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9:45 AM ET, July 11, 2007

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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Microsoft Plays Up Family Appeal of Xbox  —  As Microsoft executives played down the impact of an extensive repair program for defective Xbox 360 game machines, they announced several efforts to broaden the appeal of their machine to families.  —  Opening the annual E3 game conference here …
Discussion: Information Arbitrage
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Image: Microsoft's 'Big Button' Xbox 360 controller  —  Posting from Santa Monica, Calif.: Here's an image of the Xbox 360 "Big Button Pad" controller introduced by Microsoft during its meda conference at the E3 video game convention tonight.  —  Four of these will come with an Xbox 360 adaptation of the …
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, Joystiq and Techdirt
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft shows off new Xbox 360 controller for casual gamers
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."
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Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
For industry accused of arrogance, pinnacle of conceit: Customer comes last at Sprint Nextel  —  This post could be entitled Disasterous Customer Service Experiences Part X, Y and Z. The ultimate worst example of sheer lunacy, moronic and near sadistic customer treatment, by Sprint Nextel.
Discussion: Open Gardens and MobHappy
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Video startups get veterans to jump  —  Wild, I was just reading feeds and posting the best to my link blog when this came through Google Reader: Old Media Jumping to New Media.  Wow, Jim Louderback (pictured above at a recent photowalking) is now CEO over at Revision 3.
Discussion: Valleywag and digg
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Veronica Belmont:
Big (early) announcement day!
Discussion: digg
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Bad Sinatra I  —  I'll have the AppleTV version up on BadSinatra.com in a bit.  —  iPhone download
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Gillmor vies for attention with 'Bad Sinatra'
Discussion: John Furrier
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
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Introducing Google Mapplets, A Mashup of Mashups on Google Maps  —  I know that's a lot of "maps" there in the title.  It's a bit of an exaggeration actually but that's how I see this new Google tool called mapplets.  Now what are mapplets?  From the Google Maps site …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch
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Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
MORE MASHING OF GOOGLE MAPS
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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.
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.
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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Broadband on the go: the ups and downs of Verizon's EV-DO network  —  A need for speed  —  How fast is 3G wireless?  That's a tough question to answer, especially if you try to get your answer from one of the wireless providers.  With its EV-DO BroadbandAccess, Verizon says users …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Potter Has Limited Effect on Reading Habits  —  Of all the magical powers wielded by Harry Potter, perhaps none has cast a stronger spell than his supposed ability to transform the reading habits of young people.  In what has become near mythology about the wildly popular series by J. K. Rowling …
Discussion: Print is Dead and Smart Mobs
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Goldman Adds Cisco, Intel To Top Five Tech Value Stock List  —  The tech analysts at Goldman Sachs on Tuesday shuffled the names on their lists of favorite and least favorite tech stocks.  Actually, the firm has two lists of favorite stocks - value and growth names.
Discussion: Microsoft (MSFT)
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
Nielsen Alters Web Ratings, Favoring AOL Over Google  —  Nielsen/NetRatings has changed the way it rates Web sites and in the process has upended the rankings of the top online destinations, vaulting AOL and Yahoo over rival Google.  —  The research service announced yesterday …
 
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Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com:
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Build Your Campus in 3D Competition - the results are in!
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
iPhone: The $1,975 iPod  —  Apple's and AT&T's high-price gadget …
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Vista's advanced speech recognition technology
Aaron Tan / ZDNet.com.au:
Open source take-up booming in APAC
Discussion: digg
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
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kate Mitchell goes to Washington, to defend VCs from new tax
Discussion: Bits
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation.Blog:
Metal Gear Solid Trailer Coming to PlayStation Store
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy, Kotaku and Game | Life
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
A New Studio Will Market Short Videos for the Web
Discussion: paidContent.org
Om Malik / GigaOM:
30Boxes team launches Facebook Ad Exchange
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Report: DVD ripping less a threat than file sharing
Discussion: Techdirt and CrunchGear
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
February 27, 2008: Microsoft plans a triple-play launch
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Steve Clayton
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
JP Morgan retracts. Now says "No" to near term "Nano" iPhone