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2:40 PM ET, July 7, 2008


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Suzy Jagger / Times of London:
Yahoo! re-enters merger talks with Time Warner  —  Yahoo! spent the July 4 bank holiday weekend in discussions with its lead adviser, Goldman Sachs, and potential bid partners including Time Warner to defend itself from a break-up by Microsoft.  —  The online search engine is seeking …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Signals It Would Rather Talk To An Icahn-Controlled Yahoo  —  Dissident Yahoo shareholder Carl Icahn and Microsoft have been talking to each other (as has everyone else involved in a possible Yahoo deal, including Yahoo and AOL over the weekend).  In a letter to shareholders …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Icahn, Ballmer pair up, talk Microhoo; Push to boot Yang and Yahoo's board  —  Updated: Activist investor Carl Icahn and Microsoft are now in cahoots to toss Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and the company's board of directors.  —  Icahn says in a letter that he has been chatting up Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer along …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft (MSFT) to Yahoo (YHOO) Shareholders: Fire Board and We Might Buy Company
Discussion: Tech Beat
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Next (Real) Challenge: July 22 Q2 Earnings Report
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, Carl and Steve: If You Want Our Yahoo Vote, You Need To Give Us More Details
Discussion: Deal Journal
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Frenzied demand for Apple's new 3G iPhone  —  Demand for the new 3G version of the iPhone has outstripped supply, and O2, Apple's exclusive UK mobile phone partner, says it has run out of stock for customers wanting to pre-order the device before it goes on general release on Friday.
Discussion: The Open Road, Inquirer and I4U News
Drew Cullen / The Register:
O2 starts 3G iPhone stampede - and runs away
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Why you'll have a long wait for Microsoft's next OS  —  The recent buzz over Microsoft's efforts to build a completely new OS from scratch has led to some wild speculation.  The silliness reached its apex last weekend in the New York Times, where San Jose State University business professor …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Might Microsoft's Midori be ‘Cairo’ revisited?
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Leaked Photo of Aluminum MacBook Pro Case  —  Well what do we have here?  The curious shot above was recently born on a Chinese blog and has since began making quite a trip around the internet.  Allegedly picturing a prototype of the upcoming redesigned MacBook Pro case …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked Aluminum MacBook Pro Case Photo?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘Scrabble’ on Facebook: Too little, too late  —  Electronic Arts, the video game giant that owns the rights to digital versions of the board game Scrabble, has announced that later this month, it will launch a Facebook application version of the game in conjunction with Hasbro.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple-Rogers falling out: A story too good to be true?  —  Daniel Smith, a Canadian sales and marketing consultant with an eclectic blog called Smithereens, posted on Saturday what he called “a very plausible rumour” about the launch at of Apple's iPhone 3G on the Rogers Communications network.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's iPhone Enterprise Opportunity “Larger Than Thought,” Goldman Says  —  Goldman Sachs checks in with its cadre of IT executives and measures their appetite for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone: 17% of 100 execs surveyed (that'd be 17 execs, we guess) said they expected to support the iPhone 3G within the next year.
Discussion: Electronista and Macsimum News
National T-mobile 3G launch on October 1st?  —  Once and a while we will ask our users to take an article with a grain of salt.  We're going to up the ante here, and tell you to take this one with a whole damn bucket of salt.  That said, we have some exciting T-mobile news to bring you don't we?
Fred / A VC:
Three Statistics That Lie  —  I love the line about lies; “there are lies, damned lies, and statistics”.  You can use numbers to tell any story you want.  —  In the realm of web statistics, there are three numbers that are great to use if you want to tell lies.  They are:  — RSS subscriber numbers
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Ars Technica
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
A Chinese YouTube Disappears, Along With Millions Of Western Dollars.
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Strong Local Implications in NBC-U's Purchase of The Weather Channel
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and 901am
Local Online Video Ads, Dollars
Discussion: NewTeeVee and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Comes The iPhone App Store
Mark Harris / Times of London:
Waiting for the internet meltdown
Discussion: AppScout
 Earlier Items: 
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
‘Privacy’ Counts as Half a Word if It's in an 8-Point Font
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
What good is collective intelligence if it doesn't make us smarter?
Discussion: The Open Road and
The Center for Social Media:
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video
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Sazell Lets You “Snap The Web”
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Hope for Flash on iPhone? New Mac version runs 3 x faster
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Hurry up, the customer has a complaint
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