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5:05 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
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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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
UK repairers can't cope with Xbox 360 failure  —  The failure rate on Microsoft's games console is now so great that UK service centres won't take the device, and Czech repairers are being drafted in to help  —  The failure rate on Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console is now so great …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Between the Lines
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Elite to hit Japan in October... for $390
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg and Reuters
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 …
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.
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.
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
ISPs to Become Copyright Police
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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
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. :)
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Google cuts Founders' Awards  —  Interesting tidbit in a July 2007 Fortune article, "Close to the Vest", about retention at Google: … It is not surprising that the Founders' Awards would piss people off.  No matter how it was done, I am sure the decision of who received the award seemed arbitrary …
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Pmarca Guide to Big Companies, part 2: Retaining great people
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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