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3:50 PM ET, August 1, 2007


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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 for about $10 million, The Post has learned.  —  The deal, expected to be announced today, marks the first acquisition for Discovery under …
Rafat Ali /
Discovery Buys Green Lifestyle Blog/Site Treehugger For About $15 Million  —  Discovery Communications has bought out the popular green-lifestyle and news site Treehugger.  Terms were not disclosed, but our sources say that piece is around $15 million, and that includes performance based earnout as well.
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
FTC complaint flags NFL, MLB, studios for overstating copyright claims
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch Wins His Bid for Dow Jones  —  Bancroft Family Agrees  —  To $5 Billion Offer  —  After Deal on Fees  —  A New Owner for Journal  —  A century of Bancroft-family ownership at Dow Jones & Co. is over.  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sealed a $5 billion agreement to purchase …
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 …
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".
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony to add Tivo capabilities to the PS3 in 2008?
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
One Size Does Not Fit All: Logitech G9 Laser Mouse Lets Gamers Tune for the Way They Play  —  G9 Mouse Features Customizable Grips, Onboard Memory, Custom-Color LED, Adjustable DPI and Weight-Tuning Tray; Logitech Also Introduces Updated G15 Gaming Keyboard  —  Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Logitech Announces G9 Laser Mouse, Updates G15 Keyboard
Discussion: Inquirer
Phil Lattimore /
iPhone now speaks foreign languages!  —  Apple iPhone can translate with app  —  The Apple iPhone can now translate phrases and speak in several foreign languages, thanks to a new talking translator application from .  —  The Talking iPhone Translator …
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple unloads torrent of patches, plus the first iPhone update  —  If you own a Mac or an iPhone, chances are you'll need to download at least one of the security updates issued by Apple late Tuesday.  —  Dozens of vulnerabilities and bugs were covered by a total of six downloads for Mac OS 10.3.9 …
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Time Warner: Q2 Mixed; AOL Ad Growth Soft; TW Cable Broadband Weak; Cable Stocks Dip
Discussion: IP Democracy
Search Daily News:
Google Testing Sponsored Links With Local Maps  —  The tech team at Google AdWords are testing a new sponsored link format that combines the regular ad copy with the Google Local expanded results format previously seen only on organic search results.  —  The screenshots below show the appearance …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Plus Sign In Sponsored Results
Discussion: Screenwerk
Eric Miraglia / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
YUI 2.3.0: Six New Components and a Prettier Face  —  We're pleased to announce today the release of YUI version 2.3.0.  This release features six new additions to the library as well as a new skinning architecture and a new visual treatment for most of our UI controls.
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 and digg
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 …
BLUETOOTH SIG ADOPTS NEW CORE VERSION 2.1 + EDR  —  New Spec Makes Device Set-Up Faster, Easier and Increases Battery Life  —  The Board of Directors of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the more than 8,000-member strong trade association responsible for advancing Bluetooth wireless technology …
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
IBM to Consolidate 3,900 Servers onto 33 Mainframes  —  In what it touts as "the most significant transformation" of its worldwide data centers in a generation, IBM announced Aug. 1 that it will consolidate about 3,900 of its own servers onto 33 virtualized System z mainframes running Linux …
Discussion: CNET and Computerworld
Joe Fay / The Register:
Dancing Ballmer subjected to Zune dance therapy  —  Steve's happy feet stomp all over iPod ads  —  If you're sitting at your desk, staring out of the window and wishing you were running around in the sun, spare a thought for one Microsoft employee who will soon be doing just that.  Permanently.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Lufthansa to add in-flight broadband by 2008 for long-hauls  —  Lufthansa is apparently continuing the airborne scramble to get customers connected, announcing that with the help of T-Mobile it will be reinstating its broadband service (formerly from Connexion) to its long-haul flights by 2008.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How will Yahoo address social networking?
Discussion: Computerworld
Google wary of behavioral targeting in online ads
eStara Introduces Form to Phone to Let Advertisers Qualify …
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Former Cnet execs subpoenaed in stock options probe
Erin McMahon-Lyman / eMediaWire:
Canaan Partners Expands its Digital Media Portfolio and Leads …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
U.S. Venture firms raise far less, China firms raise more
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The Mobile Web Versus The Web On An iPhone: iPhone Wins In A Blowout
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Google Talk VoIP phone in development... again?
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AMD software let defective graphics cards slip into the channel
PC Advisor:
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Adario Strange / Wired News:
After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning
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