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10:35 AM 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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Financial Times:
O2 nears iPhone partnership  —  By Andrew Parker and Maija Palmer in London and Paul Taylor in New York  —  Telefónica's O2 mobile phone business was poised on Wednesday night to clinch a deal as Apple's exclusive network partner for iPhone in the UK, said people familiar with the matter.
John Oates / The Register:
O2 gets UK iPhone deal  —  Mobile network O2 is close to getting the exclusive right to sell Apple's ludicrously-hyped iPhone in the UK.  —  The handset has gone on sale in the US with one network partner, AT&T, and Apple is looking to set up similar exclusive deals across Europe.
Discussion: MarketWatch, Inquirer and Gizmodo
Nic Fildes / The Independent:
O2 closes in on exclusive deal to sell iPhone in UK  —  O2 is on the verge of wrapping up a deal to exclusively sell the Apple iPhone in the UK with a view to launching the iPod-based handset by Christmas.  —  A number of Europe's largest operators have been linked with a deal to sell the iPhone in Europe over recent weeks.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Gadgetopia
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Koreans Connect Through Search Engine  —  Park Hye Ran, a 15-year-old high school student, wanted to know the shortest route from a bus terminal in the southern port city of Busan to a fish market to the east.  —  That is precisely the kind of question that Cho In Joon, 50, a seller of lottery tickets in Busan, loves to answer.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Respectance: Social Networking With A Deadly Twist
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Kent / Newsome.Org:
Declaration of Blogging Independence
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Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:   A-Listlessness: Hugh MacLeod on why the A-List is dead
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
eBay Brings Classifieds Marketplace Kijiji To The U.S.  —  According to the Newspaper Association of America, U.S. print newspaper classified advertising was worth about $17 billion in 2006.  The category has been under pressure for years from top online verticals, some of which are owned by newspapers …
Discussion: Insider Reports Feed
Chris Williams / The Register:
Spanish telco unapologetic on huge broadband anti-trust fine  —  Telefónica claims clear conscience  —  O2 parent company Telefónica has protested innocence after it was slammed by European anti-trust regulators for gaming the broadband market in its Spanish home territory.
Discussion: Inquirer
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost Publications:
NBBC, We Hardly Knew Ye  —  THE NATIONAL BROADBAND COMPANY, THE unit created by NBC Universal last September to handle online video distribution, is being rolled into NewSite — the still-unnamed co-venture between NBC and News Corp.  —  Unfortunately, NBBC's partners …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Net
Reuters:
Microsoft to launch Xbox 360 Elite in Japan in Oct  —  TOKYO, July 5 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday it would launch the advanced version of its Xbox 360 game console, Xbox 360 Elite, on Oct. 11 in Japan, a country where sales …
Discussion: CrunchGear and DailyTech
IFPI:
IFPI hails court ruling that ISPs must stop copyright piracy on their networks  —  A court in Belgium has confirmed that an Internet Service Provider must take responsibility for stopping illegal file-sharing on its network.  The ruling is the first of its kind in Europe and …
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 …
Joshua Coventry / SiliconUser:
History of the Compact Disc  —  The inventor of the compact disc, the most popular medium in the world for playing back and storing music, is often disputed as one individual did not invent every part of the compact disc.  The most attributed inventor is James Russell, who in 1965 was inspired …
Marie Boran / SiliconRepublic.com:
Irish technology claims energy breakthrough  —  Today, the public have been invited to come and observe Orbo technology, developed by Irish company Steorn, which produces a free, constant supply of energy that will change history if it does what it claims.  —  Orbo technology, which Sean McCarthy …
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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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ZDNet:
Mobile broadband popularity rockets
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