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2:55 PM ET, July 13, 2008

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Yahoo!:
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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New York Times:
Yahoo Again Spurns a Microsoft Offer  —  Yahoo said Saturday night that it had rejected a renewed proposal by Microsoft, together with the activist investor Carl C. Icahn, to buy the Internet company's search business.  —  The proposal, made Friday evening by Mr. Icahn and Microsoft's chief executive …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
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 …
DealBook:
Yahoo Rejects Microsoft-Icahn Search Proposal
Discussion: Download Squad and Profy.Com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   New Microsoft Offer, Quickly Rejected
Reuters:
Yahoo rejects joint Microsoft, Icahn proposal
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gphone May Really Happen, And Ammunition Group May Be Designing It  —  2007 was the year of speculation of a Google Phone, or Gphone.  Handset manufacturer HTC was the center of attention around most of the rumors.  But Google eventually squashed those rumors by announcing the Open Handset Alliance and Android.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Gphone For Real?
Discussion: Screenwerk and Valleywag
Xbox.com:
Xbox 360 Console Now Offers Triple the Storage  —  Redmond, Washington—Microsoft is giving consumers more gigabytes for their buck.  The company today announced an Xbox 360® console with triple the storage space of the original console, but for the same price of $349 (U.S.) estimated retail price.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Updated: Microsoft confirms Xbox 360 price cut and new 60-gigabyte model  —  Microsoft came through tonight with a press release announcing its $50 price cut for the Xbox 360 Pro (with a 20 gigabyte hard drive) model, which drops from $349 to $299 in the U.S. and Canada.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone 3G and firmware 2.0: the day after  —  So many of you are probably still in your jammies, reveling in the afterglow of yesterday's purchase, repeatedly opening Maps on your glossy new iPhone 3G and watching in exaggerated wonderment as your location is determined with frightening speed and accuracy.
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Macworld:
Apple: iPhone 3G display color warmer by design
Discussion: PalmAddicts
John Markoff / New York Times:
On a Small Screen, Just the Salient Stuff  —  WHEN Steven P. Jobs introduced the Apple iPhone 18 months ago, he contended that viewing the Web on it was comparable to browsing on a desktop personal computer.  —  As it turns out, Mr. Jobs may well have understated the quality of the iPhone Web experience.
Michael Falcone / New York Times:
In House, Tweets Fly Over Web Plan  —  WASHINGTON — It began with a twitter from one of Capitol Hill's best-known technophiles.  —  “I just learned the Dems are trying to censor Congressmen's ability to use Twitter Qik YouTube Utterz etc — outrageous and I will fight them,” …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Beet.TV
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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 …
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
So the iPhone Has Problems.  What About the Stock Options?  —  FRIDAY was supposed to be another day of triumph for Steven P. Jobs, Apple's co-founder, chief executive and master mesmerist.  But when the latest iPhone — the 3G — arrived in stores around the world, systems became overwhelmed …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nephrologist To Mac Blogger: The Unlikely Career Path Of MacRumors' Arnold Kim  —  When MacRumors founder/editor Arnold Kim announced he was quitting his day job to work on his Apple news site full-time, we figured he was giving up programming, or Web design, or something Mac-focused.  Nope!
 
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iPhone App Review: Pandora for iPhone and iPod touch
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Apple iPhone v2.0 software on Saturday: Still M.I.A.
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