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5:15 AM ET, July 6, 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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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Xbox 360 Repairs Will Cost Microsoft $1B  —  SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said Thursday it expects to spend more than $1 billion to repair widespread hardware problems in its Xbox 360 video game console after a large number of them broke down.  —  Microsoft said it would extend …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Red ring of Xbox death costs Microsoft $1bn
Discussion: TechSpot News and Opposable Thumbs
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Xbox 360 Repairs Too High; Extends Warranty; Sets $1 …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Techdirt
CBC News:
Microsoft to start up Vancouver software development centre this fall  —  TORONTO (CP) - Microsoft Corp. plans to set up house in the Vancouver area this fall with a new software development centre that would attract talent without encountering U.S. immigration issues.
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
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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 …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
eBay Takes on Craigslist  —  Will the online auctioneer's Kijiji.com be able to lure advertisers away from the popular local classified-ad site?  —  Online commerce giant eBay knew Craigslist had the right idea when it purchased a 25% stake in the online classified ad site three years ago.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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Cade Metz / The Register:
eBay goes after itself  —  Craiglist owner launches Craigslist rival  —  eBay has challenged itself to a duel in the web classifieds market.  Last week, the company that owns a 25 per cent share in Craigslist launched a Craigslist rival, unveiling a U.S. version of Kijiji …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Matt Mondok / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft announces Joost killer  —  Sometimes it seems like Microsoft just can't be happy with improving its current software lineup.  Instead, the company feels the need to reinvent, or flat-out buy, what someone else has already done.  Although some of these ventures are duds (think OneCare) …
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Juventuscadillac / THE INDIE TRIBUNE:   LIVESTATION: MICROSOFT TAKES ON JOOST
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.
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.
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.
GameDaily:
Report: PS3 $499 on July 12  —  Although Sony has yet to confirm a price drop officially, GameDaily BIZ has received confirmation from the retail sector that the PS3 will be dropped to $499 next week.  Sony itself recently talked about "refining" the PS3 price.  Now it appears to be happening.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Faster iPhone faster!  Kill!!  Kill!!  —  My challenge here is to write the one zillionth iPhone story (and MY third) without repeating too much what has been written before or failing to include at least a couple new items which — trust me — you'll find below.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Oliver Luft / Journalism.co.uk:
The BBC should do less online video, says interactivity head  —  The head of BBC News Interactive wants the corporation to carry less online video and instead concentrate on improving the quality of its offering.  —  Speaking at the Future of News Conference in London today …
Discussion: JD on EP, GigaOM and NewTeeVee
Aleksander Fedorynski / Google Code:
Improvements to Google Code Search  —  When I first came to Google, I was curious (and anxious) to learn what project I'd be working on.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I'd be helping build Google Code Search.  I felt like a penguin assigned to work on Herring Search …
Discussion: Techworld.com
Mitchell Bingemann / Computerworld:
Music starts to fade on Russian download site AllofMP3.com  —  Users of the shutdown AllofMP3.com site can still download music if they have existing credit with the online music store  —  Although the controversial online music store AllofMP3.com was officially shutdown by the Russian Government …
Discussion: New Web Order
 
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