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7:15 PM 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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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 …
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Ballmer's email on Yahoo assures Microsoft workers about jobs
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
A Search Eulogy For Yahoo
Discussion: Daggle, Thanks:atul
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Yahoo / Microsoft 110% rumor nixed
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: Communications … and TechCrunch
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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.
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.
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 …
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:   Mac flaw could let hackers get scrambled data
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Company Receives Patent for Podcasting  —  VoloMedia, a podcast analytics, advertising, and distribution company, just received a patent for “providing episodic media,” including podcasts.  According to the company, which filed for the patent in November 2003, U.S. Patent 7,568,213 covers …
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Murgesh Navar / VoloMedia Blog:
VOLOMEDIA'S PODCASTING PATENT
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 …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Google Dumps Another Half-Million Free Titles In Sony's eBook Store  —  Sure, their authors are all dead, and they're already technically free anyway, but another 500,000 properly formatted, lovingly .EPUBed public domain titles have arrived in Sony's ebook store, courtesy of Google …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Use Mobile Devices Hands-Free Anywhere With Gorillamobile  —  Sometimes the best accessories are the simplest.  Mobile tech sees us (rightly) obsessing about batteries, radios and the like, but often the lowest-tech things can offer the greatest benefits.  Take the Gorillamobile, for instance.
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 …
Eurogamer:
360 Twitter/Facebook “before Xmas”  —  Microsoft has said that the Twitter and Facebook applications planned for Xbox 360 will be separate applications rather than part of another broad dashboard update.  —  Microsoft marketing type James Halton, speaking at an event earlier today …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, AppScout and VG247
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shareholders Transfer $2.9 Billion To Microsoft Shareholders  —  Anyone wondering who got the better deal today (my detailed thoughts later) need only look at the stock movements of Yahoo and Microsoft.  Yahoo dipped 12.08% to $15.14, knocking $2.91 billion off their market cap.
Discussion: Smoking Securities
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
 
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