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7:25 PM ET, July 6, 2007

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Aditya Agarwal / Facebook Blog:
Do we really need to write our own search engine?  —  We asked ourselves this question more than once while working on improvements to search in March 2006.  At the time, there were bigger search engines out there, including some good open source ones, that we could have used to power Facebook search results.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:   Facebook's Not So Subtle For Sale Sign
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft LiveStation: Slingbox Without the Box  —  The video above shows a demo of a new product called Livestation, a peer-to-peer live television broadcasting application build on the Microsoft Silverlight platform.  This is a Microsoft Research initiative, built in partnership with a London company called Skinkers.
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Matt Mondok / One Microsoft Way:
Skinkers, Microsoft announce live, streaming content venture
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Skinkers LiveStation: P2P live TV broadcasting service demoed
Discussion: The Gong Show
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Microsoft to Spend $1.15 Billion for Xbox Repairs  —  In what may be one of the costliest consumer warranty repairs in history, Microsoft announced on Thursday that it would spend up to $1.15 billion to repair failing Xbox 360 game machine consoles.  —  While the company would not say how many units …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Xbox 360 move: What took so long?
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Patrick Klepek / ExtremeTech:   Microsoft's Peter Moore on New Xbox 360 Warranties
Global Business News Online:
exclusive: rupert murdoch buys dow jones, owners of the wall street journal  —  Rupert Murdoch has succeeded with his $5 billion bid for Dow Jones.  Negotiations are now complete and a formal announcement is expected next week.  —  Rupert Murdoch has succeeded with his $5 billion bid for Dow Jones …
Quim Gil / maemo.org:
Feature upgrade release to the Internet Tablet OS 2007 edition  —  Nokia has just announced an update to the Internet Tablet OS 2007 edition, feature upgrade release is now available for download.  The update (version number 4.2007.26-8) includes Skype client support, Adobe® Flash® 9 browser plug-in …
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Thoughtfix / TabletBlog.com:
BREAKING NEWS - THE NEW FIRMWARE IS HERE
Discussion: ZDNet, jkOnTheRun and digg
Peter Judge / CNET News.com:
Auction site sells security exploits  —  An eBay-like auction site that sells vulnerabilities will improve security by ensuring researchers get a fair price for their work, its founders say.  —  "The existing business model to reward researchers is a failure," said Herman Zampariolo …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Auction site opens up for exploits, vulnerabilities
Discussion: Bits and The Register
Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement About GPLv3  —  A Microsoft statement about GPLv3.  —  Microsoft is not a party to the GPLv3 license and none of its actions are to be misinterpreted as accepting status as a contracting party of GPLv3 or assuming any legal obligations under such license.
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Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Microsoft: 'Your Puny GPLv3 Can't Hold Us!'
Discussion: CNET News.com
SmartMoney.com:
UPDATE: FTC Clears Microsoft's $6 Billion AQuantive Buyout  —  SEATTLE (AP)—Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) $6 billion acquisition of online advertising group aQuantive Inc. (AQNT) has cleared an antitrust regulatory hurdle, the companies said Friday.  —  The Federal Trade Commission mandates …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AMD invests $7.5 million in Transmeta  —  Advanced Micro Devices announced Friday a $7.5 million investment in chip designer Transmeta, strengthening the bond between the two chip companies.  —  As part of the investment, AMD will receive preferred shares of Transmeta.
Discussion: The Tech Report
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Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:   AMD Invests $7.5 Million in Transmeta
Yazan Gable / Symantec Corp.:
Scammers make friends with charities  —  Symantec has observed an interesting trend in the world of Internet-based credit card fraud: fraudsters are donating money to charity.  How could this happen?  In the world of carding, where stolen credit card information is bought and sold …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Vodafone put off by Apple's demand for big iPhone slice  —  Apple is understood to be demanding that its European mobile phone partners hand over a significant proportion of revenues generated by the iPhone and restrict the content that users can access.  —  The portion of network revenues demanded …
Piratpartiet:
PRESS RELEASE: Swedish Police Shuts Down Pirate Bay - Again  —  Inskrivet av Nyhetsgruppen 6 juli, 2007  —  This Friday, it became known that the Swedish Police Board will shut down The Pirate Bay, the popular file sharing site, by classifying it as a child pornography site in the blocklist that Swedish Internet Providers respect.
Discussion: Slyck, Copy me happy and TorrentFreak
Daddy Types:
My Mom Hand-Knit An iPhone  —  My mom was insanely cool even before she knitted an iPhone.  Last week, as the hype was peaking, I braced for reports of kids across the country grabbing for their parents' new iPhones; it was a drool-soaked disaster waiting to happen, like all those people …
Eas / iPhone Unlocked:
iPhone Hacking News Update: iPhoneInterface Tool is Out!!  —  Major Update: See iPhone Hacking News Update (Noon 7/6/07): Something Big Coming for more.  —  Hot on the heels of the announcement of the iPhone Activation tool, the team behind all the work on the iPhone Dev Wiki is getting ready …
Discussion: digg
Lynn Tan / CNET News.com:
AMD: Barcelona based on customer input  —  Advanced Micro Devices designed Barcelona, its soon-to-be launched quad-core processor, based on feedback gathered from its customers, a senior executive said.  —  AMD identified four design goals centered on customer feedback, Tan See Ghee …
Discussion: The Register
Robert Strohmeyer / Maximum PC:
2008: Year of the Linux Desktop  —  When Evans Data released its survey on Tuesday showing a sharp shift toward Linux (and away from Windows) among developers in North America, the Linux world went wild.  Wistful pengiun heads heralded the coming Open Source Age.
Discussion: digg
 
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Reuters:
CD sales drop, digital music jumps in 1st half '07
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Performance Issues for Yahoo
Kevin Massy / CNET News.com:
TomTom files patent for video-enabled GPS device
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Scientist Locates Chinese Sub On Google Earth
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Zantaz's $375M payday, and its unfortunate back-story
Discussion: MSNBC
ExtremeTech:
Asus Launches Gaming Motherboard Line
Danny King / Bloomberg:
EBay Chief Spurs Growth on PayPal, Beats Google Unit
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
eSnailer: Send Postal Mail From the Web
Discussion: Webware.com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MediaDefender denies entrapment accusations with fake torrent site
Tony Macdonell / Teknision:
Adding Friends is a Full Time Job, and I am Tired of It!
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Yahoo sites on the fritz Friday morning?
Discussion: WebProNews
Darren Murph / Engadget:
MPIO keeps it simple with the MP300 DAP
Alec Saunders .LOG:
Comscore's Fishy Facebook Numbers
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhoneInterface starts to crack open iPhone
Emre Sokullu / Read/WriteWeb:
So You Sold Your Company For Millions, What Next?
Discussion: seattleduck, Mark Evans and digg