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10:15 AM ET, July 12, 2007

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Luke / Reach Students blog:
Facebook advertising brings poor results  —  Facebook is the website du jour, but in Reach Students' experience it delivers appalling ad clickthroughs.  —  We've run four targeted campaigns this year using its flyer ads, and each time the results have been disappointing.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
FACEBOOK: $6 BILLION? NAH.
Discussion: Techdirt and Internet Outsider
Matt / Burning Questions:
FeedBurner Integration for Blogspot Blogs  —  Hot on the heels of last week's much-ballyhooed free FeedBurner for everyone, we are very excited to announce the immediate availability of one-click redirection for Blogger Blogspot blogs (note our fine use of both alliteration and first syllable congruence).
David Aaronovitch / Times of London:
Xbox price set to drop in war with Wii console  —  The move is being planned to see off competition from Sony's newly-reduced PS3 and Nintendo's top-selling Wii  —  Microsoft is planning to cut the price of its Xbox 360 games console in the US to take on Sony's newly reduced PlayStation 360 executives …
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Stuart Dredge / Tech Digest:
Get set for Apple's Yellow Submarine Beatles iPod  —  Could there ever be an Apple gadget more desirable than the iPhone?  Yep.  How about a limited-edition Yellow Submarine iPod, with every single Beatles album preloaded onto it?  Oh yes.  —  There were plenty of rumours …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and ParisLemon
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Yellow Submarine iPod Coming Soon, Complete With Beatles Catalog
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook VC: We're Investing in Facebook Apps Too  —  For Facebook application developers, not all VCs are created equal...at least when it comes to the support they can lend your company if they also happen to, say, sit on the board of Facebook itself.  —  That's the position Jim Breyer …
Wall Street Journal:
Whole Foods Is Hot, Wild Oats a Dud — So Said 'Rahodeb'  —  Then Again, Yahoo Poster  —  Was a Whole Foods Staffer,  —  The CEO to Be Precise  —  In January 2005, someone using the name "Rahodeb" went online to a Yahoo stock-market forum and posted this opinion: No company …
AppleInsider:
Apple unlocks full-screen QuickTime playback, releases iTunes 7.3.1  —  In addition to a minor iTunes fix, Apple on Wednesday unleashed an update to its QuickTime media player software that lets users view videos in full-screen mode without a purchase upgrade.  —  QuickTime 7.2
Yahoo! Search Blog:
May I Suggest...  ...A faster way to find what you're looking for.  Introducing Search Suggest on Yahoo.com.  —  It works like this: When you do a search on Yahoo!, you'll automatically be given suggestions based on what you have typed - as you're typing.  So, not only does this limit …
Kemp Powers / Reuters:
Nintendo Wii may be scarce for holidays  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 11 (Reuters) - Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s (7974.OS: Quote, Profile, Research) hit Wii video game consoles will still be scarce this holiday season, a senior executive said on Wednesday.  Nintendo promised that some 100 new games for the Wii …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Warner streams entire catalog of music for free on imeem  —  Warner Music Group is offering its entire music and video catalog for free streaming on imeem, a Web site focused on letting users share music playlists.  —  The music is currently live on the San Francisco startup's Web site, the company told VentureBeat Wednesday evening.
Discussion: UNEASYsilence and John Furrier
CNN:
UPDATE EU Clears Terra Firma's Proposed GBP2.4 Billion EMI Takeover  —  BRUSSELS -(Dow Jones)- The European Commission Thursday cleared U.K. private equity group Terra Firma Capital Partners to buy U.K. music company EMI Group PLC (EMI.LN) for GBP2.4 billion, or EUR3.6 billion …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Telegraph
Jason Shellen / shellen dot com:
My time at Google, by the numbers  —  I joined Google as part of the Blogger acquisition in February 2003.  There were only six of us on the Pyra Labs team and we were Google's first acquisition*.  Google was only about 600 employees strong.  There were times when we felt like royalty …
Discussion: Googlified and Susan Mernit's Blog
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is Zillow building a ghost town?  —  I don't live in the U.S., so Zillow.com isn't much use to me as a real estate site, but from all I've heard it is a fantastic service backed by some smart guys, including several of my friend Stuart MacDonald's pals from the old Expedia days.
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Xavier / notebooks.com:
Logitech MX Air Mouse - Gesture Based Navigation for Notebooks  —  Logitech is introducing an innovative wireless mouse that works on a desk or in the air.  The Logitech MX Air Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse let's users control multimedia playback or any other mouse function with in-air hand gestures.
Discussion: Mobility Site and I4U News
Mark Schliebs / NEWS.com.au:
Watchdog takes Google to court  —  GOOGLE, the world's biggest search engine, is being taken to court by the Australian competition watchdog, alleging misleading and deceptive conduct.  —  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleges Trading Post Australia, Google Ireland …
Helen Branswell / Toronto Star:
Lightning blasted IPod-wearing jogger  —  Vancouver man suffered permanent hearing loss after bolt struck  —  Victim was left with jaw broken in four places, running shoe in shreds, burns all over his body  —  Wearing the device that is said to put "1,000 songs in your pocket" …
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
At the races with the Kangaroo TV  —  Getting the best of both worlds  —  As anyone who follows racing knows, it can often be a lot harder to follow what's going on when you're actually at the track compared to watching it from the comfort of your own couch.
 
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Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
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Discussion: Social Media
Electronista:
Next Prada phone to pack 5-megapixel camera?
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
HANDS-ON: T-Mobile MDA Vario III aka HTC Kaiser
Discussion: Mobility Site
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Murdoch Frustrated With Dow Jones Talks
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Brownback Tries to Restore FCC's Profanity Power
Om Malik / GigaOM:
My iPhone Confession; AT&T has more coming
 Earlier Items: 
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Internet Again Blamed For Suicides
Discussion: Mashable!
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft re-assures partners on Vista compatibility
Discussion: TechSpot News
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Military files left unprotected online
Dan Ackerman / CNET News.com:
E3 2007: Sony's big ol' press conference
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola: Big Q2 Revenue Miss, Handset Troubles Deepen; Stock Falls
Discussion: PR Newswire and The Register
last100:
Microsoft on your telly: a history of the company's Internet TV strategy
Associated Press:
AOL to Pay $3 Million Settlement Over Cancellation Policy
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's new PSP is slimmer, includes video output
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, with publishing groups opposing Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

 
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