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4:20 PM ET, July 20, 2007

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Google:
Google Intends to Bid in Spectrum Auction If FCC Adopts Consumer Choice and Competition Requirements  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that should the Federal Communications Commission adopt a framework requiring greater competition and consumer choice, Google intends to participate …
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Chris Sacca / Official Google Blog:
Our commitment to open broadband platforms  —  For several years now, many Googlers have been working to identify the obstacles that prevent the Internet from being available to everyone on the planet.  It strikes us as unfair that some people should enjoy such abundant access to this rich resource …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google dangles $4.6 billion in front of the FCC  —  Google said Friday that it would bid a minimum of $4.6 billion for the federal government's upcoming wireless spectrum auction-if the Federal Communications Commission creates an open wireless platform.  —  The wireless spectrum auction …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google earmarks $4.6 billion for wireless bid, backs Ubiquisys
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Google announces intent to bid on 700MHz spectrum auction, if...
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Google commits $4.6 billion to wireless-spectrum auction
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechSpot News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google will bid for Wireless Spectrum
Discussion: Engadget
Chris Taylor / Business 2.0:
The Google backlash begins  —  The Internet search giant is having a rough week — and not just because it missed Wall Street earnings forecast.  Business 2.0's Chris Taylor suggests four steps the company should take now to stem the fallout.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Could Facebook Become The Next Microsoft?  —  Amongst all the noise today over Facebook's acquisition of Parakey, little has been said on what the acquisition means for Facebook in the broader sense.  Robert Scoble says that Facebook is the new data black hole, noting that many of his favorite apps are now appearing on Facebook.
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Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Canadian iPod levy assumes you're a criminal first, asks questions never  —  Canada has moved one step closer to imposing a copyright levy on every personal digital audio device sold, which would be handed over to the worlds largest music publishers as compensation for perceived piracy.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and AppScout
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Open Library goes online with public domain book collection  —  After several years of scanning and archiving, the Internet Archive and the Open Content Alliance this week unveiled the Open Library, their attempt at bringing public domain books to the masses.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
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Ben Vershbow / if:book:
the open library
Discussion: Download Squad
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Lawyer Settles With SEC  —  David Drummond will pay the Securities and Exchange Commission almost $700,000 to settle their claims against him stemming from his work with a technology training firm. … We used to call this "no blood, no foul" when we played basketball on the playground.
Discussion: Computerworld and PC World
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Google exec's past returns with a demand for payment
Discussion: WebProNews
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Learning from Dave Winer  —  Even if you never read a single thing Dave Winer wrote in his 439 years of blogging, it's worth taking time to study his ideas about comments on blogs (he doesn't allow them). … The important thing to notice here is that Dave does not see blog comments as productive to the free exchange of ideas.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Government Funded Google Challenger a Huge Conflict of Interest  —  It seems the European Union is all too quick to question Google's dominance and probe its acquisitions, but is there a huge conflict of interest to consider?  —  For more than year a consortium of European technology companies …
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Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Google kills click to call feature in Google Maps  —  If you were enjoying the freeness of Google Maps "click to call" feature, we're sorry to tell you this.  Click to call has been discontinued, according to a post on the Google Maps Troubleshooting Google Group (say that three times fast)
Discussion: CenterNetworks and WebProNews
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Nearly Ten Percent of Companies Have Fired Bloggers, Survey Claims  —  Nearly ten percent of companies have fired an employee for violating corporate blogging or message board policies, and 19 percent have disciplined an employee for the same infractions, according to a new survey from Proofpoint, a messaging security company.
Ubiquisys:
Ubiquisys Secures B Round Funding for Breakthrough Femtocell Technology  —  Ubiquisys Ltd, pioneer of intelligent 3G femtocell access points for the residential market, today announced it has secured B-round funding totaling $25m.  The company's A-round backers- leading technology investors Accel Partners …
Linda Haugsted / Multichannel News:
CBS Aims to Spread Web Content  —  Broadcast Network Targets 400 Sites by Fall  —  CBS television content will be available through 400 sites on the Internet by the fall, according to executives from the broadcast network's interactive division.  —  "CBS is al about open, nonexclusive partnerships …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
University of Kansas adopts one-strike policy for copyright infringement  —  In response to the RIAA and MPAA's campaign against file-sharing, the University of Kansas has announced a stringent policy for students found sharing copyrighted content on the university network.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Patent law changes power ahead in Congress  —  The U.S. patent system transformation long sought by high-tech industry players like Microsoft, Amazon.com and Cisco Systems may finally be gaining momentum in Congress.  —  On Thursday evening, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved by a 13-5 vote …
 
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Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Facebook must face up to legal troubles
Discussion: Epicenter
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
When Elephants Dance  —  My friend Ira, who lives in Yokohama …
Max Kalehoff / Online Spin:
Marketers Can Buy Buzz
Discussion: AttentionMax
Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless and Broadcom in Deal
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
AMD losing money like its going out of fashion
David Kravets / Wired News:
IPhone Contract Is Long and Legally Murky
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Broadband Data Improvement Act clears Senate Commerce Committee
Discussion: dslreports.com
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Busted: Unreal Engine 3, Half-Baked, Broken and Late?
Wei Luo / Google LatLong:
NASA in Google Earth
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Digital DNA could finger Harry Potter leaker
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone says "Hello World," here come the 3rd party apps
Discussion: digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
YouTube: Now With Customizable Player
Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Why Nokia Is Leaving Moto in the Dust
 

 
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