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10:05 PM ET, July 15, 2008


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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Finding A Perfect Match  —  Last month, Twitter had a very special date in New York City.  We met with another startup, had lunch at the famous Shake Shack, and spent some quality time together in Union Square.  The meeting with this other startup was largely a formality …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Buys Summize For About $15M: Gets Search - And Maybe A Business Model  —  Now it's a done deal.  Twitter has purchased search engine Summize, a deal that leaked out last week but didn't wrap up until the last few days.  Twitter's Biz Stone has the official announcement here …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Twitter Acquires Summize Search Engine
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Evan Williams: Summize Acquisition, API Issues …
Discussion: THINK / Musings and TechCrunchIT
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft tells Congress Yahoogle will own 90% of ad market  —  A US Senate subcommittee heard testimony today about the competitive implications of Yahoo's recent deal with Google, which will see the company mix ads supplied by Google with its own on search result pages.
Discussion: TechSpot and CNET
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Congress: But Google Will Have Outrageous 90% Market Share!
Discussion: InfoWorld
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorkin on Yang: He Might Step Down If That's Best For Yahoo
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Microsoft cites Yang comments on Google-Yahoo deal
Rob Lever / Agence France Presse:
Google-Yahoo tie-up draws fire on Capitol Hill
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Google: the mother of antitrust battles?
San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. officials locked out of computer network  —  (07-14) 19:23 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A disgruntled city computer engineer has virtually commandeered San Francisco's new multimillion-dollar computer network, altering it to deny access to top administrators even as he sits in jail on $5 million bail, authorities said Monday.
Discussion: Techdirt
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Confirmed: Apple files suit against Psystar  —  [UPDATE: Suit now confirmed.  More to follow shortly ...]  —  It seems that Apple has grown tired of Apple-clone Psystar and has filed suit against the Florida company at the federal district court for the northern district of California.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple finally sues unlicensed Macintosh cloner Psystar
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Apple vs. Psystar complaint excerpts: ‘Invaluable good is being eroded’
Discussion: Gearlog
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SK Telecom In Talks To Buy Sprint Nextel, CNBC Says; WSJ Says SK May Invest, But No Merger Talks (Updated)  —  SK Telecom (SKM) is in talks to acquire Sprint Nextel (S), according to CNBC.  This is not a new theory; rumors that SK Telecom might want to buy Sprint have been around for at least a year.
David Faber /
SK Telecom in Talks to Acquire Sprint: Sources  —  SK Telecom, which is smaller than Sprint  —  [S Loading...  () ], would be joined in any deal by private equity firms that would contribute cash towards the purchase, sources told CNBC.  —  A deal is not imminent and while the talks are on-going …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint, SK Telecom Discuss Venture
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone 3G: Sold out in 21 states  —  Shoppers hunting for iPhone 3Gs can still find them — if they're willing to get up early and, in some cases, drive long distances.  —  As of 6:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, all three models (8GB black, 16 GB black or white) of the hot-selling device were sold out in 21 states …
Dan Rubin / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:   The iPhone 3G proves that there is no economic downturn
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hold On — Issues Remain Over Google & Viacom's Deal On YouTube Viewing Privacy  —  Google and Viacom have reached an agreement meant to ease privacy concerns about YouTube records being handed over to Viacom through a court order.  However, there remain some questions about how exactly the …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Viacom, Google agree to mask 12TB of YouTube user data
Discussion: Tech Beat and Gizmodo
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google, Viacom Reach Deal Over YouTube Visitor Data
Discussion: Valleywag
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold review: we've been rockin' it for a month  —  This might be a shocker out there to many, but we do actually, you know, not leak things from time to time.  What's important here, is that we've been rockin' a BlackBerry Bold for around a month now and have a great handle on the unit.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Copy and Paste  —  There are two possibilities regarding the iPhone's continued lack of a system-wide copy-and-paste clipboard.  Either Apple's iPhone UI team doesn't plan to add it, or, they haven't gotten to it yet. … No direct quotes from Joswiak, but based on Segan's paraphrasing …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pandora Usage Stats Prove It's iPhone's Killer App  —  Pandora's internet radio has always been one of those sites that was really cool in concept, but too inconvenient to ever go mainstream.  The service was long tied to computers only, and while it eventually expanded to special internet radios …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Summer Update (9.4) Trickles Out  —  As TiVo does, they've started rolling out the summer software update ahead of a general release.  In fact, the priority page hasn't been updated yet.  Though, I hear all boxes should be upgraded by the end of the month.  Of the disclosed new features, two in particular caught my eye.
Rafat Ali /
Sony's PS3 & PSP Movie Service Launching; Seven Studios Signed On; Adopts Marlin Open DRM  —  All this activity around E3: a day after XBox announced its integration of Netflix's (NSDQ: NFLX) online movie service, rival Sony (NYSE: SNE) is announcing some of its own services …
PLAYSTATION(R)Network's Video Delivery Service to Offer Movies …
Discussion: last100 and
Agence France Presse:
Brazilians first to unlock new iPhone: reports  —  SAO PAULO (AFP) - A Brazilian company is claiming to be the first to have found a way to unlock Apple's new iPhone 3G, getting around restrictions that require users to sign up for calling plans with exclusive carriers, reports said Tuesday.
Discussion: InformationWeek
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mini Exit: BallHype and ShowHype Acquired for $3 Million  —  The husband and wife behind BallHype and ShowHype, two Digg clones that focus on baseball and entertainment news, have earned a modest pay day: $3 million from media group Future US.  That's not bad given the two never raised …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google pushes towards 70 percent of all U.S. searches; Yahoo, Microsoft push towards zero percent  —  The ascent continues.  Google accounted for a ridiculous 69.17 percent of all U.S. search in June, according to new data from Hitwise.  What's even more ridiculous is that the search engine is still adding market share.
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google Sued For Selling Ads On Parked Domains  —  A class-action lawsuit alleges that Google committed fraud, business code violations, and unjust enrichment by selling ads that were unlikely to generate conversions.  —  Google on Friday was sued for fraud, business code violations …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
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Jack Marshall / ClickZ:
U.K. Online Ad Spending Slows
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
iPhone Developers have a blockbuster weekend
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
Alex Albrecht Tanks and Spanks Bosses in Project Lore
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Valleywag and AppScout
Paul Levine Joins Zvents Board of Directors
SanDisk Introduces Write-Once Memory Cards for Applications …
Discussion: Engadget, Gadgetell, Gizmodo and Gearlog
Greg / Pinch Media:
Percentage of free applications decreasing
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Gong Show
Jonathan Corbet / Linux Weather Forecast:
2.6.26 at last  —  Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.26 kernel …
Discussion: Open Source and eWeek
Tracking Of Users Across Web Sites Could Face Strict Rules
Discussion: DSLreports and MarketingVOX
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Criminal probe ended, Apple CEO still has hurdles
Discussion: Macsimum News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sun Pre-Announces Solid FY Q4; Stock Jumps After Hours
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CrunchBase Now Has An API, So Grab Our Data
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How Did Apple's Supply Chain Fare During the iPhone 3G Rollout?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nintendo's New Wii Features: Musical Instruments, Speakerphone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Erik Kennedy / Infinite Loop:
Xcode 3.1 brings security, performance, and UI improvements
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Test feature shows social search may be on the way for Google
Michael Steil /
1200 Baud Archeology: Reconstructing Apple I BASIC from a Cassette Tape
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CrunchGear