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1:15 AM ET, June 27, 2008

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft to buy semantic search engine Powerset for $100M plus  —  Microsoft, the software giant flush with billions of dollars in its warchest, has agreed to buy Silicon Valley semantic search engine Powerset, we've learned.  —  The purchase price is rumored to be slightly more than $100 million.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Buy Powerset?  Not Just Yet.  —  VentureBeat is reporting that Microsoft has agreed to buy semantic search engine Powerset for somewhere around $100 million, which is the price we previously reported was being offered to the company.  —  Our sources have been saying this deal …
BBC:
Internet overhaul wins approval  —  A complete overhaul of the way in which people navigate the internet has been given the go-ahead in Paris.  —  The net's regulator, Icann, voted unanimously to relax the strict rules on so-called “top-level” domain names, such as .com or .uk.
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Jason Keenan / ICANN:
Biggest Expansion to Internet in Forty Years Approved for Implementation  —  Paris, France: The Board of ICANN today approved a recommendation that could see a whole range of new names introduced to the Internet's addressing system.  —  “The Board today accepted a recommendation …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
.confusion: ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Yahoo's Reorg: Dietzen Is Garlinghouse Replacement  —  As BoomTown reported last night, the Yahoo (YHOO) reorg will be unveiled later this morning, with the slate of execs that this column outlined last week in its gory-oops, I mean, glorious-detail.
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Realignment to Support Core Strategies  —  Centralizes Audience Product Development; Forms New U.S. Region;  —  Realigns Technology Organization  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company …
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
MICROSOFT.COM POWERED BY HYPER-V  —  Hi—I am Rob Emanuel, a Technology Architect on the Microsoft.com Operations team focusing on virtualization.  I wanted to share the great progress we have made rolling out Hyper-V since my first blog a month ago.  In that blog I discussed our success …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft tries to hit VMware where they ain't
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests the New iGoogle  —  Announced in April, the new version of iGoogle that brings social applications is tested in a small number of randomly selected Google accounts.  —  The new iGoogle places the tabs on the left-hand side of the page and you can expand the tabs to see the list …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The First Test App For MySpace Data Availability  —  The CrunchBase guys (thanks Henry and Mark) have been hacking away at the newly launched MySpace Data Availability APIs to create a test application that is now working, at techcrunch.com/myspace/app.php.  You can sign into the account using …
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Anil Dash:
Bill Gates and the Greatest Tech Hack Ever  —  Bill Gates has pulled off one of the greatest hacks in technology and business history, by turning Microsoft's success into a force for social responsibility.  Imagine imposing a tax on every corporation in the developed world …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Napster Activists: Company Worth At Least As Much As Last.Fm  —  Back in May we mentioned that three subscribers/shareholders of Napster had launched an improbable proxy fight hoping to get themselves representation on the company's board.  That still looks like a pretty tall order for the trio …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Russ Mitchell / Portfolio.com:
Yahoo's Loser Board  —  Russ Mitchell is not surprised.  One way to compare the quality of Yahoo's board of directors to Microsoft's: look at the outside directors and the other public boards they sit on and see how they've performed.  Take each company and compare its stock charts …
Discussion: Valleywag
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Palm Stinks Up Q4; No Big Deal (PALM)  —  Palm's Q4 was even worse than analysts' low expectations, and shares will probably drop Friday morning.  (They're down 7.8% after hours, to $6.03, after losing another 4.4% during Thursday trading.)  —  But it doesn't really matter!  Why not?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Atom Films relaunched as Comedy Central sister site  —  NEW YORK—Two years after acquiring it, MTV Networks has shaped Atom Films into Atom.com, a sister site to its Comedy Central network dedicated to short-form, Web-based comedy.  —  Executives from the Viacom-owned MTV Networks held …
Discussion: Contentinople and Web Scout
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Viacom Relaunches Atom.com As (Yet) Another Comedy Site
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
I've Seen the Future, and It Has a Kill Switch  —  It used to be that just the entertainment industries wanted to control your computers — and televisions and iPods and everything else — to ensure that you didn't violate any copyright rules.  But now everyone else wants to get their hooks into your gear.
Discussion: PSFK, Xconomy and Boing Boing
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Icahn battles for Yahoo's gold  —  Proxy fights often leave shareholders feeling black and blue, but when it comes to the battle of Carl Icahn and Jerry Yang, it's a case of gold vs. white.  —  Icahn on Thursday filed his preliminary proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Icahn: Still Waging Proxy Fight; Still Wants Microsoft Deal …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reaches for Clouds and Deepens Mobile Possibilities With Planned MobiComp Acquisition  —  Company's expertise in mobile personal data protection and management to come to Microsoft.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it intends to acquire MobiComp, a company that helped pioneer …
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
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Apple Checks Show Big Upward iPhone Build Revisions; Positive for Chip Suppliers
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InfoWorld:
Survey: 8 in 10 businesses now using Macs
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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Skype Founders Invest In Paris' Online Real Estate Site Drimki
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
IAC: We Paid Way Too Much For Catalog Company Cornerstone
Discussion: Thomson IR and paidContent.org
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Online Video Ads Finally Find Their Niche
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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 Earlier Items: 
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Tests Using Your Search Data to Tailor Ads to You
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Add Wi-Fi to the list of options on Chrysler vehicles
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Mobile Linux standards forum gives up
Discussion: Business Wire and Electronista
John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Sony unleashes three new ES receivers
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Continues to Destroy All Competitors in Declining Video Market
Discussion: InformationWeek and WebProNews
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Orders Lots More iPhones; More iPods, Macs (AAPL)
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Google's multi-million dollar welcome to new CFO
Discussion: Valleywag