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4:30 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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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:   Apple/Rogers spat overblown: never any plans to sell iPhone 3G at Apple retail
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).
Adam Lashinsky / Go West:
EMC to VMware CEO: Buh-bye
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to sell hosted service subscriptions for $3 a month  —  For Microsoft resellers that had been fearing Microsoft would drop the bottom out of the hosted-services business with its Microsoft Online services offerings, their nightmares were realized on July 8.
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google evaporates Docs and Spreadsheets cloud  —  Try again in 30 seconds.  Or an hour  —  Updated Google's Docs and Spreadsheets disappeared today for close to an hour, proving that the world's largest search engine is a long way from perfecting the art of online business applications.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple may have shipped 2.5 million Macs in spring thanks to Vista  —  The poor reception of Windows Vista, along with a strong Mac OS X, will help Apple continue to ship Macs at three times the industry average by the end of the spring, according to BMO Capital Markets.
Discussion: DailyTech and Infinite Loop
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft on Vista: ‘The time of worry is over.’  —  Microsoft wants its partners and customers to know that it's done letting letting its competitors and critics walk all over Windows Vista.  —  “We know our story is very different from what our competitors want us to think,” Brad Brooks …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft still pushing Vista compatibility story
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone Jonny: world's first iPhone 3G owner (in waiting)  —  See that guy?  That's Jonny Gladwell from Auckland New Zealand.  He's special no matter how you define the word.  He's camped outside of Vodafone NZ right now which puts him on a path to be the world's first iPhone 3G owner.
Discussion: Macworld and Gizmodo
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Is This the First iPhone 3G Unboxing?
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Why you shouldn't buy the iPhone 3G on Friday
Discussion: Public Knowledge
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web companies organize massive effort to patch fundamental Internet flaw  —  The entire underpinnings of the Internet are vulnerable to a major bug in how Internet addresses are managed, security researchers announced today.  The problem is so big that dozens of companies and government organizations …
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
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Rmogull / securosis.com:
Dan Kaminsky Discovers Fundamental Issue In DNS: Massive Multivendor Patch Released
Hamilton Linden / Official Second Life Blog:
IBM and Linden Lab Interoperability Announcement  —  This is a historic day for Second Life, and for virtual worlds in general.  IBM and Linden Lab have announced that research teams from the two companies successfully teleported avatars from the Second Life Preview Grid into a virtual world running …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   IBM And Second Life Announce Interoperability, But Bridging Virtual …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GameStop's Leaked Xbox 360 Price Drop Info  —  Just in case all of those retailer circulars from Best Buy, KMart, et al, wasn't enough proof of an Xbox 360 price drop coming on Sunday, here's one more tidbit of proof.  —  A GameStop employee has sent us cell pics of the internal announcement …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Teams up With eBay and PayPal to Combat Phishing  —  Google today announced that it has teamed up with eBay and PayPal to fight phishing scams more effectively.  Starting today, Google will authenticate every email that claims to be from ‘paypal.com’ or ‘ebay.com.’ If a message fails these checks …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Gmail Blog:
Fighting phishing with eBay and PayPal
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 …
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 and Cult of Mac
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Asus offers $100 rebate on Eee PC 900, brings price down to $449  —  Want a tiny laptop with an 8.9 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display and don't care if it packs a 900MHz Intel Celeron CPU instead of a shiny new Intel Atom CPU?  Asus is apparently hoping to move some of its Eee PC 900 inventory …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Reality Check: Internet Poses No Threat To TV  —  Remember that theory about online video cutting into TV time, and dragging ratings down?  It got a great workout this year with the writers strike, etc.  But it doesn't appear to be true.  At least not now.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Summize, Twitter to Buy a Clue  —  The big buzz of the evening is that Twitter, a San Francisco-based startup that allows anyone to post short (up to 140 characters) messages to its platform and thus broadcast them to one or many using different media such as web and mobile …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Tests Walking Directions  —  Google Maps tests a new feature: walking directions.  You can already get driving directions and, for a small number of locations, Google Maps has transit directions, but these directions are not always useful if you don't use a car or a bus.
 
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft aims advertising guns at food and health
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
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Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
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Discussion: Wikinomics
Nokia:
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Has The Cafe Moved Online?
 Earlier Items: 
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Drobo 2 revealed: Dual FireWire 800 ports!
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
JS-Kit Acquires Commenting System Provider HaloScan
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-037 - Important
Discussion: Security Watch
Business Wire:
New Acer® Aspire X1200 Desktop is a Small Yet Mighty Package
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iPhone waiting not so hip (yet) on Fifth Ave.
louisgray.com:
The Importance Of Blog Linking Seems to Be Declining
Google Open Source Blog:
Protocol Buffers: Google's Data Interchange Format