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4:55 PM ET, July 26, 2007

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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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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Mozilla to push Thunderbird out of the nest
Scott MacGregor / Thoughts On Thunderbird:
Finding a New Home For Thunderbird
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: Expect Windows installed base to hit 1 billion by mid-2008  —  The Windows installed base will hit the 1 billion mark by the end of Microsoft's fiscal 2008 (which ends on June 30), according to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO.  —  "There will be more PCs running Windows than automobiles …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: The Search for Growth  —  One year ago, when Steve Ballmer took the stage at Microsoft's (MSFT) annual Financial Analyst Meeting, all eyes were on the coming launch of new versions of the company's two lead products: Windows and Office.  And there were other major product releases …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:   Ballmer: We are 'hell-bent' on succeeding in ads
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Another new Window Live buzzword is born
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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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Microsoft:
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."  —  Today at Comic-Con International 2007, Microsoft Corp. announced it will lower the price of the popular Xbox 360™ HD DVD Player from $199 to $179 ERP …
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John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Me and My Mac  —  That's right.  I'm using a Mac, and, surprise, I like it.  Deal.  —  Not too long ago, while beginning work on some projects for a company, I was asked whether I wanted a PC or a Mac—laptop or desktop—to use while in the office.  Since the place was essentially a Macintosh shop …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Exec: Microsoft buying AdECN online ad exchange  —  Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft's Platforms and Services Division, just told financial analysts here in Redmond that the company is acquiring AdECN, an online ad exchange.  There's no official word yet.  Here's what he said:
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: Kevin Johnson On Online Advertising; Buying AdECN Ad Exchange  —  Next at Microsoft's (MSFT) Financial Analysts Meeting, comes Kevin Johnson, President of the Platforms and Services Division.  He is zeroing in on advertising strategy, in particular.
Sprint:
Sprint and Google to Collaborate on WiMAX Mobile Internet Services  —  Media Contacts:  —  John Polivka, 972 405-5139  —  Erin Fors, 650-253-1175 efors@google.com  —  Mobile broadband pioneer Sprint (NYSE: S) announced it is working with Google Inc. to bring WiMAX mobile Internet customers search …
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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 …
John R. Quain / New York Times:
Cable Without a Cable Box, and TV Shows Without a TV  —  HOW would you like to use your video-game console to tune in "Big Love" on your television?  Or perhaps use your DVD player to download "The Departed" while you watch a ballgame?  Those features are now possible …
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Convergence Alert! …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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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 …
Karl / Press Esc:
US Senators call for universal Internet filtering  —  Submitted by Adam Thomas on Wed, 2007-07-25 20:47.  - Americas - Tech - United States - News  —  US senators today made a bipartisan call for the universal implementation of filtering and monitoring technologies on the Internet in order …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
One million beta testers for Joost, but have they stuck around?  —  The founders of online television start-up Joost, who also count Skype and Kazaa as bullet points on their resumes, have announced that the service now has one million users.  Still in beta and technically invite-only …
 
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Associated Press:
Bus Driver Fired for 38,000 Text Messages
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John Markoff / New York Times:
In Poker Match Against a Machine, Humans Are Better Bluffers
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Video Podcasting Nearly Killed The Tech Blog Star
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Office Open XML ISO certification process grows even murkier for Microsoft
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 Earlier Items: 
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to get early Silverlight, Web tools out the door
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
FCC Says Wireless Could be America's "Third Pipe"
danah boyd:
Responding to Responses to: "Viewing American class divisions …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple CFO hints at possibly big "product transitions" before September
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Besides the one in the blender, where are the 124,000 unactivated iPhones?
Discussion: PC World
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs' Forgotten Child: Apple TV
PR Newswire:
Comcast Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Home cells signal mobile change