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2:25 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 …
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: Furrier.org and Deal Journal
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Why Powerset is important and different
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
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.
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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.
Macworld UK:
O2 to open stores at 7am on iPhone launch day
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and iLounge
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Apple Confirms: No Online iPhone 3G Sales, In-Store Activation Only
Discussion: CrunchGear and Lost Remote
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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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Office subscription service ready to go
Discussion: Ars Technica, Neowin.net and Valleywag
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: 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.
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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Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Ask Maps Now Using Virtual Earth
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: Webware.com and BetaNews
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Elizabeth Montalbano / LinuxWorld.com:   ISO approves PDF as an international standard
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.
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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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Posterous: it's like Tumblr via email
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:
Last.fm, Radiohead Give Fans Two Years of Free Album Playback
Discussion: last100
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Blizzard introducing two-factor authentication for WoW gamers
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.0 Video Walkthrough and iTunes 7.7 Confidential Screenshots
Matt / WordPress.com Blog:
WordPress Gears
Discussion: Webware.com and ReadWriteWeb
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Marketing Execs And Privacy Execs Disagree Over What Companies Do With Private Info
Discussion: Slashdot
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Linspire sinks under Xandros waves
Juan Aguilar / Hack a Day:
ssd hard drives tank laptop battery life
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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 Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rolando: A different iPhone game
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Is the Government Tracking Us Through Our Cellphones?  Lawsuit Seeks Answers
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Another Big App Disappears: This Time, It's Social Me
BBC:
Government launches data mash-up
DigiTimes:
Transition to 16:9 aspect ratio unstoppable, says DisplaySearch
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Chinese Bloggers Scale The ‘Great Firewall’ In Riot's Aftermath
 

 
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