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3:20 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
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).
Adam Lashinsky / Go West:
EMC to VMware CEO: Buh-bye
Discussion: Open Source and TechSpot
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google evaoprates Docs and Spreadsheets cloud  —  Try again in 30 seconds.  Or an hour  —  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.
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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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   Microsoft's Suite Response to Google, Partners
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.
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Karl / DSLreports:
NebuAD Tries To Defuse Public Relations Nightmare …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Vodafone NZ Charges “Like a Wounded Bull” For iPhone 3G  —  New Zealand will be the first country in the world to get the Apple iPhone 3G, because of the country's position on the international dateline.  Vodafone NZ is the carrier which is offering the iPhone, but its pricing plans …
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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.
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PR Newswire:
Nielsen Reports TV, Internet and Mobile Usage Among Americans
Discussion: Podcasting News
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: Cult of Mac and Boy Genius Report
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Drobo 2 revealed: Dual FireWire 800 ports!
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
O2 website crashes under 3G iPhone demand
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Theo Valich / TG Daily:
Nvidia supports PhysX effort on ATI Radeon
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
JS-Kit Acquires Commenting System Provider HaloScan
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-037 - Important
Discussion: Security Watch
Business Wire:
New Acer® Aspire X1200 Desktop is a Small Yet Mighty Package
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft on Vista: ‘The time of worry is over.’
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft hopes third time is lucky with XP SP3 update
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Gmail Blog:
Fighting phishing with eBay and PayPal
Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Geeks get a word in with Merriam-Webster
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iPhone waiting not so hip (yet) on Fifth Ave.
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Hard To Believe: Computer Makers Giving In To RIAA Pressure …
Discussion: Ripten.com
Google Open Source Blog:
Protocol Buffers: Google's Data Interchange Format
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hans Reiser leads police to body, believed to be his wife