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7:15 AM ET, July 11, 2007

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft shows off new Xbox 360 controller for casual gamers  —  While Microsoft's E3 announcement of "Scene It?" for the Xbox 360 wasn't exactly awe inspiring, there are some brand new casual gaming controllers packed with the title that certainly perked us up.
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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:   Microsoft Plays Up Family Appeal of Xbox
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
No Xbox 360 price cut ... and other E3 notes
Discussion: CNET News.com
James Sherwood / The Register:
Xbox 360 price set to crash?
Discussion: Inquirer, Techdirt and Joystiq
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Xbox 360's QWERTY Chatpad gets price, release date
Discussion: Inquirer, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Tech Blog
The Underachiever Life:
Squidoo Slap!!  —  NewsFlash!:  SQUIDOO SLAP!!!  EDGE / SET MEMBERS STAND BY FOR DETAILS OF THIS BREAKING STORY!  —  The lab has been investigating the recent drop in ranking for Squidoo lenses in Google's search engine results.  It appears that as of the 7th of July nearly all Squidoo lenses …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Acting Against Squidoo Due To Spam
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg iPhone Beta Live!  —  Last weekend Joe Stump, Daniel Burka, and I sat down and white-boarded the Digg iPhone app.  I told Joe if he coded it in 48hrs, I'd buy him an iPhone.  Needless to say, he got it done (nice work, Joe).  —  You can check it out at digg.com/iphone.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Digg Launches Official iPhone Version
Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
MORE MASHING OF GOOGLE MAPS  —  Google Maps is launching a new feature Wednesday that enables people to create customized maps with content from multiple mashup Web sites.  —  For instance, I made my own map of San Francisco with an events search from Zvents (salsa dancing Monday …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Introducing Google Mapplets, A Mashup of Mashups on Google Maps
Discussion: TechCrunch
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Old Media Jumping to New Media  —  People are getting antsy this summer!  Sources tell us this afternoon that PC Magazine editor in chief Jim Louderback has left to become the new CEO of Revision3, and CNET host Veronica Belmont has left to make video for Jason Calacanis' search startup Mahalo.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Video startups get veterans to jump
Discussion: Valleywag and digg
WJXT-TV:
Sprint Cuts 1,000+ Customers For Excessive Complaining  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Hundreds of cell phone customers are being given the boot, accused of being too high maintenance.  —  Sprint-Nextel is disconnecting more than 1,000 subscribers on grounds the clients call customer service too often and make "unreasonable requests."
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
JP Morgan retracts.  Now says "No" to near term "Nano" iPhone  —  JP Morgan has just issued a note retracting Kevin Chang's earlier projection about a near term iPhone Nano.  The new report says that the majority of Chang's assumptions appear to have come from a review of the patent …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
JPMorgan now not so sure about an iPhone Nano
Will It Blend?:
iPhone  —  Everybody knows that the iPhone can make phone calls, play movies & music, surf the web, and a lot more.  But, Will It Blend?  That is the question.  —  Ever wonder what would happen if you stuck a can of EZ Cheese in blender?  Yeah, us too.  —  Carny Cuisine  —  Category: Don't Try This @ Home
Christine / Team Blog:
Microsoft Reader Optimized for Origami™ Is Finally Here!  —  Hi!  I'm Christine from the Microsoft Reader team.  Some of you may know me from some of the other device forums like PocketPCThoughts, Aximsite or the Microsoft.Public.Reader newsgroup under the name MSReadergirl.
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Bad Sinatra I  —  I'll have the AppleTV version up on BadSinatra.com in a bit.  —  iPhone download
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Accuser Says Web Site Has X-Rated Link  —  Parents and child safety experts concerned about the online activities of teenagers have been particularly nervous about a Web site called Stickam, which allows its 600,000 registered users, age 14 and older, to participate in unfiltered live video chats using their Web cameras.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Valleywag
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this the successor to the Nokia N800?  —  Just when we're in full-on video game mode, along comes a friendly tipster with some shots of the supposed successor to Nokia's N800 Internet Tablet that snap us out of our daze and remind us that there's more to life than Xboxes and PlayStations.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
30Boxes team launches Facebook Ad Exchange  —  Okay kids if you remember LinkExchange, the web-banner ad swap service that was snapped up by Microsoft back in November 1998 for $250 million, and then left it to languish, raise your hand.  Of course, that $250 million investment was recently shut down by Microsoft.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Eleven lessons learned about blogging, so far  —  This post is to share lessons I have learned about blogging so far, five weeks into this blog.  —  First, it's hard to believe it's only been five weeks.  "Internet time" lives, I can tell you that.  —  Second, I'd like to truly thank everyone …
 
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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Potter Has Limited Effect on Reading Habits
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
Nielsen Alters Web Ratings, Favoring AOL Over Google
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Broadband on the go: the ups and downs of Verizon's EV-DO network
Bill Ray / The Register:
MS Exchange comes to the iPhone
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Microsoft fixes 11 flaws in six patches; three are critical
Discussion: The Register and TechSpot News
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Scanning your iPhone Backup Files
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kate Mitchell goes to Washington, to defend VCs from new tax
The Mozilla Blog:
SECURITY ISSUE IN URL PROTOCOL HANDLING ON WINDOWS
 Earlier Items: 
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Media, Tech Execs Mingle, Ponder Future
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
A New Studio Will Market Short Videos for the Web
Discussion: paidContent.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Site Advisor 2.0: Haute Secure Launches To Detect and Block Malware
Discussion: Zero Day
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Report: DVD ripping less a threat than file sharing
Discussion: CrunchGear
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
February 27, 2008: Microsoft plans a triple-play launch
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Steve Clayton
BBC:
The Tech Lab: Charles Stross
The Boy Genius Report:
Hello Sidekick Slide
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-036 - Critical