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4:15 PM ET, July 26, 2007

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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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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Microsoft Cuts Price of HD DVD Player, Offers Free Movies
Discussion: Salon: Machinist
Reuters:
Microsoft cuts Xbox DVD player to $179
Discussion: Ars Technica
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Target sides with Blu-ray for holiday season
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: Expect Windows installed base to hit 1 billion by mid-2008  —  The Windows installed base will hit the 1 billion mark by the end of Microsoft's fiscal 2008 (which ends on June 30), according to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO.  —  "There will be more PCs running Windows than automobiles …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: The Search for Growth  —  One year ago, when Steve Ballmer took the stage at Microsoft's (MSFT) annual Financial Analyst Meeting, all eyes were on the coming launch of new versions of the company's two lead products: Windows and Office.  And there were other major product releases …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Microsoft FAM: CEO Steve Ballmer
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
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
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Business.com 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.  Business.com CEO Jake Winebaum will be appointed as President of RHD's interactive unit (RHDi), which will now include DexKnows.com …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs' Forgotten Child: Apple TV  —  Almost lost in the euphoria of Apple's (AAPL) earnings report yesterday — indeed, almost lost since the initial hoopla of its introduction — is Steve Jobs' foray into the TV set-top market.  Reader David Stahler, a senior at Touro College in Brooklyn …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple CFO hints at possibly big "product transitions" before September
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Tips Its Hand
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Me and My Mac  —  That's right.  I'm using a Mac, and, surprise, I like it.  Deal.  —  Not too long ago, while beginning work on some projects for a company, I was asked whether I wanted a PC or a Mac—laptop or desktop—to use while in the office.  Since the place was essentially a Macintosh shop …
Sprint:
Sprint and Google to Collaborate on WiMAX Mobile Internet Services  —  Media Contacts:  —  John Polivka, 972 405-5139  —  Erin Fors, 650-253-1175 efors@google.com  —  Mobile broadband pioneer Sprint (NYSE: S) announced it is working with Google Inc. to bring WiMAX mobile Internet customers search …
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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 …
John R. Quain / New York Times:
Cable Without a Cable Box, and TV Shows Without a TV  —  HOW would you like to use your video-game console to tune in "Big Love" on your television?  Or perhaps use your DVD player to download "The Departed" while you watch a ballgame?  Those features are now possible …
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Convergence Alert! …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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 …
Karl / Press Esc:
US Senators call for universal Internet filtering  —  Submitted by Adam Thomas on Wed, 2007-07-25 20:47.  - Americas - Tech - United States - News  —  US senators today made a bipartisan call for the universal implementation of filtering and monitoring technologies on the Internet in order …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
One million beta testers for Joost, but have they stuck around?  —  The founders of online television start-up Joost, who also count Skype and Kazaa as bullet points on their resumes, have announced that the service now has one million users.  Still in beta and technically invite-only …
 
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Office Open XML ISO certification process grows even murkier for Microsoft
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AMD:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
FCC Says Wireless Could be America's "Third Pipe"
Christine Churchill / Search Engine Land:
When Ignorance Isn't Bliss, Part 2
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Responding to Responses to: "Viewing American class divisions …
Puller / The Linux Movement:
New Compiz Fusion Effects
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David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Besides the one in the blender, where are the 124,000 unactivated iPhones?
Discussion: PC World
PR Newswire:
Comcast Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results
Aussiewebmaster / Search Engine Watch:
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