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2:40 PM ET, July 25, 2007

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BBC:
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.
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Lewis Page / The Register:
Mobile-mast danger is all in your head
Discussion: Inquirer
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.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Why Google and Microsoft are building $500M data centers
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.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
iPhone, month 1  —  Today's the 25th of July, the iPhone shipped …
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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple Q3 Results Today at 5 p.m. ET
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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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.
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Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Microsoft Signs In-Game Ad Deal With EA
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Aided by Harry Potter Fans, Amazon Triples Its Profit  —  Some of Harry Potter's magic has rubbed off on Amazon.com.  —  The company, based in Seattle, announced today that its second-quarter net income increased more than threefold on revenue that rose 35 percent.
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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.
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 …
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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 …
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Yahoo YSlow Shows Site Slowness  —  A Firefox add-on called YSlow from Yahoo works with the Firebug plugin to show webmasters the causes of problems with their website's performance.  —  By using the YSlow for Firebug addition to the Firefox browser, webmasters can review several views of their website.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Ustream.tv Now With More Interactivity  —  Earlier this month we tackled the evolving space of online live video.  In its raw form, live is a very different format when compared to recorded video.  There's no post production editing to cut out your gaffs or nab the best parts.
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: Gearlog, Macworld and PC World
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Om Malik Is Ready for His Close-Up  —  What is Om Malik going to announce at his party tomorrow night at the M. H. de Young Museum in San Francisco?  —  Valleywag wanted to know what the well-known tech blogger was up to, so we will tell them: an online television interview and analysis show on Revision3 called "The GigaOm Show."
Discussion: Valleywag, Epicenter and point being
 
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Gizmodo:
Concept: Cell Phone for the Blind Has Angled Keys, No Screen
Discussion: textually.org and IntoMobile
David Katzmaier / CNET News.com:
Samsung prices combo Blu-ray/HD DVD player at $1,050
Discussion: Computerworld and Engadget
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
SEO tip: Avoid keyword stuffing
Brett Winterford / CNET News.com:
Attorney: GPLv3 may not bind Microsoft
Discussion: Channel 9
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Hide the Button: Steve Jobs Has His Finger on It
Shirley Brady / Operators/MSOs:
Comcast Eyeing Overseas Expansion?
Discussion: dslreports.com and GigaOM
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
AMD Looks to Increase System Memory
Discussion: The Tech Report
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Medison Celebrity, $150 of Linux laptop for the people
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Frank Rose / Wired News:
How Madison Avenue Is Wasting Millions on a Deserted Second Life
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: NYTCO's Q2 Income Slides 59 Percent; Online Revs Grow …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
LicketyShip Now Making Speedy Deliveries All Over California
Discussion: Screenwerk
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!
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook wall update coming tonight
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Sting! The biggest software counterfeiting bust in history
 

 
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