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3:55 PM ET, August 10, 2007

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Kent German / CNET News.com:
Razr2 carriers announced  —  Motorola announced today that its second generation Razr phone will be arriving at most major U.S. carriers by the end of the summer.  The GSM Razr2 V9 will come to AT&T while the CDMA Razr2 V9m will come to Alltel, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.
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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?  —  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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
edgeio Launches Paid Content System  —  Online classifieds startup edgeio has just launched a new paid content product, which will be of particular interest to online publishers and media producers.  They're calling it "transactional classifieds", which is an awkward name for a potentially very useful e-commerce service.
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Edgeio launches paid content platform  —  The classified service edgeio is launching a new kind of paid content service at the Gnomedex conference in Seattle that facilitates 'in-place' transactions.  Edgeio CEO Keith Teare calls them "transactional classifieds," and is targeting digital content.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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, Gadget Lab and AppleInsider
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Universal plans DRM-free downloads, without Apple  —  Vivendi's Universal Music plans to experiment by selling MP3 music files without copy protection or DRM (Digital Rights Management) for 99 cents each, but they won't be available from Apple's iTunes Music Store.
Discussion: Techdirt and Searchviews
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
DRM: The hearse is right on schedule
Discussion: PC World
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.
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.
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Verizon tech sets fire to home — accidentally  —  It's apparently not enough for Verizon to torment customers with unreliable FiOS TV connections, months-long installation ordeals, and an appointment-keeping record worthy of Maryland's regulatory wrath.  —  Now they're setting a house ablaze …
Discussion: dslreports.com and GigaOM
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: Engadget, Global Nerdy and rc3.org
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 …
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.
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Security: don't Lord it over users, boost ISP and developer responsibility  —  Lord Howie of Troon and the Baroness Platt of Writtle might not be the first two names that come to mind when thinking about Internet security, but the peers are part of the UK's House of Lords Science and Technology Committee …
 
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Reuters:
Wanted: Cyberbandits, dead or alive
Discussion: PC World
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
DVD formats square off for holidays
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Search In The Year 2010  —  If I ever had to build a search engine …
Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Crank your music, literally
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Firefox Needs To Go To School
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Vista prevents users from playing high-def content, researcher says
Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
New Blackberries get Wi-fi
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Boston VCs gets first look at Y Combinator Demo Day
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple sued over expiration dates on receipts
Discussion: Inquirer
Mike Kruckenberg:
MySQL Takes Another Step (Away from Open Source)
Ryan Naraine / ZDNet:
ATI driver flaw exposes Vista kernel to attackers
Andrew / NotebookReview.com:
Shipping "Dell-ays"  —  As students head back to school …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Engadget
Ian Harvey / businessedge.ca:
Company bloggers can help put out fires
Discussion: WebProNews
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Whitehat SEO tips for bloggers
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Beyond Brickbreaker  —  As Smart Phones Gain  —  In Popularity, Game Makers
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Symantec Products NavComUI ActiveX Control Code Execution
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register