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10:10 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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T Responds to Google Bid
Discussion: ZDNet
Don Reisinger / CNET
Could Google kill the cell phone industry?
Discussion: TechSpot News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google will bid for Wireless Spectrum
Discussion: Engadget and
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 …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft confirms 'Windows 7' due in 3 years  —  At an internal meeting for its sales force this week, Microsoft confirmed the code name and approximate timing for Windows Vista's successor.  The details, such as they are, aren't a huge surprise, but given the dearth of information …
Miel / MicroMiel:
Bye Bye Bill Gates  —  Today was a very remarkable day.  We attended the last demo Bill Gates ever gave as a chairman on MGX.  It was actually his best demo I ever saw.  It was very touching, a standing ovation of minutes and minutes before he even said a word, and a great talk about vision …
Cliff Saran / The latest IT News headlines:   Gartner: MS subscription licence may become 'mandatory'
PR Newswire:
Journal Investment Group's Brad Greenspan Issues Open Letter to Dow Jones Shareholders Detailing Valuation Assumptions and New Structure of Proposed Investment  —  LOS ANGELES, July 20 /PRNewswire/ — Internet Entrepreneur and MySpace Founder Brad Greenspan today issued the following open letter …
Rafat Ali /
Greenspan's Still Trying on Dow Jones; Proposes New Plans For Digital Dominance
Discussion: and VentureBeat
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 and Slashdot
Ben Vershbow / if:book:
the open library
Discussion: Download Squad and Lifehacker
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Blogging your way to the unemployment line  —  John Mackey, CEO of grocer Whole Foods, has found out the hard way that it's easy to get into trouble over online postings.  For the last few years, Mackey has participated in Yahoo stock forums and other places under the name "Rahodeb" …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
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.
Michael Geist / Michael Geist's Blog:
Copyright Board Gives Go Ahead to iPod Levy  —  The Copyright Board of Canada has released its decision on a series of motions contesting the latest attempt by the Canadian Private Copyright Collective to apply the private copying levy to iPods and removable memory storage cards.
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Canadian iPod levy assumes you're a criminal first, asks questions never
Discussion: AppScout and Smalltalk Tidbits …
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 and Listening Post
Newsmaker: DCT, MPack developer  —  In June 2006, three Russian programmers started testing a collection of PHP scripts and exploit code to automate the compromise of computers that visit malicious Web sites.  —  A year later, the MPack kit has become an increasingly popular tool …
Discussion: CNET
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
When asked, Ask to stop data retention  —  NEW YORK - became the first major search engine to promise users it won't store data on their queries, giving the privacy conscious the option of conducting research on the Internet in relative anonymity.  —  The move comes amid increasing concerns …
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
MySpace, Virgin Comics Partner  —  Virgin Comics and MySpace have partnered to launch Coalition Comix, an online comic book platform that will allow users to work with comic book creators in developing and creating characters and stories.  —  Coalition Comix will commission …
Discussion: and Mashable!
Chris Taylor / Business 2.0:
Google backlash begins  —  The Internet search giant is having a rough week — and not just because it missed Wall Street's profit forecast.  Here are four steps the company should take now to stem the fallout.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Thursday was hardly the best day in Google's three years as a public company.
Stefanie Olsen / ZDNet:
NASA tests lunar robots in Arctic crater  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—NASA is gearing up to put autonomous rovers on the moon for the first time in 2020, so to simulate the lunar conditions, the space agency is testing its robot technology on a remote Arctic crater.
Discussion: The Register
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Harry Potter spoiler count
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Potter Publisher Says Selling Legally Obtained Copy Is Illegal
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Web video sites mined by talent scouts
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McAfee's DeWalt Pushes For Legislation To Battle Cybercriminals
Discussion: Techdirt and WinExtra
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 Earlier Items: 
Ville Heiskanen / Bloomberg:
Virgin Mobile USA Boosts Initial Sale to $506 Million
Discussion: alarm:clock and MobileCrunch
Mark Ward / BBC:
Net criminals shun virus attacks
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Facebook must face up to legal troubles
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
When Elephants Dance  —  My friend Ira, who lives in Yokohama …
Ubiquisys Secures B Round Funding for Breakthrough Femtocell Technology
Anne Broache / CNET
Patent law changes power ahead in Congress
David Kravets / Wired News:
IPhone Contract Is Long and Legally Murky
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
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