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8:25 PM ET, July 18, 2008


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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fighting For Its Life, Yahoo Uses Its Homepage To Battle Carl Icahn  —  Yahoo is pulling out its biggest gun in the showdown with Carl Icahn: the Yahoo homepage itself.  Right now on, the single most-visited page on the Web (with 304 million unique visitors worldwide in May …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
AT&T mistakenly announces free Wi-Fi for iPhone users...again  —  AT&T iPhone users will not be getting free Wi-Fi access, afterall.  —  For the second time in less than six months, AT&T has mistakenly published a notice on its Web site indicating that Apple iPhone users would get free access …
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Outlook vs. Gmail—The Definitive Comparision  —  Editor: Being digital vagabonds without an Exchange server, we Lifehacker writers use online apps like Gmail and Google Calendar to get things done.  But can an Outlook user make the switch without losing out?  Guest contributor Jared Goralnick's here today to take a look.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Dave Thomas / PragDave:
If you work for Apple, we need your help...  So, it's been a week.  The iPhone 3G was released, and the iPhone 2.0 software upgrade shipped.  We can now all write applications that will run on what is undeniably a cool platform.  You can even download the iPhone SDK for free.  —  We love Apple stuff.
Discussion: ongoing
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Motorola Claims Executive Now With Apple Took Secrets  —  Motorola Inc., the largest U.S. mobile-phone maker, sued a former executive now working for Apple Inc., accusing him of disclosing its trade secrets to aid in the marketing of Apple's iPhone.  —  Michael Fenger in March ended …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
Tom Krazit / CNET
Motorola sues iPhone sales executive over trade secrets
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Plays Nice: XMPP Firehose Data Feed To Gnip  —  Twitter is living up to its promise to open up its data stream as much as possible to developers.  While I was negotiating with Twitter cofounder Evan Williams to sit down and do a video interview at Foo Camp last weekend …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Real Problem: The Second Coming of Apple  —  As Microsoft (MSFT) continues to waste time and resources figuring out how to win a sideline game it has already lost—Internet media—its shareholders have bigger things to worry about.  Namely, the future of the Windows and Office cash cows.
Discussion: ClusterStock and MacDailyNews
Daniel A. Begun / News:
Speeding: Radar Gun vs. GPS  —  While an 11-year old, Louisville, Kentucky boy is using a toy radar gun to get drivers to slow down through his neighborhood, the police are finding that real radar guns might not be a match for GPS—at least not when contested in court.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evite Gets A Much-Needed Facelift  —  Evite is getting long in the tooth.  Every day it seems there is some new startup ready to take it down: Pingg, Socializr, Center'd, MyPunchbowl, Presdo.  Well, today the IAC-owned invitation juggernaut is fighting back.  Or at least, it's stirring.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Evite Attempts To Move Their Platform Forward; Partners With JS-Kit …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
On-Demand Computing: A Brutal Slog  —  The tough reality of the on-demand game is taking its toll on software companies hoping to make a mint distributing their wares via the Web  —  The Internet revolutionized the distribution of software—perhaps a bit too much.
Nick / Rough Type:
The cloud's not-so-silver lining
Discussion: The Open Road
Jackson West / Valleywag:
No, Kleiner Perkins won't give your Web 2.0 startup money  —  In the latest issue of Fortune, a feature about venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins pointed out that the company has yet to make any investments in Web 2.0.  The firm which was an early investor in Google has not been so bullish on the likes of Facebook.
Discussion: Marksonland
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
P2P-Next Introduces Live BitTorrent Streaming  —  The Swarmplayer developed by the P2P-Next research group is now capable of streaming live video in true 4th generation P2P style using a zero-server approach.  With a $22 million project budget from the EU and partners, the P2P-Next research group intends …
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Major EU P2P research project hopes to kill traditional TV
Discussion: Broadband Politics
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Ex-Microsoft manager asks judge for leniency  —  Carolyn Gudmundson, the former Microsoft domain manager who has admitted stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company, is set to be sentenced this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle.  —  In a new court filing (PDF …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Why did investors freak out about Google?  —  Investors punished Google for the less-than-stellar second quarter results it reported on Thursday, sending the share price down about 10 percent to $482 in Friday trading.  So what went wrong?  —  No one thing was responsible …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why ISP's ‘Stand’ Against Child Porn Is Actually Not A Stand Against Child Porn  —  from the let's-try-this-again,-shall- we?  dept  —  Following NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's success in getting ISPs to turn off Usenet access and pretend it was a victory against child porn …
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
The Long Tail and the Dip  —  When you launch a new product or service, you have a choice.  —  It's tempting to go for the bestseller list, to create a mass market hit.  This is the box labeled 1 on the tail above.  Everyone wants to be here.  It's where ego meets profit.  A home run.
Discussion: The Technium
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple shares could be in for a rough ride  —  Fasten your seat belts.  —  Although Apple should report better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Monday — it almost always does — its shares could be in for a bumpy ride on Wall Street.  —  Apple's (AAPL) stock price …
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Napster Takeover Looms as Funds See Cash Exceed Stock  —  Napster Inc., the Internet music pioneer whose shares have plunged 95 percent in six years, has become takeover bait for hedge funds zeroing in on a cash hoard exceeding the company's market value.  —  While Los Angeles-based Napster …
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: 180 million Vista licenses now sold
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Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
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Discussion: WMExperts, Crave, HTC and Gizmodo
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Tony Smith / The Register:
AMD confirms ‘Atom-smasher’ chip on its roadmap
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Now A German Court Says Open WiFi Owner Is Responsible For What Others Do On WiFi
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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The Official Google Blog:
Hitting 40 languages  —  One of our goals is to give everyone …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Sony Ericsson sees profits tumble, turns on workers
Discussion: eWeek, Electronista and Engadget
New worm transcodes MP3s to try to infect PCs
Discussion: Podcasting News, p2pnet and WinBeta
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Nintendo Wii Surpasses Microsoft's Xbox 360 in Sales
Noam Cohen / Bits:
Wikipedia Tries Approval System to Reduce Vandalism on Pages