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3:00 PM ET, July 17, 2007

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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  —  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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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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John McBride / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems  —  It's such a tremendously bad idea that it's almost bound to succeed.  Microsoft has filed another patent, this one for an "advertising framework" that uses "context data" from your hard drive to show you advertisements and …
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
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.
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Teh Future: Japanese PSP Slims Getting Digital TV  —  Japanese PSP Slims Getting Digital TV  —  This Fall, Japan will be watching digital TV on PSPs.  Retailing for ¥6,980 ($57), a 1seg add-on tuner will hit shelves along with the PSP Slim on September 20th along with a fistful of new cables.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
ModBook ship date pushed back due to parts shortages  —  Ahh, the venerable ModBook.  Made by Axiotron and distributed by Other World Computing, the ModBook made waves when it was announced just before Macworld this year.  And at its demo boot at Macworld, the ModBook didn't fail to impress …
Discussion: MacUser and GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
Reuters:
Steve Jobs tops list of online music "Powergeeks"  —  NEW YORK (Reuters Life!)  - Steve Jobs, the father of the iPod, was on Tuesday crowned the undisputed king of the online music revolution by U.S. music magazine Blender, topping a list of the 25 most influential people in Web music.
Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
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
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 …
 
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Peter Price / BBC:
Inside Microsoft's future kitchen
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Note to Software Vendors, the World is Collaborative and Loosely Coupled
comScore:
3 Out of 4 U.S. Internet Users Streamed Video Online in May
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Social Media Index
Paul Hales / Inquirer:
T-Mobile outs itself as German Iphone supplier
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
Steve Tobak / CNET News.com:
How Jobs dodged the stock option backdating bullet
 Earlier Items: 
CNET News.com:
Security firms on police spyware, in their own words
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft looks to improve its name game
Discussion: Valleywag
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Sun's Project Indiana: turning OpenSolaris into a practical platform
LinuxDevices.com:
Intel launches mobile Linux initiative
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
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Office Live To Let Customers Purchase Ads On Ask.com
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

 
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