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6:10 AM ET, July 2, 2007


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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Universal Music declines long-term iTunes deal: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, has declined to sign a long-term deal with Apple Inc.'s iTunes music store, leaving open the possibility for exclusive deals with other services, an industry source said on Sunday.
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Universal in Dispute With Apple Over iTunes  —  Steven P. Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple, is an emerging force in the mobile phone business, thanks to the snaking lines of gadget fans who queued up last week to buy the iPhone.  But now he faces a headache in an industry Apple already dominates — digital music.
Wall Street Journal:
Universal Music May Seek Shorter iTunes-Sales Pact  —  Highlighting continuing tension between the music industry and Apple Inc., Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group is considering notifying the Cupertino, Calif., company that it isn't renewing a long-term contract to sell digital-music downloads through …
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Breaking: UMG Will Not Renew iTunes Contract
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Online Customized Ads Move a Step Closer  —  Yahoo will announce new tools for online advertising today that could pull the company ahead in the race for what is called "behavioral targeting," that is, the ability to better tailor online advertisements to the people most likely to buy.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Yahoo launches customizable ad tool  —  Yahoo just upped the ante in the display advertising space.  —  Yahoo on Monday launched a new display advertising product called SmartAds, whish allows marketers to offer ads that are customized based on the Web surfer's age, gender, location and online activities.
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Tom Krazit / CNET
Piper Jaffray: 500,000 iPhones sold over the weekend  —  Apple sold around half a million iPhones the first weekend the device went on sale, one analyst firm has estimated.  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster released a report Sunday night estimating that Apple sold about 500,000 units …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin v. Evan  —  So I've had a week now to play around with Pownce, Kevin Rose's (the founder of Digg, pictured left) newly launched Twitter killer.  —  Twitter, which launched a year ago, was obviously used as the initial inspiration for the Pownce.  They both allow users to sign up …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Faux Pas Retracted  —  I'm betting that Lauren Turner's job duties at Google will no longer include blogging.  Yesterday she wrote an anti-Sicko (Michael Moore's new movie lambasting the U.S. health care industry) post on the Google Health Advertising blog, and encouraged health care companies …
Julie Moran Alterio / The Journal News:
TiVo CEO works in California, lives in Westchester  —  Back in 1907, when a man said he was heading to California for work, his family kissed him goodbye with the expectation they might never see him again.  —  It wasn't until 1911 that the first aviator flew from New York to the Golden State …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Download-to-DVD now an option for Apple, CinemaNow, others  —  Commercial video download sites like CinemaNow and the iTunes Store will soon have the option of allowing customers to burn copies of downloaded movies to DVDs that will playback in standard DVD players, thanks to an amendment recently approved …
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
War and PDF: Microsoft submits XPS to standards body  —  Microsoft has announced that it has chartered a new Technical Committee to submit a new standard to the standards-setting body Ecma International.  The would-be standard involves "creating an XML-based electronic paper format …
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Jajah Targets iPhone Users with Application  —  There's a growing list of companies lining up to port their application to the iPhone's Safari browser.  Jajah is the first to bring their VOIP client to the new iPhone.  —  iPhone's standard contract isn't cheap ($60 - $100/month).
Jerome Archambeaud / GigaOM:
And now the French Web 2.0 Wave  —  France leads Europe in its enthusiasm for Web 2.0 startups, an industry that has doubled in size across the continent since 2005.  According to Dow Jones/Venture One data French start-ups raised close to $40 million in venture capital in 2006 …
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Why Apple will NOT Take Over the wireless industry  —  In response to the article How Apple Will Use The iPhone To Take Over The Wireless Industry, I'm opening by saying "take over" is a ludicrous claim.  Do you have any idea the sheer volume of mobile handsets sold worldwide?
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