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7:30 PM ET, July 20, 2007

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Google:
Google Intends to Bid in Spectrum Auction If FCC Adopts Consumer Choice and Competition Requirements  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that should the Federal Communications Commission adopt a framework requiring greater competition and consumer choice, Google intends to participate …
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Chris Sacca / Official Google Blog:
Our commitment to open broadband platforms  —  For several years now, many Googlers have been working to identify the obstacles that prevent the Internet from being available to everyone on the planet.  It strikes us as unfair that some people should enjoy such abundant access to this rich resource …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google will bid for Wireless Spectrum
Discussion: Engadget and rexduffdixon.com
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Google announces intent to bid on 700MHz spectrum auction, if...
Discussion: Life On the Wicked Stage and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google earmarks $4.6 billion for wireless bid, backs Ubiquisys
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:   Could Google kill the cell phone industry?
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Next version of Windows: Call it 7  —  Microsoft is planning to ship its next major version of Windows—known internally as version "7"—within roughly three years, CNET News.com has learned.  —  The company discussed Windows 7 on Thursday at a conference for its field sales force in Orlando …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows Seven: Think 2010  —  Windows Seven now has an official ship target — 2010.  —  At Microsoft's Global Exchange (MGX) annual sales conference in Orlando this week, Microsoft shared a bit more — albeit at a high level — on Windows Seven, according to a copy of a slide deck I saw …
Discussion: Windows Connected and Bink.nu
Cliff Saran / The latest IT News headlines:   Gartner: MS subscription licence may become 'mandatory'
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Microsoft confirms 'Windows 7' due in 3 years
Miel / MicroMiel:   Bye Bye Bill Gates
PR Newswire:
Journal Investment Group's Brad Greenspan Issues Open Letter to Dow Jones Shareholders Detailing Valuation Assumptions and New Structure of Proposed Investment  —  LOS ANGELES, July 20 /PRNewswire/ — Internet Entrepreneur and MySpace Founder Brad Greenspan today issued the following open letter …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Greenspan's Still Trying on Dow Jones; Proposes New Plans For Digital Dominance
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Open Library goes online with public domain book collection  —  After several years of scanning and archiving, the Internet Archive and the Open Content Alliance this week unveiled the Open Library, their attempt at bringing public domain books to the masses.
Discussion: ResourceShelf and Slashdot
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Ben Vershbow / if:book:
the open library
Discussion: Download Squad
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Learning from Dave Winer  —  Even if you never read a single thing Dave Winer wrote in his 439 years of blogging, it's worth taking time to study his ideas about comments on blogs (he doesn't allow them). … The important thing to notice here is that Dave does not see blog comments as productive to the free exchange of ideas.
Michael Geist / Michael Geist's Blog:
Copyright Board Gives Go Ahead to iPod Levy  —  The Copyright Board of Canada has released its decision on a series of motions contesting the latest attempt by the Canadian Private Copyright Collective to apply the private copying levy to iPods and removable memory storage cards.
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Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Canadian iPod levy assumes you're a criminal first, asks questions never
Discussion: AppScout and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
University of Kansas adopts one-strike policy for copyright infringement  —  In response to the RIAA and MPAA's campaign against file-sharing, the University of Kansas has announced a stringent policy for students found sharing copyrighted content on the university network.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Listening Post
SecurityFocus:
Newsmaker: DCT, MPack developer  —  In June 2006, three Russian programmers started testing a collection of PHP scripts and exploit code to automate the compromise of computers that visit malicious Web sites.  —  A year later, the MPack kit has become an increasingly popular tool …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Chris Taylor / Business 2.0:
Google backlash begins  —  The Internet search giant is having a rough week — and not just because it missed Wall Street's profit forecast.  Here are four steps the company should take now to stem the fallout.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Thursday was hardly the best day in Google's three years as a public company.
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
MySpace, Virgin Comics Partner  —  Virgin Comics and MySpace have partnered to launch Coalition Comix, an online comic book platform that will allow users to work with comic book creators in developing and creating characters and stories.  —  Coalition Comix will commission …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Mashable!
Ville Heiskanen / Bloomberg:
Virgin Mobile USA Boosts Initial Sale to $506 Million  —  Virgin Mobile USA Inc., a joint venture of billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group Ltd. and Sprint Nextel Corp., raised its planned initial public offering to $506 million, five times more than the original target.
Discussion: alarm:clock and MobileCrunch
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Patent law changes power ahead in Congress  —  The U.S. patent system transformation long sought by high-tech industry players like Microsoft, Amazon.com and Cisco Systems may finally be gaining momentum in Congress.  —  On Thursday evening, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved by a 13-5 vote …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
When asked, Ask to stop data retention  —  NEW YORK - Ask.com became the first major search engine to promise users it won't store data on their queries, giving the privacy conscious the option of conducting research on the Internet in relative anonymity.  —  The move comes amid increasing concerns …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Nearly Ten Percent of Companies Have Fired Bloggers, Survey Claims  —  Nearly ten percent of companies have fired an employee for violating corporate blogging or message board policies, and 19 percent have disciplined an employee for the same infractions, according to a new survey from Proofpoint, a messaging security company.
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Potter Publisher Says Selling Legally Obtained Copy Is Illegal
Associated Press:
Web video sites mined by talent scouts
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
McAfee's DeWalt Pushes For Legislation To Battle Cybercriminals
Discussion: Techdirt and WinExtra
Donna Borak / Associated Press:
SAIC Warns Personal Data of Military Personnel May Have Been Compromised
Roy Schestowitz / Boycott Novell:
Can Linspire Still Feed on Ubuntu (or Debian) Linux Codebase?
Discussion: Linux-Watch.com and eWEEK.com
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Net criminals shun virus attacks
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Facebook must face up to legal troubles
 Earlier Items: 
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
When Elephants Dance  —  My friend Ira, who lives in Yokohama …
Ubiquisys:
Ubiquisys Secures B Round Funding for Breakthrough Femtocell Technology
David Kravets / Wired News:
IPhone Contract Is Long and Legally Murky
Discussion: Neowin.net
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Google kills click to call feature in Google Maps
Discussion: CenterNetworks and WebProNews
Wei Luo / Google LatLong:
NASA in Google Earth
Linda Haugsted / Multichannel News:
CBS Aims to Spread Web Content
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Digital DNA could finger Harry Potter leaker