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5:00 PM ET, July 2, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Consumer Subscription Offering That Combines Microsoft Office and Windows Live OneCare  —  Microsoft Equipt gives consumers powerful productivity and security protection technologies in a single package through Circuit City.  —  Microsoft Corp. today unveiled Microsoft Equipt …
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft to sell Office ‘value pack’ for $70 per year  —  Microsoft has chosen the name “Equipt” for a forthcoming package of products that includes its Office suite, Internet security software and other services, and will sell it for an annual subscription fee of $69.99.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Office subscription service ready to go  —  If you are looking for “Albany,” you might want to try heading to Circuit City.  —  Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Circuit City will be the first to offer a new Office subscription service, first known by its Albany code name and now dubbed Equipt.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
AT&T says original iPhones can be inactivated and used as WiFi iPods  —  Original iPhone owners who prefer not to give away or sell their old iPhones after upgrading to an iPhone 3G can instead keep their devices and use them as WiFi-enabled iPods, AT&T has confirmed.
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Apple Confirms: No Online iPhone 3G Sales, In-Store Activation Only  —  Reader Steve has been chatting with Apple.com CSRs today - he's already talked to two - and they've both confirmed my worst fears: you will not be able to order the IP3G online and it will only be available in stores …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Seeks Partners For a New Run at Yahoo  —  Plan Would Lead To Effective Breakup; Yang's Second Thoughts  —  Microsoft Corp., positioning itself for a new run for Yahoo Inc.'s search business, has approached other media companies in recent days about joining it in a deal …
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Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Why I'm leaving Forrester  —  I was once asked what was the best career advice I ever received — and it was to plan for job obsolescence every 18 months, because research showed that people typically master a job in that time period and fall into a routine.
Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Netflix's Online Movie Dreams  —  Can start-up Roku save DVD rental giant Netflix from the coming video-streaming onslaught?  —  Saratoga, Calif.-based Roku, best known for its networked music player SoundBridge, in May rolled out a set-top box that streams Netflix (nasdaq: NFLX - news - people ) movies.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   The Roku box to expand beyond Netflix. Living room Trojan horse?
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Study Refutes Niche Theory Spawned by Web  —  Had PowerPoint been around 150 years ago, Thoreau might have warned us to beware not only of enterprises that require new clothes, but also of those that require new paradigms.  —  A book from 2006, “The Long Tail,” was one of those that appear periodically …
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
Samsung to reduce NAND flash supply in July amid Apple orders  —  Samsung Electronics has informed downstream customers it will start reducing its supply of NAND flash chips to them from July as its key customer Apple has placed a large batch of orders, according to sources at the company's customers.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Jobs, Apple directors face new backdating suit  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs addresses the crowd at WWDC 2008.  —  (Credit: James Martin/CNET News.com)  —  Current and former members of Apple, including CEO Steve Jobs and several directors, have been sued again over their role in the company's stock options-backdating affair.
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Sony PlayStation's site SQL injected, redirecting to rogue security software  —  The latest high trafficked web site to fall victim into the continuing waves of massive SQL injection attacks courtesy of copycats and the ASProx botnet, is Sony's PlayStation U.S site according to a recent post at SophosLabs's blog :
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Sophos:
Sony PlayStation site succumbs to SQL attack
Discussion: InformationWeek and PS3 Fanboy
Palm:
Palm Treo 755p Software Update for Verizon  —  Do you need this update?  —  On your Treo 755p, press Phone .  Then press Menu .  From the Options menu, select Phone Info  —  Look for the Software item.  If the version number is lower than 1.08 and the end of the string says VZW, you should install this update.
ISO:
PDF format becomes ISO standard  —  The Portable Document Format (PDF), undeniably one of the most commonly used formats for electronic documents, is now accessible as an ISO International Standard - ISO 32000-1.  This move follows a decision by Adobe Systems Incorporated …
Matt / WordPress.com Blog:
WordPress Gears  —  Some may have noticed the “Turbo” link in the upper right corner of the admin area.  (Remember when computers used to have a Turbo button?)  Behind it is a new feature of WordPress.com, support for Gears.  —  Gears?  It is a browser extension like Flash or QuickTime/Media Player.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Drops Map Product & Outsources To Microsoft Virtual Earth  —  The LiveSide Blog reported that Chris Pendleton,Virtual Earth Evangelist posted the news that Ask.com has now dropped their own mapping product for Microsoft's Virtual Earth.  —  Virtual Earth can now be found on Ask Maps …
Mike Gualtieri / CIO.com:
9 Reasons Why Application Developers Think Their CIO Is Clueless  —  From being a control freak to being a vendor puppet, here are nine behaviors management needs to steer clear of or risk being labeled “clueless.”  —  As CIO you hold one of the most important executive positions in your company.
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Email In Danger?  —  Human history is one of progressive improvement in communication.  From the 20th century mail was a fundamental form of communication.  The invention of electronic mail (email) changed two things.  It became cheap to send short mail, and delivery was instant.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Identi.ca: May A Million Twitters Bloom  —  Identi.ca is a new microblogging service that launched today - but it's not just another also-ran.  The service is an Open Source, CreativeCommons framework for a distributed network of federated microblogging services.
 
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Sam Ramji / Port 25:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
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Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
IE 8 to have antimalware protection
Julian Prokaza / Mobile Computer:
MSI Wind hands-on video and Aspire One/Eee PC 901 comparisons
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sony: U.S. Exec Says No Demand Impact From Slowdown; Struggling …
InfoWorld:
Microsoft eases hardware terms for Windows XP on low-cost PCs
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and jkkmobile
 Earlier Items: 
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Apple On iPhone Plan Pricing: What's So Complicated?
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
IBM Acquiring PSI
Discussion: The Register
Google Mobile Blog:
Nicely said: Google Maps for mobile with voice search on BlackBerry Pearl
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Posterous: it's like Tumblr via email
Discussion: Webware.com and ReadWriteWeb
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:
Last.fm, Radiohead Give Fans Two Years of Free Album Playback
Discussion: Webware.com and last100
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Blizzard introducing two-factor authentication for WoW gamers
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.0 Video Walkthrough and iTunes 7.7 Confidential Screenshots
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Linspire sinks under Xandros waves
Discussion: E-Commerce Times