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6:30 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: Inquirer and mocoNews.net
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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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  —  When in the Course of online events it becomes necessary for alienated and isolated bloggers to dissolve the existing blogging hierarchy and exclusionary behavior which have disconnected them from the A-List and made them feel even more nerdy …
Discussion: Joe Duck
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
rte.ie:
Dublin company to unveil 'free energy' device  —  An Irish company will today reveal controversial technology that allegedly defies basic laws of physics to produce free power.  —  Steorn, which is based in Dublin, claims to have discovered a method of creating clean, constant energy, which it claims could end the global fuel crisis.
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets
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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
Peter Griffiths / Reuters:
Gadget boom to drive up energy demand: report  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Flat-screen televisions, computers and other hi-tech gadgets will use nearly half of a typical British household's total electricity by 2020, an energy conservation body said in a report on Wednesday.
Discussion: CrunchGear and last100
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BBC:
Gadgets 'threaten energy savings'
Discussion: Engadget and textually.org
ZDNet:
MOBILE WORKING TOOLKIT  —  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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Where are they now: Barry Schuler and his laser  —  Goldfinger: You are looking at an industrial laser which emits an extraordinary light, not to be found in nature.  It can project a spot on the moon - or, at closer range, cut through solid metal.  I will show you.  —  Or maybe Raydiance will.
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
Nintendo Announces DS Camera, Face Training  —  Having already trained the brains of the Japanese and begun work on training their eyes, Nintendo now wants to train... their faces.  —  Otona No DS Kao Training, or Face Training, includes a camera that plugs into the Game Boy Advance slot …
Stace / Unwired View:
HTC OMNI PICS AND SPECS  —  The rumors about the upcoming HTC OMNI communicator have been flying around the Web for a few months now.  And from some leaked details and specs, HTC Omni sounded like a very interesting mobile gadget.  —  Well, they were true.
Inside Google Book Search:
Greater access to public domain works for all users  —  Today we launched a new feature for Book Search to help more people access the world's great public domain works.  Whenever you find an out-of-copyright book in our index, you'll see a "View plain text" link, which lets anyone access the text layer of the book.
 
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