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1:45 PM ET, July 26, 2007

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Microsoft:
Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Moves to $179, Adds Five Free HD DVDs  —  Xbox LIVE to promote HD DVD versions of "300" and "Heroes: Season 1."  —  Today at Comic-Con International 2007, Microsoft Corp. announced it will lower the price of the popular Xbox 360™ HD DVD Player from $199 to $179 ERP …
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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.
Reuters:
Microsoft cuts Xbox DVD player to $179
Discussion: PC World
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:   Xbox 360 HD DVD player drops to $179
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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PR Newswire:
R.H. Donnelley to Acquire Business.com Inc.  —  Business.com'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: Business.com Gets Big Payday, Again
Discussion: TechCrunch and Ask Enquiro
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs' Forgotten Child: Apple TV
Discussion: iLounge
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple CFO hints at possibly big "product transitions" before September
Discussion: PC World
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  —  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 / paidContent.org:
MySpace's Original Content Push: Foil Against Facebook?
Discussion: alarm:clock
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
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
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: CEO Steve Ballmer  —  Next up at the Microsoft (MSFT) Financial Analysts Meeting, CEO Steve Ballmer.  He notes that the company has doubled profits, and nearly doubled revenue, over the last five years, in a period in which it has returned $100 billion to shareholders.
Discussion: ZDNet
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
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.
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 …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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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Michael Calore / Wired News:
Linux: It's Not Just for Servers Anymore
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When Ignorance Isn't Bliss, Part 2
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Me and My Mac  —  That's right.  I'm using a Mac, and, surprise, I like it.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
EFF Sues Universal Music For Getting Home Video Of Kid Dancing Pulled From YouTube
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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
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One million beta testers for Joost, but have they stuck around?
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 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Sprint, Google in pact for WiMax mobile Web
Agence France Presse:
Humans narrowly beat computer in poker battle
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Click Quality Council Holds First Steering Committee Meeting
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
Storm Worm Erupts Into Worst Virus Attack In 2 Years
Discussion: TechBlog and digg
Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:
The Teqlo Adventure  —  Few VCs admit to their misfires …
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The Mobile TV Wars
Discussion: The Register
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Syndication Wars 2007: Atom's Time is Nigh, With Google on its Side
 

 
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