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12:00 PM 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
Discussion: Screenwerk and BloggingStocks
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 …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   The Latest Harry Potter Book Hits BitTorrent
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 …
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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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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: eWEEK.com and WebProNews
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Sun's Project Indiana: turning OpenSolaris into a practical platform  —  OpenSolaris is possibly Sun's most significant attempt to garner relevance in a market that increasingly demands the freedom and flexibility of open-source software.  Although the availability of source code under …
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
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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InfoSec Sellout / Information Security Sell Out:
Oh Look. An Apple WORM.
Discussion: MacUser, MacNN and Computerworld
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
How Big is Too Big? Samsung's 19-inch SENS G25 Notebook
Discussion: OhGizmo!
Hugh Ashton / The Register:
Fujitsu fetes world's slimmest waterproof mobile
Discussion: SMS Text News
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
How Open Is Facebook, Really?
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Firefox gains at IE's expense in Europe
USA Today:
New games come out swinging
CNET News.com:
Security firms on police spyware, in their own words
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Teh Future: Japanese PSP Slims Getting Digital TV
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
The numbers driving 'Unbreakable Linux'
LinuxDevices.com:
Intel launches mobile Linux initiative
Discussion: Open Source and Inquirer
John Bambenek / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Symantec False-Positive on Filezilla, NASA World Wind
Lachlan Hardy / Read/WriteWeb:
Pownce: 'Send stuff to friends'
Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Win this competition and the shirt off our backs. Literally.
Adotas:
China's YouTube Adds Ads
Discussion: WebProNews
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Why We're Like a Million Monkeys on Treadmills
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Judge Awards $68,685.23 in Attorneys Fees Against RIAA in Capitol v. Foster
 

 
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
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Tim Marchman / Wired:
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