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1:15 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
Discussion: AppleInsider and Mark Evans
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).
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 and p2pnet
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Karl / DSLreports:   NebuAD Tries To Defuse Public Relations Nightmare …
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   Microsoft's Suite Response to Google, Partners
Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Microsoft preps pay-as-you-go Web apps for business
Discussion: eWeek, The Register and AppScout
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 …
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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebProNews
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PR Newswire:   Nielsen Reports TV, Internet and Mobile Usage Among Americans
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 and Lockergnome
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Hard To Believe: Computer Makers Giving In To RIAA Pressure …
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 …
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.
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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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe set to launch Wednesday night as .Mac goes offline  —  Apple has begun notifying .Mac subscribers that MobileMe will launch on Wednesday night after www.mac.com is taken offline at 6 PM PT. MobileMe will come online sometime between 6 PM and 12 AM PT. According to a short status message …
Discussion: AppScout
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Gmail Blog:
Fighting phishing with eBay and PayPal  —  Posted by Brad Taylor, Software Engineer and Gmail Spam Czar  —  Phishing messages are a form of spam that attempt to deceive recipients to gain access to their personal information.  A classic one is a message that appears to come from PayPal …
Discussion: The Inquisitr and WebProNews
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
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.
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 …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft on Vista: ‘The time of worry is over.’
Discussion: InformationWeek
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Intel and DreamWorks go to the movies
Discussion: TG Daily
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft hopes third time is lucky with XP SP3 update
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Bedeviled by the Churn, Sprint Tries to Win Back Disgruntled Customers
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Apple Expo 2008 dates announced for September
Discussion: Macsimum News
Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia haptikos tactile touchscreen details emerge
Discussion: Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone Jonny: world's first iPhone 3G owner (in waiting)
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iPhone waiting not so hip (yet) on Fifth Ave.
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Google powers up users' Gmail security arsenal
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
Datamation:
Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu and the Linux Desktop
Discussion: Open Source and The Open Road
Tim Anderson / The Register:
MobileMe steals Live Mesh thunder
Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Exclusive: Sneak Peek at the iPhone 2.0 OS
Discussion: VentureBeat and CrunchGear
Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
PS3 System Software Update (v2.41)
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter gets its sexy back. And by “sexy” I mean users.