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5:20 PM ET, July 5, 2007

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BBC:
O2 'to get UK iPhone contract'  —  Mobile phone operator O2 is reported to have won the sought-after deal to sell Apple's iPhone in the UK.  —  Press reports said that O2 is set to sign an exclusive contract shortly and should have the new phones on sale in time for Christmas.
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Jessica Hodgson / MarketWatch:
O2 says it hasn't signed a U.K. iPhone distribution pact with Apple
Discussion: The Register, Gizmodo and Epicenter
PR Newswire:
Microsoft Expands Xbox 360 Warranty Coverage  —  REDMOND, Wash., July 5 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will expand its global Xbox 360(TM) warranty coverage.  Any Xbox 360 customer who experiences a general hardware failure indicated by three flashing red lights …
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:   UK repairers can't cope with Xbox 360 failure
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Elite to hit Japan in October... for $390
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg and Reuters
DigiTimes:
OLPC ASP to ultimately shrink to US$50  —  Notebooks under the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) advocated "One Laptop Per Child" (OLPC) program are in a strong position to be the hottest PC for emerging markets and prices will shrink to US$50 in 2009, said Mary Lou Jepsen …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
2009: year of the dirt-cheap, $50 OLPC XO?
Discussion: Engadget
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Universal confirms non-renewal of iTunes contract  —  Hot on the heels of the almost-ran reconciliation between Apple and the Universal Music Group, the music label has issued a statement saying definitively that it will not renew its long-term agreement with the Cupertino juggernaut.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Expanding Canadian Operations in Greater Vancouver Area  —  New software development center to be opened in fall 2007.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that it intends to expand its presence in Canada by opening a new software development center in the greater Vancouver, British Columbia, area.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Microsoft plans big Vancouver, B.C., software center
Walt Mossberg / Mossberg's Mailbox:
Questions About Apple's iPhone  —  There's no other major item most of us own that is as confusing, unpredictable and unreliable as our personal computers.  Everybody has questions about them, and we aim to help.  —  This week, I was swamped with questions about Apple's hot new iPhone …
Jack / Waiting for iPhone:
ATT Activates over 1 Million iPhones  —  According to reports leaked to waitingforiphone.com, ATT Mobility has fulfilled over 1 million iPhone activations since the device was launched in the US on June 29th.  This news comes from a full-time staffer in ATT Mobilty's Commerce Group who chose to remain anonymous.
Associated Press:
Digital Purchases Rise as Album Sales Fall  —  Album sales have continued their downward slide this year, but sales of digital tracks are up almost 50 percent over this time last year.  —  A total of 229.8 million albums were sold in the United States from Jan. 1 to July 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released Wednesday.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Digital music singles flex muscles, kick sand on antiquated album
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
ISPs to Become Copyright Police
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Pmarca Guide to Big Companies, part 2: Retaining great people  —  This post is about retaining great people, particularly at big companies in industries like technology, where stock options matter and where people can relatively easily move from one company to another.  —  Actually, I lied.
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Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:   Google cuts Founders' Awards
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for July 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: July 5, 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: July 10, 2007  —  This is an advance notification of six security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on July 10, 2007.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple's little problem with ripping off artists  —  We can appreciate the fact that Apple seems to draw a lot of inspiration from art — we really can.  But we're noticing a pretty disconcerting trend taking shape: Cupertino's getting all Picasso on us with the "Good artists copy …
BBC:
Good vibes power tiny generator  —  A tiny generator powered by natural vibrations could soon be helping keep heart pacemakers working.  —  Created by scientists at the University of Southampton, the generator has been developed to power devices where replacing batteries is very difficult.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Ubergizmo and PSFK
MacScoop:
Next iteration of iLife gone Golden Master, coming before Leopard? … Well great news, but I think  —  On July 4th, 2007 06:38:21 PM JayM says:  —  Well great news, but I think I'll wait until October anyway, then I'll get a new iMac with Leopard and iLife 0? pre-loaded. :)
USA Today:
The house that helped build Google  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Susan Wojcicki is reminiscing about her old home in Menlo Park, Calif.  —  "It's a very humble house, less than 2,000 square feet," she recalls fondly.  A cozy, four-bedroom home — and incredibly historic.
Verizon:
Chocolate Gets Even Sweeter The Second Time Around, Exclusively At Verizon Wireless  —  Slimmer and Lighter Than Ever, the Mouth-Watering Chocolate by LG Comes with New Features and Hot New Colors  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN DIEGO — The Chocolate by LG is back and sweeter than ever.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
At I.B.M., a Smarter Way to Outsource  —  Jeffrey Taft is a road warrior in the global high-technology services economy, and his work shows why there are limits to the number of skilled jobs that can be shipped abroad in the Internet age.  —  Each Monday, Mr. Taft awakes before dawn at his home …
David Pogue / New York Times:
IPhone-Free Cellphone News  —  Man, oh man.  How'd you like to have been a PR person making a cellphone announcement last week, just as the iPhone storm struck?  You'd have had all the impact of a gnat in a hurricane.  —  But hard to believe though it may be, T-Mobile did make an announcement last week.
 
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