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11:40 AM ET, July 26, 2007


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Rafat Ali / Sold To RH Donnelley; Beating DJ, NYT and News Corp; Price $345 Million  —  Updated: The official release is out, and the final price is $345 million. CEO Jake Winebaum will be appointed as President of RHD's interactive unit (RHDi), which will now include …
PR Newswire:
R.H. Donnelley to Acquire Inc.  —'s CEO, Jake Winebaum, To Be Appointed President of R.H. Donnelley's Interactive Operations  —  CARY, N.C., July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — R.H. Donnelley Corporation , one of the nation's leading Yellow Pages …
Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Master of Domain: Gets Big Payday, Again
Discussion: TechCrunch and Ask Enquiro
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MySpace Looking for the Next "Prom Queen"  —  MySpace had a great deal of success with their short form webisode, "Prom Queen".  The heavily hyped ode to teenage drama drew over 15 million streams during its run and is gearing up for another season.  MySpace is looking to take the format to the streets …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
MySpace Looking for TV Pilots  —  MySpace announced tonight (via email) it is teaming with the FOX network and the Producers Guild of America to seek out television pilots.  The partnership could provide a shortcut straight to OldTeeVee, with a promised "opportunity for a development deal with FOX" …
Rafat Ali /
MySpace's Original Content Push: Foil Against Facebook?  —  Read the post below first for the context, and then this: one thing that seems to be happening is that MySpace is now going full steam ahead into becoming a conduit for original and other kinds of content, perhaps as a way to attract new users …
Discussion: alarm:clock
Seeking Alpha:
Apple F3Q07 (Qtr End 6/30/07) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Welcome to the Apple third quarter 2007 quarterly results conference call.  Today's call is being recorded.  At this time for opening remarks and introductions …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   Steve Jobs' Forgotten Child: Apple TV
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Apple Profit Soars 73% as Sales Rise
Discussion: TechBlog and Between the Lines
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Tips Its Hand
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Target to Promote Blu-Ray DVD Format  —  LOS ANGELES -  —  Target Corp., the nation's second-largest retailer, will start selling a Sony Blu-ray high-definition DVD player during the critical holiday shopping period and feature the player along with Blu-ray discs in store displays, dealing a potential blow to the rival HD DVD format.
Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Email Call to Action  —  Do you think email is important part of Internet life?  Are you interested in seeing something interesting and exciting happen in the mail space?  Believe that Thunderbird provides a much-needed option for open source email alternatives and want to see it get more attention on its own?
Scott MacGregor / Thoughts On Thunderbird:
Finding a New Home For Thunderbird
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
Robin Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Wagering In Second Life: New Policy  —  [UPDATE: Wednesday, July 25 4:47PM PDT] For those of you who find logging into the Knowledge Base to be sort of kludgy (and I know it is — we'll find a better way!), I've pasted the text of the policy and FAQ below.  —  Several months ago we discussed …
Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
Second Life shuts down casinos
Discussion: Slashdot
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Veoh names ex-Yahoo exec as CEO  —  Steve Mitgang led a project to better match advertisers with users.  —  Online video company Veoh Networks Inc. said Wednesday that it had hired former Yahoo Inc. advertising executive Steve Mitgang as chief executive.  —  San Diego-based Veoh …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Home cells signal mobile change  —  Standing in the corner of the room; being exiled to the bottom of the garden; or teetering precariously on a chair.  —  People will go to extraordinary lengths to find that elusive one bar of signal that will allow them to make a mobile phone call.
Agence France Presse:
Humans narrowly beat computer in poker battle  —  Two professional poker players narrowly beat a computer late Tuesday after four tense rounds that scientists called the world's first man-versus-machine poker championship.  —  Phil Laak and Ali Eslami, two poker players from Los Angeles ranked …
Discussion: DailyTech
Alan Boyle / MSNBC:
Discussion: TIME: Nerd World
Sprint, Google in pact for WiMax mobile Web  —  Sprint Nextel said on Thursday it would develop with Google a new mobile Internet portal using WiMax wireless technology to offer Web search and social networking.  —  Sprint's WiMax for high-speed wireless and its services for detecting location …
Discussion: and WebProNews
Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:
The Teqlo Adventure  —  Few VCs admit to their misfires, though misses are more common in this business than hits.  One of the reasons I write this blog is to add some transparency to an all too opaque business of private equity.  It has been a while since I talked about here.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The Mobile TV Wars  —  Qualcomm's MediaFlo and MobiTV are set to duke it out in the battle for this emerging business  —  The mobile TV shakeout has begun: Modeo, a subsidiary of cellular tower operator Crown Castle International (CCI), has shut down its one broadcast network in the New York City area …
Discussion: The Register
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David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Besides the one in the blender, where are the 124,000 unactivated iPhones?
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One million beta testers for Joost, but have they stuck around?
Discussion: Engadget
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PR Newswire:
Comcast Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results
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XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2007 Results
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Click Quality Council Holds First Steering Committee Meeting
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Gizmo will tell you when you've lost your phone
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Associated Press:
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
37Signals Relaunches Backpack Organizational Tool
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Syndication Wars 2007: Atom's Time is Nigh, With Google on its Side
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search Suggestions On Steroids: Yahoo Search Assist
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
EA and Microsoft launch dynamic in-game advertising system