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12:50 PM ET, June 4, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
Palm to Sell 25% Stake, Overhaul Board  —  Palm Inc., facing mounting competition in the smart-phone market, is selling a 25% stake to a private-equity partner that will bring former Apple Inc. executives to the maker of hand-held electronic devices.  —  Under the transaction …
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New York Times:
Palm Is Said to Sell Stake to Equity Firm in Revamping  —  Palm Inc., the struggling hand-held device company that makes the Treo, reached a deal yesterday to sell a quarter of the company to Elevation Partners, a private equity firm, for about $325 million as part of a plan to reorganize the company …
Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
Palm to Sell 25 Percent Stake To Elevation, For $325 Million
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm sells 25% stake to Bono and former Apple execs
Protection from Adware, Spam, Viruses, Online Scams:
The State of Search Engine Safety … Key Findings  —  Overall, 4.0% of search results link to risky Web sites, which marks an improvement from 5.0% in May 2006.  Dangerous sites are found in search results of all 5 of the top US search engines (representing 93% of all search engine use).
Discussion: Today @ PC World and Security Fix
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Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Online tunes are more risky than Web porn
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Neil J. Rubenking / PC Magazine:
McAfee Reports Drop in Malicious Search Results
Discussion: ITWire and p2pnet
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:   YouTube, Hearst-Argyle agree local TV deal
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Yahoo opens Panama search ad platform  —  Yahoo announced Monday that its Panama search advertising platform is now open to third parties.  —  Under Panama, which was launched in February, sponsored search results are based on items such as relevancy and not just on the advertiser's bid price.
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PR Newswire:
Yahoo! Opens Access to Search Marketing Platform APIs  —  Dedicated third-party partner services and free, open access to Yahoo!'s "Panama" advertising platform technology will drive further growth and innovation in digital advertising  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 4, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Land
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09  —  Because of Truemors, I've learned a lot about launching a company in these "Web 2.0" times.  Here's quick overview "by the numbers."  — 0. I wrote 0 business plans for it.
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Some VERY Interesting iPhone Developments  —  More info from around the proverbial "industry water cooler" has come out today on the iPhone.  Some interesting tidbits are starting to put the puzzle pieces together on how the iPhone will operate with the Macintosh OS (and Windows).
Discussion: I4U News and digg
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft: Silicon Valley Team Building Stealth Search Engine  —  Microsoft has gathered a team of twenty or more "rock star" developers who've been tasked at building their next generation search engine, a source has told us.  The team, which supposedly came together recently …
BBC:
Sony price cut for Blu-ray player  —  Sony has cut $100 (£50) off the price of its new next-generation DVD player as it tries to get ahead in the market.  —  The BDP-S300 now costs $499 - half what the firm's first Blu-ray player cost at its launch six months ago.
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Sony cuts price on new Blu-ray player
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Microsoft:
Microsoft Details Dynamic IT Strategy at Tech  •Ed 2007  —  Bob Muglia demonstrates new technology innovations designed to help IT professionals and developers evolve their organizations.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — June 4, 2007 — Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business …
BBC:
Launch date for iPhone revealed  —  Apple has confirmed that its much-anticipated iPhone product will launch on 29 June in the US.  —  The date was given in a series of TV adverts broadcast on Sunday, and was later confirmed by a spokesman for the California-based company.
Drew / Dembot:
Rocketboom Sponsorship Launch  —  Tomorrow on Monday we will be launching a new sponsorship model on Rocketboom!  —  Just over a year ago, we ran out money for Rocketboom. … The plan had materialized months prior but I never wanted to take the risk.  I certainly was into the excitement, but what if no one bid?
cellular-news:
Brits Drop 850,000 Phones Down the Toilet - Each Year  —  If you've ever found yourself trying to fish your mobile out of the toilet, you're not alone.  A staggering 855,000 handsets are flushed away every year in the UK - that's roughly £342 million we're 'loo'sing.
Telegraph:
Baidu bowls Google a fastball  —  Baidu.com, China's largest internet search engine, is understood to be planning to take on Google by expanding into Europe.  —  Baidu.com, China's largest internet search engine, is understood to be planning to take on Google by expanding into Europe.
Discussion: Network World, WebProNews and 901am
 
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