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6:05 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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Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
FCC Delays Vote on Wireless Auction Rules  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday delayed until 12:30 p.m. EDT an open meeting to set rules for the sale of valuable wireless airwaves.  —  The five commissioners had been due to meet at 10 a.m. …
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Signs of real progress at the FCC
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:   FCC backs some 'open' wireless requirements
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook experiencing 'upgrade' outages
Discussion: All Facebook
John Leyden / The Register:
Facebook security glitch exposes user in-boxes
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
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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 …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Eminem sues Apple - again
Discussion: Epicenter and PC World
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?
New York Times:
Murdoch Seen Winning in Bid for Dow Jones
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Business Week
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 …
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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Bug Labs DIY gadgets to turn consumer electronics on its ear?
Discussion: Scripting News and Gizmodo
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie music, meet telco behemoth: eMusic partners with AT&T  —  eMusic, which sells DRM-free MP3s, has just inked a deal with AT&T to make music available for purchase directly from AT&T handsets.  Users can also download another copy from a home computer an no extra charge.
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Jia Lynn Yang / The Browser:
Indie rock on your cell phone
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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
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 …
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.
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
TorrentSpy lawyer battling 'copyright extremism'
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
City uses Linux to back it's free mobile wi-fi
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
Globe and Mail:
Music piracy continues to rise: survey
Discussion: Techdirt
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
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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
Faultline / The Register:
Apple's takes flak as AT&T drops iPhone bomb
Discussion: Download Squad
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
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Analytics: Not Entirely Dead
Richard J. Dalton Jr / Newsday:
State complains about iPhone battery