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9:35 PM ET, July 18, 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.
Discussion: Valleywag
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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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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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Microsoft joins JiWire to test muni Wi-Fi advertising
Chris / LiveSide:
JiWire to provide advertisers for Microsoft municipal wifi
Discussion: 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
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 …
Discussion: Krunker and Gizmodo
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Everex Sub-$300 Green PC Launches
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) …
Business Wire:
IBM Reports 2007 Second-Quarter Results  — Diluted earnings of $1.55 per share, including a gain from sale of Printing Systems; earnings per share were $1.50, up 15 percent without the gain;  —  ARMONK, N.Y.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—IBM (NYSE: IBM - News) today announced second-quarter 2007 diluted earnings …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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
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 …
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.
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: dslreports.com and Macworld
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New NLPC "Top 50" list spotlights pirated movies on Google Video
Sony:
SONY'S NEWEST DVDIRECT RECORDER NOW TRANSFERS HIGH-DEFINITION HOME VIDEOS TO DVD
Discussion: DailyTech and Gizmodo
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: Ypulse
Xbox-Scene News:
Change DVD key and Game Region Code on Xbox360 (CPU key required)
Discussion: Engadget and Bink.nu
New York Post:
LOTS OF 'GREED' BEHIND THE IPHONE
Discussion: Epicenter
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo! buys Indian ad firm
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
3D Mailbox: Worst. App. Ever.
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Gaylord / USA Today:
Economists puzzled by irrational eBay buyers
Discussion: Techdirt
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Khosla Ventures invests $5M in Jawbone
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 …
Haitham Jendoubi / MarketWatch:
E.U. court adviser says Telefonica not required to reveal client data
Mozilla:
Firefox Release Notes
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS BOOMBOX AND CLOCK RADIO WITH DOCKS FOR IPOD
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Newspapers' Ad Sales Show Accelerating Drop