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12:30 AM ET, July 19, 2007

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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.
Valleywag:
Fake Steve Jobs: Andy Ihnatko grants a fake interview
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype losing its voice?
Discussion: Skype Journal
Reuters:
IBM's jumps on software strength  —  Technology services firm reports better-than-expected results as revenue rose 9 percent in the second quarter; boosts profit forecast for fiscal year.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — IBM, the world's largest technology services company …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
IBM Q2 Strong: Revs $23.8B; EPS Ex Gain $1.50; Services Bookings $11.7B
Discussion: Computerworld and CNET News.com
Business Wire:
IBM Reports 2007 Second-Quarter Results
Discussion: Between the Lines
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: WebProNews and Mashable!
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
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 …
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Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
FBI's Secret Spyware Tracks Down Teen Who Made Bomb Threats
Discussion: SecurityFocus and digg
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
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 …
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 …
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: digg
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
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Google to charge for mobile content  —  A new mobile search engine apparently will allow users to find, pay for and download content to their handsets  —  Google is working on a new search service for mobile phones that will be used to pay for and download digital content to users' handsets, according to reports.
Maile Ohye / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Message Center: Let us communicate with you about your site  —  Today we're launching our Message Center, a new way for webmasters to receive personalized information from Google in our webmaster console.  Should we need to contact you, you'll see a notification in your Webmaster Tools dashboard.
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 …
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.
Discussion: CrunchGear, TalkCrunch and MobileCrunch
Austin American-Statesman:
Apple expanding in Austin  —  Company adding 80,000 square feet to Northwest Austin campus  —  By By M.B. Taboada  —  Apple Inc. is expanding its operations in Austin, with plans for a new 80,000-square-foot building at its campus in Northwest Austin, according to real estate sources.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
A turning point?  The battle for second place heats up between the 360 and PS3  —  Peter Moore, the newly resigned corporate VP of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft, had some smug words for Sony before E3.  "You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan …
 
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ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Spaces Gets A Slight Update
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
NaviGadget:
GPS nav system now integrates a black box
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Engadget and Latest News
Farhad Manjoo / Salon: Machinist:
Peter Moore leaves Microsoft. (Long live Peter Moore.)
Discussion: PC World
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scholastic Loses It Over Harry Potter/BitTorent Story
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Hey, Yahoo: Lloyd Braun Will Eat Lunch in This Town Again
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Enough with the HD DVD/Blu-ray battle: Bring on downloads!
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New NLPC "Top 50" list spotlights pirated movies on Google Video
Joe Hutsko / MSNBC:
Can the iPhone do double duty as a laptop?
 Earlier Items: 
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead
Discussion: I, Platform and Ypulse
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo! buys Indian ad firm
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
3D Mailbox: Worst. App. Ever.
Chris Gaylord / USA Today:
Economists puzzled by irrational eBay buyers
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Khosla Ventures invests $5M in Jawbone
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Nothing too "Lite" about new $299 TiVo Series 3 unit
Discussion: Macworld and dslreports.com
Wall Street Journal:
Full Text: Keen vs. Weinberger
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Calling All Videos  —  Alex Gurevich loves to log on to YouTube …