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8:30 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.
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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.
Discussion: DigitalBattle, Slashdot and digg
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Sony cuts PS3 price to $499, new $599 80GB model to hit North America in August  —  Despite denials, Sony has made official the new $499 price point for the PlayStation 3 that we've started to see appear in retailers across the US.  The 60GB model's new price point will indeed be $499 …
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
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
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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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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Wrong On Hyperlocal: Google And Web 1.0 Killed Backfence  —  There's been a lot of debate about what killed Backfence, the hyperlocal news site.  Was it poor design?  Lack of incentives for users to generate content?  Bad business model?  Maybe all of these contributed.
Discussion: Glass House
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft's top designers leave to give away lovely flowers  —  This startup makes me sad.  Not because it isn't doing beautiful stuff.  They are.  Maryam will smile when she gets her flowers delivered this morning.  UPDATE: she laughed and said "you remembered I love flowers."  I guess that's a hint, huh?
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Reuters:
Live Earth Internet streaming sets record: MSN
Discussion: Daily Feed and Reel Pop
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
AMD to Can Single-core, Cut Dual-core Prices on Monday
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
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Asymmetric risk and the dangers of too high a valuation
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Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
SPRINT TAKES LEAD AS 1ST SPONSOR OF FILE-SHARE SONG