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2:30 PM ET, August 10, 2007

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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.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Some iPhone customers finding dead spots on iPhone screens
Discussion: Inquirer
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Extends Skid; Nomura Notes Potential iPhone Screen Problems
Discussion: MarketWatch
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 …
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Sprint:
An Unprecedented Visual Experience Awaits Customers Who Select the Motorola AZR2 V9m From Sprint Offering Robust Multimedia Content  —  Sprint will be the only carrier to offer Motorola's stunning next generation of the popular RAZR™ with NFL Mobile, more than 50 channels of television viewing …
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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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Universal plans DRM-free downloads, without Apple
Discussion: Techdirt and Associated Press
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Offers Cheap Online File Storage With a Catch  —  If you're a power user of Google's Gmail or Picasa Web Albums, Google wants to help you with your storage limit woes.  As of today, you can buy extra online storage that can be used across email, images and soon, docs and spreadsheets.
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Official Google Blog:
A simple way to get more storage
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: Salon: Machinist
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Rumor Patrol: MySpace, Nope!  Google?  Maybe So.  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Things have quieted down at Yahoo of late-thankfully for new CEO and co-founder Jerry Yang, who seems to be doing a good job at calming the waters at the company …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Would Yahoo Hand Over Its Paid Search Business To Google?
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
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
Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
New Blackberries get Wi-fi  —  Iphone-a-like  —  IN A BID to compete with the mad skills of the Apple Iphone, RIM's new line of Blackberry handheld phone/email hybrids are going to add Wi-fi capability, just like their touchscreen rival.  —  Slides showing the new 8310 …
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Pearl 2, BlackBerry Curve 8310, BlackBerry 8820 slides leaked
Discussion: The Raw Feed
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.
Reuters:
Yahoo president snaps up $1.1M in stock  —  The buy is the largest by a Yahoo insider in more than four years, bucking a trend in the technology sector.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) — Yahoo Inc. 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.
Freedom to Tinker:
One Laptop Per Child, Reviewed by 12-Year-Old  —  [I recently got my hands on one of the One Laptop Per Child machines.  I found the perfect person to review the machine.  Today's guest blogger, SG, is twelve years old and is the child of a close friend.  I lent the laptop to SG and asked SG …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and rc3.org
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. …
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 and digg
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
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
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Whitehat SEO tips for bloggers  —  Okay, I've got a bunch of pointers to summarize my WordCamp 2007 talk.  —  First off, here's the PowerPoint deck that I presented.  Google's PR team was kind enough to verify that it was okay to release.  I made the slides from scratch (not even a Google template) …
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
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
 
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Boston VCs gets first look at Y Combinator Demo Day
Discussion: Innovation Economy
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple sued over expiration dates on receipts
Discussion: Inquirer
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
 Earlier Items: 
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
1-800 Pay-Per-Call: Marchex Buys VoiceStar, $4 billion Local Advertising Bonanza?
Discussion: WebProNews
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
A TV-PC that helps you shave
Discussion: Chip Chick
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Antivirus Tools Underperform When Tested in LinuxWorld 'Fight Club'
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