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10:15 PM ET, July 5, 2007

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Expands Xbox 360 Warranty Coverage  —  Microsoft Expands Xbox 360 Warranty Coverage.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will expand its global Xbox 360™ warranty coverage.  Any Xbox 360 customer who experiences a general hardware failure indicated by three flashing red lights …
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Red ring of Xbox death costs Microsoft $1bn
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and TechSpot News
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft takes $1b hit over Xbox 360 glitches
Discussion: CNET News.com and paidContent.org
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
UK repairers can't cope with Xbox 360 failure
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
$50,000 Prize For Top Company At TechCrunch20  —  If you aren't one of the 200 companies who've submitted their application to launch at our upcoming TechCrunch20 conference, now's the time to do it.  The deadline is tomorrow, July 6.  We will begin to announce some of the selected companies next week.
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.
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
Discussion: CNET News.com
comScore:
Facebook Sees Flood Of New Traffic From Teenagers And Adults Open Registration at Facebook.com Spurs 89 Percent Visitor Growth versus Last Year  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released the results of a study on the visitation to Facebook.com …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Digital music singles flex muscles, kick sand on antiquated album  —  It was Mr. Digital Music Single, in the Study, with the Candlestick  —  Sales of digital music can't stop, won't stop.  The upward trend keeps on headin' up, as Nielsen SoundScan reports that digital music sales …
Discussion: Slashdot
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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
BBC:
O2 'to get iPhone contract in UK'  —  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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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.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Local Community Network Backfence Closing Down All Sites  —  Backfence, the once-hyped citizen journalism startup, is closing all its 13 local sites, after a series of management troubles over the last year, and inability to get any local traction editorially.
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 …
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.
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Sprint breaks up with high-maintenance customers  —  The squeaky wheel doesn't always get the grease.  —  At least not if the squeaky wheel is a Sprint Nextel customer.  On June 29, 2007, Sprint sent letters notifying some customers that their service would be canceled by the end of July due to excessive calls to customer service.
 
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