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10:00 AM ET, July 17, 2007

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Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Reaches Tentative Agreement to Buy Dow Jones  —  News Corp. reached a tentative agreement for the purchase of Dow Jones & Co. at its original $5 billion offer price.  The deal will be put to the full Dow Jones board Tuesday evening for its approval, said people familiar with the situation.
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New York Times:
Dow Jones and Murdoch Said to Move Close to Deal  —  Rupert Murdoch reportedly moved a major step closer to achieving his long-standing aim of acquiring The Wall Street Journal when Dow Jones & Company tentatively agreed to be acquired by Mr. Murdoch's News Corporation yesterday.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google Plans Search Service for Mobile Content  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Google, AT&T, eBay, Apple, Yahoo, Vodafone Group, Time Warner, Medio Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Alltel, Microsoft  —  Google Inc. is developing a new search service for cellphones that will help consumers find …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Preparing Mobile Focused Search Site
Discussion: CNET News.com
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Internet Phone Company Halts Operations  —  SunRocket, an Internet telephone company, has ceased operations and is moving its customers to one or more other companies, according to a person briefed on its status.  —  A recording on SunRocket's customer service line said the company …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Ad Downturn Threatening the Survival of Business 2.0  —  One of the voices chronicling the resurgence of high tech may soon be silenced.  —  Business 2.0 magazine, a seven-year-old Time Inc. publication that covers start-ups, technology trends and changes in the new economy …
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows leaked to BitTorrent  —  We first got wind of this when two torrents of the book appeared on Demonoid.com.  They became immensely popular with over a 1000 leechers and seeders each.  But after some time were removed by either the uploader, or more likely …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Inquirer and The Register
Network World:
IPhones flooding wireless LAN at Duke University  —  18,000 requests per second from iPhones knocking out dozens of access points at Duke University.  —  The Wi-Fi connection on Apple's recently released iPhone seems to be the source of a big headache for network administrators at Duke University.
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Judge Awards $68,685.23 in Attorneys Fees Against RIAA in Capitol v. Foster  —  In Capitol v. Foster, in Oklahoma, the Court has order the RIAA to pay the defendant Debbie Foster $68,685.23 in attorneys rees and costs.  —  This is the first attorneys fee award, of which we are aware, against the RIAA.
Discussion: p2pnet and Inquirer
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA's final tab for Capitol v. Foster: $68,685.23
Discussion: CrunchGear
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
comScore Also Reports Microsoft Search Search Rise  —  That rise in Microsoft's search share that Compete reported last week?  Now the latest figures from comScore report the same — that Microsoft's Live Search Club significantly increased traffic to Windows Live Search.
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Kate Greene / Technology Review:
The Future of Search  —  The head of Google Research talks about his group's projects.  —  Peter Norvig, Google's director of research, is an expert ace at building machines that answer tough questions.  An authority in programming languages and artificial intelligence …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and ben barren
Marion Jensen / TechConsumer:
The Next Big Thing: Why Web 2.0 Isn't Enough  —  It's easy to spot revolutions or major events in the past.  The shrinking of computer parts in the 70s, the PC revolution of the 80s that led to the Internet explosion of the 90s, etc.  At the beginning of the new millennium, we had at our fingertips millions of pages of information.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
A Domain Name Worth $100 Million … It may just be the most expensive domain name so far.  —  The Answers Corporation, which runs Answers.com, just announced it has paid $100 million in cash to buy Lexico Publishing Group, a privately held California company whose main business is running the Dictionary.com site.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Office Live To Let Customers Purchase Ads On Ask.com  —  Ask Sponsored Listings is going to be added to Microsoft Office Live's adManager Beta search advertising service.  —  This is reportedly the first time in five years that two of the top five search engines have joined together to offer search engine ads to advertisers.
Discussion: WebProNews
Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Win this competition and the shirt off our backs.  Literally.  —  James Surowiecki opens his book The Wisdom of Crowds with the example of Francis Galton, a famous statistician, who asked individuals to guess the weight of an ox.  After collecting all the guesses, he came to a startling conclusion.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Prerollr Launches Dead Simple Video Advertising Product  —  Prerollr, a new product that gives bloggers and other content site owners the ability to monetize embedded videos, launched today.  The product focuses on creating revenue for the sites actually embedding video …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Roi Carthy
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Vodpod takes funding, grows in face of stiff competition  —  San Francisco-based VodPod is another also-ran online video site that's growing.  —  Vodpod lets you collect videos from around the web and organize them on your own VodPod page, then share them with others.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Why We're Like a Million Monkeys on Treadmills  —  Lately I have been thinking a lot about channels.  Every day it seems there's a hot new Web 2.0 site that captures our attention.  —  In 2003 it was Friendster and Linked In.  —  Then in 2004, thanks in part to the election, blogging began to get really big.
 
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
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Mark Lewis / CNET News.com:
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NBC DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES NEW TECH AND CONTENT FEATURES
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patent gives a peek at the future beyond the taskbar
Discussion: duncanriley.com
BBC:
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Feed Tribe: Another Wireless Payment Scheme Gets Backing
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Valleywag:
Fads: Why Pownce is so popular
Discussion: The Browser
Billy / The SPI laboratory:
SPI Labs advises avoiding iPhone feature
Rob / An Antic Disposition:
OOXML Fails to Gain Approval in US
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
FlickIM, a better chat for iPhone
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Could YouTube drag Apple into copyright fight?