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2:15 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.”
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Buys Summize For About $15M, Stock And Cash  —  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, but of course don't offer up the most pertinent information, like price.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
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 For Competition, Internet Innovation, Consumer Choice and Privacy  —  In Congressional testimony, General Counsel Brad Smith outlines how the deal will create less choice, less innovation and higher prices for online advertisers, content creators and consumers
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Yahoo-Google deal could raise ad costs by double digits
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Google exec says Yahoo deal won't expand its lead
Discussion: eWeek, Tech Tracks and paidContent.org
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Miss BoomTown Goes to Washington (Of Course, for MicroHoo Plus Google)
Discussion: madisonian.net
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Google, Yahoo And Microsoft Live On The Hill
Discussion: Bits
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 …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
iPhone 3G playing hard to get
Discussion: Apple Watch and Network World
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.
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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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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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 …
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: Data Center Knowledge
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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Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Delver's Social Graph Search Engine Now Open to All  —  Delver, which came out of stealth back in January is announcing today that its social graph search engine is open to the public.  While the product certainly is intriguing, curb your expectations as Delver has slapped an “Alpha” status on it.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:   Delver opens social-powered search to the public
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Test feature shows social news may be on the way for Google  —  A lucky Google user, Adrian Pike, has noticed something cool on search results: buttons to vote on links, much like Digg or StumbleUpon.  He sent some screenshots over to TechCrunch.  —  The feature is being “bucket tested,” …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Bucket Testing New Digg-Like Search Interface
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
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 …
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 …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Alex Albrecht Goes Medieval with Lore  —  One of the first rules of journalism is to never start your story with a quote, but this one just fits too well: “People have said I have an interesting knack to be able to monetize my life.”  That's Alex Albrecht (no relation, I asked) …
Discussion: Mashable! and AppScout
 
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Jaman Gets Paramount Content
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Tom's Hardware Guide:
Flash SSD Update: More Results, Answers : An Apology First …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will Sept. Qtr Guidance Disappoint the Street?
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
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Steven Sande / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Turn your iPhone into a wireless drive with DataCase
Discussion: Cult of Mac and Gizmodo
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1200 Baud Archeology: Reconstructing Apple I BASIC from a Cassette Tape
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Online ad rates slid 14% since January
Discussion: Blogspotting
John Leyden / The Register:
Unpatched Windows PCs own3d in less than four minutes
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
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Location, Location, Location - iPhone-friendly Skyhook upgrades its technology
Discussion: Inquirer
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Fridges Begin To Melt Down
Discussion: Gearlog and Bloggle
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Can We All Get Along? Um, No.
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Google's Retention Problem?
 

 
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