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8:30 AM ET, July 14, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
New Rejection from Yahoo Sets The Stage for Ugly Fight  —  A new joint offer from Microsoft Corp. and investor Carl Icahn to break up Yahoo Inc. — firmly rejected by Yahoo — sets the stage for an intensified proxy battle as fewer options for compromise among the combatants remain.
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New York Times:
In Bid for Yahoo, Microsoft Turns More Aggressive  —  By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and ANDREW ROSS SORKIN  —  Shareholders searching for détente in the battle between Yahoo and Microsoft are unlikely to find it in Microsoft's new proposal to buy Yahoo's search business, one the Internet company swiftly rejected on Saturday.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo search deal boost as big as a bread box?
Discussion: Slashdot and Coop's Corner
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
iPhone: The New Personal Computer  —  When Apple first announced the launch of its iPhone platform, we wrote here that it is a game changer.  Even the core of iPhone is a major advance in mobile computing, but with the platform iPhone becomes the new personal computer.
Jeff Carlson / TidBITS:
Send SMS for Free via AIM on iPhone  —  I expected that iPhone 3G service from AT&T would be more expensive compared to the original iPhone - $30 per month for data on top of voice service, a $10 increase), but the telco slipped in a poison profit pill by removing SMS text messaging from the plan.
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Hypenotized by Apple  —  Watching the cloud of hype around last week's release of the new iPhone, I was struck by the way Apple's psychological influence over the tech industry continues to grow.  I'm having trouble thinking of any recent technology product, let alone a smartphone …
Discussion: All About Symbian
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Buy.com Deal With EBay Angers Sellers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The golden era of the small seller on eBay, hawking gewgaws and knickknacks from the basement or garage, is coming to a noisy and ignominious end.  —  Consumers appear to be tiring of online auctions, and rivals like Amazon.com …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Nvidia cuts prices on GTX 260, 280 graphics boards  —  Nvidia has slashed the price of products with its newest GTX 260 and 280 graphics processors only a few weeks after it launched the chips, in response to stiffer competition from Advanced Micro Devices' ATI unit.
Karl Bunyan / Inside Facebook:
Here's How Your App Will Look When the Facebook Redesign Launches  —  With potentially only a day before the beta launch of Facebook's redesign (it will go live sometime this week), many developers are starting to see how their applications will look and operate within the new system.
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Is Digg Looking to Sell to the Guardian?  —  Over the past couple of weeks, I am noticing a trend on Digg even more than normal.  Mainstream newspaper sites are making it to the frontpage more than ever before.  The Engadget, Ars Technica and Gizmodo trifecta haven't owned the frontpage as they did previously.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis' First New Email Post  —  Jason Calacanis announced on Friday that he was retiring from blogging.  There was a very mixed reaction to the news, with most believing it to be a publicity stunt.  Jason said in his farewell post that instead of blogging, he would instead be posting …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Viacom After YouTube Employee Info?  —  Another day, another wrinkle in the ongoing Viacom v. YouTube legal soap opera.  This time, Viacom has YouTube employees in its sights.  To recap:  — First, a judge ordered YouTube to hand over its user viewing data to Viacom.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
What's Hurting Tech Stocks  —  Foreign revenues and other factors that once offered safety are now threats, and investors are doubting the growth prospects of Internet giants  —  So much for tech stocks providing shelter from the stormy market.  The tech-heavy Nasdaq is down nearly 15% since Jan. 1 …
Macenstein:
Developers furious over App Store “Line Cutting”  —  There's a bit of bad blood brewing between developers of iPhone Apps these days.  It seems several different companies have renamed their iPhone games to begin with either a space, a quotation mark, or some other symbol so that they appear …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Superstars  —  One of the 13 features added to Gmail Labs …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Sun, Fujitsu unveil quad-core SPARC64 chip, servers
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: How Microsoft can turn the negative Vista PR tide
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Digg
Dan Ackerman / CNET News.com:
E3 2008: game over for the Electronic Entertainment Expo?
Toby Padilla / Last.fm:
Last.fm for iPhone and iPod Touch
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Tip: Updating iPhone to 5A347 reduces yellow tinge
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New iPhone Will Jumpstart Demand for Wireless Broadband
Discussion: Social Media
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Steve Wozniak out of line at iPhone store?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nephrologist To Mac Blogger: The Unlikely Career Path Of MacRumors' Arnold Kim
Michael Falcone / New York Times:
In House, Tweets Fly Over Web Plan