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11:55 AM ET, September 17, 2007

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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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Discussion: Between the Lines and DailyTech
John Oates / The Register:
Microsoft sets spinners on court verdict
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Reuters
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 six 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.
Business Wire:
AOL Realigns Business, Unveils Global Integrated Advertising Platform  —  The New Entity, Platform A, Will Offer Advertisers Access to the Largest Internet-wide Display Advertising Network and Most Sophisticated Tools; Builds on Success of Advertising.com and Integrates TACODA, Third Screen Media, Lightningcast and ADTECH
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AOL Realigns Advertising Business; Creates 'Platform A' …
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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: Online Media Cultist and 901am
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NEWS.com.au:
Iran blocks and then unblocks Google
Discussion: WebProNews
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Censored in Iran?
Discussion: inside Iran and Search Engine Land
David Twiddy / Associated Press:
Sprint Nextel to introduce the Airave  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One of the big complaints lodged against wireless phone companies is poor signal quality inside buildings, especially homes.  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is trying to overcome that obstacle with a device that boosts wireless signals indoors …
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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 and UMBC eBiquity
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Follow the TechCrunch40 Conference Online  —  Couldn't snag a ticket to this year's TechCrunch40 conference?  Head on over to techcrunch40.com to follow the action online.  —  We've put together a fully-featured website for the event, which starts this morning and continues through Tuesday evening.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Roald Dahl Logo Was Pulled  —  Last Thursday, Google put up a special Roald Dahl logo to celebrate the birthday of the author of works like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.  Some hours later the logo was gone, not getting its typical 1-day period in the spotlight*.
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) …
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
Readers Endorse Switch to Apple  —  Former Windows Users Offer Tales  —  Of Why They Switched to a Mac  —  Last week's column on pondering a new PC, and the possibility of throwing over Windows for Apple, brought in a tidal wave of forum posts and email — and more evidence that the consumer-PC market is turning in Apple's favor.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Vista attacked by 13-year-old virus  —  A batch of laptops pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium was found to have been infected with a 13-year-old boot sector virus.  —  Those of you with a long memory will vividly recall the year 1994: Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain died …
Ian Monroe:
iPod Classic Will Be Supported  —  As recently reported on Slashdot, Apple, in its infinite wisdom, has added a checksum to the iPod database apparently to restrict non-iTunes products (like Amarok via libgpod) from having the ability to add music.  To me this sounds pretty familiar.
Discussion: Engadget, Slashdot and Digg
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Apple's new iPod checksum cracked by GtkPod coders
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
EMusic, a Song-Download Site, to Offer Audiobooks  —  The company that has given Apple's iTunes the most competition in the song-download arena will now compete with it in selling audiobooks, too.  —  Beginning tomorrow, eMusic, which is second to iTunes in music download sales …
 
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James Rivington / Tech.co.uk:
Blu-ray and HD DVD formats set to co-exist
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Gadget overload - is it possible?
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Lisa Cornwell / Associated Press:
Flagging Shopzilla boosts marketing
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Hearst Buys Health Info Site RealAge; Possibly Around $100 Million
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
UPnP approved as ISO standard
Discussion: Geek News Central
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
Intel Preps for the 2007 Fall IDF
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Overhaul at Time Warner?
Business Wire:
Idearc Executives Discuss Switchboard.com and Other Directory …
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Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
The iPhone will be launched in France November 29th at 300 euros, first picture
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Online currency trader nabs $100 million in venture funds
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Leaked Media Defender e-mails reveal secret government project
Ilya Kochanov / CrunchGear:
Hacked: Awesome HDD Clock
Bill Palmer / iProng:
iPhone features you'll miss out on by buying an iPod touch
Stacy-Marie Ishmael / Financial Times:
Microsoft launches a tipple for techies
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
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