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9:30 AM ET, July 5, 2007

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BBC:
O2 'to get UK iPhone contract'  —  Mobile phone operator O2 is reported to have won the sought-after deal to sell Apple's iPhone in the UK.  —  Press reports said that O2 is set to sign an exclusive contract shortly and should have the new phones on sale in time for Christmas.
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Nic Fildes / The Independent:
O2 closes in on exclusive deal to sell iPhone in UK  —  O2 is on the verge of wrapping up a deal to exclusively sell the Apple iPhone in the UK with a view to launching the iPod-based handset by Christmas.  —  A number of Europe's largest operators have been linked with a deal to sell the iPhone in Europe over recent weeks.
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Inquirer
John Oates / The Register:
O2 gets UK iPhone deal  —  Mobile network O2 is close to getting the exclusive right to sell Apple's ludicrously-hyped iPhone in the UK.  —  The handset has gone on sale in the US with one network partner, AT&T, and Apple is looking to set up similar exclusive deals across Europe.
Discussion: Inquirer and Gizmodo
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost Publications:
NBBC, We Hardly Knew Ye  —  THE NATIONAL BROADBAND COMPANY, THE unit created by NBC Universal last September to handle online video distribution, is being rolled into NewSite — the still-unnamed co-venture between NBC and News Corp.  —  Unfortunately, NBBC's partners …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Net
USA Today:
The house that helped build Google  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Susan Wojcicki is reminiscing about her old home in Menlo Park, Calif.  —  "It's a very humble house, less than 2,000 square feet," she recalls fondly.  A cozy, four-bedroom home — and incredibly historic.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Gadgetopia
Reuters:
Microsoft to launch Xbox 360 Elite in Japan in Oct  —  TOKYO, July 5 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday it would launch the advanced version of its Xbox 360 game console, Xbox 360 Elite, on Oct. 11 in Japan, a country where sales …
Discussion: DailyTech and CrunchGear
Marie Boran / SiliconRepublic.com:
Irish technology claims energy breakthrough  —  Today, the public have been invited to come and observe Orbo technology, developed by Irish company Steorn, which produces a free, constant supply of energy that will change history if it does what it claims.  —  Orbo technology, which Sean McCarthy …
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George Gardner / TECH.BLORGE.com:
MPAA's Media Defender sets up 'fake' site to catch pirates  —  Don't get caught up in the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) latest sting.  Media Defender, a company which does the dirty work for the MPAA, has been caught setting up 'dummy' websites in an attempt to catch …
Discussion: Inquirer, CrunchGear and Slashdot
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Wants MediaDefender to Walk the Plank to Bankruptcy
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Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Koreans Connect Through Search Engine  —  Park Hye Ran, a 15-year-old high school student, wanted to know the shortest route from a bus terminal in the southern port city of Busan to a fish market to the east.  —  That is precisely the kind of question that Cho In Joon, 50, a seller of lottery tickets in Busan, loves to answer.
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
THE TIME OF THE A-LIST IS DEAD.  THANK CHRIST.  NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON.  —  From Robert Scoble: … For once I disagree with Robert.  I DO want to talk about it.  Because I actually concur with Robert's thesis.  And I am utterly delighted to do so.  —  In the past, say …
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Kent / Newsome.Org:
Declaration of Blogging Independence
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IFPI:
IFPI hails court ruling that ISPs must stop copyright piracy on their networks  —  A court in Belgium has confirmed that an Internet Service Provider must take responsibility for stopping illegal file-sharing on its network.  The ruling is the first of its kind in Europe and …
Discussion: p2pnet and TorrentFreak
Glenn Fleishman / CNN:
Service allows users to make calls on Wi-Fi network  —  (PopSci.com) — Bad call reception at home?  A new mobile service allows you to seamlessly place calls on both your cellular network and on any open Wi-Fi hotspot cell phones, which are supposed to let you call from anywhere …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Matt Sullivan / Popular Mechanics:
More than 750 parts  —  stretching a half-mile long.  Some 350 engineers working round-the-clock.  Thousands of rusty, old mechanic photos — clutch plates, transmissions, brake discs — spilling across the table.  All for one beat-up Camaro?  Sure doesn't sound like your average auto manufacturer.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
ZDNet:
Mobile broadband popularity rockets  —  Europe will have five million mobile broadband connections by the end of this year, a Swedish analyst firm has predicted.  —  According to Berg Insight, the countries where people are signing up most quickly to HSDPA (high-speed 3G) services are Austria and Sweden.
 
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