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11:50 AM ET, July 18, 2007

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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.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Media Jobs Site Mediabistro Sold To Jupitermedia For $23 Million  —  After a long auction process and going through multiple suitors, almost giving up on the process, and coming close to selling to at least one of them, the media jobs, events and info site Mediabistro has been sold to Jupitermedia …
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 …
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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?  —  Scott Cleland, an analyst at the Washington, D.C. based telecom research group Prescursor has published a 35 page paper "Googleopoly: the Google-DoubleClick Anti-Competitive Case".  The paper argues that the US Federal Trade Commission …
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 …
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 …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Democracy Player Reborn as Miro
Discussion: Inquirer
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Last Harry Potter leaks online  —  The new Harry Potter novel — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — has hit the Internet days before its publication.  The publisher spent a reported $20 million on keeping the book secret.  Was the money well-spent?  As Bruce Schneier points out …
Discussion: TeleRead
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Schneier on Security:
New Harry Potter Book Leaked on BitTorrent
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
Yahoo! News:
EU regulators drop mobile phone probe  — EU regulators drop mobile phone probe  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Commission said Wednesday it had dropped its antitrust investigation into mobile phone roaming prices charged by operators in Britain and Germany after new EU rules forcing telecom companies …
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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.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
SocialMedia is a new kind of widget ad network  —  Seth Goldstein and David Henderson have teamed up with one of the leading Facebook application developers and launched SocialMedia: part widget developer, part widget hosting provider/ad network.  Along with Lookery, the company …
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.
Srinath Anantharaju / Google Online Security Blog:
Automating web application security testing  —  Cross-site scripting (aka XSS) is the term used to describe a class of security vulnerabilities in web applications.  An attacker can inject malicious scripts to perform unauthorized actions in the context of the victim's web session.
Discussion: The Register, eWEEK.com and WinBeta
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
SunRocket Users May Lose Service and Payments  —  Telephone service could be lost for more than 200,000 customers of SunRocket, an Internet telephone company that said on Tuesday that it had gone out of business, according to a person involved in its liquidation.
Sensemaking:
Possession of Social Capital With Intent to Distribute  —  So a guy logs into Facebook.  He posts a message on some girl's wall.  This makes her socially obligated to reciprocate.  The whole transaction is public.  —  What he said doesn't matter.  What she said doesn't matter.
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 …
Discussion: Wired News
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Can we design gadgets that age?  —  iPhone: built to be perfect.  Photograph: Michael Nagle/Getty  —  I harbour a pet obsession with materials - more specifically the idea of using alternative materials for the manufacture of electronic devices like computers.
Discussion: Subtraction and PSFK
 
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Facebook overtakes MySpace in Share of UK Internet Searches
Flung / Krunker:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News.com
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Local.com: Hearst Apparently Sells Entire 22% Stake
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike's Wonderful Facebook Problem
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Community-Based Facebook Application Reviews at AppRate.com
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Sunnet Beskerming Security Advisories:
A Worm for Your Apple  —  A small controversy is brewing …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Bill Ray / The Register:
Moving mobile numbers should be instant
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
100 days of Jerry Yang
BBC:
EU backs standard for mobile TV
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Mozes Acquires Popular Facebook App
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
My iPhone is back and I too am satisfied
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and PalmAddicts
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Cookie Expiration Policy Changes: Too Little, Too Late
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
New Boss Aims to Apply Some 7-Eleven Tactics to Blockbuster
Discussion: CinemaTech and /Message
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Crowdsourcing a New System for Measuring Influence (Beta)