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7:05 AM ET, July 21, 2007


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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 …
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 …
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 …
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'
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T Responds to Google Bid
Discussion: ZDNet
Don Reisinger / CNET   Could Google kill the cell phone industry?
Chris Sacca / Official Google Blog:
Our commitment to open broadband platforms
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google will bid for Wireless Spectrum
Discussion: Engadget and
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google earmarks $4.6 billion for wireless bid, backs Ubiquisys
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
Stephen Chau / Google LatLong:
Imaging America  —  I'm pleased to announce that we have acquired ImageAmerica, a company that builds high resolution cameras for the collection of aerial imagery.  —  Google Maps and Earth users are no strangers to ImageAmerica's work — the company provided high resolution black …
Discussion: TechCrunch and WinBeta
Alden DeSoto / Google Analytics Blog:
More features.  One interface.  —  Last month, we added the first batch of feature enhancements to the new Google Analytics.  Today, we're excited to announce that we're adding a few more of your most requested features.  The following improvements are available in your account now:
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Should Newspapers Become Local Blog Networks?  —  Chicago Tribune just relaunched its website with, of course, more blogs — A LOT more blogs — news, entertainment, sports, living, business travel, with multiple blogs in each category.  It struck me that this is more than a "me too" step …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and SEO
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" …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Is Facebook Worth the Hype?  —  This was Facebook Week here at Read/WriteWeb, but I couldn't help but notice how many other blogs wrote posts about Facebook this week as well.  It seemed that almost every day there was a Facebook meme on Techmeme.  Anecdotal evidence would seem to suggest …
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: TechCrunch, Mashable! and
Associated Press:
Web video sites mined by talent scouts  —  LOS ANGELES - Voice-over work in Indiana wasn't too lucrative, so Daniel Geduld made a classic actor's move: He headed for L.A. And like most Hollywood dreamers, Geduld didn't get hired for much.  —  So Geduld combined his creative talents with his abundance of free time.
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
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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BlackBerry 8820 launching on AT&T next week?
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Non-Web 2.0 Emergency Preparedness
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Conserving Your Limited Attention
Wall Street Journal:
Google Goes to Washington With Own Brand of Lobbying
Discussion: and The 463
Jon Healey / Los Angeles Times:
Harry Potter spoiler count
Discussion: Mashable!
Mark Coker / VentureBeat:
Startup Epicenter — rumbles with the latest start-ups
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Potter Publisher Says Selling Legally Obtained Copy Is Illegal
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
McAfee's DeWalt Pushes For Legislation To Battle Cybercriminals
Discussion: WinExtra and Techdirt
 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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
University of Kansas adopts one-strike policy for copyright infringement
Discussion: Listening Post and Boing Boing
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Facebook must face up to legal troubles
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Open Library goes online with public domain book collection
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
When Elephants Dance  —  My friend Ira, who lives in Yokohama …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Learning from Dave Winer
Max Kalehoff / Online Spin:
Marketers Can Buy Buzz
Discussion: AttentionMax