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1:25 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 …
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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 …
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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
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Would Yahoo Hand Over Its Paid Search Business To Google?  —  from the wouldn't-that-be-something?  dept  —  With Yahoo and Google considered such big rivals these days, many people forget that they were originally partners.  For many years, Google provided the search engine that powered Yahoo …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Yahoo Rumor Patrol: MySpace, Nope! Google? Maybe So.
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Comcast Offers Early Look at Fancast.com  —  Operator's IMDB-Like Site Has TV Listings, Show and Movie Info, and Video Clips  —  Comcast has quietly launched a beta version of its Fancast.com entertainment portal, providing some clues about what the operator plans to do with the full-blown site.
Discussion: Bits
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Comcast Launches Beta Version Of Its Fancast
Mike Kruckenberg:
MySQL Takes Another Step (Away from Open Source)  —  In the ongoing effort to convert more users into paying customers, MySQL announced today that they are no longer making the source code tarball for their Enterprise server publicly available.  You could see this coming from a million miles away.
Discussion: InfoWorld and BetaNews
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Jeremy Cole / jcole's weblog:
MySQL Community split officially a failure
Reuters:
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 …
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. …
Ian Harvey / businessedge.ca:
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
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Introduces The MOTORAZR(2) V9m  —  Next Generation RAZR Features External Display and Touch-Sensitive Keys and Bluetooth Support  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless company with the most reliable wireless voice and data network …
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple sued over expiration dates on receipts  —  It might just be me, but lately there seem to be more lawsuits filed against Apple than usual.  Several of the recent suits are iPhone-related, which makes sense (sort of) given that it's a new product, but Apple has also been named in a number of iTunes Store suits as well.
Discussion: Inquirer
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
Andrew / NotebookReview.com:
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: TECH.BLORGE.com and Engadget
Ryan Naraine / ZDNet:
ATI driver flaw exposes Vista kernel to attackers  —  An unpatched flaw in an ATI driver was at the center of the mysterious Purple Pill proof-of-concept tool that exposed a way to maliciously tamper with the Windows Vista kernel.  —  Purple Pill, a utility released by Alex Ionescu and yanked …
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Tech Report
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Case for Freeing the WSJ Online  —  Ever the risk-taker, Rupert Murdoch may be planning to gamble the newspaper's significant Web subscription revenues on the growing Internet ad market  —  For The Wall Street Journal Online, going free will come at a high cost.
Discussion: Businesspundit and Romenesko
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
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.
 
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Boston VCs gets first look at Y Combinator Demo Day
Ashby Jones / WSJ.com:
A Father-Son Chat We'd Love to See on YouTube!
Discussion: WebProNews and NewTeeVee
Dylan Tweney / Gadget Lab:
Virgin America: Like a Multimillion-Dollar IPod. That Flies.
Discussion: Engadget and GottaBeMobile.com
Nick / Rough Type:
The automation of social life
Discussion: Bokardo and Telegraph
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Stuck on the enterprise  —  As Jobs proudly reported this Tuesday, the Mac is doing well.
Discussion: MacUser
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
1-800 Pay-Per-Call: Marchex Buys VoiceStar, $4 billion Local Advertising Bonanza?
Discussion: WebProNews
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One Laptop Per Child, Reviewed by 12-Year-Old
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Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
House of Lords Inquiry: Personal Internet Security
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