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10:25 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 …
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: Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
Tom Krazit / CNET
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.
Discussion: ongoing
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
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.
The Technium:   Wagging the Long Tail of Love
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.
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
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
HTC finally releases Windows Mobile 6.1 update for Sprint Touch  —  It's been so long that we almost stopped caring, but HTC and Sprint have come through to deliver a welcome update to the Sprint Touch.  Unofficial versions of this firmware have been floating around the web for quite some time …
Discussion: WMExperts
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Android Not So Open: No XMPP, No Source  —  Android is the new highly-anticipated “open source” mobile platform that is currently under development at Google.  There are a high expectations of Android as the first viable open source based mobile platform and a viable competitor to the dominance of Symbian, Microsoft and now Apple.
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 …
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 / Ars Technica:
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: 180 million Vista licenses now sold
Discussion: TG Daily, CyberNet and Electronista
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Mom continues to chase Prince over ‘fair use’
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
Laptop bags could shorten airport wait
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
P2P-Next Introduces Live BitTorrent Streaming
Select Systems Now Available with Ubuntu 8.04
 Earlier Items: 
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Searches Jump 15% After Live Cashback Launch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evite Gets A Much-Needed Facelift
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
comScore Releases June 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings
Dave Winer / Scripting News: implements the Twitter API
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple shares could be in for a rough ride
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
On-Demand Computing: A Brutal Slog