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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ballmer seeks to justify Microsoft's bottomless-pit online spending  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer played online-services pitch man duirng his opening keynote at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM), explaining why Micorsoft believes it must continue to invest heavily in search …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft confirms IE 8 will ship this year
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Live Search Coming To Facebook  —  When Microsoft made its investment in Facebook I always had thought that Live Search would come to the site, together with search monetization.  Later it appeared that search wasn't part of the deal.  Facebook's competitors all have web search …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook to Integrate Microsoft Live Search by Fall
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Breaking: Facebook Signs Search and Advertising Deal with Microsoft
Discussion: Reuters and SitePoint Blogs
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Steve Ballmer: Killing Apple and Google With Kindness?  —  BoomTown is flatly fascinated by the rather incredible memo Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer penned to his troops yesterday, with news of the reorganization of its massive Platforms and Services Division and the departure of its president, Kevin Johnson.
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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:
Microsoft CEO backs Web spending, “done” with Yahoo
Discussion: PC World
David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple's MobileMess  —  Two weeks ago, Apple launched MobileMe, the successor to its.Mac service, which costs $100 a year.  Among other benefits, it can keep multiple Macs, PCs and iPhones in sync.  E-mail, calendars and address books are wirelessly kept up to date.  Very cool idea.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Connect Matters & Why It Will Win  —  Facebook kicked off their second annual developer conference in San Francisco this afternoon with a keynote by founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  The overproduced keynote, with too many words repeatedly incessantly, seemed like a lullaby sung by a nanny in a language alien to yours.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes The Fast Lane To Boring
Discussion: Tech Ticker
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Final Days of DRM: Yahoo Music Store Closing, Will Eat Your Purchased Music  —  Digital Rights Management technology is dying, it's becoming understood that hobbling tunes to enforce scarcity isn't the best way to monetize the music business online.  What about all the suckers who bought DRM laden music in recent years, though?
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Music follows MSN into DRM controversy
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Acquire DATAllegro  —  Leaders in data warehousing team to provide large-scale business intelligence solutions.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that it intends to acquire DATAllegro Inc., a provider of breakthrough data warehouse appliances.
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James Kobielus / The Forrester Blog …:
Microsoft Acquiring DATAllegro, Rebooting Data Warehousing Appliance …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zimbra Releases Version 3 Of Open Source Email Client, And It's Awesome  —  Yahoo's Zimbra launches version 3 of its open source desktop email client this morning that is designed to compete with Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mac Mail, etc.  This is a new iteration of their browser-based offline product announced in March 2007.
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Kaminsky (finally) provides DNS flaw details  —  In his first public comments since his Domain Name System (DNS) cache poisoning flaw was made public, Dan Kaminsky said in a conference call on Thursday he doesn't want to parse who said what when.  He just wants everyone to understand that they must patch their systems now.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Dan Kaminsky: More than half of all computers still unprotected …
Discussion: Zero Day
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
New Twitter Anti-Spam Bot Causes Chaos  —  Twitter Anti-Spam Bot Punishes Community Managers and Causes Follower Counts to Drop  —  Did you notice a big drop in your Twitter follower numbers yesterday?  It seems that the Twitter team recently decided to step up their Twitter spammer detection …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Hasbro Notches Triple-Word Score Against Scrabulous With ‘Lawsuit’  —  UPDATED  —  Looking to cut down its main competition and most high profile copycat in the growing market for social gaming, Hasbro has sued the two Indian brothers behind the popular Web game Scrabulous …
Gmail Blog:
Making security easier  —  From the day we launched, Gmail has supported something called https.  Https keeps your mail encrypted as it travels between your web browser and our servers, so someone sharing your favorite coffee shop's public wifi can't read it.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Zune phone really in the works at Microsoft?  —  The success of the iPhone, both the original and the recently released 3G model, has fueled rumors that Microsoft is working internally on a similar phone built on the Zune audio player.  The Zune player has failed to compete against the iPod family …
Business Wire:
Juniper Networks Reports Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results  — EPS: $0.22 (diluted, GAAP); $0.28 (diluted, non-GAAP), up 40% from Q2'07 on improved operating performance  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR - News) today reported financial results …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google creates a new market and wreaks havoc on another  —  When they first announced it, I was certain Knol was simply a way for Google steal some of the attention away from Wikia search — and I'm still sure that's what was actually happening.  Google doesn't normally pre-announce applications months in advance.
Discussion: LinuxInsider and Salon
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Day After: Looking At How Well Knol Pages Rank On Google  —  We've been assured that just because content sits on Google's Knol site, it won't gain any ranking authority from being part of the Knol domain.  OK, so a day after Knol has launched, how's that holding up?
 
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