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12:15 AM ET, July 19, 2008

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Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Motorola Claims Executive Now With Apple Took Secrets  —  Motorola Inc., the largest U.S. mobile-phone maker, sued a former executive now working for Apple Inc., accusing him of disclosing its trade secrets to aid in the marketing of Apple's iPhone.  —  Michael Fenger in March ended …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Engadget and MacDailyNews
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fighting For Its Life, Yahoo Uses Its Homepage To Battle Carl Icahn  —  Yahoo is pulling out its biggest gun in the showdown with Carl Icahn: the Yahoo homepage itself.  Right now on Yahoo.com, the single most-visited page on the Web (with 304 million unique visitors worldwide in May …
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Dave Thomas / PragDave:
If you work for Apple, we need your help...  So, it's been a week.  The iPhone 3G was released, and the iPhone 2.0 software upgrade shipped.  We can now all write applications that will run on what is undeniably a cool platform.  You can even download the iPhone SDK for free.  —  We love Apple stuff.
Discussion: ongoing
Scott Moritz / Fortune:
Google ad slump spreads abroad  —  Hit by the widening advertising slowdown, Google's weaker numbers show the search sector is on a steeper slide.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — In the clearest sign yet that online ad sales growth cannot outrun a global economic slowdown, Google reported …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and The Inquisitr
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Why did investors freak out about Google?
Discussion: Docu-Drama and Coop's Corner
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
The Long Tail and the Dip  —  When you launch a new product or service, you have a choice.  —  It's tempting to go for the bestseller list, to create a mass market hit.  This is the box labeled 1 on the tail above.  Everyone wants to be here.  It's where ego meets profit.  A home run.
Discussion: The Long Tail
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The Technium:   Wagging the Long Tail of Love
Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com News:
Speeding: Radar Gun vs. GPS  —  While an 11-year old, Louisville, Kentucky boy is using a toy radar gun to get drivers to slow down through his neighborhood, the police are finding that real radar guns might not be a match for GPS—at least not when contested in court.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Outlook vs. Gmail—The Definitive Comparision  —  Editor: Being digital vagabonds without an Exchange server, we Lifehacker writers use online apps like Gmail and Google Calendar to get things done.  But can an Outlook user make the switch without losing out?  Guest contributor Jared Goralnick's here today to take a look.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
InfoWorld:
Why San Francisco's network admin went rogue  —  Last Sunday, Terry Childs, a network administrator employed by the City of San Francisco, was arrested and taken into custody, charged with four counts of computer tampering.  He remains in jail, held on $5 million bail.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Plays Nice: XMPP Firehose Data Feed To Gnip  —  Twitter is living up to its promise to open up its data stream as much as possible to developers.  While I was negotiating with Twitter cofounder Evan Williams to sit down and do a video interview at Foo Camp last weekend …
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Napster Takeover Looms as Funds See Cash Exceed Stock  —  Napster Inc., the Internet music pioneer whose shares have plunged 95 percent in six years, has become takeover bait for hedge funds zeroing in on a cash hoard exceeding the company's market value.  —  While Los Angeles-based Napster …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Users reporting failed Microsoft WGA and OGA activations (Updated)  —  A few of our readers have written in to report problems trying to activate copies of Microsoft Office 2003.  One user has been receiving a message telling him that the service is temporarily down since Thursday morning.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Mom continues to chase Prince over ‘fair use’  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—Stephanie Lenz is an angry Pennsylvania mother who refuses to back down from the music industry.  —  Lenz's attorneys were in federal district court on Friday morning, trying to thwart a motion to dismiss her case against Universal Music Group.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Real Problem: The Second Coming of Apple  —  As Microsoft (MSFT) continues to waste time and resources figuring out how to win a sideline game it has already lost—Internet media—its shareholders have bigger things to worry about.  Namely, the future of the Windows and Office cash cows.
Discussion: ClusterStock and MacDailyNews
Direct2Dell:
Select Systems Now Available with Ubuntu 8.04  —  After months of testing and development we are ready to release Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) on select Dell consumer systems.  For consumers in the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Canada, United Kingdom and many Latin American countries …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T mistakenly announces free Wi-Fi for iPhone users...again  —  AT&T iPhone users will not be getting free Wi-Fi access, afterall.  —  For the second time in less than six months, AT&T has mistakenly published a notice on its Web site indicating that Apple iPhone users would get free access …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Ex-Microsoft manager asks judge for leniency  —  Carolyn Gudmundson, the former Microsoft domain manager who has admitted stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company, is set to be sentenced this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle.  —  In a new court filing (PDF …
 
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Kevin Allison / Financial Times:
Facebook sues ‘knock-off’ German site
Discussion: paidContent.org
David F. Gallagher / Bits:
There's Lots of Money in Those Old iPhones
Discussion: kottke.org
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Fiji beta over, Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 hits RTM
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
Economy Down, PC Sales Up
Discussion: TidBITS
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
Is the Internet Bad for Science?
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Android Not Open: No XMPP, No Source, No SDK For Some
Discussion: IntoMobile
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: 180 million Vista licenses now sold
Discussion: CyberNet, TG Daily and Electronista
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
Laptop bags could shorten airport wait
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
HTC finally releases Windows Mobile 6.1 update for Sprint Touch
Discussion: Crave, WMExperts, HTC and Gizmodo
Tony Smith / The Register:
AMD confirms ‘Atom-smasher’ chip on its roadmap
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Searches Jump 15% After Live Cashback Launch
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why ISP's ‘Stand’ Against Child Porn Is Actually Not A Stand Against Child Porn
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evite Gets A Much-Needed Facelift
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Jackson West / Valleywag:
No, Kleiner Perkins won't give your Web 2.0 startup money
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Identi.ca implements the Twitter API
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple shares could be in for a rough ride