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5:40 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC sets 700MHz auction rules: limited open access, no wholesale requirement  —  A soft-spoken Kevin Martin brought two phones to today's FCC open meeting at which the agency presented the rules for its upcoming 700MHz auction.  Both phones were made by Nokia, but the European version allowed access …
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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Signs of real progress at the FCC
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
FCC Gives Google Half a Win
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:   FCC backs some 'open' wireless requirements
Matt / mdibb:
Did Facebook get hacked today?  —  Earlier on today I was getting some trouble connecting to Facebook's login page - after trying to log in the connection just kept timing out instead of taking me to my home page like it usually does.  Its pretty unusual for Facebook as its usually pretty reliable.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook experiencing 'upgrade' outages
Discussion: All Facebook
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple Sinks on iPhone Cutback Talk  —  The shine is quickly coming off Apple's (AAPL - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) iPhone.  —  Apple shares took a 3% dip Tuesday amid speculation about a cut in production of the trendy iPod-inspired phone.  The chatter that sent the stock down was that Apple …
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Faultline / The Register:
Apple's takes flak as AT&T drops iPhone bomb
Discussion: Download Squad
AppleInsider:   Apple slips on overblown iPhone remark; iPod ramp in September?
Paul Egan / Detroit News:
Eminem suit targets Apple  —  Rapper's music publisher alleges company violated copyrights by selling songs.  —  Eminem's music publisher filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Apple Computer Inc. on Monday, alleging the computer giant violated copyrights by allowing unauthorized downloads …
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Eminem sues Apple - again
Discussion: Epicenter and PC World
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:   Eminem Sues Apple Because Universal Music Sold His Music On iTunes
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Appears to Have Enough Votes to Clinch Deal  —  Bancroft Family Members Owning 32%  —  Of Votes Have Agreed to Support Bid  —  News Corp. is poised to win control of Dow Jones & Co., including its flagship publication The Wall Street Journal, after a key Bancroft trust changed …
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:   Can Murdoch Charge for WSJ.com and Give It Away Too?
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Store Tops Three Billion Songs  —  Apple® today announced that more than three billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com). iTunes is the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store featuring a catalog of over five million songs …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
In Microsoft Patent App, TV Watches You  —  theodp writes "In a just-published patent application for delivering Advertising that is relevant to a person, nine Microsoft inventors spell out plans for using cameras, remote controls and biometric sensors to detect the identity of the person viewing a TV …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patent envisions individually-targeted TV commercials
Discussion: Engadget and JD on EP
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's first iPhone software update to arrive shortly  —  Speaking to analysts for RBC Capital Markets this week, Apple's Vice President of iPod Product Marketing, Greg Joswiak, said the first software update for his company's iPhone handset is due to arrive shortly.
Globe and Mail:
Music piracy continues to rise: survey  —  The rate of legal music downloading has stagnated over the past year and more users are turning to piracy to get their music fix, according to a British research survey released Monday that suggests the record industry must make buying legal music easier.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   After Accusing Them Of Being Criminals For Years, Record Labels …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple iPhone Out, Blackberry 8800 In At NASA  —  The minutes of a meeting of NASA tech officials show that the space agency has determined the iPhone 'not to be enterprise ready.'  —  NASA astronauts and other employees won't be using Apple iPhones to surf the Internet or send text messages anytime soon …
Discussion: TechBlog, The iPhone Blog and MacUser
Mozilla.org:
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2007-27  —  Unescaped URIs passed to external programs  —  Impact:  —  Critical  —  Announced:  —  Reporter:  —  Jesper Johansson  —  Products:  —  Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey  —  Fixed in:  —  Firefox 2.0.0.6  —  Thunderbird 2.0.0.6
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
Barnett launches MyDamnChannel  —  Shearer, Wain sign online for comedy website  —  Former MTV exec Rob Barnett is launching a content site, pacting with "The Simpsons" vet Harry Shearer and comedy helmer David Wain for the inaugural slate.  —  Site, called MyDamnChannel.com …
Official Google Maps API Blog:
Microformats in Google Maps  —  If you have spent any time in certain corners of the web, you will have heard of Microformats: Clever uses of HTML that add machine-readability to everyday web pages while preserving human-readability.  Microformats allow tools to make more sense of your web pages …
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Circuit City flyer shows Xbox 360 price drop on all systems  —  In the wake of the Wal-Mart flyer and the Toys R Us flyer, now comes the Circuit City flyer sent to Joystiq showing that beginning Aug. 12 the Xbox 360 premium will be $350, the Elite will be $450 and the Core will have a $20 break and be $280.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook kills Audio for copyright violations  —  Facebook completely removed the Audio music-sharing application from its platform last night, saying it violated music copyrights.  —  Audio was developed by a third-party using Facebook's platform for developers, and Facebook says Audio violates …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Bug Labs (initial review)  —  I went to a real interesting dinner tonight in San Francisco, to get introduced to a New York-based startup, Bug Labs, along with Ryan Block of Engadget, Robert Scoble and Jerry Michalski.  —  We met with their CEO, Peter Semmelhack, and their San Francisco-based consultant, Jeremy Toemann.
 
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Software Freedom Law Center:
Wireless Software for Linux Cleared of Legal Uncertainty by SFLC
Discussion: Slashdot
Sherwin Siy / CNET News.com:
Recording industry threat looms over Net radio
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
ATT + iPhone int'l. roaming data horror story: $3K bill - UDPATE
The Age:
Printers pose health risks: study
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone's first sketchy battery replacement kit appears
Business Wire:
ExpoTV Announces the Addition of Investor DFJ Gotham; Hits Major …
USA Today:
Rudeness, threats make the Web a cruel world
Discussion: IP Democracy
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Stewart:
Silverlight More SEO Friendly than Flash? I Call Shenanigans
Discussion: RIA pedia and JD on EP
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft photo standard comes into focus
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Matusow's Blog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie music, meet telco behemoth: eMusic partners with AT&T
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Analytics: Not Entirely Dead
Richard J. Dalton Jr / Newsday:
State complains about iPhone battery
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Offers Works For Free