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9:25 PM ET, July 1, 2008

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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.
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Register
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Microsoft's Plan B for Search  —  Moving past the Yahoo saga, the software giant is buying semantic search engine Powerset as a way of closing the gap with Google  —  Still smarting from a failed attempt to buy Yahoo! (YHOO), Microsoft (MSFT) is trying another tactic to gain on Google (GOOG) in Web search.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:   It's official: Microsoft acquires Powerset
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Ok, Now It's Done. Microsoft To Acquire Powerset
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
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TechSpot
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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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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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The VC Asset Class Crisis Thing
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
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
Ben Furfie / the PC retail industry brought …:
Asus confirms Eee PC 904 HD  —  Verifies to PC Retail existence of device and reveals launch and pricing details; cheapest model in new range  —  PC Retail can exclusively confirm that Asus is to launch a new Eee PC device into the UK, “within a matter of weeks”, adding that it would be the cheapest of the new models available.
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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: Electronista and Macsimum News
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 …
BBC:
Spam experiment overloads inboxes  —  Surfing the web unprotected will leave the average web user with 70 spam messages each day, according to an experiment by security firm McAfee.  —  It invited 50 people from around the world, including five from the UK, to surf without spam filters.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Ellen Messmer / Network World:   Diary of a deliberately spammed housewife
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
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 …
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
 
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