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1:25 PM ET, July 17, 2007

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Smaran / TorrentFreak:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows leaked to BitTorrent  —  We first got wind of this when two torrents of the book appeared on Demonoid.com.  They became immensely popular with over a 1000 leechers and seeders each.  But after some time were removed by either the uploader, or more likely …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Latest Harry Potter Book Hits BitTorrent  —  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, the latest and last of the wildly popular Harry Potter books that is due to go on sale this weekend, has hit BitTorrent.  Various torrents of the novel consist of photographed pages (as above) …
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Reaches Tentative Agreement to Buy Dow Jones  —  News Corp. reached a tentative agreement for the purchase of Dow Jones & Co. at its original $5 billion offer price.  The deal will be put to the full Dow Jones board Tuesday evening for its approval, said people familiar with the situation.
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New York Times:
Dow Jones and Murdoch Said to Move Close to Deal
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Emmanuel Evita / Google:
Google Introduces Hosted Site Search for Small Businesses  —  New Google Custom Search Business Edition adds powerful site search at very low cost  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced Google Custom Search™ Business Edition, a simple and inexpensive way for small businesses to add Google search to their websites.
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Custom Search Business Edition  —  The new service is hosted by Google, and offers all of the same functionality of the free Google Custom Search product, with a few key differences:  —  Customized search results.  You can change the look and feel of search results to match …
Network World:
IPhones flooding wireless LAN at Duke University  —  18,000 requests per second from iPhones knocking out dozens of access points at Duke University.  —  The Wi-Fi connection on Apple's recently released iPhone seems to be the source of a big headache for network administrators at Duke University.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   iPhone Mystery at Duke University: The Case of the Flooded Routers
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Why We're Like a Million Monkeys on Treadmills  —  Lately I have been thinking a lot about channels.  Every day it seems there's a hot new Web 2.0 site that captures our attention.  —  In 2003 it was Friendster and Linked In.  —  Then in 2004, thanks in part to the election, blogging began to get really big.
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Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Fads of the moment: 10 things we can learn from Facebook
Discussion: Technology Live and Harold Jarche
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Internet Phone Company Halts Operations  —  SunRocket, an Internet telephone company, has ceased operations and is moving its customers to one or more other companies, according to a person briefed on its status.  —  A recording on SunRocket's customer service line said the company …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Ad Downturn Threatening the Survival of Business 2.0  —  One of the voices chronicling the resurgence of high tech may soon be silenced.  —  Business 2.0 magazine, a seven-year-old Time Inc. publication that covers start-ups, technology trends and changes in the new economy …
DigiTimes:
Rumors of second-generation Apple iPhone continue to surface  —  Speculation about whether Apple will introduce a cost-down version of its iPhone continues to arise in the Chinese-language media, with a recent report in the Chinese-language Commercial Times newspaper indicating that Taiwan-based Wintek …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Office Live To Let Customers Purchase Ads On Ask.com  —  Ask Sponsored Listings is going to be added to Microsoft Office Live's adManager Beta search advertising service.  —  This is reportedly the first time in five years that two of the top five search engines have joined together to offer search engine ads to advertisers.
Business Wire:
Fisher Communications Expands Online Local News Strategy with Acquisition of Pegasus News  —  Neighborhood Content Site Opens New Opportunities for Reinforcing Fisher's Commitment to Local News  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—As part of its initiative to develop new online-only content …
Fred / A VC:
Facebook Will Sit Tight, As It Should  —  At the iMeme panel last week I had the opportunity to sit next to Jim Breyer and watch him take some tough questions from Adam Lashinsky about why Facebook doesn't sell at the huge numbers that are being whispered in the blogs and on the street.
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
The Future of Search  —  The head of Google Research talks about his group's projects.  —  Peter Norvig, Google's director of research, is an expert ace at building machines that answer tough questions.  An authority in programming languages and artificial intelligence …
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
The numbers driving 'Unbreakable Linux'  —  It would seem that Oracle is serious about its Unbreakable Linux.  The company announced today that it has pulled in Symantec (Veritas data center software) as a certified partner.  This is a good step forward for the program …
InfoSec Sellout / Information Security Sell Out:
Oh Look.  An Apple WORM.  —  Yes, you read the title correct.  —  With a few hours work I have put together a proof of concept worm that works on Mac OS X (Intel).  I need to get a hold of an older PPC Mac to test that platform but I suspect it will work just fine.
Discussion: MacUser, MacNN and Computerworld
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Sun's Project Indiana: turning OpenSolaris into a practical platform  —  OpenSolaris is possibly Sun's most significant attempt to garner relevance in a market that increasingly demands the freedom and flexibility of open-source software.  Although the availability of source code under …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Now That SunRocket Is Gone, What Should You Do?
John McBride / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems
Discussion: InformationWeek
Renee Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
Salesforce.com Issues Summer '07 Release, Apex Code
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
UV Uses Magic To Keep You Safe On The Slopes
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Hugh Ashton / The Register:
Fujitsu fetes world's slimmest waterproof mobile
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Reuters:
EU court to rule on Microsoft on Sept. 17
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft looks to improve its name game
Discussion: Valleywag
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Teh Future: Japanese PSP Slims Getting Digital TV
LinuxDevices.com:
Intel launches mobile Linux initiative
Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Win this competition and the shirt off our backs. Literally.
Mark Lewis / CNET News.com:
When Web 2.0 meets information infrastructure
Marion Jensen / TechConsumer:
The Next Big Thing: Why Web 2.0 Isn't Enough
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