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7:00 PM ET, July 14, 2008


 Top Items: 
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! …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microhoo mudslinging: Icahn says Yahoo distorts facts of offer; Microsoft agrees  —  The Microhoo saga gets messier by the minute and will probably get worse as we near the Aug. 1 shareholder meeting where Carl Icahn tries to boot Yahoo's board and CEO Jerry Yang.
PR Newswire:
Icahn Issues Open Letter to Shareholders of Yahoo!  —  Carl Icahn today issued the following open letter to Yahoo! shareholders.  —  ICAHN PARTNERS LP ICAHN PARTNERS MASTER FUND LP  —  ICAHN PARTNERS MASTER FUND II LP  —  ICAHN PARTNERS MASTER FUND III LP  —  HIGH RIVER LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
Discussion: Digital Daily and BetaNews
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Microsoft, Yahoo, and Carl Icahn Descend Into Backstabbing Chaos*
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET   Microsoft enters Yahoo-Icahn fight to ‘set record straight’
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.
Xbox Press:
Discussion: CNET and Gizmodo
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft giving the Xbox 360 a totally new Dashboard
Discussion: Forbes and TG Daily
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft details other 360 improvements, including hard drive game installs
Discussion: Inquirer
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 …
iPhone App Store Downloads Top 10 Million in First Weekend  —  Apple® today announced that iPhone™ and iPod® touch users have already downloaded more than 10 million applications from its groundbreaking new App Store since its launch late last week.
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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus add-on makes the Wii Remote a true 1:1 motion controller  —  While we saw it hinted at in patents, Nintendo is springing quite the doozy on us at E3 in the form of its new Wii MotionPlus add-on.  Perhaps in a preemptive strike against supposed Wiimote competition …
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Nintendo Introduces Wii Motion Plus
Enterprises become the battleground for social networking  —  The battle to provide social networking in the enterprise is under way between solutions from established software vendors and readily available offerings such as Facebook and LinkedIn, with these sites possessing a lot of momentum …
Discussion: Enterprise Alley and Beyond Search
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Hyperlocal social networking: iPhone 3G may be the trigger
Discussion: Mashable! and O'Reilly Radar
Declan McCullagh / CNET
eBay wins counterfeit-sales suit filed by Tiffany  —  eBay cannot be forced to police its auction listings to identify counterfeit Tiffany & Co. products, a federal judge ruled on Monday in a lawsuit brought by the iconic 171-year-old jewelry company.  —  In what could become a landmark case …
Microsoft Signs Agreement to Purchase Data Quality Start-up Zoomix  —  The Zoomix development group will join Microsoft's R&D center in Israel  —  Microsoft announced today that it has signed an agreement to purchase Zoomix, an Israeli start-up focused on data quality software.
InfoWorld:   Microsoft buys Zoomix to add data quality to SQL Server
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
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Sony's PlayStation 3 Gaining Ground on Xbox With Games, Blu-Ray  —  Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3, the 2007 loser in the fight for second place in video-game console sales, is gaining ground on Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360.  —  The PlayStation 3 outsold the Xbox 360 in the U.S. in the first five months …
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 …
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 …
PC World:
3G iPhone's Mediocre Battery Life Still Beats Rivals  —  The 3G iPhone's sub-6-hour battery life gets a word score of fair from the PC World Test Center, but it still beats out other 3G handsets.  —  Yardena Arar, PC World  —  Recommends  —  The battery life on Apple's new 3G iPhone isn't great …
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Helping yourself to Webmaster Tools  —  Since not every webmaster can come to us, we are coming to you.  Last November, we announced a pilot program whereby all Go Daddy users got free and easy access to all Webmaster Tools has to offer, right from their account management panels in Go Daddy.
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Erica Ogg / CNET
Dell adding 128GB SSD option to notebook lines
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Foo Camp 2008: Shangri La For Geeks
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Cash- and code-based software economies
Ola Rosling / The Official Google Blog:
No cameras. No lights. Just data.
Paul Roberts / The Register:
Sun unfolds 1TB of tape
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TokBox Brings Easy Video Chat To All Platforms With AIR
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Facebook literally spells out “Comment” …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Planned Guns N' Roses Deal Underscores Power of Video Games to Sell Songs
Discussion: CNET
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Robot crabs coming to an office near you
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Project Cassandra: Facebook's Open Source Alternative to Google BigTable
Bonnie Cha / CNET
Palm Treo 800w debuts with Sprint
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
The Second Coming: Ars goes in-depth with the iPhone 3G
Discussion: InformationWeek and SlashGear
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Bezos Gets His Game On
Discussion: Xconomy
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
iPhone: The New Personal Computer
Discussion: eWeek and The Social Times