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5:07 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 …
Carlacthompson / The Guidewire:
Top-of-mind thoughts on Microsoft and Powerset  —  There's a reason I love emerging technology so much: over the course of one hour, the entire landscape can be turned on its head.  The rumor out of VentureBeat this afternoon, that Microsoft will acquire Powerset for $100 million next month …
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 …
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
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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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Offer iTunes Remote Control App for iPhone and iPod Touch  —  Apple released a pre-release version of iTunes 7.7 for developers tonight.  In the Read Me of the iTunes installer is a hint at a previously unannounced iPhone/iPod Touch application:
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and Cult of Mac
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Tries Tighter Aim for Web Ads  —  Google, with its deep reservoir of data about online behavior gathered by tracking hundreds of millions of computers, is for the first time testing ways to use some of that data to aim ads at Web users.  —  Ads that a person sees on one Google search …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Tests Using Your Search Data to Tailor Ads to You
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
Naomi Gleit / Blog do Facebook:
He/She/They: Grammar and Facebook.  —  As Facebook grows in other languages, we are learning a lot about what the “Facebook Experience” is like for people around the world.  One of the first challenges was getting words that are really long in other languages to fit on the screen properly.
Discussion: My Blog Posts and Inside Facebook
Pete / Blogger in Draft:
Updates and Bug Fixes for June 26th  —  Today's Blogger release is a big one for Blogger in Draft.  Let's lead off with the quick stuff:  — Google Gadget integration continues to improve, with better editing of gadget preferences.  — The new look for the Dashboard has seen a handful of tweaks …
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
Market Wire:
DXG Launches the DXG-567V HD Camcorder With Easy Upload to YouTube and Other Web Video Sites  —  Priced at Only $179, the DXG-567V HD Is the “Everyman” HD Camcorder With All the Bells and Whistles at an Affordable Price  —  DXG USA (www.dxgusa.com), one of the fastest growing digital camera manufacturers …
Discussion: Gearlog and Engadget
 
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Pete / Blogger in Draft:
New Feature: New Post Editor
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Internal AT&T Memo Indicates Groundbreaking iPhone 3G Feature: MMS
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Sony's latest plans: more networked devices, video download service …
Discussion: Forbes, Gizmodo and Reuters
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Ten Reasons Why Vista Isn't That Bad
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Any lawful device: 40 years after the Carterfone decision
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The First Test App For MySpace Data Availability
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Napster Activists: Company Worth At Least As Much As Last.Fm
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Seeking Alpha:
Apple Checks Show Big Upward iPhone Build Revisions; Positive for Chip Suppliers
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InfoWorld:
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Something useful: A WYSIWYG WordPress theme editor
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
IAC: We Paid Way Too Much For Catalog Company Cornerstone
Discussion: Thomson IR and paidContent.org
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Palm Stinks Up Q4; No Big Deal (PALM)
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Online Video Ads Finally Find Their Niche
Anil Dash:
Bill Gates and the Greatest Tech Hack Ever
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
I've Seen the Future, and It Has a Kill Switch
Discussion: PSFK, Xconomy and Boing Boing
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reaches for Clouds and Deepens Mobile Possibilities …