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5:15 PM ET, July 7, 2008

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PR Newswire:
Microsoft Statement Regarding Carl Icahn Letter  —  REDMOND, Wash., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. today issued the following statement:  —  In the past week we have had the opportunity to discuss with Carl Icahn the prospects for a possible agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo!.
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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 …
PR Newswire:
Icahn Issues Open Letter to Shareholders of Yahoo!  —  SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE SOLICITATION OF PROXIES BY CARL C. ICAHN AND HIS AFFILIATES FROM THE STOCKHOLDERS OF YAHOO! INC. FOR USE AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Major Yahoo Investor Leans Toward Backing Carl Icahn Too  —  Microsoft's not the only one possibly backing billionaire investor Carl Icahn in his quest to unseat Yahoo's leadership and board-major Yahoo investor Gordon Crawford told Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang in a face-to-face meeting last week …
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Statement in Response to Carl Icahn's Latest Open Letter  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, today issued the following statement in response to Carl Icahn's latest open letter to Yahoo! stockholders:
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
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yahoo: Night of the Living Dead
Discussion: I4U News
Drew Cullen / The Register:
O2 starts 3G iPhone stampede - and runs away  —  O2 today started taking pre-orders on its website for Apple's iPhone 3G - and stopped taking them again within minutes of opening the doors.  —  Customers were told by text message that new iPhones were available to existing customers who upgrade.
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Frenzied demand for Apple's new 3G iPhone
Discussion: The Open Road, Inquirer and I4U News
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
iPhone ‘sellout’: deliberate ploy?
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Official Facebook Version of Scrabble Spells Doubt For Scrabulous
Discussion: Business Wire
BlackBerry Sync:
BlackBerry Thunder Exclusive Shots (Meet the media player...)  —  That's right folks an anonymous tipster has sent us shots of the highly anticipated BlackBerry Thunder.  The Thunder also known as BlackBerry 9500 will feature a huge 360x480 touch display and will apparently run on OS 4.7.
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.
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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
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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 …
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Flash Lite runs on the iPhone  —  Adobe Flash is already running on an iPhone, well, Flash Lite does just that thanks to Belgian designer/coder Thomas Joos.  —  Joos has managed to port Flash onto an iPhone in order to run an event guide he had prepared for a local music festival.
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Hope for Flash on iPhone? New Mac version runs 3 x faster
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, TG Daily, MacUser and eWeek
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
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
The New WSJ.com: More Readers, Who Are Less Interested  —  Last year Rupert Murdoch reversed himself and decided not to make the online version of the Wall Street Journal free.  That looks like a good call: WSJ.com has been posting huge growth this year, even as it has kept its pay wall up.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
One Subpoena Is All It Takes to Reveal Your Online Life  —  Whenever questions are raised about privacy, big online companies talk about how benign their plans are for using data about their customers: Much data is anonymous, they say, and even the information that is linked to individuals …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Comes The iPhone App Store
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What good is collective intelligence if it doesn't make us smarter?
Discussion: The Open Road and Webware.com
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
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