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12:30 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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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 …
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 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Lets You Monitor Access To Your Gmail Account
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Google powers up users' Gmail security arsenal
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.
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Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Microsoft preps pay-as-you-go Web apps for business
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 …
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
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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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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
 
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Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia haptikos tactile touchscreen details emerge
Discussion: Gizmodo
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
TinyURL finally adds vanity URLs
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone Jonny: world's first iPhone 3G owner (in waiting)
Discussion: Gizmodo and Macworld
Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Geeks get a word in with Merriam-Webster
iSmasher / iSmashPhone:
uXM iPhone Beta Released!
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
No new arrivals at NYC iPhone line, except a network news truck
Discussion: geeksugar and One More Thing
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: MyYahoo 2.0 begins Yahoo's social network assault
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Bebo hires ex-Google exec for Europe
Discussion: The Inquisitr and paidContent
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
Discussion: Macworld and GottaBeMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Vivaty Brings The 3D Web to Your Browser, Starting With AIM and Facebook
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)