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2:25 PM ET, July 1, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
Google learns to crawl Flash  —  Google has been developing a new algorithm for indexing textual content in Flash files of all kinds, from Flash menus, buttons and banners, to self-contained Flash websites.  Recently, we've improved the performance of this Flash indexing algorithm by integrating Adobe's Flash Player technology.
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Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Improved Flash indexing  —  We've received numerous requests to improve our indexing of Adobe Flash files.  Today, Ron Adler and Janis Stipins—software engineers on our indexing team—will provide us with more in-depth information about our recent announcement that we've greatly improved our ability to index Flash.
Adobe:
Adobe Advances Rich Media Search on the Web  —  For immediate release  —  Adobe Flash Technology Enhances Search Results for Dynamic Content and Rich Internet Applications  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the company is teaming up with search industry leaders …
Ryan Stewart:
Finally, Flash Becomes Truly Searchable
Discussion: eWeek and TechSpot
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
AT&T iPhone 3G Pricing Revealed  —  AT&T retail stores will be open at 8AM local time on July 11th, so be “iReady!”  Existing customers who don't qualify for an upgrade will have to shell out $399 and $499 for the corresponding iP3G model.  Customers who don't want to extend their current contract …
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T's official iPhone 3G pricing/plans: $199 to $499  —  AT&T sent out the official announcement today, detailing its pricing and service plans for the iPhone 3G.  As expected, the purchase price for the 8GB iPhone starts at $199 and the 16GB model will be available for as low as $299 …
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
Bag Helps Laptop Pass Air Security  —  For years at airport security checkpoints, passengers have heard the refrain, almost a dirge: “Laptops must be removed from their cases and placed on the belt.”  —  Get ready for a change.  The Transportation Security Administration has given the go-ahead …
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 …
Discussion: everwas and Scripting News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gnip Launches To Ease The Strain On Web Services  —  MyBlogLog founder Eric Marcoullier sold his company to Yahoo in January 2007 for an estimated $10 million.  He left Yahoo in July 2007 with the seed of a new idea germinating in his head - “Make data portability suck less.”
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The “Crisis” In Venture Capital
Discussion: Deal Journal and Washington Post
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Bernstein Ups Target; Boosts iPhone Unit Forecast  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are on the rise this morning, lifted by bullish comments from Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi.  —  While Sacconaghi maintains a Market Perform rating on the stock, this morning he raised his price target on the shares to $175 from $165.
Discussion: Electronista and MacDailyNews
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Anuj Srivastava / Inside AdSense:
We're retiring AdSense Referrals  —  We're constantly looking for ways to improve AdSense by developing and supporting features which drive the best monetization results for our publishers.  Sometimes, this requires retiring existing features so we can focus our efforts on the ones that will be most effective in the long term.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Google rebrands DoubleClick's affiliate ad program
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
Discussion: InfoWorld and hackademix.net
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Forty Percent of Web Users Surf With Unsafe Browsers
PR Newswire:
TripAdvisor Acquires VirtualTourist and OneTime  —  NEWTON, Mass. and MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor LLC, the world's largest travel community and an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE - News), today announced it has acquired VirtualTourist.com …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
TripAdvisor Acquires VirtualTourist And Online Booker OneTime
Discussion: alarm:clock
Kevin Carmony / Kevin Carmony's Blog:
Xandros Acquires Linspire Assets in Secret Backroom Deal  —  Today, as a Linspire shareholder, I received the below “memorandum” from Linspire.  I have confirmed with several other Linspire shareholders that they too received this same notice.  —  In classic Michael Robertson form …
PR Newswire:
Scripps Networks Interactive Launches as Separate Publicly Traded Company  —  Chairman, President and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe to Ring the Opening Bell at NYSE  —  Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI - News) began operations today as a separate publicly traded company upon …
 
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Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Scathing UK report on HMRC data loss
Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Textbook Piracy Grows Online, Prompting a Counterattack From Publishers
Discussion: TeleRead and P2P Blog
joinred.com:
WEEKLY DELIVERY OF GREAT MUSIC HELPS TO SAVE LIVES IN AFRICA
David Ward / Hollywood Reporter:
Or Die Networks branches into videogames
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Contentinople
Jibi / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: BlackBerry Thunder now the BlackBerry 9500, OS 4.7.0
Chris Williams / The Register:
Italian authorities raid alleged music filesharing forum
Discussion: Slyck
 Earlier Items: 
InfoWorld:
Everex to launch 10.2-inch netbook with 3G
Discussion: Liliputing
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Microsoft program to make volume licenses ‘evergreen’
Business Technology:
Most Corporate Blogs Are Unimaginative Failures
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Hands on: New AMD Phenoms up power efficiency, performance
Discussion: Electronista and Lockergnome
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Microsoft's Plan B for Search
Discussion: Beyond Search
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
What are your SEO recommendations?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside Microsoft's Internet Infrastructure & Its Plans For The Future