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10:50 AM ET, July 25, 2007

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San Francisco Chronicle:
At least 20,000 without power in downtown S.F.  —  (07-24) 15:12 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — At least 20,000 customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in downtown San Francisco lost power this afternoon, the utility said.  —  Brian Swanson, a spokesman for the utility, said outages …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Valleywag on "drunken employee" in datacenter
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
IPhone Use Disappoints; Apple Slides  —  Apple's shares slumped 6 percent on Tuesday after AT&T said the early surge of iPhone buyers starting service on its network was smaller than some analysts had anticipated.  —  AT&T, in reporting its second-quarter earnings, said 146,000 iPhone owners …
Lester Haines / The Register:
MySpace erases 29,000 sex offenders  —  MySpace yesterday announced it had "detected and deleted" 29,000 convicted sex offenders on the social networking site, Reuters reports.  —  The figure is considerably higher than the 7,000 it said it had identified back in May, after coming under strong pressure …
Discussion: PC World, WebProNews and Inquirer
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BBC:
MySpace bars 29,000 sex offenders
Discussion: TechnoLlama and Climb to the Stars
Angus Kidman / APC:
1 million Joost users prepare for year-end launch  —  Joost, the peer-to-peer TV sharing application from the inventors of Skype and Kazaa, has signed up more than a million beta testers and is on track for an end-of-year launch, its co-creator has revealed.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Congress: P2P networks harm national security  —  WASHINGTON—Politicians charged on Tuesday that peer-to-peer networks can pose a "national security threat" because they enable federal employees to share sensitive or classified documents accidentally from their computers.
Discussion: Techdirt, George Ou and Infocult
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Sting!  The biggest software counterfeiting bust in history  —  Earlier today the Chinese Public Security Bureau and the FBI announced the largest bust of counterfeit software manufacturing or distribution ever.  The bust took place in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong and includes arrests …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Aided by Harry Potter Fans, Amazon Triples Its Profit  —  Some of Harry Potter's magic has rubbed off on Amazon.com.  —  The company, based in Seattle, announced today that its second-quarter net income increased more than threefold on revenue that rose 35 percent.
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and David Card
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
iPhone v. BlackBerry: Side By Side, Two Week Comparison  —  With the Wi-Fi-equipped BlackBerry 8820 coming soon to an AT&T store near you, business folks around the country will be faced with the decision of switching to the trendy new iPhone or upgrading to a more iPhonesque version of their trusty CrackBerry.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and rexduffdixon.com
Johannes Ullrich / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
BIND cache poisoning vulnerability details released  —  Amit Klein wrote about a paper he just released with details about a BIND 9 cache poisoning issue.  This is one of the problems addressed by the latest version of BIND 9.  —  The very brief summary: BIND prior to version 9.4.1-P1 …
Discussion: Computerworld
Business Standard:
Google joins hands with Band of Angels  —  Google Inc, the $-10 billion Internet major, is set to lead the angel investing scenario in India.  —  The company, which has been acquiring mature companies across the world, is doing something different in India — taking the angel investing route in an effort to tap ideas and talent pool.
Scott Hillis / Reuters:
Microsoft, EA sign sports game ad deal  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it will pipe advertisements into a slate of popular sports video games from Electronic Arts Inc. (ERTS.O: Quote, Profile, Research), including its best-selling "Madden" football franchise.
Discussion: WebProNews and BloggingStocks
Ansheng Liu / Research@Intel:
Announcing the world's first 40G silicon laser modulator!  —  In this blog, I would like to share with you our recent breakthrough in Silicon Photonics research at Photonics Technology Lab of Intel, a laser modulator that encodes optical data at 40 billion bits per second.  Here I am holding a packaged device:
Discussion: PC World
Steve Dowling / Apple:
FY 07 Third Quarter Results Conference Call  —  WHAT: Apple® FY 07 Third Quarter Results Conference Call  —  WHERE: Via conference call.  The dial-in number for press is: (719) 457-2650  —  REBROADCAST: The conference call will be available as a continuous rebroadcast beginning Wednesday …
Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Amazon.com Q2 2007 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Dave Joseph/Mary Meeker - Morgan Stanley  —  Jeetil Patel - Deutsche Bank Securities  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Good day, everyone and welcome to the Amazon.com second quarter 2007 financial results teleconference.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
9 Ways to Build Your Own Social Network  —  The news may overflow with stories about the social networking giants, such as Facebook and MySpace, but a horde of companies are doing their best to reduce the fundamental features of these websites to mere commodities.
 
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Easily add custom ringtones to your iPhone for US$9.95
Discussion: Mobility Site and jkOnTheRun
Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
Making the web into a banking platform (whether they like it or not)
Eas / Nate True's Weblog:
Tether your iPhone: EDGE internet on your laptop
Phone Scoop:
Helio Opens Exchange Sync Beta
Discussion: Mobility Site
phx.corporate-ir.net:
Microvision Signs Agreement with Motorola to Develop Pico Projector …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Mom Sues Universal Music for DMCA Abuse
Discussion: CNET News.com and p2pnet
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Why 'Seven' and Not SP1? … As widely reported on Friday …
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APC:
Why I quit: kernel developer Con Kolivas
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Believe: Ten Real Reasons Why MGS4 Is PS3 Only
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DesktopLinux.com:
Next major PC company to go Linux will be HP
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook wall update coming tonight
Discussion: Mashable! and Techscape
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Seeks To Pay Telecoms For Data
Isaiah Strom / Ars Technica:
Nine months with HD TiVo: the Series 3 platform
Mystik Boucher / Your2ndPlace:
WSE Hacked.  —  A few short days ago, it had come to the attention …
Andy Ihnatko / Macworld:
The truth about Fake Steve Jobs
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Hires Yu as Finance Chief