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10:05 AM ET, July 2, 2008

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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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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 Internet titan Google to provide some search advertising for Yahoo, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ballmer on Yahoo Deal: The Bankers “screwed everything up.”  —  Interesting and surprisingly detailed story in the Wall Street Journal tonight about the ongoing (never ending) Microsoft/Yahoo deal.  The headline is that Microsoft, apparently not happy with simply destroying Yahoo's credibility …
Discussion: Electronista
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Humiliating Detail Yahoo (YHOO) Left Out of Its “Microsoft Timeline”  —  Yahoo seems to be winning some folks over with its PR offensive about how it didn't blow the Microsoft deal (part of the board and Jerry Yang's campaign to ask you to please not fire them at the shareholder meeting).
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:   Microsoft looking for partners to dismember Yahoo, says Wall Street Journal
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How to launch an iPhone: A tale of two videos  —  With the July 11 launch of the iPhone 3G less than two weeks away, Apple and AT&T each posted videos Tuesday designed to soften the ground for what's shaping up as another frenzied triumph of Apple event marketing.
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.
PR Newswire:
Blockbuster Withdraws Proposal to Acquire Circuit City  —  Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI - News, BBI.B - News) 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: Between the Lines
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Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Bloggers Scale The ‘Great Firewall’ In Riot's Aftermath  —  To slip past Internet censors squashing reports of a weekend riot in China's Guizhou province, some bloggers have started writing backward.  —  Some 30,000 rioters set fire to government buildings over the weekend to protest …
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Loretta Chao / China Journal:
Facebook Gets Poked in China
Cade Metz / The Register:
How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew  —  As the AVG LinkScanner continues to spew fake traffic across the internet, web masters say they've uncovered a reliable means of filtering these rogue hits from their log files.  —  Bundled with AVG's newest anti-virus engine, AVG 8 …
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.
Discussion: Zero Day and Slashdot
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BBC:
Spam experiment overloads inboxes
Discussion: Ars Technica
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.
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Co-evolving  —  I heard a term the other day that I really liked: co-evolve.  It was said in the context of humans and technology...humans and technology co-evolve together.  —  In other words, we change technology by creating it, and then it changes us as we use it.  And we both change in response to each other.
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 …
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Ask Maps Now Using Virtual Earth  —  Chris Pendleton,Virtual Earth Evangelist, let's us know that Ask.com is now using Virtual Earth as their mapping platform.  In this they are following portal sites as YellowPages.com, Superpages.com, and WhitePages.com.  —  Ask.com has integrated …
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
The rising cost of texting
Discussion: IntoMobile and Slashdot
Business Standard:
Ozone Media gets $4 mn from IDG Ventures
Becky / The Open Rights Group:
ORG verdict on London Elections: “Insufficient evidence” …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Jibi / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: The iDEN Curveball, Introducing the BlackBerry 8350
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola announces ZN200 slider in Brazil
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Sprint Airave routes your Sprint calls over the Internet - arrives July 15
Anwar Ghuloum / Research@Intel:
Unwelcome Advice  —  Generally speaking, you don't want to deliver …
Blakespot / Touch Arcade:
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D for iPhone
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
HP, Parallels Ink Virtualization Deal
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
PINs stolen from Citibank ATMs
Discussion: Inquirer and Associated Press
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
40% of surfers don't bother with browser security updates
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Amazon's Page Recommender: Foreshadowing A New Web Service?
Discussion: Industry Standard
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Add Another to the Eee Family, “Eee Monitor” Revealed
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Adobe Flash gets a break in war against Silverlight
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Spurns Intel, For Now
Discussion: iLounge and Macsimum News