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9:45 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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Valleywag on "drunken employee" in datacenter
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 …
Discussion: PC World, WebProNews and Inquirer
MySpace bars 29,000 sex offenders
Discussion: TechnoLlama and Climb to the Stars
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 …
Business Standard:
Google joins hands with Band of Angels  —  Google Inc, the $-10 billion Internet major, is set to lead the angel investing scenario in India.  —  The company, which has been acquiring mature companies across the world, is doing something different in India — taking the angel investing route in an effort to tap ideas and talent pool.
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
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 …
Discussion: Paul Mooney and Geek News Central
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.
Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha: Q2 2007 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Dave Joseph/Mary Meeker - Morgan Stanley  —  Jeetil Patel - Deutsche Bank Securities  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Good day, everyone and welcome to the second quarter 2007 financial results teleconference.
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.
Discussion: David Card
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Hires Yu as Finance Chief  —  Facebook Inc. hired Gideon Yu as chief financial officer, adding YouTube Inc.'s former finance chief to further bolster the social-networking company's executive ranks.  —  Mr. Yu, 36 years old, succeeds Mike Sheridan.  Mr. Sheridan is leaving the company after joining in September.
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.
Andy Ihnatko / Macworld:
The truth about Fake Steve Jobs  —  Welp, I'm glad to say that the Things Have Officially Gotten Out Of Hand light I bought on clearance from Radio Shack last year is working flawlessly.  It started blinking a few months ago, just before the phone rang and I found myself speaking …
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and BloggingStocks
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: CNET and p2pnet
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Easily add custom ringtones to your iPhone for US$9.95
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Tether your iPhone: EDGE internet on your laptop
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
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Why 'Seven' and Not SP1? … As widely reported on Friday …
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook wall update coming tonight
Discussion: Techscape and Mashable!
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Seeks To Pay Telecoms For Data
Isaiah Strom / Ars Technica:
Nine months with HD TiVo: the Series 3 platform
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Turn to Google Maps for flood updates
Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
MindTouch Aims To Transform Wiki
Mystik Boucher / Your2ndPlace:
WSE Hacked.  —  A few short days ago, it had come to the attention …
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