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3:05 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 …
Macworld:
AT&T dishes on iPhone rate plans  —  We've heard the plans for Canada, France, and others, but what us folks here in the United States?  What kind of deals will we be getting when it comes time to grab our cell phone service from AT&T?  Well, wait no longer: AT&T has dropped details on all its iPhone pricing plans; here's the skinny.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AT&T talks iPhone 3G pricing  —  AT&T reaffirmed pricing for the iPhone 3G on Tuesday, noting that the latest version of the popular smartphones will range from $199 for 8GB to $299 for 16GB to eligible customers.  —  AT&T will begin offering the iPhone 3GM at its retail stores beginning July 11 at 8 a.m. local time.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
AT&T announces iPhone 3G pricing plans
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.”
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 …
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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
That 3G iPhone Not $199 For Everyone; Bernstein Hikes Apple Estimates  —  New details today on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone pricing and U.S. launch, as well as a bullish report from Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi, once an iPhone skeptic.  —  The iPhone 3G will go on sale at AT&T stores beginning at 8 …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Bernstein Ups Target; Boosts iPhone Unit Forecast
Discussion: Electronista and MacDailyNews
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Forty Percent of Web Users Surf With Unsafe Browsers  —  A comprehensive new study of online surfing habits released today found that only 60 percent of the planet's Internet users surf the Web with the latest, most-secure versions of their preferred Web browsers.
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techzoom.net:
Understanding the Web browser threat: Examination of vulnerable …
Discussion: InfoWorld and hackademix.net
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
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.
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 …
 
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu: A Consumer Success But Still A Small Business
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Epicenter
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Also Tells Judge That Proof Shouldn't Be Necessary To Sue For Infringement
Discussion: Threat Level and Bit Player
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Media/Marketing M&A Activity For First Half Cloudy; Online As Bright Spot
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Four things that need fixing to secure the future of the web
Discussion: Xconomy
Nikon:
Digital SLR Camera Nikon D700
Discussion: DailyTech and OhGizmo!
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Enabling Bluetooth on Windows Server 2008
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Textbook Piracy Grows Online, Prompting a Counterattack From Publishers
Jibi / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: BlackBerry Thunder now the BlackBerry 9500, OS 4.7.0
 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’
PR Newswire:
Scripps Networks Interactive Launches as Separate Publicly Traded Company
Business Technology:
Most Corporate Blogs Are Unimaginative Failures
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Hands on: New AMD Phenoms up power efficiency, performance
Discussion: Lockergnome and Electronista
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Microsoft's Plan B for Search
Discussion: Beyond Search
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
What are your SEO recommendations?