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3:40 AM ET, July 13, 2008


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Yahoo! Rejects Microsoft/Icahn Search and Restructuring Proposal  —  Yahoo! Suggests Microsoft Make A Proposal To Acquire Whole Company  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, confirmed today that it has rejected a joint proposal from Microsoft Corporation …
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Yahoo Rejects New Offer From Icahn And Microsoft; Says: ‘Just Buy Us Already For $33 Per Share’  —  An oddly timed announcement indeed... or not, given that the initial deal fell through on a Saturday evening.  In a just-released statement, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) says on Friday it received …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Issue Of Trust Is With Google, Not Viacom  —  Earlier this month Louis L. Stanton, the senior judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, ordered Google to hand over YouTube user log data to Viacom to help Viacom determine damages in their ongoing billion dollar litigation with Google.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Google, Viacom now clashing over YouTube employee records  —  Viacom wants to know which videos YouTube employees have watched and uploaded to the site, and Google is refusing to provide that information, CNET News has learned.  —  This dispute is the reason the two companies and lawyers representing …
Discussion: Mashable! and Techdirt
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:   Viacom: Easy Tiger, We Don't Want Your Data
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Gphone For Real?  —  For a long time there were quite a few rumors about Google making a Gphone, its own hardware device.  In the end it came out with Android, a software platform that it is promoting in partnership with 50 odd companies.  The platform is still under development …
Dan Cox / Mediaweek:
Google Co-founders Talk Tech  —  Trio dishes on Microsoft, branded mobile phones  —  Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin and CEO Eric Schmidt sat down unexpectedly Thursday for 75 minutes with a dozen journalists to give their impressions on the state of the technology community and Google's place in it.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail to No Longer Auto Add Contacts  —  Google has finally realized that it's a bad idea to automatically add to the list of Gmail contacts all the people you've sent an email.  An updated version of Gmail's contact manager has a separate section for the people you've emailed: “suggested contacts”.
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Ryan Spoon:
Techmeme's Leaderboard is Shifting: Nearly 1/3rd of Leaderboard is New  —  I've analyzed Techeme's Leaderboard several times before (headlines vs. discussions, ‘presence’ vs. pageviews, etc) and thought it would be worthwhile to understand movement within the leaderboard.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
European retailers sell out at iPhone 3G launch  —  European retailers were sold out of the new iPhone 3G before stores in the US even opened on Friday, thanks in part to strong marketing from Apple's mobile partners.  —  The initial sales surge not only blew through stores' inventory …
iPhone 3G: Hands-on reviewer's notebook
Discussion: and Infinite Loop
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Zimbra Mobile for the iPhone 2.0  —  Zimbra is looking to expand its platform to the iPhone.  Recently they announced Zimbra Mobile for iPhone 2.0.  Zimbra Mobile for iPhone 2.0 will allow iPhone users over-the-air two-way synchronization of e-mails, calendar, contacts …
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Emily Price / Download Squad:
iPhone App Review: Pandora for iPhone and iPod touch  —  Friday amidst the fury new iPhone application releases, Pandora released an application for iPhone and iPod touch that allows users to take their personalized radio stations with them.  Existing Pandora users can download the free app …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Apple iPhone v2.0 software on Saturday: Still M.I.A.  —  Approximately 36 hours after the release of the iPhone 2.0 firmware, existing iPhone customers still can't download it. iTunes says it's unavailable.  Apple should have done better.  —  We already know that on Friday, there were severe activation problems with the iPhone 3G.
Discussion: and One More Thing
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Payment System Nigh?  —  AllFacebook is reporting that some users have noticed an SSL version of Facebook upon signing in (notice the “https” in lieu of regular “http” in the address bar below).  —  Why would Facebook be deploying secure connections?  Perhaps it just wants to secure the transmission of user passwords.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Signs Point to Payment Platform Launch
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