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1:35 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! …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Carl Icahn Screwed Up a Perfectly Good Search Deal  —  A source close to Yahoo, a source close to Microsoft, and Carl Icahn disagree about a critical part of the search proposal that Yahoo rejected over the weekend: whether or not it required that Carl Icahn be given control of Yahoo.
PR Newswire:
Icahn Issues Open Letter to Shareholders of Yahoo!
Discussion: BetaNews and Digital Daily
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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft giving the Xbox 360 a totally new Dashboard  —  Microsoft just announced at E3 that they'll be giving the Xbox 360 a total software overhaul this fall.  “When people turn on their Xbox 360s this fall, they'll get an entirely new interface and Dashboard, an entirely new Xbox through …
Xbox Press:
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:   Microsoft issues open letter to Xbox Live community
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 …
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.
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
App developers grow impatient with lack of Android updates
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Gavin Clarke / The Register: pulls plug on Sun's flagship Unix servers  —  Exclusive is chucking out the last of it Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire servers this week, ending one of Sun's most bragged about relationships.  —  The software-as-a-service (SaaS) pioneer told The Reg …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Ditches Remainder of Sun Hardware
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
Discussion: Forbes, Gearlog and TG Daily
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.
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.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Bucket Testing New Digg-Like Search Interface  —  Google has experimented with search features that let users vote on search results, and/or recommend other results than those given, since late 2007.  They generally bucket test these features (meaning some small percentage of users …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Sojern gives airlines a new way to make money — your boarding pass
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How PaidContent Succeeded in Mining Digital Media Niche
The Official Google Blog:
“In their own words”: political videos meet Google speech-to-text technology
Discussion: Communications …
Computerworld UK:
Forrester: Enterprise open source is a consumers' game
Discussion: Open Source
IDG News Service:
Lenovo Launches Ultrathin ThinkPad X200 Laptop
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Network Content to be Featured on
Discussion: Beet.TV and Pulse 2.0
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Online advertising during a recession: 5 key trends for ad-based startups
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
Fhauge / Opera Community:
A few final bugs...
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Hyperlocal social networking: iPhone 3G may be the trigger
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Project Cassandra: Facebook's Open Source Alternative to Google BigTable
Discussion: TechCrunchIT

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Jessica Goodman / Entertainment Weekly:
Adele's new album, 25, now available on Pandora despite not being on subscription streaming sites like Apple Music and Spotify

Alex Weprin / Politico:
CNN pivots HLN back toward news

Joe Mullin / Ars Technica UK:
US district judge sides with Rightscorp, says DMCA doesn't protect ISP Cox Communications in order ahead of December trial

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