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9:35 AM ET, July 9, 2007

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Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Sony Cuts PlayStation 3 Prices as Many Xboxes Fail  —  Facing slower-than-expected sales of its PlayStation 3 video game system, Sony said it would announce Monday that it planned to lower the price of its console in the United States by $100, to $500, effective Thursday.
Discussion: Microsoft (MSFT)
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New Version Of PlayStation 3 To Go On Sale In August; Sony Cuts Price On Older Model  —  Sony Corp. announced a revised PlayStation 3 console Monday with a bigger hard drive for storing downloaded content such as video games and high-definition movies.  —  The new $599 PS3 increases …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Joystiq and digg
Tor Thorsen / GameSpot:
E3 07: 60GB PS3 $499, 80GB due in August  —  Sony confirms price drop, says new $599 model bundled with MotorStorm coming next month.  —  [UPDATE] Today, Sony confirmed to GameSpot that a fusillade of reports from US retailers had augured last week.  As of July 9, the PlayStation 3's North American price point is going south.
Google:
Google to Acquire Postini  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Postini, a global leader in on-demand communications security and compliance solutions serving more than 35,000 businesses and 10 million users worldwide.
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Dave Girouard / Official Google Blog:
Welcome, Postini team  —  We launched Google Apps so that it would be easier for employees to communicate and share information while reducing the hassles and costs associated with enterprise software.  Companies are responding: every day, more than 1,000 small businesses sign up for Google Apps.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Improving Google's Social Network  —  Google already has a social network (orkut), but it's only popular in Brazil and India, doesn't have a Googlish interface and had a lot of security problems in the past.  That's why last year Google sponsored a project at the Carnegie Mellon University's …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Yahoo Both Working On Next Generation Social Networks
PR Newswire:
Lexmark revises financial outlook  —  LEXINGTON, Ky., July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK - News) today announced that financial results for its second quarter of 2007 will be lower than expected.  —  Although based on partial data for the quarter …
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
EA Chief Cites Need For More Innovative Games  —  Electronic Arts Inc. became the world's biggest maker of videogames by relying on a formula now widespread in the industry: pumping out sequels of familiar game franchises, like Madden football, that consumers bought almost on cue.
PR Newswire:
VMware and Intel Capital Announce Investment  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for virtualization solutions today announced that Intel Corporation, through its global investment arm, Intel Capital has agreed to become an investor in VMware.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Dow Jones Makes Late Push To Find Other Buyers  —  As negotiations with News Corp. continue, Dow Jones & Co. is making one last push to find other possible buyers for itself, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The long-shot efforts by the publisher of The Wall Street Journal …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista SP1 beta 1 to launch in mid-July  —  It's official: We are now in the under-promise and over-deliver era at Microsoft.  —  Just when Microsoft had customers, partners and competitors all believing that it was going to delay the first service pack for Vista — not releasing a first beta …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Microsoft's OEM catch-22: XP still in the driver's seat
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Apple sneaks Java support onto the iPhone  —  Despite public comments by Steve Jobs that "Java's not worth building in [to the iPhone]", it turns out that Apple did just that by using an ARM-based CPU that supports Java natively.  Programmers cannot (yet) take advantage of this, but Apple could …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Reuben Schwarz / Stuff.co.nz:
Hobby leads to career for tech blogger  —  Wellington is home to a rising star in the highly competitive and global blogging industry.  —  Richard MacManus runs the world's 28th most popular blog, Read/WriteWeb, from his home office in Lower Hutt.  —  It's every blogger's fantasy.
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Blyk's free mobile launch delayed  —  The planned launch of Britain's first mobile phone service that offers free calls and texts in return for users accepting adverts on their handsets has been delayed for several months.  —  Blyk, a start-up run by the former president of the Finnish mobile firm Nokia …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Fixing Typos by Web Users, Without Raising Hackles  —  David Ulevitch is trying to turn two numbers into a multimillion-dollar business.  —  The numbers — each composed of a quartet of digits — are just two of the more than four billion unique identifiers, the street addresses of cyberspace …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Associated Press:
US telecommunications company Verizon's copper cutoff traps customers, hampers rivals  —  PHILADELPHIA: When Henry Powderly II ordered Verizon Communications Inc.'s FiOS fiber-optic service, he knew he was about to be connected to the future of telecommunications.  —  He also got unplugged from its past.
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Reuters:
Live Earth Internet streaming sets record: MSN
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Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
AMD to Can Single-core, Cut Dual-core Prices on Monday
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Wrong On Hyperlocal: Google And Web 1.0 Killed Backfence
Discussion: Glass House
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Facebook and (My) continual partial attention  —  So I hit …
Haochi / Googlified:
Google Wall of Ideas
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
Openads 2.3 Beta Launched, But Google Threat Lurks
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft's top designers leave to give away lovely flowers
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Asymmetric risk and the dangers of too high a valuation
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 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
Friends of the Blue Monster on Facebook
Discussion: Steve Clayton
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Competition For Scribd  —  Scribd, dubbed "YouTube for documents" …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Sûnnet Beskerming / The Register:
Time to blacklist blacklists  —  Plenty of ways to overcome 'minor inconvenience'
Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Facebook: Add Zoho to your profile
Paul Taylor / Yahoo! News:
AT&T sets up 'Muni' WiFi in California
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Extravagant World of Warcraft setup includes 47 PCs, seven monitors
Discussion: Inquirer
 

 
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