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12:05 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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Next (Real) Challenge: July 22 Q2 Earnings Report  —  While a lot of focus has been put on Yahoo's potentially ugly proxy fight with activist investor Carl Icahn-which could come to a head at its August 1 annual meeting unless both sides figure out a truce before then-more attention …
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 …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Icahn letter outlines Microsoft's support
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Microsoft letter backs Icahn, renews Yahoo focus
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.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Daniel Smith / Smithereens:
Apple Flips Rogers the Bird A Week Before Canadian iPhone Launch?
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
iPhone 3G in Canada: Apple Doing to Rogers What Rogers Did to Consumers?
Discussion: CrackBerry.com blogs
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple allegedly sanctioning Rogers for iPhone rates
Discussion: Ubergizmo, textually.org and Digg
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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Might Microsoft's Midori be ‘Cairo’ revisited?
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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Segway CTO Joins Apple As VP Of Product Design  —  Given the way that Apple tries to push the boundaries of product design in so many ways, it takes a unique talent to run product design at the company.  Both Jonathan Ive and Steve Jobs get much of the credit for the designs of products like the iPod, iMac and iPhone.
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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.
TmoNews:
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?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Mobile ad company Admob is about to mint money  —  Advertising on mobile phones is a trying market.  Americans have been slow to surf the mobile web, in large part because dominant carriers have made browsing the web so painful.  —  But one young company, Admob, is showing impressive results despite …
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS:
Google's Street View response  —  Last week I published a letter Privacy International had written to Google, questioning certain aspects of Street View.  —  You can read the accompanying news story here.  —  Well, now Google has written back to Simon Davies, and in the interests of balance you can read their letter below.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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BBC:
Google defends Street View tool
Discussion: PDA and WebProNews
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Hope for Flash on iPhone?  New Mac version runs 3 x faster  —  It's something Mac users have lived with for years: the version of Adobe's Flash Player for OSX runs much less efficiently than its Windows counterpart.  Perhaps then, we shouldn't have been all that surprised …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, eWeek, MacUser and IntoMobile
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Hurry up, the customer has a complaint  —  As blogs expand the reach of a single voice, firms monitor the Internet looking for the dissatisfied  —  A complaint about Southwest Airlines made by Travis Johnson on the website Twitter drew a quick, public response from the airline.  (JB Reed/Bloomberg News/File)
 
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