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9:00 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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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Microsoft To Buy Powerset? Not Just Yet.
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:
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 …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Major Update for Google's Blogger  —  It's raining with features in the experimental version of Blogger, available at http://draft.blogger.com.  To try these new features, it's a good idea to visit Draft Blogger and temporarily enable “Make Blogger in Draft my default dashboard” at the top of the page.
Pete / Blogger in Draft:
New Feature: Embedded Comment Form
Discussion: ParisLemon
Marcelo Almeida / Zone-H syndication:
ICANN AND IANA DOMAINS HIJACKED BY TURKISH CRACKERS  —  The ICANN and IANA websites were defaced earlier today by a Turkish group called “NetDevilz”.  ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers.  These include domain names …
Discussion: Zero Day and Dancho Danchev's Blog
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
.confusion: ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs
Discussion: TidBITS, CircleID and Valleywag
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Ten Reasons Why Vista Isn't That Bad  —  Of all the ware Microsoft churns out from its sweatshop of “lightning bolt, lightning bolt” nerds, Windows is the one most inexorably tied to the public image of the company.  As Bill Gates leaves the building, we look back on the last baby birthed …
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
David Garcia / Inside Google Desktop:
From the desktop to your TV  —  In the old days, we used to watch a simple device called a television.  Nowadays, all the stuff worth watching and listening to tends to be stored on or accessed through a computer.  To help remedy this, we are pleased to release the Google Media Server.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Verizon's fiber guru talks strategy  —  There's no question that Verizon Communications hit a home run with its aggressive fiber strategy.  —  The fiber-to-the-home network called Fios has enabled Verizon to supercharge broadband speeds and compete against cable in the TV market.
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 …
Nokia:
Nokia injects individuality and style into new Supernova range  —  Espoo, Finland - Recognizing that no one style fits all, Nokia today unveiled a new range of products to let consumers express their personal styles on a number of levels ranging from stylish designs, to personalization through vibrantly hued exchangeable covers.
Bloomberg:
Palm Loss Is Wider Than Estimated as BlackBerry Gains  —  Palm Inc. reported a wider fourth- quarter loss than analysts estimated after the Treo e-mail phone ceded sales to Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry.  The shares fell 3.4 percent.  —  The loss was $43.4 million, or 40 cents a share …
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Financial Times:
New king of the US wireless jungle says he is hunter, not prey  —  Ivan Seidenberg is getting irritated.  The combative chairman and chief executive of Verizon Communications bridles at suggestions that the seemingly inexorable consolidation of the telecoms industry could one day swallow up his own company.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
 
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comScore:
Americans Conducted Nearly 7 Million Searches for the Apple iPhone …
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Feds: We are ready for IPv6 D-Day
Discussion: Cheap Hack and CircleID
PR Newswire:
Garmin(R) Introduces New and Improved Astro(R) GPS Dog Tracking Collar
Discussion: DVICE, Engadget, Ubergizmo and Gearlog
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
WHERE TO RUN THE ONE MACHINE?
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
USC Lab Creates 3-D Holographic Displays, Brings TIE Fighters to Life
Discussion: OhGizmo!
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Most Powerful Visualization System Ever Is Faster than 600 Consoles
Discussion: WinBeta
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
New bill mandates closed captioning for Internet video
Discussion: Mashable!
Market Wire:
DXG Launches the DXG-567V HD Camcorder With Easy Upload to YouTube …
Discussion: Gearlog, Gizmodo and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Internal AT&T Memo Indicates Groundbreaking iPhone 3G Feature: MMS
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Tries Tighter Aim for Web Ads
InfoWorld:
Survey: 8 in 10 businesses now using Macs
Russ Mitchell / Portfolio.com:
Yahoo's Loser Board
Discussion: Valleywag
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Something useful: A WYSIWYG WordPress theme editor
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Online Video Ads Finally Find Their Niche
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
I've Seen the Future, and It Has a Kill Switch
Discussion: PSFK, Boing Boing and Xconomy