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11:05 AM ET, July 29, 2009

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Microsoft:
Microsoft, Yahoo! Change Search Landscape  —  Global Deal Creates Better Choice for Consumers and Advertisers  —  Yahoo! and Microsoft announced an agreement that will improve the Web search experience for users and advertisers, and deliver sustained innovation to the industry.
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Carol Bartz / Yodel Anecdotal:
What our Microsoft deal means to you  —  It's inhumanly early in California, but it's already a great day at Yahoo!.  We've just signed a major search deal with Microsoft.  Under the terms, Microsoft will become the search engine behind Yahoo! and we will become the worldwide exclusive …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal: The Most Important Facts (And Some Opinion)  —  Now that the search deal struck between Microsoft and Yahoo has been officially confirmed by both companies, by means of a press release and a website dubbed ChoiceValueInnovation.com, let's take a step back and analyze …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
It's Finally Official, Microsoft & Yahoo Make A Deal, Yahoo Gives Up On Search  —  As expected, Microsoft and Yahoo have finally struck a deal, one that with regulatory approval, they hope will be in place by early 2010.  Microsoft has issued a press release and created a minisite about the deal.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal on Search Partnership  —  Microsoft and Yahoo announced a partnership in Internet search and advertising on Wednesday morning intended to create a stronger rival to the industry powerhouse Google.  —  The Microsoft-Yahoo pact is measured step that represents …
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo to Get 110 Percent of Search Revenue in First Two Years of Deal With Microsoft
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
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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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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.
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
iPhone SMS attack to be unleashed at Black Hat
Discussion: TechVi, Thanks:atul
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.
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) …
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Stuart Jeffries / Guardian:   Welcome to the app economy
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia?  —  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 of 10 inkblot plates created …
Discussion: Techgeist
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
SugarSync extends backup/sync/share service to Android, eyes netbook market  —  We've written before about Sharpcast and its creation, the SugarSync system that let users backup, sync, and share files from their computers and smartphones.  VentureBeat writer Anthony Ha called it “the simplest and most usable sync service I'd seen.”
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile announces HTC Touch Pro2 for August 12 availability  —  Sure, the Touch Pro2 from HTC is available from a variety of carriers around the world at this point — but you won't find many (read: none) that are offering it in the US right now, which makes T-Mobile's launch especially notable.
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.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 8530 headed to Verizon, totes Wi-Fi  —  It's no secret (well, maybe you just haven't heard yet) that the freshly announced BlackBerry 8520 will come in a CDMA flavor as well.  It also doesn't take a rocket scientist to put together a full spec list for the BlackBerry 8530 variation …
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Activision under pressure on worries about game delay  —  Stock slumps on rumors that ‘Starcraft 2’ may be pushed into next year  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Despite having the most hotly anticipated slate of releases for the holiday season, shareholders seem concerned that Activision Blizzard …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
2GB Eye-Fi Geo automatically geotags wirelessly uploaded photos, makes your day  —  Check it, wireless uploaders — Eye-Fi has just outed its latest WiFi-enabled Secure Digital card, and this one promises to disclose your every move to anyone who'll bother to follow your image feed.
Discussion: Macworld, Electronista, TUAW and Gizmodo
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
As Yahoo Starts Buying Again, Some Lessons From Past Deals  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) did something striking last week: It actually bought a company (Xoopit).  After spending $1.2 billion on acquisitions in 2007 and 2008, it had been moving in the reverse direction the last year …
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Report finds fake antivirus on the rise
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD spinoff lands top chip company as customer
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U.S. supercomputing lead rings Sputnik-like alarm for Russia
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
EU Vista, XP users will also get to vote IE off the island
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Larry Magid / CNET News:
Netgear & OpenDNS to block porn from the cloud
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Former MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe Raising Money For New Venture
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Case Against the Case Against Google