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11:10 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  —  Updated.Looks like the vote on the 700 MHz auction rulemaking is finally in, and as expected the commission adopted some of the open-networking proposals championed by Google, but not all.  While Google carefully lauds the FCC for its action in a post …
New York Times:
F.C.C. Hands Google a Partial Victory
Discussion: FurdLog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   FCC Fails To Mark Its Place In History
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, Bits and CNET News.com
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 …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Jason Snell / iPhone Central:
iPhone Software 1.0.1 released  —  Apple has released iPhone Software 1.0.1.  You can download it by attaching your iPhone to iTunes, and clicking on the Check for Update button.  —  Be warned: If you've hacked your phone you'll probably need to restore in order to use the update.
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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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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?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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 …
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 …
Gordon Finlayson / Download Squad:
Blog pirates on the horizon!  —  The rise and rise of blogging as an online phenomenon has relied heavily on the ability of social nature of blogs - as each blog links into one another or as larger blogs link to and report on stories breaking on smaller specialist blogs.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests and WinExtra
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook kills Audio for copyright violations (updated)  —  [Update: Audio is telling us that it expects to be back online "within the next several days."  The company says it was given a DMCA takedown request from a record label, sent via the RIAA.  Audio also says that Facebook …
Valleywag:
Online Advertising: Facebook doubles its rates in four months  —  Rip up your Facebook revenue estimates and start over, everyone.  Since February, Facebook has doubled the rates it charged for sponsored groups from $150,000 to $300,000.  Since exposing Facebook's supposedly nonexistent rate card …
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
 
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Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Supplemental goes mainstream
Discussion: Search Engine Land
AppleInsider:
Apple to host Mac event next Tuesday
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
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Freetards in deep denial
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Bug Labs DIY gadgets to turn consumer electronics on its ear?
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
TorrentSpy lawyer battling 'copyright extremism'
Software Freedom Law Center:
Wireless Software for Linux Cleared of Legal Uncertainty by SFLC
 Earlier Items: 
Sherwin Siy / CNET News.com:
Recording industry threat looms over Net radio
Globe and Mail:
Music piracy continues to rise: survey
Discussion: Techdirt
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Circuit City flyer shows Xbox 360 price drop on all systems
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
Barnett launches MyDamnChannel
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