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11:40 AM ET, July 17, 2007

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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
Discussion: Screenwerk and BloggingStocks
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 …
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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.
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 …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google Plans Search Service for Mobile Content  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Google, AT&T, eBay, Apple, Yahoo, Vodafone Group, Time Warner, Medio Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Alltel, Microsoft  —  Google Inc. is developing a new search service for cellphones that will help consumers find …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Preparing Mobile Focused Search Site
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Hugh Ashton / The Register:
Fujitsu fetes world's slimmest waterproof mobile  —  Receive the day's biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  Sometimes you suddenly come to your senses and ask yourself what in the world you are doing.  This happened to me today, as I was taking pictures of a bikini-clad beauty …
Discussion: SMS Text News
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.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and WebProNews
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft looks to improve its name game  —  When Microsoft showed off Silverlight at an April conference, it generated near-instant buzz.  —  Interestingly, though, it was not the first time Microsoft had talked about the technology.  But when the company had done so a year earlier …
 
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
How Big is Too Big? Samsung's 19-inch SENS G25 Notebook
Discussion: OhGizmo!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
How Open Is Facebook, Really?
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Firefox gains at IE's expense in Europe
USA Today:
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CNET News.com:
Security firms on police spyware, in their own words
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Teh Future: Japanese PSP Slims Getting Digital TV
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
The numbers driving 'Unbreakable Linux'
LinuxDevices.com:
Intel launches mobile Linux initiative
Discussion: Open Source and Inquirer
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John Bambenek / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Symantec False-Positive on Filezilla, NASA World Wind
Lachlan Hardy / Read/WriteWeb:
Pownce: 'Send stuff to friends'
Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Win this competition and the shirt off our backs. Literally.
Adotas:
China's YouTube Adds Ads
Discussion: WebProNews
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Why We're Like a Million Monkeys on Treadmills
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
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Judge Awards $68,685.23 in Attorneys Fees Against RIAA in Capitol v. Foster