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5:30 PM ET, July 20, 2007


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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 …
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google will bid for Wireless Spectrum
Discussion: Engadget
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Google commits $4.6 billion to wireless-spectrum auction
Discussion: TechSpot News
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Google announces intent to bid on 700MHz spectrum auction, if...
Mike Ricciuti / CNET
Next version of Windows: Call it 7  —  Microsoft is planning to ship its next major version of Windows—known internally as version "7"—within roughly three years, CNET has learned.  —  The company discussed Windows 7 on Thursday at a conference for its field sales force in Orlando …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows Seven: Think 2010  —  Windows Seven now has an official ship target — 2010.  —  At Microsoft's Global Exchange (MGX) annual sales conference in Orlando this week, Microsoft shared a bit more — albeit at a high level — on Windows Seven, according to a copy of a slide deck I saw …
Discussion: MicroMiel and Windows Connected
Cliff Saran / The latest IT News headlines:   Gartner: MS subscription licence may become 'mandatory'
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) …
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:   Squirrel Boy gets his turn in the clown chair
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.
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: AppScout and Smalltalk Tidbits …
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
Ben Vershbow / if:book:
the open library
Discussion: Download Squad
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: Listening Post and Boing Boing
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
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google exec's past returns with a demand for payment
Discussion: WebProNews
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld: to let users scrub search records  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Search portal plans to make it easier for Web searchers to cover their tracks.  The company is introducing a new feature to its Web portal later this year called AskEraser, which will let users perform anonymous searches.
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.
Roy Schestowitz / Boycott Novell:
Can Linspire Still Feed on Ubuntu (or Debian) Linux Codebase?  —  Earlier this week, just less than a couple of months after their seemingly-friendly deal, Microsoft betrayed Linspire.  There are more questions to be raised and implications to discuss.  —  Setting aside the fact …
Discussion: and
Ville Heiskanen / Bloomberg:
Virgin Mobile USA Boosts Initial Sale to $506 Million  —  Virgin Mobile USA Inc., a joint venture of billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group Ltd. and Sprint Nextel Corp., raised its planned initial public offering to $506 million, five times more than the original target.
Discussion: alarm:clock and MobileCrunch
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: WebProNews and CenterNetworks
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 …
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Busted: Unreal Engine 3, Half-Baked, Broken and Late?  —  At Sony's E307 presser, Jack Tretton stood on stage, announced Epic's Unreal Tournament III as a PS3 exclusive and said that Sony was working closely with Epic to "adjust" the Unreal Engine for the PS3 so that it reaches the "best of its potential."
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 …
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Net criminals shun virus attacks
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Facebook must face up to legal troubles
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Max Kalehoff / Online Spin:
Marketers Can Buy Buzz
Discussion: AttentionMax
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IPhone Contract Is Long and Legally Murky
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
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