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3:35 AM ET, August 1, 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 …
New York Times:
F.C.C. Hands Google a Partial Victory
Discussion: FurdLog
Apple to host Mac event next Tuesday  —  Apple Inc. is gathering analysts and members of the media for a Mac-related press event to be held at the company's headquarters in Cupertino on Tuesday, August 7th, AppleInsider has been told.  —  Unlike past events in which the company drafted …
Jim Goldman /
Apple Shares Plunge On Rumors of iPhone, iPod Problems  —  [AAPL Loading...  (%) ] plunged 7% in heavy trading Tuesday after a report—later denied—that cited production problems with the company's popular iPhone and iPod devices.  —  The report first surfaced on …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple shares drop—yet again—on rumors
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple Gets Bitten by the Rumor-Mill
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple gathering press for Mac event next week
Tom Krazit / CNET   Apple schedules Mac event for next Tuesday
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Facebook experiencing 'upgrade' outages
Discussion: All Facebook and Business Week
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook outage  —  I did a little Twittergram shortly before noon …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Can Murdoch Charge for and Give It Away Too?  —  "On Day 1," a lot of people in the Internet news business imagine Rupert Murdoch saying, "everything is free."  —  The conventional wisdom is that Dow Jones is making a tragic mistake by charging as much as $99 a year for the online edition …
The Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone update 1.01 released!  —  Download and install went smooth, but for now it looks like this really is just a "bug fix" update with no noticeable added features...Anyone out there try it??  —  UPDATE: A list of big fixes can be found on Apple's site here.
Tom Krazit / CNET   Apple unloads torrent of patches, plus the first iPhone update
Jason Snell / iPhone Central:
iPhone Software 1.0.1 released
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 …
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
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 …
Seth Goldstein:
Closed is the New Open  —  If there ever were a post where the title said it all, this is the one.  —  For weeks, months, I have been working with my team at SocialMedia building applications inside of a clean well-lit, hermetically sealed social network called Facebook.
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google is experimenting with Behavioral AdWords  —  In an attempt to bring more relevance (and extract higher performance) to its AdWords advertising platform, Google is experimenting with a new kind of behavioral targeting technology, Susan Wojcicki, Google's VP of Product Management …
Discussion: CNET
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