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2:30 PM ET, July 17, 2007

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Latest Harry Potter Book Hits BitTorrent  —  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, the latest and last of the wildly popular Harry Potter books that is due to go on sale this weekend, has hit BitTorrent.  Various torrents of the novel consist of photographed pages (as above) …
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Emmanuel Evita / Google:
Google Introduces Hosted Site Search for Small Businesses  —  New Google Custom Search Business Edition adds powerful site search at very low cost  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced Google Custom Search™ Business Edition, a simple and inexpensive way for small businesses to add Google search to their websites.
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Custom Search Business Edition  —  The new service is hosted by Google, and offers all of the same functionality of the free Google Custom Search product, with a few key differences:  —  Customized search results.  You can change the look and feel of search results to match …
Business Wire:
Fisher Communications Expands Online Local News Strategy with Acquisition of Pegasus News  —  Neighborhood Content Site Opens New Opportunities for Reinforcing Fisher's Commitment to Local News  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—As part of its initiative to develop new online-only content …
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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.
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA ordered to cover suit target's legal fees
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Think Secret:
Save the date: August 7 for new iMac, iLife to emerge early?  —  Reliable sources have zeroed in further on the release date for Apple's revamped iMac since our last report, pointing to an announcement on August 7.  Meanwhile, preliminary signs suggest Apple may be ready to release …
Discussion: Crave and Forever Geek
DigiTimes:
Rumors of second-generation Apple iPhone continue to surface  —  Speculation about whether Apple will introduce a cost-down version of its iPhone continues to arise in the Chinese-language media, with a recent report in the Chinese-language Commercial Times newspaper indicating that Taiwan-based Wintek …
Hugh Ashton / The Register:
Fujitsu fetes world's slimmest waterproof mobile  —  Receive the day's biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  Sometimes you suddenly come to your senses and ask yourself what in the world you are doing.  This happened to me today, as I was taking pictures of a bikini-clad beauty …
Discussion: Gizmodo and SMS Text News
Fred / A VC:
Facebook Will Sit Tight, As It Should  —  At the iMeme panel last week I had the opportunity to sit next to Jim Breyer and watch him take some tough questions from Adam Lashinsky about why Facebook doesn't sell at the huge numbers that are being whispered in the blogs and on the street.
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.
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
The numbers driving 'Unbreakable Linux'  —  It would seem that Oracle is serious about its Unbreakable Linux.  The company announced today that it has pulled in Symantec (Veritas data center software) as a certified partner.  This is a good step forward for the program …
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft looks to improve its name game  —  When Microsoft showed off Silverlight at an April conference, it generated near-instant buzz.  —  Interestingly, though, it was not the first time Microsoft had talked about the technology.  But when the company had done so a year earlier …
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
ModBook ship date pushed back due to parts shortages
Discussion: MacUser
comScore:
3 Out of 4 U.S. Internet Users Streamed Video Online in May
Paul Hales / Inquirer:
T-Mobile outs itself as German Iphone supplier
John McBride / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems
Discussion: InformationWeek
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone Mystery at Duke University: The Case of the Flooded Routers
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
UV Uses Magic To Keep You Safe On The Slopes
Discussion: Ubergizmo
InfoSec Sellout / Information Security Sell Out:
Oh Look. An Apple WORM.
Discussion: MacNN, Computerworld and MacUser
Reuters:
EU court to rule on Microsoft on Sept. 17
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Reuters:
SunRocket appears to shut Net phones
Steve Tobak / CNET News.com:
How Jobs dodged the stock option backdating bullet
CNET News.com:
Security firms on police spyware, in their own words
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Sun's Project Indiana: turning OpenSolaris into a practical platform
LinuxDevices.com:
Intel launches mobile Linux initiative
Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Win this competition and the shirt off our backs. Literally.
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
The Future of Search  —  The head of Google Research talks about his group's projects.
Marion Jensen / TechConsumer:
The Next Big Thing: Why Web 2.0 Isn't Enough
Discussion: Slashdot and digg