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11:05 AM ET, July 26, 2007

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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Business.com Sold To RH Donnelley; Beating DJ, NYT and News Corp; Price Around $350 Million  —  Business.com, the Santa Monica-based business info, directory and search site, has been sold to R.H. Donnelley (NYSE:RHD), the yellow pages and local search firm, paidContent.org has learned …
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PR Newswire:
R.H. Donnelley to Acquire Business.com Inc.
Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Master of Domain: Business.com 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 …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
MySpace Looking for TV Pilots
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
MySpace's Original Content Push: Foil Against Facebook?
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 …
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:   Apple Profit Soars 73% as Sales Rise
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Tips Its Hand
Discussion: Engadget and Mercury News
Apple:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results
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.
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Reuters:
Microsoft cuts Xbox DVD player to $179
Discussion: Ars Technica and PC World
PR Newswire:
Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Moves to $179, Adds Five Free HD DVDs
Discussion: Engadget, Inquirer and Gizmodo
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?
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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 …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Second Life Bans Gambling Following FBI Investigation
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.
Reuters:
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: WebProNews and dslreports.com
PR Newswire:
Comcast Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results  —  Highest level of second quarter RGU additions in Comcast history RGU additions up 94% to 1.6 million  —  Surpassed 3 million Comcast Digital Voice customers as the Triple Play powers record quarterly additions  —  12% growth in Cable Revenue and 13% growth in Cable Operating Cash Flow
Mary Madden / Pew Internet:
Online Video: 57% of internet users have watched videos online and most of them share what they find with others  —  The growing adoption of broadband combined with a dramatic push by content providers to promote online video has helped to pave the way for mainstream audiences to embrace online video viewing.
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 Teqlo.com here.
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Syndication Wars 2007: Atom's Time is Nigh, With Google on its Side  —  Tim Bray announced today on his blog that the Atom Publishing Protocol, a way to create and update Web resources, is "done".  He wrote: … What does that mean in english?  Basically that the Atom Publishing Protocol is almost finished.
Aussiewebmaster / Search Engine Watch:
Click Quality Council Holds First Steering Committee Meeting  —  Kevin Embry, of Click Forensics, headed the first Click Quality Council Steering Committee meeting today.  With over 20 people in attendance to this webinar meeting, Shuman Ghosemajumder, Business Product Manager for Trust and Safety at Google …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
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News Releases:
XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2007 Results
Agence France Presse:
Humans narrowly beat computer in poker battle
Discussion: DailyTech and MSNBC
Inquirer:
Gizmo will tell you when you've lost your phone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Associated Press:
Japanese couple sue Sony, Apple, in alleged defective battery accident
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
Storm Worm Erupts Into Worst Virus Attack In 2 Years
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Deep packet inspection meets 'Net neutrality, CALEA
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
37Signals Relaunches Backpack Organizational Tool
Discussion: Rev2.org and Mashable!
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search Suggestions On Steroids: Yahoo Search Assist
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Investors look for the "Holy Grail" of casual gaming
Discussion: Raph's Website
Carlos Grande / Financial Times:
ComScore refines web metrics system
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
EA and Microsoft launch dynamic in-game advertising system
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
AdPinion: Vote for the Ads You Want
Matthew Boyle / Fortune:
A CEO who got his job on Craigslist