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10:40 PM ET, July 31, 2007


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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Signs of real progress at the FCC  —  The Federal Communications Commission made real, if incomplete, progress for consumers this afternoon, as it set the rules for an upcoming auction of the publicly owned spectrum in the 700 MHz band.  —  None of us like how the current system locks …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC sets 700MHz auction rules: limited open access, no wholesale requirement  —  A soft-spoken Kevin Martin brought two phones to today's FCC open meeting at which the agency presented the rules for its upcoming 700MHz auction.  Both phones were made by Nokia, but the European version allowed access …
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
FCC Gives Google Half a Win  —  Updated.Looks like the vote on the 700 MHz auction rulemaking is finally in, and as expected the commission adopted some of the open-networking proposals championed by Google, but not all.  While Google carefully lauds the FCC for its action in a post …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   FCC Fails To Mark Its Place In History
Matt / mdibb:
Did Facebook get hacked today?  —  <Update>:  —  Ok so it would seem that Facebook were fixing a technical issue regarding proxies, and nothing to do with security, according to the Scobleizer blog (which has some sort of access to Facebook's PR team).  Facebook is now alive again …
John Leyden / The Register:
Facebook security glitch exposes user in-boxes  —  GDP boost expected as users forced to work for a change  —  Office workers logging into Facebook on Tuesday morning were shocked to discover they were being served up other user's private pages.  —  Information going astray included other user's message inboxes.
Discussion: Insider Chatter, CNET and Bits
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Facebook experiencing 'upgrade' outages  —  Tried to visit Facebook today and had no luck?  It appears that the social-networking site has been experiencing some growing pains.  No one in CNET's newsroom was able to access the site starting around 10 a.m. PDT.
Discussion: All Facebook
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook outage  —  I did a little Twittergram shortly before noon …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's first iPhone software update to arrive shortly  —  Speaking to analysts for RBC Capital Markets this week, Apple's Vice President of iPod Product Marketing, Greg Joswiak, said the first software update for his company's iPhone handset is due to arrive shortly.
Tom Krazit / CNET   Apple unloads torrent of patches, plus the first iPhone update
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Appears to Have Enough Votes to Clinch Deal  —  Bancroft Family Members Owning 32%  —  Of Votes Have Agreed to Support Bid  —  News Corp. is poised to win control of Dow Jones & Co., including its flagship publication The Wall Street Journal, after a key Bancroft trust changed …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Can Murdoch Charge for and Give It Away Too?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Scott Moritz /
Apple Sinks on iPhone Cutback Talk  —  The shine is quickly coming off Apple's (AAPL - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) iPhone.  —  Apple shares took a 3% dip Tuesday amid speculation about a cut in production of the trendy iPod-inspired phone.  The chatter that sent the stock down was that Apple …
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple shares drop—yet again—on rumors
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Official Google Maps API Blog:
Microformats in Google Maps  —  If you have spent any time in certain corners of the web, you will have heard of Microformats: Clever uses of HTML that add machine-readability to everyday web pages while preserving human-readability.  Microformats allow tools to make more sense of your web pages …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple iPhone Out, Blackberry 8800 In At NASA  —  The minutes of a meeting of NASA tech officials show that the space agency has determined the iPhone 'not to be enterprise ready.'  —  NASA astronauts and other employees won't be using Apple iPhones to surf the Internet or send text messages anytime soon …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook kills Audio for copyright violations  —  Facebook completely removed the Audio music-sharing application from its platform last night, saying it violated music copyrights.  —  Audio was developed by a third-party using Facebook's platform for developers, and Facebook says Audio violates …
Social Networking Goes Global Major Social Networking Sites Substantially Expanded Their Global Visitor Base during Past Year  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released the results of a study on the expansion of social networking across the globe …
Gordon Finlayson / Download Squad:
Blog pirates on the horizon!  —  The rise and rise of blogging as an online phenomenon has relied heavily on the ability of social nature of blogs - as each blog links into one another or as larger blogs link to and report on stories breaking on smaller specialist blogs.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests and WinExtra
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Store Tops Three Billion Songs  —  Apple® today announced that more than three billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes® Store ( iTunes is the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store featuring a catalog of over five million songs …
Online Advertising: Facebook doubles its rates in four months  —  Rip up your Facebook revenue estimates and start over, everyone.  Since February, Facebook has doubled the rates it charged for sponsored groups from $150,000 to $300,000.  Since exposing Facebook's supposedly nonexistent rate card …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET
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Globe and Mail:
Music piracy continues to rise: survey
Discussion: Techdirt
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Circuit City flyer shows Xbox 360 price drop on all systems
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
In Microsoft Patent App, TV Watches You
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Indie music, meet telco behemoth: eMusic partners with AT&T