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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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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Yahoo committed seppuku today.  —  The once proud warrior of the internet space laid down its sword, knelt at the feet of Microsoft and gutted itself today.  There was no honor in this death, it was one brought by the shame of losing to Google and a lack of faith in one's ability to compete in the space they created.
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft open to SearchMonkey, other Yahoo tech  —  Microsoft's search deal with Yahoo is the culmination of months of well documented negotiations, but in many ways, it is just the beginning of the long road ahead.  —  In the coming months, Microsoft and Yahoo will not only have to win regulatory approval …
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Declines After Terms of Microsoft Search Deal Disappoint Investors
Discussion: PC World and 901am
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:   Ballmer: Never An All-Cash Deal
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Ballmer's email on Yahoo assures Microsoft workers about jobs
Discussion: Computerworld and VentureBeat
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple adds keywords to App Store additions for easier search  —  Soon after Apple admitted that improvements were needed in helping users locate App Store software, developers have been asked to add a list of keywords for their submitted applications to improve discovery.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple's Chickens**t Approval Process Has Gone Too Far  —  The App Store approval process has always been mysterious, slightly ridiculous and mildly infuriating.  But with the summary execution of Google Latitude as well as every Google Voice app, it's finally gone too far.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kevin / Riverturn Blog and Talk Back:
There's No App for That  —  As has been widely reported at this point, we are very sorry to announce that Apple removed our VoiceCentral app from the App Store.  This happened suddenly, swiftly and with virtually no advance notice from Apple.  —  Repeated emails yesterday to Apple have still been ignored at this point.
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 …
Sam Symons / Neowin.net:
Windows 7 Ultimate cracked and activated with OEM master key  —  Windows 7 has yet to even be released officially to the general public, and already the dodgy folk on the Internet have fully cracked and activated the Ultimate version, with help from a leaked Lenovo OEM DVD .ISO file.
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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 …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Michael Milken Backs New Business Advice Site  —  As Forbes, Fortune, Business Week and other management magazines wither away, another business media start-up with an unusual pedigree is moving to fill the void.  —  Bizmore, which goes live on Wednesday, aims to be a sort of Yahoo Answers …
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Details on presidential motorcades, safe house for First Family, leak via P2P  —  Lawmakers eye bill to ban P2P use on government, contractor networks  —  Computerworld - Details about a U.S. Secret Service safe house for the First Family — to be used in a national emergency …
Discussion: CNET News
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Report: iPhone margins are nearly 60%  —  Turley Muller has been arguing for more than a year that Wall Street seriously underestimates the impact of the iPhone on Apple's (AAPL) bottom line.  —  Muller, a former mortgage trading analyst, currently unemployed, tracks Apple's performance …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9700 specifications  —  While we don't have a sexy codename for this BlackBerry to attach to the model number, our very same ninja is back again with a list of specifications for this unseen and unnamed device that will launch as the BlackBerry 9700.  Ready?  — Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
GamesIndustry.biz:
Farrell: Natal will arrive late next year  —  Microsoft's Natal will launch late next year, THQ CEO Brian Farrell has revealed in his company's Q1 earnings call.  —  In response to a question about hardware price cuts and market changes in the upcoming cycle, Farrell replied …
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 …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
IPhone SMS Attack to Be Unleashed at Black Hat  —  Apple has just over a day left to patch a bug in it's iPhone software that could let hackers take over the iPhone, just by sending out and SMS (Short Message Service) message.  —  The bug was discovered by noted iPhone hacker Charlie Miller …
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.”
The Official Palm Blog:
Get on-the-go restaurant reservations without any reservations  —  OpenTable for Palm webOS is the latest addition to the Palm Pre's beta App Catalog.  The popular restaurant reservation service adds a few new goodies to the menu thanks to the unique capabilities of Palm webOS.
Tyler Tschida / App Advice:
Apple's Official MobileMe iDisk App Released, View And Share Files On Your iDisk From Your iPhone  —  Apple has finally released their official MobileMe iDisk app in the App Store.  The app is the perfect companion to any and all of you trying to make use of your MobileMe iDisk while on-the-go.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and MacRumors
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Prescribes Permanent ‘Diet Regime’ After First Annual Sales Drop  —  Microsoft Corp., coping with its first annual sales drop, will make frugality a new way of life, Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said.  —  “This is not a crash diet where you stop eating for a couple of quarters …
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.
internetnews.com:
Spam Learns a New Language  —  While spam levels are at their highest levels in years, much of it is the same — just translated for different countries.  —  Spam has reached its highest level in years, according to the latest MessageLabs Intelligence Report on spam from Symantec.
Discussion: The Register
 
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Business Wire:
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