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11:00 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 Yahoo.com, the single most-visited page on the Web (with 304 million unique visitors worldwide in May …
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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, Engadget and MacDailyNews
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Motorola sues iPhone sales executive over trade secrets  —  Motorola is suing a former executive now employed by Apple's iPhone sales division, charging him with the theft of trade secrets.  —  Bloomberg found the suit, which was filed by Motorola on Thursday in Illinois state court.
Discussion: Electronista
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.
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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 Long Tail
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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
Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com 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.
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 …
InfoWorld:
Why San Francisco's network admin went rogue  —  Last Sunday, Terry Childs, a network administrator employed by the City of San Francisco, was arrested and taken into custody, charged with four counts of computer tampering.  He remains in jail, held on $5 million bail.
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 …
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
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
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 …
Direct2Dell:
Select Systems Now Available with Ubuntu 8.04  —  After months of testing and development we are ready to release Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) on select Dell consumer systems.  For consumers in the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Canada, United Kingdom and many Latin American countries …
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 …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Users reporting failed Microsoft WGA and OGA activations  —  A few of our readers have written in to report problems trying to activate copies of Microsoft Office 2003.  One user has been receiving a message telling him that the service is temporarily down since Thursday morning.
 
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Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
Is the Internet Bad for Science?
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Android Not Open: No XMPP, No Source, No SDK For Some
Discussion: IntoMobile
Wraggster / DCEmu The Home of Homebrew …:
PSP Emulator for Wii WIP
Discussion: Engadget, Geek.com, Slashdot and Gizmodo
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Mom continues to chase Prince over ‘fair use’
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
Laptop bags could shorten airport wait
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
HTC finally releases Windows Mobile 6.1 update for Sprint Touch
Discussion: WMExperts, Crave, HTC and Gizmodo
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
P2P-Next Introduces Live BitTorrent Streaming
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Team debuts electronic-hacking how-to videos at HOPE conference
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Why did investors freak out about Google?
Tony Smith / The Register:
AMD confirms ‘Atom-smasher’ chip on its roadmap
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Searches Jump 15% After Live Cashback Launch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evite Gets A Much-Needed Facelift
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Jackson West / Valleywag:
No, Kleiner Perkins won't give your Web 2.0 startup money
Discussion: Marksonland
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Identi.ca implements the Twitter API
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
It's the Weekend, Can You Get iPhone 3G?
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Apple shares could be in for a rough ride
 

 
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