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4:35 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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Reuters:
Microsoft, Icahn offered Yahoo $2.3 bln annual revenue  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (NasdaqGS:MSFT - News) and billionaire investor Carl Icahn's joint proposal for Yahoo Inc (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News), which was rejected on Saturday, included $2.3 billion in guaranteed annual revenue …
Discussion: BoomTown, paidContent.org and Pulse 2.0
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo search deal boost as big as a bread box?  —  How much better is better?  —  While Microsoft and Carl Icahn's joint-proposal was rejected by Yahoo on Saturday, some components of the transaction remained the same and others were given growth hormones, according to sources familiar with the companies.
Discussion: Slashdot and Coop's Corner
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: How Microsoft can turn the negative Vista PR tide  —  Things have been awfully tough for Microsoft over the past year.  Aside from all of its woes with Yahoo and Jerry Yang, the company has faced a PR nightmare on the Vista front.  —  It's being hammered from all sides by companies …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Digg
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Engadget
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.
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 …
Discussion: Profy.Com and Digg
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Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Pulling a Wozniak: Apple App Store Developers Furious Over Crafty …
Microsoft:
Xbox 360 Console Now Offers Triple the Storage for Same Price  —  60GB storage now included with Xbox 360; 20GB console will drop to $299.99 in U.S. and Canada.  —  Microsoft Corp. is giving consumers more gigabytes for their buck.  The company today announced an Xbox 360 console with triple …
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Microsoft cuts price of Xbox 360
Dan Ackerman / CNET News.com:
E3 2008: game over for the Electronic Entertainment Expo?  —  This week brings us the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo — the video game trade show better known as E3.  This is E3's 14th year, and my 10th time attending the show.  But despite booming game sales and a firm foothold …
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Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:   Video game makers to duel in E3 arena
Toby Padilla / Last.fm:
Last.fm for iPhone and iPod Touch  —  We are pleased to announce the launch of Last.fm on the iPhone and iPod Touch!  Sam Steele, our iPhone development army of one, has been cranking away at a full blown Last.fm app on Apple's mobile platforms for months now and the results are nothing short of insanely great.
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Tip: Updating iPhone to 5A347 reduces yellow tinge  —  Many of our readers have noted that their new iPhone 3Gs purchased this past Friday had screens that were exhibiting a much yellower hue than their original iPhones, even when updated to the latest firmware using iTunes.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Sun, Fujitsu unveil quad-core SPARC64 chip, servers  —  Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu have announced a quad-core version of the SPARC64 processor and servers to that will use the chip.  —  Fujitsu—which manufactures and designs the SPARC64 processor—along with Sun unveiled the M4000 …
 
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