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9:40 PM ET, July 7, 2008

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PR Newswire:
Microsoft Statement Regarding Carl Icahn Letter  —  REDMOND, Wash., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. today issued the following statement:  —  In the past week we have had the opportunity to discuss with Carl Icahn the prospects for a possible agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo!.
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PR Newswire:
Icahn Issues Open Letter to Shareholders of Yahoo!  —  SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE SOLICITATION OF PROXIES BY CARL C. ICAHN AND HIS AFFILIATES FROM THE STOCKHOLDERS OF YAHOO! INC. FOR USE AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Major Yahoo Investor Leans Toward Backing Carl Icahn Too  —  Microsoft's not the only one possibly backing billionaire investor Carl Icahn in his quest to unseat Yahoo's leadership and board-major Yahoo investor Gordon Crawford told Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang in a face-to-face meeting last week …
Suzy Jagger / Times of London:
Yahoo! re-enters merger talks with Time Warner  —  Yahoo! spent the July 4 bank holiday weekend in discussions with its lead adviser, Goldman Sachs, and potential bid partners including Time Warner to defend itself from a break-up by Microsoft.  —  The online search engine is seeking …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, Carl and Steve: If You Want Our Yahoo Vote, You Need To Give Us More Details
Discussion: Deal Journal
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:   Yahoo-AOL deal unlikely before Aug 1: source
Josh Chandler / Josh Chandler's Blog:
Twitter to buy Summize.com!  —  So one of my sources close to the deal has informed me that Twitter will be buying Summize.com the Twitter conversation search engine.  Summize is one of my favourite search engines for Twitter, I even used it for recent tweets like this one
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter May Buy Summize  —  Twitter may buy Virginia-based Summize, a Twitter search engine, says Jason Calacanis.  A source close to Twitter says that the two companies have been in discussions around a merger over the last couple of weeks, but won't comment on whether an actual sale has occurred, or the terms.
Robby Stein / Gmail Blog:
Remote sign out and info to help you protect your Gmail account  —  Your email account can contain a lot of personal information, from bank alerts to love letters.  Email that, I'm sure, you don't always want other people to see.  We understand how important your Gmail accounts are to you …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Google Lets You Monitor Access To Your Gmail Account
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BlackBerry Sync:
BlackBerry Thunder Exclusive Shots (Meet the media player...)  —  That's right folks an anonymous tipster has sent us shots of the highly anticipated BlackBerry Thunder.  The Thunder also known as BlackBerry 9500 will feature a huge 360x480 touch display and will apparently run on OS 4.7.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
It's the Beginning of the End for the TV Biz, Says Analyst  —  The TV and video business is about to face a nasty downturn, and it could happen faster than most people expect — like, over the next two years.  So says Lehman Brothers analyst Anthony DiClemente, who published an alarmingly bearish report …
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Analyst Whacks Entertainment Industry: Major Cannibalization Set To Begin... Now
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (955179)  —  Vulnerability in the ActiveX Control for the Snapshot Viewer for Microsoft Access Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating active, targeted attacks leveraging a potential vulnerability in the ActiveX control for the Snapshot Viewer for Microsoft Access.
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft: Hackers Exploiting Unpatched Office Flaw
Discussion: WinBeta
Dan Moren / MacUser:
The tyranny of “free”  —  When it comes to software, we seem to have become increasingly spoiled.  On TIME Magazine's site, Anita Hamilton discusses the impending influx of iPhone applications and poses the question “why can't all iPhone apps be free?”  —  Pointing to the plethora …
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The Macalope:   Butterflies are free, so why aren't iPhone apps?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Behind the scenes: Steve Jobs meets the Segway  —  The news that Doug Field, Segway's chief technology officer, has left the company for Apple, is one of those high-level personnel changes one feels obliged to comment on.  —  “So that's what MobileMe is all about,” wrote one wag on The Mac Observers' Apple Finance Board.
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Segway CTO Joins Apple: The Beginning Of The Jobs Transition?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
One Subpoena Is All It Takes to Reveal Your Online Life  —  Whenever questions are raised about privacy, big online companies talk about how benign their plans are for using data about their customers: Much data is anonymous, they say, and even the information that is linked to individuals …
Discussion: Unit Structures
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
MyYahoo 2.0 Goes Live for All; Developer Platform Coming Soon  —  After more than a year in private beta, the new Web 2.0 style MyYahoo is being rolled out today to all MyYahoo users, the company says.  MyYahoo is the biggest player of all web start pages and any changes made there will effect millions of mainstream users.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
A Chinese YouTube Disappears, Along With Millions Of Western Dollars.  Next?  —  For the past year, three sites—Tudou, Youku and 56.com—have been battling to become the “YouTube of China,” soaking up nearly $200 million in venture capital funding along the way.
Discussion: Epicenter and WebProNews
 
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