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12:35 AM ET, July 29, 2009

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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Yahoo to Lead Ad Sales in Microsoft Search Deal  —  Online Ad Business Braces for Shakeup as Pact Gives Bing Nearly 30% of Market to Rival Google's 65%  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Microsoft and Yahoo tomorrow are expected to announce the search pact earlier reported by Advertising Age …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Struck-Will Be Announced Within Next 24 Hours  —  Multiple sources close to the situation said that the online search and advertising deal between Microsoft and Yahoo has been struck and will be announced within the next 24 hours.  —  While it is not clear if the actual papers …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
New Front Page!  —  Today we're trying a redesigned front page for folks who are new to Twitter.com.  If you're a regular around these parts, then you won't notice the new look unless you sign out of your account.  Helping people access Twitter in more relevant and useful ways upon …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
New Twitter Homepage Goes Live With Search Front And Center  —  Twitter has just rolled out the new version of its homepage that new potential users will see, or users who are not logged in will see.  The design has been completely overhauled from the previous version which was fairly cluttered.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Fact & Fiction of Google Voice's iPhone Rejection
David Kravets / Threat Level:
iPhone Jailbreaking Could Crash Cellphone Towers, Apple Claims  —  The nation's cellphone networks could suffer “potentially catastrophic” cyberattacks by iPhone-wielding hackers at home and abroad if iPhone owners are permitted to legally jailbreak their shiny wireless devices — that's what Apple claims.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Lifehacker and ChannelWeb
Casey Ho / Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: Links Got Shorter and Smarter  —  On April 7th, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us to more rapidly develop …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Sale Dead in the Water  —  Last month the BitTorrent community was shaken up when GGF publicly announced that it would take over The Pirate Bay and turn it into a legal outfit.  They said they would harvest computing resources from some of its users, money from others …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Spiegel Online:
‘Maybe Media Will Be a Hobby Rather than a Job’  —  In a SPIEGEL interview, Chris Anderson, the editor in chief of US technology and culture magazine Wired discusses the Internet's challenge to the traditional press, new business models on the Web and why he would rather read Twitter than a daily newspaper.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Case Against the Case Against Google  —  Is Google too powerful?  The Justice Department's Christine Varney thinks so.  As Fred Vogelstein reports in Wired, the attorney who represented Netscape during the federal government's long-running Microsoft antitrust case sees the tech world's newest giant …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft will open stores in Arizona, California  —  Microsoft plans to open two of its first retail locations in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mission Viejo, Calif., CNET News has learned.  —  The software maker confirmed on Tuesday that it has signed leases in both spots as part of an effort to launch its first retail outlets this fall.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
How To Hijack ‘Every iPhone In The World’  —  On Thursday, two researchers plan to reveal an unpatched iPhone bug that could virally infect phones via SMS.  —  If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off.
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
Greenpeace wars with HP  —  It's war on hazardous chemicals.  —  After rating Hewlett-Packard low on its Green Meter did little to convince the company to change its ways, Greenpeace decided Tuesday that something more needed to be done.  —  The organization sent activists to HP's global headquarters …
Frank Shaw / Glass House:
Changing Stride  —  For the past 30 plus years, I've run the same way.  Long legs = long stride, over different continents, different climates, different decades.  Sometimes I've been faster, and sometimes I've been slower, but the basic stride has always been the same.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Yahoo Mobile site gets iPhone overhaul, syncing  —  Yahoo has been busy.  Last week, it announced a new customizable homepage you can personalize by adding favorite Yahoo services and social networking modules.  On Tuesday, Yahoo unveiled a new iPhone-optimized design for the iPhone's Safari browser …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pigs Fly As Facebook And Google Work Together On An Android App  —  Well, we never thought it would happen because of its intense rivalry with Google, but Facebook is almost ready to launch an official app for Android phones.  Hints are already popping up here and there, but I've been able to confirm it.
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Gizmodo
Psystar:
In comes the cavalry  —  Psystar has always been more a Cowboy than a Hippie.  Now we've changed lawyers to better reflect who we are.  Camara & Sibley LLP of Houston, Texas, has officially become our primary legal counsel in our ongoing litigation with Apple.  —  Everyone here values openness.
Discussion: The Register, Edible Apple and OSNews
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Second Advertiser Alleges Facebook Click Fraud  —  For the second time this month, Facebook has been sued by an advertiser for click fraud.  This latest case, filed Monday by software marketer United ECM, alleges that Facebook charged marketers for “non-existent, fraudulent or invalid clicks.”
Lisa Donovan / Chicago Sun Times:
Tweet about apartment mold draws lawsuit  —  It was a not-so-sweet Tweet about a Chicago apartment.  —  So Horizon Group Management LLC filed a libel lawsuit Monday against former tenant Amanda Bonnen, claiming one of her alleged Twitter posts “maliciously and wrongfully” …
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Sean Percival / lalawag:   Sued for $50,000 Over Moldy Tweet
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
OS X 10.5.8 Development Wrapping Up?  —  MacRumors has received word that Apple seeded OS X Leopard 10.5.8 Build 9L30 to developers last night, including only a single documented change related to an issue with external monitors and waking from sleep mode.  There are reportedly no listed outstanding issues in the latest build.
Discussion: Softpedia News, I4U News and TUAW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Former MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe Raising Money For New Venture  —  Just three months ago MySpace cofounder and CEO Chris DeWolfe found out he was being abruptly and rudely replaced by Owen Van Natta.  So what does the guy who built the biggest site on the Internet from scratch do next?
John Markoff / New York Times:
Researchers Try to Stalk Botnets Used by Hackers  —  Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif., are creating what is in effect a vast digital petri dish able to hold one million operating systems at once in an effort to study the behavior of rogue programs known as botnets.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
AP: “We're Done” Answering Questions About Fair Use & Our Rights System  —  Still confused about the Associated Press's announcement last week about a new content tagging system that's supposed to provide rights information?  I am — but the AP's apparently not talking to anyone further about it.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Freedom to Tinker
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to launch the Samsung Solstice A887 on August 2nd, $99.99  —  Surprise, AT&T-rocking budget touchscreen fans.  One of our trusty ninjas just hit us with some Sammy juice and it looks like the affordable A887, formerly known as the Infinity, will be hitting stores nationwide this coming Sunday, August 2nd.
Erica Alini / Real Time Economics:
Current Recession Offers Redemption to Tech Industry  —  Information and communications technology companies, whose bust dragged down the world economy in 2001-2002, are much less of a problem and much more of the solution in the current recession, a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development suggests.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Has Wikipedia Created a Rorschach Cheat Sheet?  —  There are tests that have right answers, which are returned with a number on top in a red circle, and there are tests with open-ended questions, which provide insight into the test taker's mind.  —  The Rorschach test, a series …
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Barnes & Noble makes Wi-Fi free via AT&T  —  Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide offer Wi-Fi access, and the majority of them are already hotspots through AT&T. Those stores now offer free access via Wi-Fi, with a focus on expanding customer awareness of the Barnes & Noble's burgeoning e-book library.
 
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Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Future of Cyber Security: Hackers Have Grown Up
Marc Graser / Variety:
Twitter fizzles at Comic-Con
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
The Web Is Flat: Why Time Spent Online Is Leveling Off
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blip.tv Lands A Big Distribution Deal With YouTube And Others; Redesigns Dashboard