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4:45 AM ET, July 19, 2007

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Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2007 Financial Results  —  Reports Record Q2 Net Revenues of $1.83 Billion  —  Delivers Q2 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.27 and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.34  —  Company Repurchases $344 Million of Common Stock in Q2  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE) …
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Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
eBay: An Unwanted Bargain
Discussion: Business Week
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype losing its voice?
Discussion: Skype Journal
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Fake Steve Jobs lashes out against 'invasions of privacy'  —  The writer of The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs appeared to break character Wednesday in decrying "invasions of privacy" that have the anonymous author rattled.  —  Fake Steve Jobs, as he or she has come to be known …
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
So when Apple goes after bloggers, we're evil.  But when Valleywag does it, it's entertainment.  —  I've been debating whether to post anything about this.  But here goes.  Sorry I was out of the loop a bit the last few days.  Life is tough when you're on the lam.
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
When You Play With Fake, Expect To Be Found
Discussion: Valleywag and Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Brandon McCormick / Google:
Google Expands Print Advertising Program  —  Program makes newspaper print advertising available to hundreds of thousands of Google advertisers creating new revenue opportunities for publishers  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the expansion of the size and the scope of its Google Print Ads™ advertising initiative.
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Google: Newspaper Ads More Trustworthy Than AdWords
Discussion: Mashable! and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ooma Launches Free Consumer Phone Service  —  An ambitious and long awaited new consumer VOIP startup - Ooma - launches on Thursday morning.  Much like Vonage and the ill-fated SunRocket, Ooma allows consumers to use their normal phones to make and receive telephone calls, but at drastically reduced prices.
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
HP remains No. 1 in PCs  —  Hewlett-Packard continued its sprint ahead of the competition in the second quarter of 2007, remaining the No. 1 PC vendor in the world.  While Dell continued to decline in units shipped, Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba each outpaced the worldwide PC market growth rate of 12.5 percent, according to IDC.
Discussion: Computerworld and TechSpot News
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:   Dell Continues to Sink
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scholastic Loses It Over Harry Potter/BitTorent Story  —  It didn't take long for Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books, to send us a takedown notice for our post "The Latest Harry Potter Book Hits BitTorrent."  —  In an email yesterday, Mark S. Seidenfeld …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Microsoft teams with JiWire to offer ad-based muni Wi-Fi  —  Microsoft is teaming up with advertising technology provider JiWire to offer advertisements on municipal Wi-Fi networks.  —  The companies are testing the new advertising service in Portland, Ore., and Oakland County, Mich.
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Chris / LiveSide:
JiWire to provide advertisers for Microsoft municipal wifi
Discussion: Computerworld and InsideMicrosoft
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone + Disposable Cellphone + Prepaid Cards + New Activation Tool = Holy Cow  —  Holy cow.  Those guys at fusion.osx86.hu/#iphone are geniuses.  Late yesterday, I downloaded a copy of iASign, their new iPhone activation tool.  Right now, at this second, my iPhone just made its first call using …
Discussion: Salon: Machinist, Gizmodo and digg
Microsoft:
Sit, Stay, Chat!  Explore a Virtual World, Make New Friends and Play Games With GoPets on Windows Live Messenger  —  Microsoft Casual Games and GoPets bring people, pets and games together in a global social networking experience.  —  Whether they're having another day at the office …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
$298 Wal-Mart PC features OpenOffice.org, no crapware  —  Looking to get a jump on the lucrative back-to-school shopping season, Wal-Mart has begun selling a sub-$300 PC.  The Everex IMPACT GC3502 comes with Windows Vista Home Basic and OpenOffice.org 2.2 installed on a system that includes …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Hey, Yahoo: Lloyd Braun Will Eat Lunch in This Town Again  —  Former Yahoo executive Lloyd Braun and his partner Gail Berman, a former Paramount executive, have struck an online deal with Pepsi, under which the entertainment and marketing arm of the beverage giant will be a "first-look" …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Congress to Examine Google-DoubleClick Deal  —  Google executives are expected to be called to testify before House and Senate subcommittees about the company's planned $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick, a deal that is already facing close scrutiny from federal antitrust regulators.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Could Be the Open Facebook  —  Plaxo recently launched a new 3.0 version that was more than just an AJAX face lift.  Plaxo, once a notorious spammer, has grown beyond their core service of being the web's address book.  The new version not only synchronizes contact information …
Discussion: Scripting News
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Unofficial Gmail Apps and Add-ons  —  Gmail's huge success owes itself in large part to the wide range of applications, browser add-ons, styles, scripts and bookmarklets that work with it.  From the get-go Google's stayed out of developers' way and turned a blind eye …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Can Fans Save Business 2.0?  —  Facebook Group Aims to Protect Time Inc. Title From Scrapheap  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Can Business 2.0 become the "Jericho" of magazine publishing?  "Jericho," of course, is the once-canceled CBS show that was revived after fans deluged the network with pleas to continue it.
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Novell Hack Week: an experiment in innovation
Geek Entertainment TV:
Dontcha Wish Your Cell Phone Was Hot Like Me?
Discussion: Valleywag and NewTeeVee
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Apple iPhone KO's Cisco network at Duke
Discussion: techno.blog and Network World
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
A turning point?  The battle for second place heats up between the 360 and PS3
ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Spaces Gets A Slight Update
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Farhad Manjoo / Salon: Machinist:
Peter Moore leaves Microsoft. (Long live Peter Moore.)
Discussion: PC World
Reuters:
IBM's jumps on software strength
Discussion: Techdirt
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Dell buys SilverBack on road to recovery
Discussion: TechSpot News
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Google to charge for mobile content
Maile Ohye / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Message Center: Let us communicate with you about your site
Joe Hutsko / MSNBC:
Can the iPhone do double duty as a laptop?
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead
Discussion: I, Platform and Ypulse
Austin American-Statesman:
Apple expanding in Austin
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
3D Mailbox: Worst. App. Ever.
Chris Gaylord / USA Today:
Economists puzzled by irrational eBay buyers
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Nothing too "Lite" about new $299 TiVo Series 3 unit
Discussion: Macworld and dslreports.com