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12:20 AM ET, July 15, 2008


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Microsoft Sets the Record Straight  —  On July 12, Yahoo! Inc. released a statement relating to recent discussions involving Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Carl Icahn.  Microsoft believes the statement contains inaccuracies that need to be corrected.  —  On the evening of July 12, Yahoo! …
PR Newswire:
Icahn Issues Open Letter to Shareholders of Yahoo!
Discussion: BetaNews and Digital Daily
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft, Yahoo, and Carl Icahn Descend Into Backstabbing Chaos*
PR Newswire:
Microsoft and Netflix Unveil Partnership to Instantly Stream Movies and TV Episodes to the TV via Xbox LIVE  —  Exclusive agreement creates game-changing home entertainment experience; more than 10,000 movies and TV episodes will be available to watch instantly at no additional cost to paying subscribers.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Netflix comes to the Xbox 360.  Did Microsoft just destroy the Apple TV?  —  If you're a Netflix subscriber and like gaming in any way, drop what you are doing immediately and go buy an Xbox 360.  If you have an Xbox 360 and like movies in anyway, go sign up for Netflix immediately.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET
Netflix streaming movies hit Microsoft's Xbox 360 (legitimately)
Discussion: Channel 10 and Maximum PC all
Apple Sells One Million iPhone 3Gs in First Weekend  —  Apple® today announced it sold its one millionth iPhone™ 3G on Sunday, just three days after its launch on Friday, July 11. iPhone 3G is now available in 21 countries—Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple says turn-by-turn GPS coming to iPhone, copy / paste not a high priority  —  There's been a lot of random misinformation about the iPhone 3G floating around out there, like David Pogue's baffling comment that the device's GPS antenna is “too small” to support turn-by-turn directions …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Xbox Press:
MARC WHITTEN LETTER ON THE NEW XBOX EXPERIENCE  —  When we launched Xbox 360 in November 2005, Xbox LIVE was integrated directly into the console.  Back then, Xbox 360 was the first system to deliver access to experiences beyond just the disc in the tray.  With the Xbox guide and dashboard …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Ola Rosling / The Official Google Blog:
No cameras.  No lights.  Just data.  —  A few weeks ago we heard about a project Radiohead was working on.  The band was making a new video, but they weren't using any cameras, just lasers and data.  As you might imagine, we were intrigued.  —  The song is called “House of Cards,” from Radiohead's recent “In Rainbows” album.
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Intel Releases Centrino 2 Mobile Platform  —  The Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform for laptops is the chip maker's fifth platform for notebooks.  The Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform offers the company's latest 45-nanometer processors, new wireless technology and enhanced graphics.
Erica Ogg / CNET
After miscue, Centrino 2 takes the stage
Discussion: Engadget
Americans Viewed 12 Billion Videos Online in May 2008  —  Fox Interactive Media Gains Market Share on Increase in Videos Viewed at  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released May 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
Introducing Wii MotionPlus, Nintendo's upcoming accessory for the revolutionary Wii Remote  —  Nintendo's upcoming Wii MotionPlus accessory for the revolutionary Wii Remote controller again redefines game control, by more quickly and accurately reflecting motions in a 3-D space.
Discussion: InformationWeek
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus add-on makes the Wii Remote a true 1:1 motion controller
Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Printer dots raise privacy concerns  —  WASHINGTON — The affordability and growing popularity of color laser printers is raising concerns among civil liberties advocates that your privacy may not be worth the paper you're printing on.  —  More manufacturers are outfitting greater numbers …
Discussion: Things That
eBay scores victory over Tiffany in Internet trademark case  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc scored a major legal victory on Monday when a federal judge absolved it of responsibility for policing fake Tiffany jewelry sold on its website and held that brand owners …
Discussion: Wendy's Blog and Associated Press
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Way to Save Internet Video  —  There is a lot of money being spent trying to turn internet video into something its not.  Its not TV.  It's certainly not going to be HDTV.  What is shocking about the entire attempt to turn the internet into a tv/HDTV distribution medium is how much people lie …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Online advertising during a recession: 5 key trends for ad-based startups  —  One of my top 25 search queries is “recession advertising” so I thought I'd expand on this topic a little bit, since important parts of the economy continue to implode and the folks who are thinking about business models should be worried.
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
See Your Future Facebook Profile Now at  —  It appears that the beta for Facebook's new user profiles is now live.  To check out what your re-designed profile will look like, just head to once logged into your account.  This will not change your actual profile yet …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's new VAIO Z, FW, SR and BZ laptops go official  —  Leaks, rumors and teasers have told us just about everything we'd ever need to know about Sony's new VAIO lineup before we ever laid eyes on it, but Sony has finally confirmed its new VAIO Z, FW, SR and BZ laptops.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google plays Hide and Seek with Android SDK  —  How to lose friends and alienate developers  —  Google's strict code of secrecy may work fine for protecting its internal operations.  But the company isn't ingratiating itself to software developers by keeping major updates …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Lenovo Launches Ultrathin ThinkPad X200 Laptop
Discussion: Engadget
Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:
Rogers says thousands of new iPhones sold in Canada
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacRumors
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET
Warner to offer cheaper Blu-ray movies later this year
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Generic Malware Debunking Post
Discussion: InformationWeek
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Network Content to be Featured on
Discussion: Beet.TV and Pulse 2.0
Gavin Clarke / The Register: pulls plug on Sun's flagship Unix servers
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
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A few final bugs...
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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Search Biz: Google And The “M-Word,” …
 Earlier Items: 
Erica Ogg / CNET
Dell adding 128GB SSD option to notebook lines
Microsoft Signs Agreement to Purchase Data Quality Start-up Zoomix
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Foo Camp 2008: Shangri La For Geeks
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Helping yourself to Webmaster Tools
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Cash- and code-based software economies
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Hyperlocal social networking: iPhone 3G may be the trigger
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Mashable!
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Project Cassandra: Facebook's Open Source Alternative to Google BigTable
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Enterprises become the battleground for social networking
Discussion: Enterprise Alley