee PC 904 HD
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Cracking Physical Identity Theft
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Elsa Wenzel / Webware.com:
Adobe unveils Reader 9 with Flash
Discussion: AppScout
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Facebook close to putting ConnectU behind it
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Adobe Flash gets a break in war against Silverlight
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL For Sale (TWX)*
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Amazon: Hey Spammers, Get Off My Cloud!
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity and CircleID
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
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Bag Helps Laptop Pass Air Security
 

 
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