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1:20 PM ET, July 25, 2007


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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
iPhone v. BlackBerry: Side By Side, Two Week Comparison  —  With the Wi-Fi-equipped BlackBerry 8820 coming soon to an AT&T store near you, business folks around the country will be faced with the decision of switching to the trendy new iPhone or upgrading to a more iPhonesque version of their trusty CrackBerry.
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
IPhone Use Disappoints; Apple Slides  —  Apple's shares slumped 6 percent on Tuesday after AT&T said the early surge of iPhone buyers starting service on its network was smaller than some analysts had anticipated.  —  AT&T, in reporting its second-quarter earnings, said 146,000 iPhone owners …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
iPhone, month 1  —  Today's the 25th of July, the iPhone shipped …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple Q3 Results Today at 5 p.m. ET
Discussion: PC World
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Generator Failures Caused 365 Main Outage  —  Several generators at 365 Main's San Francisco data center failed to start when the facility lost grid power Tuesday afternoon, causing an outage that knocked many of the web's most popular destinations offline for several hours.
Phone mast allergy 'in the mind'  —  Mobile phone masts are not responsible for the symptoms of ill health some blame them for, a major UK study says.  —  Dozens of people who believed the masts trigger symptoms such as anxiety, nausea and tiredness were unable to detect if signals were on of off.
Lewis Page / The Register:
Mobile-mast danger is all in your head
Discussion: Inquirer
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Aided by Harry Potter Fans, Amazon Triples Its Profit  —  Some of Harry Potter's magic has rubbed off on  —  The company, based in Seattle, announced today that its second-quarter net income increased more than threefold on revenue that rose 35 percent.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Mom Sues Universal Music for DMCA Abuse  —  Home Video of Dancing Toddler Yanked From YouTube After Bogus Claim  —  San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), asking a federal court to protect the fair use …
Discussion: p2pnet and Mashable!
Angus Kidman / APC:
1 million Joost users prepare for year-end launch  —  Joost, the peer-to-peer TV sharing application from the inventors of Skype and Kazaa, has signed up more than a million beta testers and is on track for an end-of-year launch, its co-creator has revealed.
Ansheng Liu / Research@Intel:
Announcing the world's first 40G silicon laser modulator!  —  In this blog, I would like to share with you our recent breakthrough in Silicon Photonics research at Photonics Technology Lab of Intel, a laser modulator that encodes optical data at 40 billion bits per second.  Here I am holding a packaged device:
Discussion: PC World and Computerworld
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Sting!  The biggest software counterfeiting bust in history  —  [This is a post originally penned by Alex Kochis over on the WGA blog.]  —  Earlier today the Chinese Public Security Bureau and the FBI announced the largest bust of counterfeit software manufacturing or distribution ever.
David Ward / Hollywood Reporter:
Xbox spec: $50 cut in Aug.  —  Timed to release of major titles  —  In an effort to regain momentum in the video game console market, Microsoft Corp. will cut the price of the Xbox 360 by $50 early next month, sources said.  —  The reduction will be made Aug. 8, according to one source …
Scott Hillis / Reuters:
Microsoft, EA sign sports game ad deal  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it will pipe advertisements into a slate of popular sports video games from Electronic Arts Inc. (ERTS.O: Quote, Profile, Research), including its best-selling "Madden" football franchise.
Lester Haines / The Register:
MySpace erases 29,000 sex offenders  —  MySpace yesterday announced it had "detected and deleted" 29,000 convicted sex offenders on the social networking site, Reuters reports.  —  The figure is considerably higher than the 7,000 it said it had identified back in May, after coming under strong pressure …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Breaking: iPhone Can Now Serve Web Pages, Run Python, Open Source Apps  —  After the first Hello World application, hacker NerveGas and the people at #iphone-shell have built Apache, Python and other Open Source apps for the iPhone.  Yes, your iPhone can now be a web server and do all sort of 1337 things.
Discussion: Inquirer and digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook wall update coming tonight  —  I met with a few people who work at Facebook today (my first meetings).  —  Learned some stuff:  —  1. Facebook's first office was above Jing Jing in downtown Palo Alto, which Dave Winer made famous for Spicy Noodles.  Of course we ate there and had Spicy Noodles.
Discussion: CNET, Mashable! and Techscape
Brett Winterford / CNET
Attorney: GPLv3 may not bind Microsoft  —  Microsoft should be able to extricate itself from the implications of the General Public License version 3, according to a leading Australian intellectual property lawyer.  —  Kay Lam-Beattie, a principal with intellectual property lawyers Idealaw …
Discussion: Channel 9
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Hide the Button: Steve Jobs Has His Finger on It
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Google open access proposal finds little support from FCC
Shirley Brady / Operators/MSOs:
Comcast Eyeing Overseas Expansion?
Discussion: GigaOM and
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Om Malik Is Ready for His Close-Up
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AMD Looks to Increase System Memory
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
LicketyShip Now Making Speedy Deliveries All Over California
Discussion: Screenwerk
Anne Broache / CNET
Congress: P2P networks harm national security
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Easily add custom ringtones to your iPhone for US$9.95
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Mobility Site
Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
Making the web into a banking platform (whether they like it or not)
Discussion: Macsimum News and Mashable!
Johannes Ullrich / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
BIND cache poisoning vulnerability details released
Discussion: Computerworld
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