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6:55 PM ET, July 18, 2007


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Declan McCullagh / CNET
FBI remotely installs spyware to trace bomb threat  —  The FBI used a novel type of remotely-installed spyware last month to investigate who was e-mailing bomb threats to a high school near Olympia, Wash.  —  Federal agents obtained a court order on June 12 to send spyware called CIPAV …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
FBI's Secret Spyware Tracks Down Teen Who Made Bomb Threats
Discussion: SecurityFocus and digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FBI uses virus to bust bomb threat hoaxster
Discussion: The Olympian
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Microsoft joins JiWire to test muni Wi-Fi advertising  —  Companies will test use of ads to subsidize Wi-Fi network  —  July 18, 2007 (Computerworld) — Microsoft Corp. today announced an alliance with mobile advertising provider JiWire Inc. to begin placing ads on municipal Wi-Fi networks …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Microsoft teams with JiWire to offer ad-based muni Wi-Fi  —  Microsoft is teaming up with advertising technology provider JiWire to offer advertisements on municipal Wi-Fi networks.  —  The companies are testing the new advertising service in Portland, Ore., and Oakland County, Mich.
Chris / LiveSide:
JiWire to provide advertisers for Microsoft municipal wifi
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Tom Krazit / CNET
Fake Steve Jobs lashes out against 'invasions of privacy'  —  The writer of The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs appeared to break character Wednesday in decrying "invasions of privacy" that have the anonymous author rattled.  —  Fake Steve Jobs, as he or she has come to be known …
Discussion: Valleywag and Scobleizer
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
So when Apple goes after bloggers, we're evil.  But when Valleywag does it, it's entertainment.  —  I've been debating whether to post anything about this.  But here goes.  Sorry I was out of the loop a bit the last few days.  Life is tough when you're on the lam.
Discussion: Valleywag
Brandon McCormick / Google:
Google Expands Print Advertising Program  —  Program makes newspaper print advertising available to hundreds of thousands of Google advertisers creating new revenue opportunities for publishers  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the expansion of the size and the scope of its Google Print Ads™ advertising initiative.
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2007 Financial Results  —  Reports Record Q2 Net Revenues of $1.83 Billion  —  Delivers Q2 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.27 and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.34  —  Company Repurchases $344 Million of Common Stock in Q2  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE) …
Business Wire:
IBM Reports 2007 Second-Quarter Results  — Diluted earnings of $1.55 per share, including a gain from sale of Printing Systems; earnings per share were $1.50, up 15 percent without the gain;  —  ARMONK, N.Y.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—IBM (NYSE: IBM - News) today announced second-quarter 2007 diluted earnings …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
IBM Q2 Strong: Revs $23.8B; EPS Ex Gain $1.50; Services Bookings $11.7B
Discussion: Computerworld and CNET
Haitham Jendoubi / MarketWatch:
E.U. court adviser says Telefonica not required to reveal client data  —  BRUSSELS (MarketWatch) — Spanish broadband Internet provider Telefonica (TEF) isn't required to reveal the identity of clients who may have illegally downloaded music recordings, an adviser for Europe's highest court said Wednesday in a legal opinion.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and BetaNews
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
EU's top court deals blow to music industry's fight against file-sharing
Discussion: Listening Post and TechSpot News
Firefox Release Notes  —  Firefox 2 is the next generation release of the award-winning Firefox web browser from Mozilla.  —  These Release Notes cover what's new, download and installation instructions, known issues and frequently asked questions for Firefox 2.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Nothing too "Lite" about new $299 TiVo Series 3 unit  —  Consensus seems to be that the standard TiVo Series 3 is too expensive for the mass market, and TiVo agrees.  CEO Tom Rogers revealed in May that TiVo will have "a mass appeal priced HD unit... later this year," but TiVo has been mum on the topic since.
Maile Ohye / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Message Center: Let us communicate with you about your site  —  Today we're launching our Message Center, a new way for webmasters to receive personalized information from Google in our webmaster console.  Should we need to contact you, you'll see a notification in your Webmaster Tools dashboard.
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Everex Sub-$300 Green PC Launches  —  When you stroll into Wal-Mart today to pick up some cheap meds and plentiful toilet paper, you may notice a new PC for sale in the electronics section.  Everex has released the Impact GC3502, its new $298 "green" PC that uses 20W of power at most thanks to a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor.
Austin American-Statesman:
Apple expanding in Austin  —  Company adding 80,000 square feet to Northwest Austin campus  —  By By M.B. Taboada  —  Apple Inc. is expanding its operations in Austin, with plans for a new 80,000-square-foot building at its campus in Northwest Austin, according to real estate sources.
Discussion: CNET and Macsimum News
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Newspapers' Ad Sales Show Accelerating Drop  —  Even as News Corp. negotiated to buy Dow Jones & Co. over the past few weeks, a grim reality was increasingly evident to executives on both sides of the discussion: The downturn in the newspaper industry is getting worse.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Khosla Ventures invests $5M in Jawbone  —  Bluetooth saved your butt, I joked with Hosain Rahman, CEO and founder of Aliph, a San Francisco-based company which makes the Jawbone line of headsets for mobile phones and computers with amazing noise cancellation abilities …
Discussion: alarm:clock, VentureBeat and Roam4free
Sit, Stay, Chat!  Explore a Virtual World, Make New Friends and Play Games With GoPets on Windows Live Messenger  —  Microsoft Casual Games and GoPets bring people, pets and games together in a global social networking experience.  —  Whether they're having another day at the office …
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Dell Continues to Sink
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Don Reisinger / CNET
Enough with the HD DVD/Blu-ray battle: Bring on downloads!
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Marc Graser / Variety:
Pepsi inks deal with BermanBraun
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone + Disposable Cellphone + Prepaid Cards + New Activation Tool = Holy Cow
Discussion: digg
Discussion: DailyTech and Gizmodo
Joe Hutsko / MSNBC:
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead
Discussion: Ypulse
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Discussion: digg
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo! buys Indian ad firm
Discussion: The Register and TechSpot News
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3D Mailbox: Worst. App. Ever.
Chris Gaylord / USA Today:
Economists puzzled by irrational eBay buyers
Discussion: Techdirt
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Khoi Vinh / Subtraction:
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Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and PSFK
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
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