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2:20 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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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 (www.itunes.com). iTunes is the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store featuring a catalog of over five million songs …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iTunes Store rings up 3 billionth song  —  The iTunes Store is on a roll and not slowing down any time soon.  Apple announced this morning that over 3 billion songs have been sold through its online music store.  The milestone not only marks a major feat for Apple, but also for the digital music industry as a whole.
Discussion: Salon: Machinist
Mozilla.org:
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2007-27  —  Unescaped URIs passed to external programs  —  Impact:  —  Critical  —  Announced:  —  Reporter:  —  Jesper Johansson  —  Products:  —  Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey  —  Fixed in:  —  Firefox 2.0.0.6  —  Thunderbird 2.0.0.6
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
Mozilla Rushes Out Another Firefox Patch
Discussion: CNET News.com and eWEEK.com
Mozilla.org:
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2007-26
Discussion: Security Fix and TechBlog
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Bug Labs (initial review)  —  I went to a real interesting dinner tonight in San Francisco, to get introduced to a New York-based startup, Bug Labs, along with Ryan Block of Engadget, Robert Scoble and Jerry Michalski.  —  We met with their CEO, Peter Semmelhack, and their San Francisco-based consultant, Jeremy Toemann.
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Richard J. Dalton Jr / Newsday:
State complains about iPhone battery  —  New York State's Consumer Protection Board has raised some complaints about the .iPhone's battery and the phone's repair and return policies in a letter to Apple, the agency said Monday.  —  The rechargeable battery must eventually be replaced by Apple Computer Inc. …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Apple 2.0
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie music, meet telco behemoth: eMusic partners with AT&T  —  eMusic, which sells DRM-free MP3s, has just inked a deal with AT&T to make music available for purchase directly from AT&T handsets.  Users can also download another copy from a home computer an no extra charge.
Discussion: Salon: Machinist and Phone Scoop
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Robert Levine / New York Times:
Music From Independent Labels to Be Sold via Cellphones  —  EMusic, the nation's second-largest online music seller after Apple's iTunes, plans to announce a deal with AT&T today that will allow people to buy songs from independent labels through their cellphones, without the need to go through a personal computer.
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
Barnett launches MyDamnChannel  —  Shearer, Wain sign online for comedy website  —  Former MTV exec Rob Barnett is launching a content site, pacting with "The Simpsons" vet Harry Shearer and comedy helmer David Wain for the inaugural slate.  —  Site, called MyDamnChannel.com …
Discussion: IP Democracy and paidContent.org
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Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Hollywood pros to launch online video site
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
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 …
Ben Bland / Telegraph:
Illegal music downloads hit record high  —  Illegal music downloads have reached an all time high just as the growth of online social networking has shifted the epicentre of the music industry away from the major record labels, according to a new study.  —  The 2007 Digital Media Survey …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Legal Music Downloads Growth Hit By CD Price Reductions: Report
Discussion: Ars Technica
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Voting machine producers criticize critiques  —  Voting machine makers scoffing at bad reviews?  That's preposterous!  Actually, it's not all that alarming to hear that Diebold, Hart InterCivic, and Sequoia Voting Systems all had less-than-amicable responses to a state study that …
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Associated Press:   Voting machine makers criticize review
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.
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 …
Discussion: MacUser and The iPhone Blog
Paul Egan / Detroit News:
Eminem suit targets Apple  —  Rapper's music publisher alleges company violated copyrights by selling songs.  —  Eminem's music publisher filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Apple Computer Inc. on Monday, alleging the computer giant violated copyrights by allowing unauthorized downloads …
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Romenesko
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Analytics: Not Entirely Dead  —  Reporting delays in the Google Analytics service have slowly begun to fade as data again flows into accounts. … No one will lose any reporting data from the abrupt delay that began on July 28th.  Google's Jeff Gillis said on the Google Analytics blog …
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
FCC to Set Airwaves Auction Rules as Google, AT&T Take Sides  —  U.S. regulators today set the rules for the government's biggest auction of wireless airwaves, with Google Inc. fighting against carriers such as AT&T Inc. to force the winning bidders to open up the spectrum to more users.
 
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