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5:05 PM ET, July 9, 2008

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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Push to Sell Ads On YouTube Hits Snags  —  Video Site Is Key To Diversification; The Lawsuit Factor  —  Wringing ad revenue from YouTube is proving to be a challenge for Google Inc.  —  Although users of the popular video-sharing site view clips more than one billion times on most days …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg Launches New Video Ad Units.  Maybe YouTube Should Pay Attention
Discussion: Mashable! and Beet.TV
Canada NewsWire Group:
Calling all iPhone 3G fans!  —  Select Rogers Plus stores to open early coast-to-coast on July 11  —  Launch promotions to include limited time 6GB data offer  —  In anticipation of iPhone 3G launch on July 11, Rogers Wireless today announced plans to open the doors of select Rogers Plus …
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Matt Hartley / Globe and Mail:
Rogers caves to complaints, unveils new 3G data rates
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Introduction to Google Ranking  —  In May, Udi Manber introduced our search quality group, the group responsible for the ranking of search results.  He introduced various teams within “Quality” (as we like to call the group) including Core Ranking, International Search, User Interfaces, Evaluation, Webspam, and other teams.
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google: No hand-tuning search results
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro casing design revealed  —  Photos that reveal the industrial design of Apple Inc.'s next-generation MacBook Pro notebooks have been making the rounds on the Internet since late last week, AppleInsider has learned.  —  People familiar with the ongoing development …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked MacBook Pro Casing Confirmed? [Update]
Discussion: Electronista
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder not quite ready for primetime?  —  That's what one of our RIM ninjas are telling us!  We've got the scoop on the BlackBerry Thunder, and contrary to most reports, we've been told that the unit is nowhere near being able to enter production, let alone being released.
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Are you really serious?
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Microsoft, Google back broad privacy legislation  —  WASHINGTON - Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. told lawmakers Wednesday that Congress should pass basic privacy legislation to protect information about consumers, such as the data being gathered about people's Web surfing habits in order to pinpoint Internet advertising.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to deliver SQL Server 2008 in August  —  The long wait for SQL Server 2008 is nearly over.  —  At its Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston on July 9, Bob Kelly, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Infrastructure Server Marketing, told attendees that SQL Server 2008 will be on the August price list.
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and The Register
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:   Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Due in August
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's Richard Rosenblatt Speaks!  (And Says He's Not For Sale to Yahoo-For Now!)  —  When I was in Los Angeles recently, I stopped by the Santa Monica offices of Demand Media, the network of social networking sites and apps maker, because of the rumors that I had heard swirling around …
Discussion: PDA and HipMojo.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Takes A Gander At Demand Media To Plug Some Holes
Discussion: CNET News.com and paidContent.org
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First Look: OpenMoko's Linux-based open smartphone platform  —  Penguin calls  —  Last Friday, OpenMoko launched its highly anticipated FreeRunner smartphone, a Linux-based handset that's completely open in both hardware and software, and is designed to encourage third-party modification and customization.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yang Denounces Microsoft, Icahn Over Proxy Move  —  Yahoo CEO Accuses Adversaries of Trying To Destabilize Company  —  Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang accused Microsoft Corp. of trying to destabilize the Internet company without a real desire to complete a deal, and he responded sharply to recent comments by investor Carl Icahn.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Legg Mason: We'll Support Icahn If He Guarantees Us $33 (YHOO)
Discussion: MediaFile and CNET News.com
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
How the iPhone 3G is changing the wireless game  —  The iPhone 3G doesn't look much different from the earlier version, but it's poised to have a dramatic impact on the global wireless industry.  Image: Apple  —  When Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off of the iPhone 18 months ago …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VCs a glum bunch over economy, lack of exits  —  Venture capitalists are having a confidence crisis as dwindling exit opportunities and a weak economy conspire to put the kibosh on returns.  —  According to the Silicon Valley Venture Capital Confidence Index the second quarter registered …
Richard Bennett / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's political head-fake  —  The devil's best trick is to persuade us that he doesn't exist, but Google only has to convince us that it's not evil.  Nearing an agreement with Yahoo to grab the ailing company's search business, Google scripted a series of dramatic public events apparently designed to distract from the pending deal.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
FiascO2, Redux  —  The best laid plans of mice and men “gang aft agley,” as they say. iPhone carriers as well, apparently.  Because British wireless carrier O2 claims it was well prepared for the iPhone pre-order event that felled its Web site earlier this week.  It just wasn't well prepared enough.
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Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint launching HTC Touch Diamond on September 2nd?  —  If there's one handset out there that's almost as highly anticipated as the iPhone, it's the HTC Touch Diamond.  Announced in May, we've been waiting for an official carrier announcement here in the United States.
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Windows 3.11 Reaches End-Of-Life (Seriously)  —  Nope, I'm not kidding on this one.  Apparently Microsoft has still been selling this OS in the embedded systems market for quite some time.  That must be why the simulators at Star Trek: The Experience are using the OS to run their systems …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wal-Mart spreadsheet claims 40GB PS3 “will be replaced” in August  —  Not even ten months after rumors began swirling about the introduction of a 40GB PlayStation 3, we're now seeing hints that Sony's low-ender will soon be replaced.  Based on this alleged Wal-Mart spreadsheet, the 40GB PS3 console …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Getty Images To Resell Photos From Hand-Selected Flickr Users  —  In a way, Flickr is kind of the unofficial stock photo service of new media, so this makes sense... the Yahoo-owned photo site now has a deal with stock photo giant Getty (NYSE: GYI) that will see some Flickr users have their photos resold through the company.
Damon Darlin / Bits:
Goodbye, Fake Steve Jobs  —  Daniel Lyons is giving up the “Secret Diary of Steve Jobs” and the unforgettable character he created, “Fake Steve,” a parody of Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs.  —  In a blog item Wednesday, the former Forbes writer and future Newsweek columnist said he would soon …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dominating The U.S. Touch Screen Phone Market
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InfoWorld:
Botnets winning spam wars
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Goldman Sachs: IT spending slips, virtualization rises
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The MobileMe changeover: Everything you need to know
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DNS Vulnerability Found by a GSEC Student Three Years Ago!
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to push XP SP3 via Auto Update on July 10
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
SavvyAuntie Launches For All The Aunts Out There
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Sena Fitzmaurice / Business Wire:
Comcast and Vonage Form Collaboration to Address Network Management …
Eric Smith / The Bivings Report:
Google Lively: Really? I mean... really??
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
DailyCandy and the blogs-to-books trend
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Sun Valley Diary: The New-Media In Crowd
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Medialets Launches iPhone Ad Platform: Think DoubleClick for iPhone Apps
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Dimdim raises $6M for free web meetings
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