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2:20 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).
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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Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Microsoft preps pay-as-you-go Web apps for business  —  Microsoft detailed on Tuesday its road map and pricing for Web-based software suites built for big companies and growing businesses.  —  Enabling telecommuting, which many employers and workers increasingly favor …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   Microsoft's Suite Response to Google, Partners
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:   Blog Linking Less Important?
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Hard To Believe: Computer Makers Giving In To RIAA Pressure, Disabling Sound Recording?  —  from the can't-really-be-true,-could- it?  dept  —  A whole bunch of people are submitting this, though, the explanation is not passing the sniff test.  The story is that a bunch of laptop owners …
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Chad Lakkis / Ripten.com:   Bend Over Dude, You're Getting A Dell
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
JS-Kit Acquires Commenting Sytem Provider HaloScan  —  JS-Kit, a provider of Javascript comments, ratings, and poll widgets for blogs, has announced their acquisition of HaloScan, one of the largest hosted comments service providers.  This announcement is also coordinated with the launch of several major features.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
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.
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.
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
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, PR Newswire and WebProNews
 
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-037 - Important
Discussion: Security Watch
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GameStop's Leaked Xbox 360 Price Drop Info
Business Wire:
New Acer® Aspire X1200 Desktop is a Small Yet Mighty Package
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and Ubergizmo
IDG News Service:
IBM Software Enhances Web Accessibility for the Blind
Discussion: Ars Technica
Tony Smith / The Register:
Elgato transmits MacBook Air-friendly Freeview tuner
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Electronista
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft on Vista: ‘The time of worry is over.’
Gmail Blog:
Fighting phishing with eBay and PayPal
Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia haptikos tactile touchscreen details emerge
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
 Earlier Items: 
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.
Discussion: One More Thing
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
Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
PS3 System Software Update (v2.41)
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hans Reiser leads police to body, believed to be his wife