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12:25 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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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.
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
O2 beats rivals in battle for the rights to Apple's iPhone  —  O2 has beaten its rivals to win the exclusive UK rights to offer Apple's iPhone.  The tie-up, the mobile phone industry's most sought-after deal in years, marks a major coup for the 18 million-customer group.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, iLounge and digg
Nic Fildes / The Independent:
O2 closes in on exclusive deal to sell iPhone in UK
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Inquirer
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.
Discussion: PC World
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Macworld UK:
MACWORLD MARKETPLACE  —  At Ciao you can read consumer reviews on computers and components for laptops, towers, PDAs and Compare prices of many more computer products.  —  zCover  —  zCover is a pioneer and trend-setter in the fashionable silicone products market. zCover iSA silicone cases …
Discussion: iLounge, Macsimum News and Engadget
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
A Deep And Flawed Misunderstanding of A-Lists, Blogs, And Social Networks  —  ... is being propagated by Hugh McLeod, who, once again, has decided to raise the egalitarian "Es Gibt Keine Einliste" (Or, "There is no A-list", for our non-German reading readers).
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Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:   A-Listlessness: Hugh MacLeod on why the A-List is dead
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
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and p2pnet
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
ISP Forced to Block and Filter Pirated Content on P2P Networks
Discussion: Between the Lines and digg
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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 …
Steorn:
Steorn demonstrates free energy technology in public forum  —  Demonstration at Kinetica Museum, London, UK is world's first outing for Steorn's Orbo technology and will be streamed live around the world  —  London, 4th July 2007.  Steorn, an Irish technology development company …
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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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Glenn Fleishman / CNN:
Service allows users to make calls on Wi-Fi network
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
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: PSFK
Matt Loney / ZDNet:
Laser innovation speeds up hard disks  —  Researchers in the Netherlands say they have come up with a way of using lasers to speed up magnetic hard drives by a factor of 100.  —  A paper published by Daniel Stanciu of the Institute for Molecules and Materials at Radboud University Nijmegen describes …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Spanish telco defiant over 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: europa.eu and Inquirer
 
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