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8:30 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: MobHappy and Open Gardens
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  —  A couple of reports across the net suggest that Seth Godin's Squidoo is being penalized by Google, most likely due to spam on Squidoo pages.  —  The reports indicate that some Squidoo pages have seen a 75% drop in traffic, and in other cases …
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
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.
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
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.
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
Dustin Burg / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Chatpad Messenger Kit will cost $30 [update 1]  —  Eagle-eyed fanboy reader lee\ sent in a tip telling us that our long awaited Chatpad (which was announced back in May) has been priced and now has its own page up on Xbox.com.  The Chatpad will be part of what is called the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Xbox 360's QWERTY Chatpad gets price, release date
Discussion: Inquirer, DigitalBattle and Tech Blog
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Bad Sinatra I  —  I'll have the AppleTV version up on BadSinatra.com in a bit.  —  iPhone download
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
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
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.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Goldman Adds Cisco, Intel To Top Five Tech Value Stock List
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Vista's advanced speech recognition technology
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Aaron Tan / ZDNet.com.au:
Open source take-up booming in APAC
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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Potter Has Limited Effect on Reading Habits
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Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
Nielsen Alters Web Ratings, Favoring AOL Over Google
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
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kate Mitchell goes to Washington, to defend VCs from new tax
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation.Blog:
Metal Gear Solid Trailer Coming to PlayStation Store
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy, Kotaku and Game | Life
The Mozilla Blog:
SECURITY ISSUE IN URL PROTOCOL HANDLING ON WINDOWS
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
A New Studio Will Market Short Videos for the Web
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
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Eleven lessons learned about blogging, so far