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2:35 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.
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.
Jessica Hodgson / MarketWatch:
O2 says it hasn't signed a U.K. iPhone distribution pact with Apple
Discussion: Epicenter and Gizmodo
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 …
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
ISPs to Become Copyright Police
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
Discussion: Network World
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple sued for duping Apple TV image, hosting iTunes track
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 …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Universal confirms non-renewal of iTunes contract
Discussion: PC World
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: Ubergizmo and PSFK
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 …
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to take the Xbox 360 Elite to Japan
Discussion: Reuters
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
NBBC Joins The Deadpool  —  NBBC, a video aggregation service launched by NBC last September has joined the TechCrunch Deadpool.  —  The remains of NBBC will be merged into the NBC/ News Corp joint venture first announced in March.  —  The new service, dubbed Clown Co by some has long been discussed but to date is yet to appear.
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Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost Publications:
NBBC, We Hardly Knew Ye
Discussion: The Next Net
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
eBay & Firefox Launch eBay Browser  —  eBay is getting busier and busier partnering with web applications and now has worked together with Firefox to produce an eBay Firefox browser.  —  Yesterday, Search Engine Journal's Arnold Zafra broke the news on the joint toolbar launched by eBay & Yahoo …
Discussion: PC World
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Sid Yadav / Rev2.org:   Mozilla Launches eBay-Edition Companion for Firefox
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.
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.
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. :)
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 and rexduffdixon.com
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Engadget, JD on EP and Digital Trends
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Sprint cancels customer contracts  —  The squeaky wheel doesn't always get the grease.  —  At least it doesn't if you're a Sprint Nextel customer.  In fact, squeaky Sprint customers are getting their service canceled.  On June 29, 2007 Sprint sent letters notifying some customers …
 
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Twitter vs. Pownce
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Chris Williams / The Register:
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