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1:55 PM ET, July 18, 2007

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Mozilla:
Firefox Release Notes  —  Firefox 2 is the next generation release of the award-winning Firefox web browser from Mozilla.  —  These Release Notes cover what's new, download and installation instructions, known issues and frequently asked questions for Firefox 2.
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Thor Larholm / Larholm.com:
Firefox fixes Internet Explorer flaw  —  Mozilla has just released Firefox 2.0.0.5 which purportedly fixes one of the attack vectors of the Internet Explorer input validation flaw that I previously detailed.  I will go on the record as stating that this does not actually fix the flaw in Internet Explorer …
AdAge:
Google Print Ads Now Used by 225 Newspapers  —  Trial Program Turns Into Real Service to Place Offline Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Google's foray into print-ad sales is showing every sign of turning into an extended stay.  Following a limited test of its Print Ads program …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Offering Print Ads To More Advertisers & Papers
Discussion: WebProNews
The Precursor Blog by Scott Cleland:
Why the FTC Will Likely Block the Google-DoubleClick Merger  —  My detailed analysis over the last several weeks leads me to believe that the FTC is likely to block the Google-DoubleClick merger because it will enable Google to dominate online advertising and dramatically increase the opportunity …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Will The FTC Block Google's Acquisition Of DoubleClick?
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Newspapers' Ad Sales Show Accelerating Drop  —  Even as News Corp. negotiated to buy Dow Jones & Co. over the past few weeks, a grim reality was increasingly evident to executives on both sides of the discussion: The downturn in the newspaper industry is getting worse.
Discussion: David Card and BuzzMachine
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
As Newspapers Ready Q2 Earnings Reports, Overview Finds Industry Slump Accelerating
Discussion: Techdirt
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Community-Based Facebook Application Reviews at AppRate.com  —  Last week I rolled up the sleeves, dusted off the old PHP memories, and got a little down and dirty to take a swing at a new site called AppRate.com.  While watching people like Scoble, Mario Sundar, and Dave McClure add and remove …
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Michael Gartenberg:
Facebook is for kids... at least according to CNBC
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
FBI remotely installs spyware to trace bomb threat  —  The FBI used a novel type of remotely-installed spyware last month to investigate who was e-mailing bomb threats to a high school near Olympia, Wash.  —  Federal agents obtained a court order on June 12 to send spyware called CIPAV …
Angel Jennings / New York Times:
Web Site for Job Seekers Is Sold  —  Laurel Touby turned her popular cocktail parties into a high-traffic Web site for job-seeking media and creative professionals.  Yesterday, she sold Mediabistro.com, the company that sprang from those mixers, for $23 million.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Local.com: Hearst Apparently Sells Entire 22% Stake  —  Hearst Corp., which earlier this year made a private placement investment in local search engine Local.com (LOCM) debt and warrants convertible into a 22% stake in the company, has apparently converted the securities into common stock and sold all of its share in the open market.
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Jones Board Approves Sale  —  Backing of News Corp. Offer  —  Puts Pressure on Family;  —  A Bancroft Exits Meeting  —  The board of Dow Jones & Co. voted to approve News Corp.'s $5 billion bid for the company last night, with two directors abstaining from the vote and one leaving the meeting early …
fudder:
The very first iPhone  —  In late June, the [iPod] iPhone hit the US market.  Apple aficionados queued for days to be first in line to get their greedy little paws on the long awaited gadget. fudder-employee Marc Esslinger is an Apple-fan as well - also because he has a very special relationship to Apple.
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Democracy Player is dead, long live Miro  —  Miro (formerly known as Democracy Player) is an open-source Internet TV application that combines a media player and library, content guide, video search engine, as well as podcast and BitTorrent clients.  Developed by the Participatory Culture Foundation …
Chris Faylor / Shacknews:
ESRB Goes After 3D Realms Web Site  —  In what 3D Realms co-founder Scott Miller described as a "sucker punch", the Duke Nukem series developer has come under fire from the Entertainment Software Rating Board due to the use of outdated ESRB imagery on its official website.
Haitham Jendoubi / MarketWatch:
E.U. court adviser says Telefonica not required to reveal client data  —  BRUSSELS (MarketWatch) — Spanish broadband Internet provider Telefonica (TEF) isn't required to reveal the identity of clients who may have illegally downloaded music recordings, an adviser for Europe's highest court said Wednesday in a legal opinion.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Ars Technica
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
"I'd close World of Warcraft!"  MUD creator Richard Bartle on the state of virtual worlds  —  A couple of weeks ago I promised an interview with Richard Bartle, co-creator of the original Multi-User Dungeon (or Domain if you prefer) set up back in 1978 at the University of Essex.
 
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Everex Sub-$300 Green PC Launches
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Calling All Videos  —  Alex Gurevich loves to log on to YouTube …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
BBC:
Firms snub 'mobile for elderly'
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Microsoft joins JiWire to test muni Wi-Fi advertising
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
Freeing the iPhone the legal way
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Enterprise YouTube coming to Google Apps
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS BOOMBOX AND CLOCK RADIO WITH DOCKS FOR IPOD
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
The one where Peter Moore says goodbye
 Earlier Items: 
Srinath Anantharaju / Google Online Security Blog:
Automating web application security testing
Discussion: The Register, eWEEK.com and WinBeta
Sensemaking:
Possession of Social Capital With Intent to Distribute
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Can we design gadgets that age?
Discussion: Subtraction and PSFK
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike's Wonderful Facebook Problem
Yahoo! News:
EU regulators drop mobile phone probe
BBC:
EU backs standard for mobile TV
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
SunRocket Users May Lose Service and Payments
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
SocialMedia is a new kind of widget ad network