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12:20 PM ET, July 8, 2008

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Spat with Rogers leaves Canadian Apple stores without iPhones  —  Apple, disgusted with Rogers Wireless for dumping egregious service plans on would-be iPhone 3G buyers, has decided that its Canadian retail stores will have no part in helping the carrier market the new handset to customers, AppleInsider has learned.
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Canadian Apple Stores lose iPhone inventory thanks to Rogers  —  Trouble is brewing in the Great White North, and it's all thanks to Rogers.  It has been rumored that Apple has been displeased with Rogers over the carrier's less-than-stellar iPhone 3G plans, and had been considering diverting iPhone stock to other countries.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Business Wire:
VMware Announces Change in Executive Leadership  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—VMware's Board of Directors announced today that it has made a change in the leadership of the company with the departure of Diane Greene as President and CEO.  VMware's Board of Directors has appointed Paul Maritz …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
VMware Ousts CEO Diane Greene; Cuts '08 Guidance  —  In a shocking development, VMware (VMW) this morning announced that the company's board has ousted co-founder Diane Greene as president and CEO, handing the posts to Paul Maritz, who had been running the cloud computing division at VMware parent EMC (EMC).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Crosses A Line  —  Until today I've largely been a big supporter of Microsoft's efforts to acquire Yahoo.  A couple of days before Microsoft placed its initial $44.6 billion bid for the company, I told Fox Business Channel that a Microsoft merger had to happen to save Yahoo …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Google powers up users' Gmail security arsenal  —  A look at new Gmail security features that let you know where else you're logged in.  —  (Credit: Google)  —  Gmail users now have some extra ways to make sure no one can snoop around in their e-mail accounts, a post Monday afternoon on the Official Gmail Blog explained.
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Robby Stein / Gmail Blog:
Remote sign out and info to help you protect your Gmail account
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Lets You Monitor Access To Your Gmail Account
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Wall Street Journal:
Targeted Ads Raise Privacy Concerns  —  Pressure Could Imperil Online Strategy Shared by Phone and Cable-TV Firms  —  Cable and phone companies say their growth increasingly depends on being able to deliver targeted advertising to their Internet and TV customers, but criticism from privacy advocates is threatening that strategy.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, p2pnet and Gawker
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Karl / DSLreports:
NebuAD Tries To Defuse Public Relations Nightmare …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft's Suite Response to Google, Partners  —  Today, at its Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced pricing and partner compensation for its suite of Online Services.  The venue is somewhat surprising, because Microsoft hosted services directly compete with similar offerings from its partners.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Microsoft preps pay-as-you-go Web apps for business
Discussion: InfoWorld and AppScout
Chad Lakkis / Ripten.com:
Bend Over Dude, You're Getting A Dell  —  Manufacturers strive to create innovative products and we as consumers work day and night to afford them.  We exit our vehicles and are greeted by the open arms of big box retailers housing shelf after shelf of electronic excess.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Lockergnome and Digg
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Hard To Believe: Computer Makers Giving In To RIAA Pressure …
Google Open Source Blog:
Protocol Buffers: Google's Data Interchange Format  —  At Google, our mission is organizing all of the world's information.  We use literally thousands of different data formats to represent networked messages between servers, index records in repositories, geospatial datasets, and more.
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:   Cool: Google Releases Protocol Buffers Into the Wild
Arn / MacRumors:
MobileMe Launching on July 9th Between 6pm-12am PT  —  Apple has announced the launch date and time for their MobileMe service.  The revamped .Mac service will offer web-based email, calendar, addressbook, photo gallery and storage capabilities as well as “Push” sync services.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Apple's MobileMe service set to debut
Discussion: Gadget Lab and MacDailyNews
Corvida / SheGeeks:
I Requested That Verizon Drop Their Deal With 1938media  —  I don't think it's a secret as to why I did it, but in case you don't know, Loren Feldman of 1983media did a video last year entitled “Techn****”, which basically put black people in a bad light.  He asked where were the African …
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MK&C:
Apple just gave out my Apple ID password because someone asked  —  I tried to log in to Apple Developer Connection this morning to find out that my password had been changed and the email associated with my account was now a yahoo.com address that wasn't mine.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
louisgray.com:
The Importance Of Blog Linking Seems to Be Declining  —  I am a strong believer in the power of linking between blogs, and I still go out of my way to link, especially to peers, to smaller blogs, and to developers of services I write about.  At one time, I thought being linked …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
No new arrivals at NYC iPhone line, except a network news truck  —  Blurry Webcam photo shows a network news truck, but no other hullaballoo outside the Apple Store.  —  (Credit: Caroline McCarthy/CNET News)  —  NEW YORK—It's a lovely day here at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue and East 58th St., at least so far.
Discussion: geeksugar and One More Thing
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter gets its sexy back.  And by “sexy” I mean users.  —  The third party site traffic analytic tools were unanimous: usage of Twitter went down fairly substantially during the middle of June.  That tends to happen when you service simply doesn't work.  This lead many to proclaim …
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hans Reiser leads police to body, believed to be his wife  —  (07-07) 18:50 PDT OAKLAND — Convicted murderer Hans Reiser led police today to what is believed to be the body of his wife, Nina, near Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland hills, authorities said.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Summize, Twitter To Buy a Clue  —  The big buzz of the evening is that Twitter, a San Francisco-based start-up that allows anyone to post short up to 140 character messages to its platform and thus broadcast them to one or many using different media such as web and mobile …
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone Jonny: world's first iPhone 3G owner (in waiting)
Discussion: Macworld and Gizmodo
Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Geeks get a word in with Merriam-Webster
iSmasher / iSmashPhone:
uXM iPhone Beta Released!
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Tests Walking Directions
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: MyYahoo 2.0 begins Yahoo's social network assault
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Bebo hires ex-Google exec for Europe
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 Earlier Items: 
Datamation:
Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu and the Linux Desktop
Discussion: The Open Road and Open Source
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Involver wants to help companies market themselves to social network users
Tim Anderson / The Register:
MobileMe steals Live Mesh thunder
Discussion: Macworld and GottaBeMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Vivaty Brings The 3D Web to Your Browser, Starting With AIM and Facebook
Maggie Shiels / BBC NEWS:
The box in the corner revamped
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Unlocking Cell Phones May Get Easier
Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Exclusive: Sneak Peek of the 3G iPhone OS
Discussion: CrunchGear and VentureBeat
Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
PS3 System Software Update (v2.41)