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1:20 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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Twitter Acquires Summize Search Engine  —  It turns out those rumors last week were accurate.  Microblogging site Twitter has acquired the Summize search engine, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams confirmed to me.  The size of the transaction is not being disclosed, although the transaction price was paid “mostly in stock.”
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
The backstory on Senate's Google-Yahoo hearing  —  The U.S. Senate is holding a hearing Tuesday on the antitrust implications of the Google-Yahoo ad deal, and the two companies, along with Microsoft, are testifying.  You should expect sober, selfless discussions conducted with the public's best interests in mind.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Voices Concerns about Google-Yahoo Deal's Implications …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Google, Yahoo And Microsoft Live On The Hill
Discussion: eWeek, BoomTown and Bits
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Google exec says Yahoo deal won't expand its lead
Discussion: eWeek and paidContent.org
YouTube Blog:
The Law and Your Privacy: An Update  —  As we let you know on July 4, YouTube received a court order to produce viewing history data.  We are pleased to report that Viacom, MTV and other litigants have backed off their original demand for all users' viewing histories and we will not be providing that information.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Viacom Agree To Preserve User Anonymity In Data Shakedown  —  The Google-Viacom showdown over the handover of YouTube user data appears to be over.  The two sides agreed to changes in a previous ruling that would have required Google to hand over user id's, IP addresses and a list …
BBC:   Viacom ‘backs off’ YouTube demand
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Unlocked with SIM Card Adapter  —  Just four days after its launch, the iPhone 3G has been unlocked for the first time exactly like the original iPhone: using a special card that piggybacks to your SIM card, fooling the phone into thinking it's using an official carrier.
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.
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Jed / The Gray Blog:
APPLE GOES AFTER CLONE MAKER PSYSTAR
Discussion: Beyond Binary and The Mac Observer
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 …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Intel Centrino 2 lives  —  Following a technical stumble which allowed AMD to gain a lead, Intel has now released the long awaited Centrino 2 notebook platform.  —  The platform, code-named “Montevina” was due for release last month but a technical hitch meant that the launch had to be delayed …
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone Device Software 2.0.1 on the way?  —  Every once in a while, we have a slow enough day at the BGR HQ that we sometimes put on our “nerd glasses” and peruse our web server logs for some nitty gritty information.  As we are a fairly popular gadget and technology blog, (no …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Many Silicon Valley Startup Executives Are Hopped Up On Provigil?  —  Is someone you work with taking Provigil to give them an extra competitive edge?  I've spoken with one executive who says he uses it regularly to work twenty hour days, and the buzz lately is that it's the “entrepreneur's drug of choice” around Silicon Valley.
Discussion: Shoemoney and Texas Startup Blog
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.
Matt / WordPress:
WordPress 2.6  —  I'm happy to announce that version 2.6 of WordPress.org is now available, almost a month ahead schedule.  Version 2.6 “Tyner,” named for jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, contains a number of new features that make WordPress a more powerful CMS: you can now track changes to every post …
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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Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
Dell said to be planning launch of low-cost notebook in August  —  Dell is planning to introduce a low-cost notebook in August to join the low-cost notebook market, according to the market sources.  The notebook will be manufactured by Compal Electronics, according to the sources
The Official Google Blog:
“In their own words”: political videos meet Google speech-to-text technology  —  In this U.S. election year, what information could be more important than the candidates' own words to describe their views, actions and platforms?  —  Our teams have been working to develop tools to make it easier …
John Leyden / The Register:
Unpatched Windows PCs own3d in less than four minutes  —  An unpatched PC is likely to last just four minutes on the internet before been attacked and compromised.  —  The time it takes for a PC to get itself owned varies by operating system and what activities a user engages in …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Can We All Get Along?  Um, No.  —  Another day, another round of internecine battling among the main players of the Internet's longest-running soap opera.  —  That would be Yahoo, Microsoft and Carl Icahn.  —  The trio are fighting over the fate of Yahoo (YHOO) and who should control the iconic Web company.
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Outraged Icahn refocuses on ousting Yahoo board
Discussion: Maximum PC all
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will Sept. Qtr Guidance Disappoint the Street?
Discussion: Voices and The Mac Observer
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
EBay Wins Counterfeiting Fight Against Tiffany & Co.
Discussion: TechSpot and Between the Lines
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Digg Traffic to Print Media
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Inquisitr
Jpiccolo / MacOSXHints.com:
Increase frequency of Mac to MobilMe/iPhone synch
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Steven Sande / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Turn your iPhone into a wireless drive with DataCase
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Online ad rates slid 14% since January
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Norton 2009 products open to public beta
Discussion: eWeek and One Microsoft Way
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
KickApps Adds Userplane's Facebook-like Chat to Social Networks
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Alex Albrecht Goes Medieval with Lore
Discussion: Mashable!
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Location, Location, Location - iPhone-friendly Skyhook upgrades its technology
Discussion: Inquirer
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mozilla API aims to make embedding easier
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Fridges Begin To Melt Down
Discussion: Gearlog and Bloggle
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Google's Retention Problem?
 

 
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