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2:30 PM ET, August 1, 2007

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L. Gordon Crovitz / Wall Street Journal:
A Report to Our Readers  —  Dear Readers:  —  Since May, one of the biggest business stories has been who will own Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal — despite this era's usual relegation of a mere $5 billion transaction to a footnote.  The coverage has been gratifying …
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Wall Street Journal:
Deal Will Test a Media Titan's Instincts
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Romenesko
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Guessing Murdoch's Strategy for The Journal
Discussion: BoomTown, p2pnet and Romenesko
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Others Contest Copyright Warnings  —  Diehard baseball fans can recite by heart the familiar copyright warnings that run with every game on television.  —  Now, a computer-industry trade group is crying foul, saying those warnings and others like it on movies and books are trampling …
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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
DISCOVERY BUYS GREEN  —  Discovery Communications has scooped up a companion Web site to its upcoming Planet Green cable network, agreeing to buy Treehugger.com for about $10 million, The Post has learned.  —  The deal, expected to be announced today, marks the first acquisition for Discovery under …
Discussion: The Browser and Earth2Tech
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Discovery News:
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES TREEHUGGER.COM  —  Discovery Communications, the number-one nonfiction media company, today announced the acquisition of the leading eco-lifestyle website, TreeHugger.com.  The interactive site becomes part of Discovery's global multiplatform initiative Planet Green …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Business Week
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Apple to announce ultraportable tablet Mac?  —  Saw on the AppleInsider that there's an Apple announcement coming next Tuesday, with the explicit "no iPod, no iPhone news" comment.  My prediction is they are going to launch an ultraportable table MacBook (or some other fancy name).
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and GottaBeMobile.com
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Melissa Perenson / Today @ PC World:
Apple Updates iPhone Software
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TC Interns' 10 Favorite Facebook Applications  —  As a few titans of tech blogging recently began to go back and forth over whether platform-enhanced Facebook is really worth the hassle, we lowly interns over here at TechCrunch decided to list our favorite Facebook applications …
Discussion: Go2web2, Scobleizer and Mark Evans
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
The race to build a "Platform within the Platform" is on
Discussion: CostPerNews
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Plus Sign In Sponsored Results  —  AccuraCast reports seeing Google UK experimenting by placing a Google Maps expand feature within Google sponsored results.
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Search Daily News:
Google Testing Sponsored Links With Local Maps
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Digital-Music Holdout AC/DC Spurns iTunes, Signs With Verizon  —  AC/DC, one of the last high-profile holdouts in the digital-music era, is finally making its 17-album catalog available to online music buyers.  But in a twist that highlights shifting power dynamics in the world of digital music retailing …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Launch Payments Services; Will Compete With PayPal and Google Checkout  —  Look for a launch announcement by Amazon this week or next of a new web service around payments, adding to their S3 (storage), EC2 (virtual server) and other services.  They've been quietly testing the service …
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St. and The Utility Belt
Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results  —  Board of Directors Authorizes New $5 Billion Stock Repurchase Program  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX - News) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2007.
Stuff.co.nz:
The future according to Sony  —  UPDATED What are the challenges ahead for the PlayStation 3?  Warwick Light, of Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand, discusses them with GERARD CAMPBELL.  —  Warwick Light, Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand's head of marketing, calls the PlayStation 3 an "incredible transformer".
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD software let defective graphics cards slip into the channel  —  AMD's official graphics card diagnostic and validation software was recently discovered to have a bug that failed to detect defective ATI Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 graphics cards, according to sources at graphics card makers.
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Tech Report
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Avenue A/Razorfish announces SiLC search engine optimization tool  —  I got a chance to sit down with William Flaiz, VP of SEO and Web Analytics at Avenue A/Razorfish today at ad:tech Chicago to talk about its new search engine optimization technology.  For those of you who don't know …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and 901am
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Study: Top 50k blogs had $500 million in 2006 Revenue  —  A new study being published by the University of Texas and Chitika says that the top 50,000 blogs may have generated around $500 million in aggregate 2006 revenue.  The data behind the study is rather thin - They are looking …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Profy.Com
Adario Strange / Wired News:
After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning  —  When Hewlett-Packard acquired Opsware for $1.6 billion in cash last week, it changed the reputation of serial entrepreneur and web pioneer Marc Andreessen forever.  —  Andreessen was the golden boy of the internet's early days …
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Scan This Guy's E-Passport and Watch Your System Crash  —  A German security researcher who demonstrated last year that he could clone the computer chip in an electronic passport has revealed additional vulnerabilities in the design of the new documents and the inspection systems used to read them.
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Google Talk VoIP phone in development... again?
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Michael Specter / New Yorker:
DAMN SPAM  —  The losing war on junk e-mail.
Discussion: digg
PC Advisor:
Improved Xbox 360 processor planned
Business Wire:
Maven Networks Scores Major League Marketer as its New Vice President of Marketing
Discussion: Beet.TV and paidContent.org
Sanjay Raman / Official Google Blog:
Google Apps goes global
Melinda Wenner / MSNBC:
Software seeks to settle divorce disputes
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Liveblogging the iPhone 1.0.1 update
TiVo | About TiVo Inc.:
DIRECTV to Introduce Additional TiVo Features
 Earlier Items: 
ZDNet:
DESKTOP PLATFORMS TOOLKIT
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Ten Reasons To Throw Away Your Cellphone
Discussion: MobileCrunch, Lifehacker and digg
Peter Lattman / Wall Street Journal:
How a Patent Ruling Is Changing Court Cases
Discussion: Techdirt and Feld Thoughts
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Can My Yahoo Compete With Facebook and iGoogle?
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 7: Why a startup's initial …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Panasonic's HDC-SD7 dons title of world's smallest HD camcorder
Jim Goldman / CNBC.com:
Apple Shares Plunge On Rumors of iPhone, iPod Problems
New York Times:
F.C.C. Hands Google a Partial Victory