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2:00 AM ET, July 3, 2008

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Adam Connors / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Talk for the iPhone  —  We've just released in the US a new version of Google Talk designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod Touch browsers.  In addition to sending your friends Gmail messages from your iPhone, you can now chat with them while you're on the move, too!
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Google Talk comes to the iPhone.  Death of the text message approaching?
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Apple On iPhone Plan Pricing: What's So Complicated?
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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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Oh happy day!?  —  A Twitter clone that's all-the-way open?  —  Did Christmas come early this year?  —  http://identi.ca/doc/faq  —  Marshall has a writeup.  —  I am dave over there.  Follow me!  —  First thing —> looking for an API.  —  It supports the OpenMicroBlogging protocol, which I had not heard about until now.
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.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The Roku box to expand beyond Netflix.  Living room Trojan horse?  —  If you're a subscriber to the DVD rental-by-mail service Netflix, you probably want to get your hands on the new Roku box.  This device lets you stream any of Netflix's 10,000+ “Watch Now” movies (movies that can be watched immediately …
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and Gizmodo
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
‘Netflix box’ to carry more than just Netflix
Discussion: TechSpot
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Microsoft Office subscription bundle to hit in mid-July  —  Microsoft has given its new Office-based software-plus-service bundle a new name — “Equipt” — and a due date (mid-July), company officials said on July 2.  —  Equipt is the product/service that was formerly codenamed “Albany” (and inside Microsoft, known as “ValueBox").
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
Angry Businesses Organize Anti-Yelp Websites.  This Is A Sure Sign Of Their Success.  —  Yelp, a user-generated database of customer reviews of local businesses, first launched in October 2004.  Users rate and leave reviews for local businesses, participate in forums, and can generally get social around local businesses.
Discussion: Techcraver.com and Errata Security
Mary Colvig / The Mozilla Blog:
We're official!  —  The Firefox community is the proud new owner of a Guinness World Record — each and every one of you!  Mozilla today received confirmation from Guinness World Records that we've officially achieved the record for the “largest number of software downloads in 24 hours.”
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Firefox sets new record, cracks 19% market share
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and Digg
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.
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Google wins source code ruling against Viacom  —  Google won a legal ruling that allows it to keep secret from Viacom the source code central to search functions on YouTube.  —  A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the search giant doesn't have to turn over the code to Viacom …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
NVIDIA says “significant quantities” of laptop GPUs are defective, stock tumbles  —  If you're the type to watch the late stock tickers, you might have noticed that NVIDIA's stock just took a pretty big hit, down 24 percent to $13.56 — that's because the company just informed investors that …
Discussion: MacMegasite
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IDG News Service:   Nvidia Reports Problem With Laptop Chips
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo, Microsoft, Time Warner, News Corp, and AOL Agree To Talk Forever And Never Do Anything  —  All major Internet companies not named Google are in talks about mergers, partnerships, spinouts, and other proposals to quiet irate shareholders and stop getting their butts kicked, says the WSJ.
JKK / jkkmobile:
Asus Eee PC 900 with touch screen  —  Perfecting my 900...
Google Mobile Blog:
Nicely said: Google Maps for mobile with voice search on BlackBerry Pearl  —  Posted by Jonathan Matus and Luca Zanolin, Google Maps for mobile voice search team  —  On the Google Maps for mobile team we're always experimenting with new technologies, so we're happy to announce that we've started testing voice search as a new feature.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Michael Dell's a believer: Makes a $100 million statement  —  Dell CEO Michael Dell has acquired about a $100 million worth of Dell shares in the last three days.  Guess Mr. Dell is a believer that the company is on the right track.  —  On June 27, Dell picked up 2.23 million shares at $22.93.
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
Sydney Morning Herald:
Use Microsoft to win Apple products  —  Use Microsoft to win Apple products  —  Microsoft is dangling prizes made by arch-nemesis Apple to entice Australian web surfers to give its online search products a second chance.  —  Through its local joint venture with the Nine Network, ninemsn …
 
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