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12:20 PM ET, August 10, 2007


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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Universal Music Will Sell Songs Without Copy Protection  —  Signaling another departure from the music industry's tenuous belief in its longtime antipiracy strategy, the Universal Music Group plans to sell a significant portion of its catalog without the customary copy protection software …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
UMG Testing Sale of Unrestricted Tracks  —  Universal Music to Test Selling Downloads Without Copy-Protection  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal Music Group said Thursday it will sell digital music from artists such as Sting, 50 Cent and Stevie Wonder without the customary copy-protection technology for a limited time.
Official Google Blog:
A simple way to get more storage  —  As someone who tests Google products daily, I know that the simplest solution is often the one that works best.  In the case of online storage, whether it's a picture, a video or an email, you should just, well, be able to store it without having to worry …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Shared Storage Program Released  —  To wrap up the mystery of the increased Gmail storage many of you saw today: Google just released a shared storage program.  This new offer merges the storage of different Google products into a single storage back-end.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Offers Cheap Online File Storage With a Catch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Microsoft Storage News Falls Flat
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone "Dead Zone" Screens — More Trouble Ahead?  —  Apple (AAPL) has responded swiftly to scattered reports of "dead spots" on iPhone touchscreens — and received high marks from users for the speed and efficiency with which defective devices were replaced.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and MarketWatch
Tom Krazit / CNET
Some iPhone customers finding dead spots on iPhone screens
Discussion: Inquirer
Rafat Ali /
Comcast Launches Beta Version Of Its Fancast  —  Comcast (Nasdaq:CMCSK) has quietly launched a slow and slightly buggy version of its Fancast site, in beta.  This site is supposed to be its ambitious online video guide and portal, marking its first major product open-Web project outside of its still-limited portal.
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:   Comcast Offers Early Look at
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
1-800 Pay-Per-Call: Marchex Buys VoiceStar, $4 billion Local Advertising Bonanza?  —  "Marchex adds call-based advertising services to local advertising platform with VoiceStar acquisition," so announces Marchex.  —  Marchex touts the "significant growth opportunities of the pay-per-phone-call market" …
Discussion: WebProNews
Ian Harvey /
Company bloggers can help put out fires  —  Dell manager's quick reaction won industry accolades  —  When Dell Computers started getting reports of laptops exploding in flames last summer, Lionel Menchaca took the heat - from his own legal team.  —  As the Texas-based computer maker's chief blogger …
Discussion: WebProNews
Latest Secunia Security Advisories:
Symantec Products NavComUI ActiveX Control Code Execution  —  Critical:  —  Highly critical  —  Impact:  —  System access  —  Where:  —  From remote  —  Solution Status:  —  Vendor Patch  —  Software:  —  Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2006  —  Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
Yahoo's president snaps up $1.1 million in stock  —  Yahoo Inc. (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) President Susan Decker purchased about $1.1 million of the Internet company's shares this week just after the stock hit a three-year low.  —  In a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week …
Discussion: WebProNews
Andrew /
Shipping "Dell-ays"  —  As students head back to school there might be something missing from their backpacks — the new Dell laptop they ordered weeks ago.  Shipping delays on the new Dell Inspiron and XPS line of notebooks are causing people to wait several weeks longer than they anticipated …
Discussion: and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MediaWhiz Latest Ad Network For Sale?  —  MediaWhiz, a holding company for a number of advertising networks, may be shopping itself to private equity firms.  We are hearing that they are looking for $400- $450 million, which is 2.5 - 3 times estimated 2007 revenues.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
NBC "allows" bloggers to use debate footage  —  On Wednesday, NBC announced that it will join rivals CNN and ABC in making video footage of presidential debates aired on its networks freely available for non-commercial use.  Under licensing terms posted on the MSNBC website …
Discussion: MSNBC
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Beyond Brickbreaker  —  As Smart Phones Gain  —  In Popularity, Game Makers  —  Roll Out New Diversions  —  While running his education-related start-up, Ryan Thompson keeps up on his email by staying glued to his BlackBerry.  Lately, the 29-year-old in Brooklyn, N.Y. …
Discussion: CrunchGear and MobileCrunch
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Stuck on the enterprise  —  As Jobs proudly reported this Tuesday, the Mac is doing well.  Quibbling over exact numbers aside, the iPhone launch was also a success.  Despite stagnating for a bit, design-wise, the iPod continues to be a mass-market monster.  Yep, Apple looks like quite the industry giant these days.
Discussion: MacUser
Jeremy Cole / jcole's weblog:
MySQL Community split officially a failure  —  A few days ago, I got the opportunity to hear about some upcoming changes in MySQL Community and MySQL Enterprise.  I've been waiting for an official announcement before commenting on the changes, and Kaj has finally posted the official announcement …
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Ryan Naraine / ZDNet:
ATI driver flaw exposes Vista kernel to attackers
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
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Discussion: Inquirer
Dylan Tweney / Gadget Lab:
Virgin America: Like a Multimillion-Dollar IPod. That Flies.
Discussion: and Engadget
Nick / Rough Type:
The automation of social life
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A TV-PC that helps you shave
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Dan Koeppel / Popular Science:
China's iClone  —  Cellphones, microchips, cars, even iPhones …
Discussion: Wikinomics and The Raw Feed
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Whitehat SEO tips for bloggers
Antivirus Tools Underperform When Tested in LinuxWorld 'Fight Club'
Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
House of Lords Inquiry: Personal Internet Security
Om Malik / GigaOM:
QlipMedia: Slide Shows Go To Work
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Broken Windows … Not since Windows ME or Mac OS X 10 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL May Kill Their Netscape Digg Clone