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5:40 PM ET, July 24, 2007

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Donna Fuscaldo / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T's Profit Rises On Wireless Growth  —  AT&T Inc., reported a 61% rise in net income amid recent acquisitions and said it activated 146,000 iPhone subscribers the last two days of the quarter, 40% of whom were new AT&T Wireless customers.  —  AT&T has an exclusive deal with Apple Inc …
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T reports 146,000 iPhone activations in first two days  —  The iPhone is doing some good for AT&T, according to the company's second quarter financial results.  Like Apple, iPhone sales only encompassed the last two days of the quarter for AT&T, but the opening numbers give us a taste …
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
AT&T Profit Jumps 61 Percent on Benefits of Mergers  —  AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. phone company, reported a 61 percent increase in second-quarter profit after $140 billion in acquisitions almost doubled revenue.  —  Net income rose to $2.9 billion, or 47 cents a share, from $1.81 billion …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Huge iPhone Fees Juice Apple  —  A sweet iPhone deal with AT&T (T - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) is paying off for Apple (AAPL - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) even faster than Wall Street expected.  —  It's well established that the world's most talked-about phone has lured thousands of free-spending …
Associated Press:
Premarket Movers: Apple Down
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and TechBlog
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
AOL HAS AN EYE ON YOU  —  TO BUY AD TARGETER  —  After acquiring its way into the video and mobile ad-serving marketplace, CEO Randy Falco is moving AOL into the behavorial-targeting ad market with a deal to purchase Tacoda, The Post has learned.  —  Sources said AOL is paying between $200 million …
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Business Wire:
AOL Enters into Agreement to Acquire Behavioral Targeting Firm TACODA  —  Acquisition Will Build on AOL's Efforts to Offer Advanced Targeting Solutions to Advertisers and Publishers  —  DULLES, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TACODA …
heise.de:
Russian public prosecutor is demanding 3-year jail sentence for head of AllofMP3  —  For the former operator of the Russian music download portal allofmp3.com the threat of a prison term in his own country is real.  In the trial against Denis Kvasov, the former owner of the site …
Discussion: p2pnet and GigaLaw.com Daily News
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   Russian prosecutors seek jail time for Allofmp3.com owner
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Russian prosecutor wants jail time, fine for former AllOfMP3 exec
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Laptop power, in-flight internet coming to Qantas  —  Those already giddy about their 2008 trip to Down Under should now pick up the phone and do whatever it takes to get on one of Qantas' forthcoming A380s or revamped 747-400s, as both planes will reportedly feature in-flight WiFi and laptop power.
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Dan Warne / APC:
Inflight internet lives again: Qantas introduces wireless broadband, laptop power in all classes  —  Laptop power will be available in every seat of Qantas' new Airbus A380s from August 2008, the airline has announced.  It is also retrofitting existing Boeing 747-400s with a new cabin type …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
TiVo HD gets official: $299, loaded, with SATA and TTG coming  —  Today's the day TiVo launches its "mass appeal" $299 "TiVo HD" aimed at HDTV fans.  The new TiVo certainly has mass appeal, but whether or not that appeal can overcome the monthly $12.95-$16.95 service fee—well, that's the question at the top of everyone's list.
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PC World:
TiVo HD  —  First Look: Dirt-Cheap TiVo HD DVR
Discussion: Engadget HD and Engadget
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
DivX Spins Off Stage6  —  DivX announced today it would spin off Stage6, its high-quality YouTube alternative.  This is bad news for video-sharing sites, showing they're having trouble holding their weight without the subsidy of venture capital or Google-level resources.
Discussion: Mashable! and Ryan Stewart
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
DivX Spins Off Video Site Stage6 As Separate Company; CEO Moving
Discussion: Business Wire and Download Squad
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
CIA venture arm invests in video improvement company, MotionDSP  —  In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the nation's intelligence services, has invested an undisclosed small amount of money into video enhancement company MotionDSP and also awarded it with contracts.
Kate Holton / Reuters:
UK rejects music copyright extension  —  LONDON (Reuters) - The British government rejected a plea to extend copyright laws for sound recordings to beyond 50 years on Tuesday, prompting the music industry to accuse it of not supporting musicians and artists.
Jeremy Liew / VentureBeat:
Ad Networks: Why it's better than ever to be a targeted content site  —  [Editor's note: This is an opinion piece by Jeremy Liew, a parter at Lightspeed Venture Partners]  —  One of the hallmarks of the last few years on the internet has been the growing length of the "long tail".
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 35% Year over Year — Media Grows 27% — Electronics and Other General Merchandise Grows 55% — Record Free Cash Flow  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2007.
Discussion: paidContent.org and BloggingStocks
Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Microsoft's Vista SP1 fixes not out until 2009?  —  The tip, incredible.  The source, ironclad.  Microsoft has apparently told executives at one of the world's largest PC makers not to expect a formal release of Windows Vista SP1 — the first major set of upgrades and bug fixes …
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Online Newspaper Audience Rising Twice As Fast As General Internet …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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Fugitsu:
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BBC:
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
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