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5:15 PM ET, July 2, 2008


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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   The Roku box to expand beyond Netflix. Living room Trojan horse?
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Jobs, Apple directors face new backdating suit  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs addresses the crowd at WWDC 2008.  —  (Credit: James Martin/CNET  —  Current and former members of Apple, including CEO Steve Jobs and several directors, have been sued again over their role in the company's stock options-backdating affair.
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 …
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.
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 …
Matt / 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, support for Gears.  —  Gears?  It is a browser extension like Flash or QuickTime/Media Player.
Palm Treo 755p Software Update for Verizon  —  Do you need this update?  —  On your Treo 755p, press Phone .  Then press Menu .  From the Options menu, select Phone Info  —  Look for the Software item.  If the version number is lower than 1.08 and the end of the string says VZW, you should install this update.
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 …
Google Mobile Blog:
Nicely said: Google Maps for mobile with voice search on BlackBerry Pearl  —  Posted by Jonathan Matus and Luca Zanolin, Google Maps for mobile voice search team  —  On the Google Maps for mobile team we're always experimenting with new technologies, so we're happy to announce that we've started testing voice search as a new feature.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Our Paradoxical Attitudes Toward Privacy  —  We all cherish our privacy.  Then we go and divulge everything about ourselves on Facebook, sprinkle our Social Security number like pixie dust across the Web and happily load up on tracking devices like GPS navigators and cellphones.
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