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1:45 AM ET, July 10, 2008

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo seeks ad revenue by fueling others' search innovation  —  In an attempt to boost its search-ad business, Yahoo has begun a project that lets anyone build a customized search engine atop the Internet company's technology.  —  The service, which enters public beta testing Wednesday night …
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS — The Next Step in our Open Search Ecosystem  —  Today, Yahoo! Search is taking another step in extending the Yahoo! Open Strategy with the launch of Yahoo! Search BOSS, a web services platform that allows developers and companies to create and launch web-scale search products by utilizing …
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo! Lets You “Build Your Own Search Service”  —  Yahoo! has just unveiled the next phase in their plan to spur search innovation by providing search-related resources to developers.  The Yahoo! Build Your Own Search Service (BOSS) enables developers to access Yahoo! search results …
Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
IPhone Apps Likely To Launch Thursday  —  Apple may launch its iPhone App Store Thursday, according to three people who have been briefed on the matter.  —  The online store will open at noon Eastern time, Thursday, to coincide with when the iPhone goes on sale in New Zealand, according to one source.
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Friend Book App: Shake Two iPhones Together to Share Contact Information
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
What's in store for the Apps Store: third-party applications …
Discussion: InformationWeek and TechCrunch
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm sailing away  —  My goodness I am so high it's not funny.  Apologies for all the confusion lately and much love to the many folks who have written in asking, Dude, what the hell is going on with the blog?  There's no big scandal or anything.  It's just I tried to add a new permission for …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Fake Steve Jobs calling it a day
Discussion: New York Times and Gizmodo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Needs Music Labels?  Last.fm Starts Paying Royalties To Unsigned Artists  —  Music-streaming service Last.fm is now paying unsigned artists royalties for every song played on its service.  Since the company announced the program last January, 70,000 artists and small music labels have signed up for it and uploaded 450,000 tracks.
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 …
Jcoyne / John Coyne's Embedded Blog:
It's the End for 3.11!!  —  for those that were not aware, we recently announced that effective November 1st, 2008, OEM's will no longer be able to license Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in the embedded channel.  Now we all know that it's been long gone in the standard (retail/OEM) channel …
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:   Windows 3.11 Reaches End-Of-Life (Seriously)
CBC News:
Rogers caves on iPhone pricing, sort of  —  Rogers Communications Inc. has bowed to public pressure and temporarily lowered the price of internet usage on Apple Inc.'s hotly awaited iPhone, which is being released in Canada on Friday.  —  The company will now offer a $30-a-month plan …
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Canada NewsWire Group:
Calling all iPhone 3G fans!
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Leaked Sprint roadmap reveals slew of releases through September?  —  Though the document doesn't exactly look magazine-quality, this is a case where we'd argue that it doesn't have to be to be real; it's clearly for internal use only, for one thing, and secondly, we don't know where else …
Discussion: Unwired View and SlashPhone
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Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint launching HTC Touch Diamond on September 2nd?
Discussion: WMExperts, CrunchGear and Electronista
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Senate Approves Bill to Broaden Wiretap Powers  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to a major expansion of the government's surveillance powers, handing President Bush one more victory in a series of hard-fought clashes with Democrats over national security issues.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senate Sells Out The Country: Approves Telco Immunity
Discussion: TechCrunch
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Apple Ups The Ante With 3G iPhone  —  But RIM's almost ready to counter  —  It's been just over a year since the iPhone was released, and Apple (AAPL) is upping the ante in the smart phone wars.  —  We're talking about the release of the new 3G version of the iPhone.
download.zonealarm.com:
Workaround to Sudden Loss of Internet Access Problem  —  Date Last Revised : 9 July 2008  —  Overview : Microsoft Update KB951748 is known to cause loss of internet access for ZoneAlarm users on Windows XP/2000.  Windows Vista users are not affected. Impact : Sudden loss of internet access
Microsoft:
Steve Ballmer: Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2008  —  Remarks by Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft  —  SCOTT STANFIELD: I'm Scott Stanfield, CEO of Vertigo.  I bet our business years ago on .NET.  It turns out that was a pretty good idea, because with .NET we now have the ultimate skeleton key.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Pirate Bay Wants to Encrypt the Entire Internet  —  The team behind the popular torrent site The Pirate Bay has started to work on a new encryption technology that could potentially protect all Internet traffic from prying eyes.  The project, which is still in its initial stages …
Discussion: Ars Technica and GigaOM
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.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Senate Grapples With Web Privacy Issues  —  At Hearing, More Questions Than Answers  —  Consumers worry about their Internet privacy.  Politicians vow to investigate.  And two of the nation's biggest tech companies, Google and Microsoft, support federal legislation for data collection.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Sequoia's $4.5 million bet on casual game site  —  When Roelof Botha struggled to buy a $10 pack of virtual armor and weaponry from the casual game site Duels earlier this year, it turned out to be good fortune for the site's creator, Challenge Games.  —  Botha, a venture capitalist …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Elonex shows off second Small, Cheap Computer
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Wall Street Journal:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Shareholders Will Now Take $31.50. They Won't Get It
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Why Microsoft is cutting its Xbox 360 price on Sunday
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Sprint's Samsung Instinct breaks Best Buy sales record!
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OTOY Developing Server-Side 3D Rendering Technology
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