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9:05 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Signs of real progress at the FCC  —  The Federal Communications Commission made real, if incomplete, progress for consumers this afternoon, as it set the rules for an upcoming auction of the publicly owned spectrum in the 700 MHz band.  —  None of us like how the current system locks …
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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 …
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
FCC Gives Google Half a Win
Matt / mdibb:
Did Facebook get hacked today?  —  <Update>:  —  Ok so it would seem that Facebook were fixing a technical issue regarding proxies, and nothing to do with security, according to the Scobleizer blog (which has some sort of access to Facebook's PR team).  Facebook is now alive again …
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John Leyden / The Register:
Facebook security glitch exposes user in-boxes  —  GDP boost expected as users forced to work for a change  —  Office workers logging into Facebook on Tuesday morning were shocked to discover they were being served up other user's private pages.  —  Information going astray included other user's message inboxes.
Discussion: Insider Chatter, CNET News.com and Bits
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook experiencing 'upgrade' outages  —  Tried to visit Facebook today and had no luck?  It appears that the social-networking site has been experiencing some growing pains.  No one in CNET News.com's newsroom was able to access the site starting around 10 a.m. PDT.
Discussion: All Facebook
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Facebook outage  —  I did a little Twittergram shortly before noon …
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
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple to host Mac event next Tuesday  —  Apple Inc. is gathering analysts and members of the media for a Mac-related press event to be held at the company's headquarters in Cupertino on Tuesday, August 7th, AppleInsider has been told.  —  Unlike past events in which the company drafted …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple schedules Mac event for next Tuesday
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
comScore:
Social Networking Goes Global Major Social Networking Sites Substantially Expanded Their Global Visitor Base during Past Year  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released the results of a study on the expansion of social networking across the globe …
consumer.state.ny.us:
CPB Calls on Apple to Amend Policies Regarding iPhone Service  —  Amongst all the gadgets, it's still a cell phone that's expensive to fix  —  The Apple Corp. should revamp its customer service policies to make it easier and less expensive for consumers to repair an iPhone, the New York State Consumer Protection Board said today.
Discussion: PC World
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 …
 
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Michael Hoffman / DailyTech:
Dell Expands Ubuntu Product Offerings
Discussion: OSDir.com and TechSpot News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google is experimenting with Behavioral AdWords
Discussion: CNET News.com
Gordon Finlayson / Download Squad:
Blog pirates on the horizon!
Discussion: WinExtra
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Bug Labs DIY gadgets to turn consumer electronics on its ear?
Software Freedom Law Center:
Wireless Software for Linux Cleared of Legal Uncertainty by SFLC
Sherwin Siy / CNET News.com:
Recording industry threat looms over Net radio
Globe and Mail:
Music piracy continues to rise: survey
Discussion: Techdirt
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Eminem Sues Apple Because Universal Music Sold His Music On iTunes
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Circuit City flyer shows Xbox 360 price drop on all systems
The Age:
Printers pose health risks: study
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
Barnett launches MyDamnChannel
Faultline / The Register:
Apple's takes flak as AT&T drops iPhone bomb
Discussion: Download Squad
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
In Microsoft Patent App, TV Watches You
Discussion: Ars Technica, Engadget and JD on EP
Paul Egan / Detroit News:
Eminem suit targets Apple
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie music, meet telco behemoth: eMusic partners with AT&T