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4:35 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 Treehugger.com for about $10 million, The Post has learned.  —  The deal, expected to be announced today, marks the first acquisition for Discovery under …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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.
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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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 …
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:   Speculation: A Yahoo!-eBay Merger Makes Sense
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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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
FTC complaint flags NFL, MLB, studios for overstating copyright claims  —  Any fan of the NFL can almost recite the warning by memory: "This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL for the private use of our audience.  Any other use of this telecast or any pictures, descriptions …
PR Newswire:
American Airlines Selects AirCell to Launch In-Flight Wi-Fi Service Over U.S.  —  American Airlines Becomes First Airline to Launch AirCell's High-Speed Broadband Internet Service on Aircraft Flying Over U.S.; Conquering the Last Frontier for Internet Access
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Lufthansa to add in-flight broadband by 2008 for long-hauls
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Time Warner: Q2 Mixed; AOL Ad Growth Soft; TW Cable Broadband Weak; Cable Stocks Dip  —  Time Warner (TWX) this morning reported second quarter results which beat the Street at the top line, but missed by a hair at the top line.  —  Time Warner reported Q2 revenue of $11 billion and adjusted EPS …
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Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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 …
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.
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 …
Phil Lattimore / Tech.co.uk:
iPhone now speaks foreign languages!  —  Apple iPhone can translate with lastminute.com app  —  The Apple iPhone can now translate phrases and speak in several foreign languages, thanks to a new talking translator application from lastminute.com .  —  The lastminute.com Talking iPhone Translator …
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
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".
Bluetooth.com:
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How will Yahoo address social networking?  —  The due date for Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang's strategic plan isn't here yet, but that hasn't stopped the handicapping.  Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck has a 22 page report addresses Yahoo's options.  —  His conclusions:
eWEEK.com:
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 News.com and Computerworld
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Have Skype SMS your Voicemail text: By Late 2007  —  Thanks to a deal between Skype and SpinVox, Skype customers can [now] soon get their voicemail messages converted to text and sent to their mobile phones via SMS.  The service launches soon [today], and will be available in English, Spanish, French and German.
 
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Reuters:
UnWired Nation offers new take on telemarketing
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Rekindling the love: TiVo, DirecTV announce big update, more collaboration
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After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning
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Google Testing Sponsored Links With Local Maps
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