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4:15 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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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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.”
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, The Social, A VC and Valleywag
Jay Virdy / Summize Blog:   Twitter Acquires Summize. Confirmed.
John / THINK / Musings:   Summize acquired by Twitter
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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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone 3G: (Mostly) Sold Out In Five Days (AAPL)
Discussion: GigaOM
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
iPhone 3G playing hard to get
Discussion: Apple Watch
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: GigaOM and Data Center Knowledge
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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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Yahoo-Google deal could raise ad costs by double digits
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google pushes towards 70 percent of all U.S. searches; Yahoo …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and WebProNews
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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Reuters:
YouTube Agrees to Share Viewer Data
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Will Protect Users' Identity from Viacom — This Time
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple finally sues unlicensed Macintosh cloner Psystar
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Test feature shows social search 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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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justin hileman dot info:
Google's “Edit Search results” experiment
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 Steil / pagetable.com:
1200 Baud Archeology: Reconstructing Apple I BASIC from a Cassette Tape  —  The audio file that was posted two weeks ago is indeed a very important artifact of computer history: It is a recording of the “Apple I BASIC” cassette tape that came with the Apple I. It is the first piece …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CrunchGear
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: Valleywag and Shoemoney
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will Sept. Qtr Guidance Disappoint the Street?  —  Apple (AAPL) has a well-established pattern of low-balling its financial guidance - and BMO Capital's Keith Bachman thinks we will see more of the same when it comes to the September quarter.  —  In a research note this morning …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo: Grand Theft Auto for DS; Wii Music  —  Posting from Los Angeles: Nintendo this morning announced plans for a version of the blockbuster “Grand Theft Auto” game franchise for the Nintendo DS handheld game system.  The hard-core game is atypical for a system that has been built …
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 …
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Flash and SEO - Compelling Reasons Why Search Engines & Flash Still Don't Mix  —  I know, I know.  Google's indexing Flash and Flash developers can rejoice now that their content is SEO-friendly.  Sorry - I don't buy it for a second.  Flash content is fundamentally different from HTML …
 
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Xcode 3.1 brings security, performance, and UI improvements
Ian Youngs / BBC:
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Tom's Hardware Guide:
Flash SSD Update: More Results, Answers : An Apology First …
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Turn your iPhone into a wireless drive with DataCase
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Online ad rates slid 14% since January
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Alex Albrecht Goes Medieval with Lore
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