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12:55 PM ET, July 26, 2007

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Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Target to Promote Blu-Ray DVD Format  —  LOS ANGELES -  —  Target Corp., the nation's second-largest retailer, will start selling a Sony Blu-ray high-definition DVD player during the critical holiday shopping period and feature the player along with Blu-ray discs in store displays, dealing a potential blow to the rival HD DVD format.
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PR Newswire:
Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Moves to $179, Adds Five Free HD DVDs  —  Xbox LIVE to promote HD DVD versions of '300' and 'Heroes: Season 1.'  —  SAN DIEGO, July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Today at Comic-Con International 2007, Microsoft Corp. announced it will lower the price of the popular Xbox 360 …
Reuters:
Microsoft cuts Xbox DVD player to $179  —  Microsoft said on Thursday it would lower the price of the high-definition DVD player accessory for its Xbox 360 game console in the United States to $179 from $199, and add five free movies to anyone who buys the machine in August or September.
Discussion: PC World
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:   Xbox 360 HD DVD player drops to $179
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   Microsoft drops price on 360 HD DVD player, offers free flicks
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Business.com Sold To RH Donnelley; Beating DJ, NYT and News Corp; Price $345 Million  —  Updated: The official release is out, and the final price is $345 million.  Business.com CEO Jake Winebaum will be appointed as President of RHD's interactive unit (RHDi), which will now include DexKnows.com …
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PR Newswire:
R.H. Donnelley to Acquire Business.com Inc.  —  Business.com's CEO, Jake Winebaum, To Be Appointed President of R.H. Donnelley's Interactive Operations  —  CARY, N.C., July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — R.H. Donnelley Corporation , one of the nation's leading Yellow Pages …
Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Master of Domain: Business.com Gets Big Payday, Again
Discussion: Ask Enquiro and TechCrunch
Seeking Alpha:
Apple F3Q07 (Qtr End 6/30/07) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Welcome to the Apple third quarter 2007 quarterly results conference call.  Today's call is being recorded.  At this time for opening remarks and introductions …
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Apple Profit Soars 73% as Sales Rise
Discussion: TechBlog and Between the Lines
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   Steve Jobs' Forgotten Child: Apple TV
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple CFO hints at possibly big "product transitions" before September
Discussion: PC World
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Tips Its Hand
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MySpace Looking for the Next "Prom Queen"  —  MySpace had a great deal of success with their short form webisode, "Prom Queen".  The heavily hyped ode to teenage drama drew over 15 million streams during its run and is gearing up for another season.  MySpace is looking to take the format to the streets …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
MySpace Looking for TV Pilots  —  MySpace announced tonight (via email) it is teaming with the FOX network and the Producers Guild of America to seek out television pilots.  The partnership could provide a shortcut straight to OldTeeVee, with a promised "opportunity for a development deal with FOX" …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
MySpace's Original Content Push: Foil Against Facebook?
Discussion: alarm:clock
Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Email Call to Action  —  Do you think email is important part of Internet life?  Are you interested in seeing something interesting and exciting happen in the mail space?  Believe that Thunderbird provides a much-needed option for open source email alternatives and want to see it get more attention on its own?
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Scott MacGregor / Thoughts On Thunderbird:
Finding a New Home For Thunderbird
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
Robin Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Wagering In Second Life: New Policy  —  [UPDATE: Wednesday, July 25 4:47PM PDT] For those of you who find logging into the Knowledge Base to be sort of kludgy (and I know it is — we'll find a better way!), I've pasted the text of the policy and FAQ below.  —  Several months ago we discussed …
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Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
Second Life shuts down casinos
Discussion: Slashdot
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Home cells signal mobile change  —  Standing in the corner of the room; being exiled to the bottom of the garden; or teetering precariously on a chair.  —  People will go to extraordinary lengths to find that elusive one bar of signal that will allow them to make a mobile phone call.
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Veoh names ex-Yahoo exec as CEO  —  Steve Mitgang led a project to better match advertisers with users.  —  Online video company Veoh Networks Inc. said Wednesday that it had hired former Yahoo Inc. advertising executive Steve Mitgang as chief executive.  —  San Diego-based Veoh …
Reuters:
Sprint, Google in pact for WiMax mobile Web  —  Sprint Nextel said on Thursday it would develop with Google a new mobile Internet portal using WiMax wireless technology to offer Web search and social networking.  —  Sprint's WiMax for high-speed wireless and its services for detecting location …
Discussion: PC World, dslreports.com and WebProNews
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates  —  Well, here we go: the 2007 Microsoft (MSFT) Financial Analyst Meeting, at the company's conference center on the company's campus in Redmond.  Colleen Healy, general manager of investor relations, kicked things off with an introduction …
Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:
The Teqlo Adventure  —  Few VCs admit to their misfires, though misses are more common in this business than hits.  One of the reasons I write this blog is to add some transparency to an all too opaque business of private equity.  It has been a while since I talked about Teqlo.com here.
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
EFF Sues Universal Music For Getting Home Video Of Kid Dancing Pulled From YouTube
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Puller / The Linux Movement:
New Compiz Fusion Effects
Discussion: digg
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Besides the one in the blender, where are the 124,000 unactivated iPhones?
Discussion: PC World
PR Newswire:
Comcast Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results
News Releases:
XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2007 Results
Agence France Presse:
Humans narrowly beat computer in poker battle
Discussion: MSNBC and DailyTech
Aussiewebmaster / Search Engine Watch:
Click Quality Council Holds First Steering Committee Meeting
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 Earlier Items: 
Inquirer:
Gizmo will tell you when you've lost your phone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Associated Press:
Japanese couple sue Sony, Apple, in alleged defective battery accident
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
Storm Worm Erupts Into Worst Virus Attack In 2 Years
Discussion: TechBlog and digg
Jeff / ALPHABET CITY:
Life During Wartime - Working at Rockstar Games
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The Mobile TV Wars
Discussion: The Register
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
37Signals Relaunches Backpack Organizational Tool
Discussion: Rev2.org and Mashable!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Syndication Wars 2007: Atom's Time is Nigh, With Google on its Side
Discussion: IETF Home Page and Paul Mooney