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4:20 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.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and TG Daily
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Office subscription service ready to go
Discussion: Ars Technica, Neowin.net and Valleywag
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   New Microsoft Office subscription bundle to hit in mid-July
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 …
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.
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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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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Humiliating Detail Yahoo (YHOO) Left Out of Its “Microsoft Timeline”
Discussion: Furrier.org and Deal Journal
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.
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.
Discussion: Macsimum News and Tech Ticker
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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?
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 …
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and BetaNews
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Adobe's PDF becomes ISO standard
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.
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 …
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:
Last.fm, Radiohead Give Fans Two Years of Free Album Playback  —  Earlier today, we asked for your impressions of the Last.fm design refresh, currently in a limited beta stage, for a likely full-fledged rollout in the near future.  Looking at our poll results for the morning, most of you so far appear enthused by the changes.
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Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Radiohead teams with Last.fm to offer “In Rainbows” for free, on-demand streaming
Discussion: Webware.com and hypebot
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.
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.
 
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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
David Ross / MSDN Blogs:
IE8 Security Part IV: The XSS Filter
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Apple On iPhone Plan Pricing: What's So Complicated?
Sophos:
Sony PlayStation site succumbs to SQL attack
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Identi.ca: May A Million Twitters Bloom
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
IBM Acquiring PSI
Discussion: The Register
Google Mobile Blog:
Nicely said: Google Maps for mobile with voice search on BlackBerry Pearl
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Posterous: it's like Tumblr via email
Discussion: Webware.com and ReadWriteWeb
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.0 Video Walkthrough and iTunes 7.7 Confidential Screenshots
Matt / WordPress.com Blog:
WordPress Gears
Discussion: Webware.com and ReadWriteWeb
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Linspire sinks under Xandros waves
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and AppScout
Juan Aguilar / Hack a Day:
ssd hard drives tank laptop battery life
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What's Next For The NYTimes Online?  Widgets, iPhone Apps, APIs, And More
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rolando: A different iPhone game
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Is the Government Tracking Us Through Our Cellphones?  Lawsuit Seeks Answers.
 

 
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
A look at the decline of cable TV networks like USA Network, Discovery Channel, and MTV; MTV's 2023 average prime-time audience was 256K, down from 807K in 2014

Anthony Crupi / Sportico:
Diamond Sports files its bankruptcy reorg plan, which includes ending its Bally naming rights deal for RSNs, and says cord-cutting led to 22M fewer subscribers

Mark Harris / New York Times:
An analysis of Hollywood's grim status in 2024, recovering from a year of downsizing and strikes; supply lines will take at least a year to flow at capacity

 
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