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10:20 PM ET, July 28, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Struck-Will Be Announced Within Next 24 Hours  —  Multiple sources close to the situation said that the online search and advertising deal between Microsoft and Yahoo has been struck and will be announced within the next 24 hours.  —  While it is not clear if the actual papers …
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Yahoo to Lead Ad Sales in Microsoft Search Deal  —  Online Ad Business Braces for Shakeup as Pact Gives Bing Nearly 30% of Market to Rival Google's 65%  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Microsoft and Yahoo tomorrow are expected to announce the search pact earlier reported by Advertising Age …
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Casey Ho / Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: Links Got Shorter and Smarter  —  On April 7th, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us to more rapidly develop …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
New Front Page!  —  Today we're trying a redesigned front page for folks who are new to Twitter.com.  If you're a regular around these parts, then you won't notice the new look unless you sign out of your account.  Helping people access Twitter in more relevant and useful ways upon …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
New Twitter Homepage Goes Live With Search Front And Center  —  Twitter has just rolled out the new version of its homepage that new potential users will see, or users who are not logged in will see.  The design has been completely overhauled from the previous version which was fairly cluttered.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
iPhone Jailbreaking Could Crash Cellphone Towers, Apple Claims  —  The nation's cellphone networks could suffer “potentially catastrophic” cyberattacks by iPhone-wielding hackers at home and abroad if iPhone owners are permitted to legally jailbreak their shiny wireless devices — that's what Apple claims.
Discussion: Epicenter, ChannelWeb and Lifehacker
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Sale Dead in the Water  —  Last month the BitTorrent community was shaken up when GGF publicly announced that it would take over The Pirate Bay and turn it into a legal outfit.  They said they would harvest computing resources from some of its users, money from others …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Spiegel Online:
‘Maybe Media Will Be a Hobby Rather than a Job’  —  In a SPIEGEL interview, Chris Anderson, the editor in chief of US technology and culture magazine Wired discusses the Internet's challenge to the traditional press, new business models on the Web and why he would rather read Twitter than a daily newspaper.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Case Against the Case Against Google  —  Is Google too powerful?  The Justice Department's Christine Varney thinks so.  As Fred Vogelstein reports in Wired, the attorney who represented Netscape during the federal government's long-running Microsoft antitrust case sees the tech world's newest giant …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
How To Hijack ‘Every iPhone In The World’  —  On Thursday, two researchers plan to reveal an unpatched iPhone bug that could virally infect phones via SMS.  —  If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off.
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Yahoo Mobile site gets iPhone overhaul, syncing  —  Yahoo has been busy.  Last week, it announced a new customizable homepage you can personalize by adding favorite Yahoo services and social networking modules.  On Tuesday, Yahoo unveiled a new iPhone-optimized design for the iPhone's Safari browser …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Report: Hon Hai to build Apple tablets as soon as September  —  A Chinese newspaper has reported that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. will assemble tablet computers for Apple that may appear for sale as early as September.  —  The report, published by the Taipei, Taiwan Apple Daily paper …
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple iTablet component suppliers named
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft will open stores in Arizona, California  —  Microsoft plans to open two of its first retail locations in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mission Viejo, Calif., CNET News has learned.  —  The software maker confirmed on Tuesday that it has signed leases in both spots as part of an effort to launch its first retail outlets this fall.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
AP: “We're Done” Answering Questions About Fair Use & Our Rights System  —  Still confused about the Associated Press's announcement last week about a new content tagging system that's supposed to provide rights information?  I am — but the AP's apparently not talking to anyone further about it.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
No new netbooks from Asustek, Acer in 2H09; Acer pushes back Android netbook  —  Asustek Computer and Acer will not offer any new netbooks in the second half of 2009, as Intel plans to push the launch of its entry-level products including the Pine Trail-M platform to the first quarter of 2010, according to industry sources.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
OS X 10.5.8 Development Wrapping Up?  —  MacRumors has received word that Apple seeded OS X Leopard 10.5.8 Build 9L30 to developers last night, including only a single documented change related to an issue with external monitors and waking from sleep mode.  There are reportedly no listed outstanding issues in the latest build.
Discussion: Softpedia News, I4U News and TUAW
Lisa Donovan / Chicago Sun Times:
Tweet about apartment mold draws lawsuit  —  It was a not-so-sweet Tweet about a Chicago apartment.  —  So Horizon Group Management LLC filed a libel lawsuit Monday against former tenant Amanda Bonnen, claiming one of her alleged Twitter posts “maliciously and wrongfully” …
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
Greenpeace wars with HP  —  It's war on hazardous chemicals.  —  After rating Hewlett-Packard low on its Green Meter did little to convince the company to change its ways, Greenpeace decided Tuesday that something more needed to be done.  —  The organization sent activists to HP's global headquarters …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to launch the Samsung Solstice A887 on August 2nd, $99.99  —  Surprise, AT&T-rocking budget touchscreen fans.  One of our trusty ninjas just hit us with some Sammy juice and it looks like the affordable A887, formerly known as the Infinity, will be hitting stores nationwide this coming Sunday, August 2nd.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Barnes & Noble makes Wi-Fi free via AT&T  —  Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide offer Wi-Fi access, and the majority of them are already hotspots through AT&T. Those stores now offer free access via Wi-Fi, with a focus on expanding customer awareness of the Barnes & Noble's burgeoning e-book library.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
WARNING: TwitViewer May Be a Phishing Scam  —  Want to know who visits your Twitter profile?  Sounds potentially interesting, and it's the premise of TwitViewer.net, a site that is being shared by thousands of Twitter users this afternoon with the message “Want to know whos stalking you on Twitter?”
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pigs Fly As Facebook And Google Work Together On An Android App  —  Well, we never thought it would happen because of its intense rivalry with Google, but Facebook is almost ready to launch an official app for Android phones.  Hints are already popping up here and there, but I've been able to confirm it.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Verizon Wireless Details App Store Plans; Partners With BlackBerry  —  At Verizon's developer conference today, the largest U.S. carrier unveiled details of its new application store that will launch in the fourth quarter and potentially disrupt what has been a $1 billion business for the carrier.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Tightens the Rules on Facebook Platform Ad Networks  —  Over the past week, false rumors have been circling on Facebook that the company has recently changed its privacy rules to allow Platform ad networks to incorporate users' photos in their ads without users' permission.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blip.tv Lands A Big Distribution Deal With YouTube And Others; Redesigns Dashboard  —  Mike Hudack, the founder of Blip.tv, just landed a major set of deals to expand the distribution of his Web video network.  The biggest deal is with YouTube, which for the first time will allow Blip.tv …
 
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