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2:00 AM ET, July 2, 2007

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Karen / Google Health Advertising Blog:
My opinion and Google's  —  Posted by Lauren Turner, Account Planner, Health  —  Well, I've learned a few things since I posted on Friday.  For one thing, even though this is a new blog, we have readers!  That's a good thing.  Not so good is that some readers thought the opinion I expressed …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Faux Pas Retracted  —  I'm betting that Lauren Turner's job duties at Google will no longer include blogging.  Yesterday she wrote an anti-Sicko (Michael Moore's new movie lambasting the U.S. health care industry) post on the Google Health Advertising blog, and encouraged health care companies …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google, "Sicko" Opinions & Issues With Playing Ad Agency  —  A pitch on an official Google blog to get the healthcare industry to spend money on positive advertising in reaction to Michael Moore's documentary Sicko raised more than a few eyebrows today.  A follow-up post with the author asking people …
Discussion: Googling Google
Wall Street Journal:
Universal Music May Seek Shorter iTunes-Sales Pact  —  Highlighting continuing tension between the music industry and Apple Inc., Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group is considering notifying the Cupertino, Calif., company that it isn't renewing a long-term contract to sell digital-music downloads through …
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Breaking: UMG Will Not Renew iTunes Contract
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Stan Schroeder / franticindustries:
Pownce, the Twitter Killer  —  I hate titles like "X is the Y killer" because they're usually just a cheap way to grab attention.  But, if there ever was a clearcut situation of a new application that completely eclipses an old, popular one, then it's the case of Pownce vs. Twitter.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin v. Evan  —  So I've had a week now to play around with Pownce, Kevin Rose's (the founder of Digg, pictured left) newly launched Twitter killer.  —  Twitter, which launched a year ago, was obviously used as the initial inspiration for the Pownce.  They both allow users to sign up …
Discussion: The Next Net
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Why Apple will NOT Take Over the wireless industry  —  In response to the article How Apple Will Use The iPhone To Take Over The Wireless Industry, I'm opening by saying "take over" is a ludicrous claim.  Do you have any idea the sheer volume of mobile handsets sold worldwide?
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Insider Chatter
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Poll: got iPhone activation problems?  —  We heard yesterday that despite some issues over AT&T way, iPhone activations would (hopefully) be up and running smoothly by as early as this morning.  Of course, evidenced by the flood of users continuing to tip us, we'd say a great deal of you are still experiencing activation problems.
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Jerome Archambeaud / GigaOM:
And now the French Web 2.0 Wave  —  France leads Europe in its enthusiasm for Web 2.0 startups, an industry that has doubled in size across the continent since 2005.  According to Dow Jones/Venture One data French start-ups raised close to $40 million in venture capital in 2006 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Jonathan Dee / New York Times:
All the News That's Fit to Print Out  —  When news broke on May 8 about the arrest of a half-dozen young Muslim men for supposedly planning to attack Fort Dix, alongside the usual range of reactions — disbelief, paranoia, outrage, indifference, prurience — a newer one was added …
Discussion: Fimoculous.com, SMC and Media SITREP
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Piper Jaffray: 500,000 iPhones sold over the weekend  —  Apple sold around half a million iPhones the first weekend the device went on sale, one analyst firm has estimated.  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster released a report Sunday night estimating that Apple sold about 500,000 units …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
War and PDF: Microsoft submits XPS to standards body  —  Microsoft has announced that it has chartered a new Technical Committee to submit a new standard to the standards-setting body Ecma International.  The would-be standard involves "creating an XML-based electronic paper format …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Download-to-DVD now an option for Apple, CinemaNow, others  —  Commercial video download sites like CinemaNow and the iTunes Store will soon have the option of allowing customers to burn copies of downloaded movies to DVDs that will playback in standard DVD players, thanks to an amendment recently approved …
David Reid / BBC:
Beating congestion with mobiles  —  Working out how people use a city's roads and planning for it, can be difficult, but research into mobile phone use may hold the key to preventing traffic jams in the future.  —  If you do not like crowds, congestion, chaos - and few do - then you might want to avoid Rome's rush-hour.
 
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