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8:45 AM ET, September 17, 2007

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Richard Wray / Guardian:
O2 wins Apple iPhone deal - at a hefty price  —  Mobile operator O2 is preparing to unveil Apple's much anticipated iPhone in the UK tomorrow.  But serious questions are being raised in the City about how much ground it has had to give away to Apple in order to clinch the deal.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Has smart money abandoned U.S. Web 2.0 companies?  —  Venture capitalists invested about 6 percent more into Web 2.0 companies in the first half of 2007, but the increase was attributable to more deals in Europe and Israel.  —  Notably, early investors in Web 2.0 slowed their pace.
Paul Boutin / paulboutin.weblogger.com:
TechCrunch40 List 2007  —  There are 39 companies in the TC40 so far.  I've got 38 of them (they're on banners at the Palace Hotel) and hopefully correct URLs for most.  But before you click through, be aware that the actual product launches aren't live yet.
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BBC:
Microsoft loses anti-trust appeal  —  Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497m euro (£343m; $690m) fine imposed by the European Commission in a long-running competition dispute.  —  The European Court of First Instance upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position.
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Reuters:
EU court crushes Microsoft's antitrust appeal  —  A European Union court upheld a landmark 2004 European Commission antitrust decision against Microsoft on Monday in a crucial victory for the European competition regulator over the U.S. software giant.  —  The court dismissed Microsoft's appeal …
John Oates / The Register:   Microsoft sets spinners on court verdict
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The three kinds of platforms you meet on the Internet  —  [Title with sincere apologies to Mitch Albom and his wonderful book.]  —  One of the hottest of hot topics these days is the topic of Internet platforms, or platforms on the Internet.  Web services APIs (application programming interfaces) …
Business Wire:
Idearc Executives Discuss Switchboard.com and Other Directory Assets Acquisition from InfoSpace  —  Acquisition Significantly Expands Idearc's Local Search Platform and Traffic  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Idearc Inc. (NYSE: IAR), home to Superpages.com® and publisher of the Verizon® Yellow Pages …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
The iPhone will be launched in France November 29th at 300 euros, first picture  —  We just covered the news on TechCrunch France.  The iPhone will be launched in France with Orange at the price of 300 euros.  It will be on the market the 29th of November and announced on the 24th of September during the Apple Expo in Paris.
Discussion: CrunchGear, IntoMobile and Roam4free
Stacy-Marie Ishmael / Financial Times:
Microsoft launches a tipple for techies  —  Tonight, a select group will gather in a bar in London's Soho to quaff a crisp, South African white wine bottled in their honour.  —  The hand-picked guests toasting the new vintage are not, however, wine connoisseurs but techies.
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Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Once you go Mac  —  I sold and bought my first PC a long, long time ago.  Back in the late 80s I owned a Mac, I think it was a Mac2.  I honestly thought there would never come a time where I would buy a Mac.  Ever.  —  Then I upgraded my PC to Vista.  What a disaster.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Leaked Media Defender e-mails reveal secret government project  —  Peer-to-peer (P2P) poisoning company MediaDefender suffered an embarrassing leak this weekend, when almost 700MB of internal company e-mail was distributed on the Internet via BitTorrent.  The e-mails reveal many aspects …
Discussion: Threat Level, Coolfer, Bit Player and Digg
Agence France Presse:
Iran blocks access to Google  —  TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran has blocked access to the Google search engine and its Gmail email service as part of a clampdown on material deemed to be offensive, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.  —  "I can confirm these sites have been filtered," …
Discussion: 901am
Yahoo! News:
China man dies after three-day Internet session  — China man dies after three-day Internet session  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline.
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Online currency trader nabs $100 million in venture funds  —  Online currency trading site Oanda only takes in about one one-hundredth of a percent in revenue off of each trade, according to Chief Technology Officer Michael Stumm.  —  But, since the site can clear around $10 billion in trades on a big day …
Discussion: alarm:clock and VentureBeat
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
First look: social networking leads to social publishing  —  If social networking isn't enough for you, consider "social publishing.'' That's what Shervin Pishevar, president of Freewebs, calls the new Pagii web site at www.pagii.com.  This free web site debuting today allows you to create …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Microsoft Secures Square Enix RPG on Xbox 360
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Tor Anonymity Server Admin Arrested
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
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