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Microsoft Expands Xbox 360 Warranty Coverage  —  Microsoft Expands Xbox 360 Warranty Coverage.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will expand its global Xbox 360™ warranty coverage.  Any Xbox 360 customer who experiences a general hardware failure indicated by three flashing red lights …
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Xbox 360 Repairs Will Cost Microsoft $1B  —  SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said Thursday it expects to spend more than $1 billion to repair widespread hardware problems in its Xbox 360 video game console after a large number of them broke down.  —  Microsoft said it would extend …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Red ring of Xbox death costs Microsoft $1bn
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and TechSpot News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Xbox 360 Repairs Too High; Extends Warranty; Sets $1 …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Techdirt
Facebook Sees Flood Of New Traffic From Teenagers And Adults Open Registration at Spurs 89 Percent Visitor Growth versus Last Year  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released the results of a study on the visitation to …
Juventuscadillac / THE INDIE TRIBUNE:
LIVESTATION: MICROSOFT TAKES ON JOOST  —  Microsoft Research in association with Skinkers introduces LiveStation, a new member to the Live family.  A product that brings live programs to any user via the P2P network technology.  —  Another interesting thing is that the interface …
Matt Mondok / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft announces Joost killer
Microsoft Expanding Canadian Operations in Greater Vancouver Area  —  New software development center to be opened in fall 2007.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that it intends to expand its presence in Canada by opening a new software development center in the greater Vancouver, British Columbia, area.
Microsoft sings 'O Canada' amid immigration challenges
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
$50,000 Prize For Top Company At TechCrunch20  —  If you aren't one of the 200 companies who've submitted their application to launch at our upcoming TechCrunch20 conference, now's the time to do it.  The deadline is tomorrow, July 6.  We will begin to announce some of the selected companies next week.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for July 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: July 5, 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: July 10, 2007  —  This is an advance notification of six security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on July 10, 2007.
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Local Community Network Backfence Closing Down All Sites  —  Backfence, the once-hyped citizen journalism startup, is closing all its 13 local sites, after a series of management troubles over the last year, and inability to get any local traction editorially.
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The BBC should do less online video, says interactivity head  —  The head of BBC News Interactive wants the corporation to carry less online video and instead concentrate on improving the quality of its offering.  —  Speaking at the Future of News Conference in London today …
Discussion: JD on EP, GigaOM and NewTeeVee
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Faster iPhone faster!  Kill!!  Kill!!  —  My challenge here is to write the one zillionth iPhone story (and MY third) without repeating too much what has been written before or failing to include at least a couple new items which — trust me — you'll find below.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Report: PS3 $499 on July 12  —  Although Sony has yet to confirm a price drop officially, GameDaily BIZ has received confirmation from the retail sector that the PS3 will be dropped to $499 next week.  Sony itself recently talked about "refining" the PS3 price.  Now it appears to be happening.
Cade Metz / The Register:
eBay goes after itself  —  Craiglist owner launches Craigslist rival  —  eBay has challenged itself to a duel in the web classifieds market.  Last week, the company that owns a 25 per cent share in Craigslist launched a Craigslist rival, unveiling a U.S. version of Kijiji …
Discussion: Business Week and Ars Technica
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Energy saving power-strip cuts the waste  —  French designer Gilles Belley has come up with an ingenious concept for power distribution and conservation, simply called the "Energy Saving Adaptor".  The system uses modular plugs which link together to form a power-strip of connectors …
Discussion: Tech Blog and
Walt Mossberg / Mossberg's Mailbox:
Questions About Apple's iPhone  —  There's no other major item most of us own that is as confusing, unpredictable and unreliable as our personal computers.  Everybody has questions about them, and we aim to help.  —  This week, I was swamped with questions about Apple's hot new iPhone …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Digital music singles flex muscles, kick sand on antiquated album  —  It was Mr. Digital Music Single, in the Study, with the Candlestick  —  Sales of digital music can't stop, won't stop.  The upward trend keeps on headin' up, as Nielsen SoundScan reports that digital music sales …
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P2P traffic shifts away from music, towards movies
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