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11:25 PM ET, July 18, 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype losing its voice?
Discussion: Skype Journal
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
IBM Q2 Strong: Revs $23.8B; EPS Ex Gain $1.50; Services Bookings $11.7B  —  IBM (IBM) this afternoon reported revenue for its second quarter of $23.8 billion, and EPS excluding a special gain of $1.50 a share.  The Street had expected $23.1 billion and $1.47.
Discussion: Computerworld and CNET News.com
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Business Wire:
IBM Reports 2007 Second-Quarter Results
Discussion: Between the Lines
Reuters:
IBM's jumps on software strength
Discussion: Techdirt
Chris / LiveSide:
JiWire to provide advertisers for Microsoft municipal wifi  —  Last year Microsoft announced its intention to get into the municipal wifi market, which for those non-Americans is free public wifi for entire towns and cities.  These networks are currently being built and tested by MetroFi …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Microsoft teams with JiWire to offer ad-based muni Wi-Fi
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Microsoft joins JiWire to test muni Wi-Fi advertising
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!
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. …
Discussion: Valleywag
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
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" …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, paidContent.org and GigaOM
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Marc Graser / Variety:   Pepsi inks deal with BermanBraun
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: 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
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.
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.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Nothing too "Lite" about new $299 TiVo Series 3 unit  —  Consensus seems to be that the standard TiVo Series 3 is too expensive for the mass market, and TiVo agrees.  CEO Tom Rogers revealed in May that TiVo will have "a mass appeal priced HD unit... later this year," but TiVo has been mum on the topic since.
Discussion: Macworld and dslreports.com
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
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.
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 …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The future of e-mail might be found on the pages of MySpace.com and Facebook.  —  Just ask a group of teen Internet entrepreneurs, who readily admit that traditional e-mail's more suited for keeping up professional relationships or communicating with adults.
Discussion: I, Platform and Ypulse
 
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Peter Moore leaves Microsoft. (Long live Peter Moore.)
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scholastic Loses It Over Harry Potter/BitTorent Story
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
Bradley S. Klapper / Associated Press:
US targets Chinese music download rules
Joe Hutsko / MSNBC:
Can the iPhone do double duty as a laptop?
 Earlier Items: 
Xbox-Scene News:
Change DVD key and Game Region Code on Xbox360 (CPU key required)
Discussion: Engadget and Bink.nu
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
Discussion: Techdirt
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Khosla Ventures invests $5M in Jawbone
Wall Street Journal:
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Calling All Videos  —  Alex Gurevich loves to log on to YouTube …