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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 …
Business Week:
Yahoo Gives In to Microsoft, Gives Up on Search  —  In a long-awaited pairing aimed at taking on Google, Yahoo will handle ad sales while Microsoft gets the real prize: data on who's doing what online  —  Ever since Microsoft (MSFT) made its $45 billion bid for Yahoo (YHOO) in early 2008 …
Discussion: digg.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo's Bing Deal Puts Delicious, BOSS & More at Risk  —  Multiple reports tonight say that Microsoft and Yahoo! will announce a deal tomorrow wherein Microsoft's Bing will become the new Yahoo! search engine and Yahoo! will sell ads against those search results on its site.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo To Get 110 Percent of Search Revenue in First Two Years of Deal With Microsoft  —  Oh, the details keep rolling in about the terms of the Yahoo-Microsoft online advertising and search deal, which is expected to be announced sometime tomorrow.  —  According to several sources close to the situation …
Discussion: paidContent and Geek News Central, Thanks:kiranpatch
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It Was AT&T  —  I just posted the following correction to today's earlier piece on the Google Voice/App Store thing:
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft names new PR chief (again)  —  Microsoft said on Tuesday that it has tapped Frank Shaw, a longtime executive from its Waggener Edstrom PR agency, to serve as the software maker's vice president of corporate communications.  —  Shaw, who has headed the Microsoft account at the agency …
Discussion: Beyond Search
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Frank Shaw / Glass House:
Changing Stride  —  For the past 30 plus years, I've run the same way.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
What if...Microsoft Had a Windows App Store?  —  I continue to think of my iPhone not as a phone but as a personal computer.  Which is why I continue to be so nonplussed about Apple's barring of some applications on the grounds that they compete with its own apps, and others at (reportedly) …
Discussion: TechCrunch and PC World
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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?
Discussion: TechFlash
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Palm's webOS gets a couple more apps — are the floodgates opening?  —  We're doing our darnedest not to be recklessly optimistic here, but after weeks and weeks of nothing, a few new somethings have sauntered into Palm's App Catalog.  If you'll recall, we actually heard earlier this month …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
EU Vista, XP users will also get to vote IE off the island  —  Upon closer inspection, Microsoft's browser ballot proposal for the EU is much more drastic than one would expect.  Users will choose from up to 10 different browsers.  And it won't be limited to Windows 7 users …
Discussion: Engadget and Maximum PC all
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
YC-Funded HighlightCam Makes It Easy To Remotely Watch Babies, Pets And Burglars  —  Live video monitoring systems are great — except for the fact that someone actually has to be watching for them to be of much use.  Even if that doesn't mean watching it live, that means pouring over hours …
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Netgear & OpenDNS to block porn from the cloud  —  There are lots of Internet filtering products on the market that enable parents to block certain types of websites such as pornography, hate sites or sites that promote alcohol or drug use.  Most of these products run on PCs or Macs …
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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile's Touch Pro2 Continues the Windows Mobile 6.1 Shenanigans August 12  —  T-Mobile's releasing the Touch Pro2, a Windows Mobile 6.1 affair from HTC, on August 12.  It's got the same old stuff: 802.11 b/g, 3.6-inch screen, slide-out keyboard, 3.2-megapixel camera, blah blah TouchFlo.
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.
 
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Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
U.S. supercomputing lead rings Sputnik-like alarm for Russia
Discussion: kremlin.ru
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Tightens the Rules on Facebook Platform Ad Networks
John Markoff / New York Times:
Researchers Try to Stalk Botnets Used by Hackers
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Second Advertiser Alleges Facebook Click Fraud
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
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Marc Graser / Variety:
Twitter fizzles at Comic-Con
Discussion: Fast Company
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
The Web Is Flat: Why Time Spent Online Is Leveling Off
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and ChasNote, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
OS X 10.5.8 Development Wrapping Up?
Discussion: TUAW, Softpedia News and I4U News
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
No new netbooks from Asustek, Acer in 2H09; Acer pushes back Android netbook
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Barnes & Noble makes Wi-Fi free via AT&T