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11:55 PM ET, July 1, 2008

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Live Search:
Powerset joins Live Search  —  We're excited to announce that we've reached an agreement to acquire Powerset, a San Francisco-based search and natural language company.  —  Powerset will join our core Search Relevance team, remaining intact in San Francisco.
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Mark Johnson / Powerset:
Microsoft to Acquire Powerset 2  —  We're excited to announce officially that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Powerset.  —  Powerset has always been a small company with big dreams, with the ultimate goal of changing the way humans interact with computers through language.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Microsoft's Plan B for Search
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
AT&T announces iPhone 3G pricing plans  —  Finally, a piece of news we can actually do something with.  AT&T today announced its pricing structure for the next iteration of Apple's iPhone.  There's not much that's surprising here — new customers and those eligible for an upgrade will be able …
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PC World:
AT&T to Sell New iPhones Minus Contracts  —  Apple's iPhone 3G goes on sale July 11, 8 a.m. local time.  —  Gregg Keizer, Computerworld.com  —  AT&T Inc. today said it will sell Apple's iPhone 3G to customers without requiring a two-year contract sometime “in the future” …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T offers new option of iPhone without contract
techzoom.net:
Understanding the Web browser threat: Examination of vulnerable online Web browser populations and the “insecurity iceberg”  —  Stefan Frei 1, Thomas Dübendorfer 2, Gunter Ollmann 3, Martin May 1  — Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory (CSG), ETH Zurich  — IBM Internet Security Systems, IBM ISS
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gnip: Grand Central Station for the Social Web  —  Ping, ping, ping!  That's the sound made day and night by the new social media technologies rapidly proliferating around the web... and the machines are getting tired.  Polling for updates to user data streams, wishing they spoke the same language …
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Kelsey Blodget / Beet.TV:
Google Readying Analysis of World's “One Trillion” Images  —  As it seeks to monetize the exploding universe of uploaded images to the Web, which Google says is nearing one trillion, it is developing image processing to more effectively search and organize images.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Diary of a deliberately spammed housewife  —  What happened when ‘Penelope Retch’ answered her spam e-mail  —  For Tracy Mooney, a married mother of three in Naperville, Ill., the decision to abandon cyber-sense and invite e-mail spam into her life for a month by participating in a McAfee experiment was a bit of a lark.
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Spam experiment overloads inboxes
Discussion: Ars Technica
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X approaches 8 percent market share in June  —  If it's the first of the month, it's time for me to be accused of being an indentured servant of web metrics firm Net Applications.  Nonetheless, data from thousands of web sites and millions of visitors make it at least possible to follow trends and …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Engadget's Ryan Block and Peter Rojas To Team On New Startup  —  Engadget's editor-in-chief Ryan Block will be leaving parent company AOL shortly, sources say, to launch a new startup.  Partnering with him on the new company will be Peter Rojas, Engadget's former editor-in-chief (pictured left below, next to Block).
Discussion: Ryan Block and Valleywag
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Google Ad Deal Is Under Scrutiny  —  Yahoo Agreement Subject of Antitrust Probe, Sources Say  —  The Justice Department has opened a formal antitrust investigation into a deal struck last month that would allow the Internet titan Google to provide some search advertising for Yahoo, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Amazon: Hey Spammers, Get Off My Cloud!  —  I am accustomed to receiving e-mail from Amazon.com, as I am a fiercely loyal customer who shops there quite frequently.  But it took me by surprise this weekend to discover that that mounds of porn spam and junk e-mail laced with computer viruses …
Discussion: CircleID and UMBC ebiquity
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Spurns Intel, For Now  —  SAN FRANCISCO -  —  One of Intel's top technologists revealed Monday that the chip giant will not win a spot on Apple's iconic iPhone anytime soon, even as he outlined Intel's plans to keep growing as it turns 40 on July 18.
Discussion: Macsimum News and Electronista
Matt Richtel / Bits:
A Cringing Quarter for Venture Capitalists  —  As I reported Saturday, venture capitalists experienced a very poor second quarter.  The industry's trade association said Tuesday that for the first time since 1978, not a single venture-backed company went public in the quarter.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Facebook close to putting ConnectU behind it  —  The legal spat is winding down between Mark Zuckerberg and the former college classmates who accused him of stealing Facebook's business plan from them.  —  The two sides will be in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif. …
Discussion: Valleywag
Blockbuster MediaRoom:
Blockbuster Withdraws Proposal to Acquire Circuit City  —  Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI)(NYSE: BBI.B) announced today that it has decided to withdraw its proposal to acquire Circuit City.  —  “Based on market conditions and the completion of our initial due diligence process …
Discussion: Engadget
 
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AOL For Sale (TWX)*
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MS's Remote Desktop Connection 2 for Mac finally out of beta
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Crash Bandicoot Comes Racing to iPhone 2.0
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Hulu: A Consumer Success But Still A Small Business
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