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11:50 AM ET, July 25, 2007

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San Francisco Chronicle:
At least 20,000 without power in downtown S.F.  —  (07-24) 15:12 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — At least 20,000 customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in downtown San Francisco lost power this afternoon, the utility said.  —  Brian Swanson, a spokesman for the utility, said outages …
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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 …
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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BBC:
MySpace bars 29,000 sex offenders
Discussion: TechnoLlama and Climb to the Stars
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: Mashable! and p2pnet
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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
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.
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.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and rexduffdixon.com
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Sting!  The biggest software counterfeiting bust in history  —  Earlier today the Chinese Public Security Bureau and the FBI announced the largest bust of counterfeit software manufacturing or distribution ever.  The bust took place in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong and includes arrests …
Eas / Nate True's Weblog:
Tether your iPhone: EDGE internet on your laptop  —  Recent developments have allowed iPhone hackers to compile background applications for the iPhone - among the most interesting so far is srelay, a SOCKS proxy server.  —  srelay running on your iPhone opens up a very exciting possibility …
Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
Making the web into a banking platform (whether they like it or not)  —  Last week, my company, Wesabe (which makes a personal finance community site), launched a REST API that allows anyone to get their bank or credit card data in XML, Excel, CSV, or a bunch of standard financial formats.
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.
Discussion: The Register and SMS Text News
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.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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 …
 
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Bootstrapping the brain: unsupervised program learns baby talk
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Frank Rose / Wired News:
How Madison Avenue Is Wasting Millions on a Deserted Second Life
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Breaking: iPhone Can Now Serve Web Pages, Run Python, Open Source Apps
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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
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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
Phone Scoop:
Helio Opens Exchange Sync Beta
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Microvision Signs Agreement with Motorola to Develop Pico Projector …
Johannes Ullrich / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
BIND cache poisoning vulnerability details released
Discussion: Computerworld
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Why 'Seven' and Not SP1? … As widely reported on Friday …
Discussion: Teching It Easy and Technovia
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook wall update coming tonight
Discussion: Mashable! and Techscape
Isaiah Strom / Ars Technica:
Nine months with HD TiVo: the Series 3 platform
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
9 Ways to Build Your Own Social Network
Business Standard:
Google joins hands with Band of Angels
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The truth about Fake Steve Jobs
 

 
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