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5:30 AM ET, July 15, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Sets the Record Straight  —  On July 12, Yahoo! Inc. released a statement relating to recent discussions involving Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Carl Icahn.  Microsoft believes the statement contains inaccuracies that need to be corrected.  —  On the evening of July 12, Yahoo! …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Carl Icahn Screwed Up a Perfectly Good Search Deal  —  A source close to Yahoo, a source close to Microsoft, and Carl Icahn disagree about a critical part of the search proposal that Yahoo rejected over the weekend: whether or not it required that Carl Icahn be given control of Yahoo.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
From the Inside, Jerry Yang Looks Out for Yahoo  —  “Do you let the fox in the henhouse?”  —  So asked Jerry Yang, Yahoo's co-founder and chief executive, as we chatted for more than an hour one afternoon last week at Allen & Company's annual conference here.
Matt / WordPress:
WordPress 2.6  —  I'm happy to announce that version 2.6 of WordPress.org is now available, almost a month ahead schedule.  Version 2.6 “Tyner,” named for jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, contains a number of new features that make WordPress a more powerful CMS: you can now track changes to every post …
PR Newswire:
Microsoft and Netflix Unveil Partnership to Instantly Stream Movies and TV Episodes to the TV via Xbox LIVE  —  Exclusive agreement creates game-changing home entertainment experience; more than 10,000 movies and TV episodes will be available to watch instantly at no additional cost to paying subscribers.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Tear down the broadcast towers  —  My most striking realization since getting my iPhone (love it, thanks for asking) is that radio is doomed.  Pandora is a wonder, creating my own radio station, live and on the fly without need for a broadcast tower.  CBS is streaming all its stations …
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comScore:
Americans Viewed 12 Billion Videos Online in May 2008  —  Fox Interactive Media Gains Market Share on Increase in Videos Viewed at MySpace.com  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released May 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Intel Releases Centrino 2 Mobile Platform  —  The Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform for laptops is the chip maker's fifth platform for notebooks.  The Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform offers the company's latest 45-nanometer processors, new wireless technology and enhanced graphics.
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Salesforce.com pulls plug on Sun's flagship Unix servers  —  Exclusive Salesforce.com is chucking out the last of it Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire servers this week, ending one of Sun's most bragged about relationships.  —  The software-as-a-service (SaaS) pioneer told The Reg …
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Ditches Remainder of Sun Hardware
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google plays Hide and Seek with Android SDK  —  How to lose friends and alienate developers  —  Google's strict code of secrecy may work fine for protecting its internal operations.  But the company isn't ingratiating itself to software developers by keeping major updates …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Way to Save Internet Video  —  There is a lot of money being spent trying to turn internet video into something its not.  Its not TV.  It's certainly not going to be HDTV.  What is shocking about the entire attempt to turn the internet into a tv/HDTV distribution medium is how much people lie …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Viacom Agree To Preserve User Anonymity In Data Shakedown  —  The Google-Viacom showdown over the handover of YouTube user data appears to be over.  The two sides agreed to changes in a previous ruling that would have required Google to hand over user id's, IP addresses and a list …
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Blog Herald
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
E3: Shane Kim talks about Microsoft's grand ambitions  —  I chatted with Shane Kim, head of Microsoft's strategy and business development about his boss Don Mattrick's new promise that the Xbox 360 will outsell the rival PlayStation 3 worldwide this generation.
Discussion: Inquirer
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's new VAIO Z, FW, SR and BZ laptops go official  —  Leaks, rumors and teasers have told us just about everything we'd ever need to know about Sony's new VAIO lineup before we ever laid eyes on it, but Sony has finally confirmed its new VAIO Z, FW, SR and BZ laptops.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Open Source Laptop Tracking With Adeona  —  There are currently numerous commercial laptop-tracking solutions, most of which register the laptop with a central server and then report back periodically.  Tracking solutions are often used when a laptop is lost or stolen, where users are able …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Bucket Testing New Digg-Like Search Interface  —  Google has experimented with search features that let users vote on search results, and/or recommend other results than those given, since late 2007.  They generally bucket test these features (meaning some small percentage of users …
 
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YouTube Blog:
The Law and Your Privacy: An Update
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
Dylan Jobe / PlayStation.Blog:
Warhawk v1.4 Update “Free Gameplay Modes!!”
Discussion: Kotaku, IGN and Destructoid
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL launches personal finance site
Discussion: Mashable!
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
Bugging  —  It's pretty clear that the App Store is a huge hit.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
How To Maximize Your iPhone 3G's Questionably Adequate Battery Life
Discussion: atmaspheric and PC World
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Sojern gives airlines a new way to make money — your boarding pass
Discussion: Mashable!
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
How PaidContent Succeeded in Mining Digital Media Niche
The Official Google Blog:
“In their own words”: political videos meet Google speech-to-text technology
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IDG News Service:
Lenovo Launches Ultrathin ThinkPad X200 Laptop
Discussion: Engadget
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple says turn-by-turn GPS coming to iPhone, copy / paste not a high priority
Discussion: VentureBeat
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Online advertising during a recession: 5 key trends for ad-based startups
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
Fhauge / Opera Community:
A few final bugs...
Zoomix:
Microsoft Signs Agreement to Purchase Data Quality Start-up Zoomix
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft giving the Xbox 360 a totally new Dashboard
Ola Rosling / The Official Google Blog:
No cameras. No lights. Just data.
Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Printer dots raise privacy concerns
Discussion: CrunchGear and Things That
 

 
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post

Tim Marchman / Wired:
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Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time

 
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