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1:10 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: Opposable Thumbs and TechSpot News
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Xbox 360 Expands Warranty
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 …
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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CNET News.com:
Microsoft sings 'O Canada' amid immigration challenges
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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: GigaOM, JD on EP and NewTeeVee
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Elite to hit Japan in October... for $390
MacScoop:
Next iteration of iLife gone Golden Master, coming before Leopard?