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4:50 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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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Is This the First iPhone 3G Unboxing?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone Jonny: world's first iPhone 3G owner (in waiting)
Discussion: Macworld and Gizmodo
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:   Apple/Rogers spat overblown: never any plans to sell iPhone 3G at Apple retail
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Why you shouldn't buy the iPhone 3G on Friday
Discussion: Public Knowledge
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  —  VMware (VMW) announced this morning that its co-founder and CEO, Diane Greene, is leaving the company, “effective immediately.”  Her replacement is Microsoft (MSFT) retiree Paul Maritz.  At the same time, the company lowered its financial expectations for this year …
Discussion: Open Source and TechSpot
Scott Moritz / Techland:
Clouds darken at VMware
Discussion: The Register
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 …
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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
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Admits Windows Vista Mistakes, Criticizes Apple Ads
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacDailyNews
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft still pushing Vista compatibility story
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bit.ly: Please Use This TinyURL of the Future  —  URL shorteners like TinyURL are a wildly popular way to share long links over email, IM, microblogging and other contexts.  The millions of shortcuts that have been created through such services represent a huge opportunity to capture interesting data …
Discussion: Scripting News
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 …
 
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Loren Feldman is No Sacha Baron Cohen
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple hasn't learned from past security mistakes
Discussion: The Mac Observer
eWeek:
Canada Spectrum Auction Closes, C$4.2B Raised
Discussion: Electronista
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google slams Bell Canada: open Internet is “extraordinary”
Discussion: DSLreports
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
JS-Kit Acquires Haloscan; Rolls Out Game Changing New Features
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft aims advertising guns at food and health
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Source: T-shirt site CafePress buys art marketplace Imagekind
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
EA says has complied with FTC request on Take-Two
Discussion: Ripten.com
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IBM and Linden Lab Interoperability Announcement
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louisgray.com:
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Google Open Source Blog:
Protocol Buffers: Google's Data Interchange Format