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11:50 AM ET, July 29, 2009

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Microsoft:
Microsoft, Yahoo! Change Search Landscape  —  Global Deal Creates Better Choice for Consumers and Advertisers  —  Yahoo! and Microsoft announced an agreement that will improve the Web search experience for users and advertisers, and deliver sustained innovation to the industry.
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Carol Bartz / Yodel Anecdotal:
What our Microsoft deal means to you  —  It's inhumanly early in California, but it's already a great day at Yahoo!.  We've just signed a major search deal with Microsoft.  Under the terms, Microsoft will become the search engine behind Yahoo! and we will become the worldwide exclusive …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal: The Most Important Facts (And Some Opinion)  —  Now that the search deal struck between Microsoft and Yahoo has been officially confirmed by both companies, by means of a press release and a website dubbed ChoiceValueInnovation.com, let's take a step back and analyze …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
It's Finally Official, Microsoft & Yahoo Make A Deal, Yahoo Gives Up On Search  —  As expected, Microsoft and Yahoo have finally struck a deal, one that with regulatory approval, they hope will be in place by early 2010.  Microsoft has issued a press release and created a minisite about the deal.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal on Search Partnership  —  Microsoft and Yahoo announced a partnership in Internet search and advertising on Wednesday morning intended to create a stronger rival to the industry powerhouse Google.  —  The Microsoft-Yahoo pact is measured step that represents …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo to Get 110 Percent of Search Revenue in First Two Years of Deal With Microsoft
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
The Official Palm Blog:
Get on-the-go restaurant reservations without any reservations  —  OpenTable for Palm webOS is the latest addition to the Palm Pre's beta App Catalog.  The popular restaurant reservation service adds a few new goodies to the menu thanks to the unique capabilities of Palm webOS.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Palm's webOS gets a couple more apps — are the floodgates opening?
Discussion: IntoMobile and AppScout
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.
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
iPhone SMS attack to be unleashed at Black Hat
Discussion: TechVi, Thanks:atul
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 …
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Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Studios Sue to Stop Pirate Bay
Discussion: Digits
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.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia?  —  There are tests that have right answers, which are returned with a number on top in a red circle, and there are tests with open-ended questions, which provide insight into the test taker's mind.  —  The Rorschach test, a series of 10 inkblot plates created …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
SugarSync extends backup/sync/share service to Android, eyes netbook market  —  We've written before about Sharpcast and its creation, the SugarSync system that let users backup, sync, and share files from their computers and smartphones.  VentureBeat writer Anthony Ha called it “the simplest and most usable sync service I'd seen.”
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
What if...Microsoft Had a Windows App Store?  —  I continue to think of my iPhone not as a phone but as a personal computer.  Which is why I continue to be so nonplussed about Apple's barring of some applications on the grounds that they compete with its own apps, and others at (reportedly) …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile announces HTC Touch Pro2 for August 12 availability  —  Sure, the Touch Pro2 from HTC is available from a variety of carriers around the world at this point — but you won't find many (read: none) that are offering it in the US right now, which makes T-Mobile's launch especially notable.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 8530 headed to Verizon, totes Wi-Fi  —  It's no secret (well, maybe you just haven't heard yet) that the freshly announced BlackBerry 8520 will come in a CDMA flavor as well.  It also doesn't take a rocket scientist to put together a full spec list for the BlackBerry 8530 variation …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple adds keywords to App Store additions for easier search  —  Soon after Apple admitted that improvements were needed in helping users locate App Store software, developers have been asked to add a list of keywords for their submitted applications to improve discovery.
Discussion: I4U News and The iPhone Blog
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Activision under pressure on worries about game delay  —  Stock slumps on rumors that ‘Starcraft 2’ may be pushed into next year  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Despite having the most hotly anticipated slate of releases for the holiday season, shareholders seem concerned that Activision Blizzard …
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Palm's Pre can't offset Sprint's subscriber losses  —  Sprint called the launch of the Palm Pre a success, but it wasn't enough to offset a net subscriber loss of 257,000 in the second quarter.  —  The subscriber loss, which came amid a churn rate of 2.05 percent, illustrates Sprint's challenge.
Murgesh Navar / VoloMedia Blog:
VOLOMEDIA'S PODCASTING PATENT  —  Our company, VoloMedia, was awarded U.S. Patent 7,568,213 titled “Method for Providing Episodic Media” yesterday.  The relative breadth of the issued claims under this patent has given rise to many questions.  I'd like to take this opportunity to provide …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Contentinople
 
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Sam Symons / Neowin.net:
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD spinoff lands top chip company as customer
Discussion: PC World and internetnews.com
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
U.S. supercomputing lead rings Sputnik-like alarm for Russia
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Larry Magid / CNET News:
Netgear & OpenDNS to block porn from the cloud
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