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6:15 AM ET, July 31, 2007

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Works to become a free, ad-funded product  —  Microsoft's next version of its small-business/home productivity suite, due imminently, will be free and ad-funded.  —  Microsoft Works 9.0 — which will be the new product's name, if Microsoft opts to stick with its current nomenclature …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Microsoft Offers Works For Free
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Amp'd Mobile asset list full of porn  —  Amp'd Mobile, the mobile entertainment company that burned through $350 million in venture backing before imploding and auctioning off its assets last week, continues to baffle.  —  As mentioned, the chief executive flew around a black helicopter on company expense …
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Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
Audio Interview: Peter Adderton, Former CEO, Amp'd Mobile
Discussion: contentSutra.com and hypebot
Valleywag:
Online Advertising: Facebook's secret rate card  —  Here's a new Facebook revenue estimate to think about: $90 million a year — from sponsorships alone.  Sure, I've poked fun at Facebook's fanciful figures.  The social network's board members, after all, can't get their stories straight …
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Music From Independent Labels to Be Sold via Cellphones  —  EMusic, the nation's second-largest online music seller after Apple's iTunes, plans to announce a deal with AT&T today that will allow people to buy songs from independent labels through their cellphones, without the need to go through a personal computer.
Discussion: Mashable! and mocoNews.net
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
A-List Technology Bloggers: What Are They Good For?  —  Mike Torres has a blog post entitled A-listers don't always "get it" where he writes … After seeing the various posts about Facebook over the weekend, I think it is now safe to say that a lot of the popular technology bloggers …
Benjamin Edelman / Ben Edelman:
Zango Practices Violating Zango's Recent Settlement with the FTC … In my hands-on testing, Zango continues numerous practices likely to confuse, deceive, or otherwise harm typical users as well as practices specifically contrary to Zango's obligations under its November 2006 settlement with the FTC.
Discussion: Vitalsecurity.org
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Qualcomm Backs iPhone Competitor  —  The condition: Apple is unable to do to mobile phones what it did to mp3 players, with subsequent versions of the iPhone acting as market leaders instead of as category killers.  —  The consequence: A bunch of mobile Internet app providers will be able …
Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Technophilia: Get productive with the best Facebook Apps  —  While most people are content with using Facebook to connect with friends and colleagues, Facebook can also help you get things done.  With Facebook apps - third-party plugins - you can make Facebook into your own personal Mr. Belvedere.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
YouTube to filter out copyrighted videos  —  Google plans to start checking videos on YouTube for copyright infringement within the next two months  —  Google has said that it hopes to have technology in place by September that would prevent copyright-infringing videos being posted on YouTube, its video-sharing site.
Discussion: Inquirer
Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
Software Runs Into Iceberg  —  Iceberg on Demand is declaring war on software, according to Co-Founder and head of product development Wayne Byrne.  Iceberg is a private beta startup that provides a Web based platform for building, sharing and selling powerful business applications, without the need to do coding.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and digg
Natalie O'Brien / NEWS.com.au:
Spies watch rise of virtual terrorists  —  THE bomb hit the ABC's headquarters, destroying everything except one digital transmission tower.  The force of the blast left Aunty's site a cratered mess.  —  Just weeks before, a group of terrorists flew a helicopter into the Nissan building, creating an inferno that left two dead.
Discussion: RealityPrime and TechCrunch
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Web 2.0 Inefficiency: Crossposting On Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, Etc.  —  So I got my Publishing 2.0 feed set up to crosspost to Facebook and Twitter, but I'm wondering about the utility of doing so, given that most of the people I'm connected to on Facebook and Twitter also subscribe to my regular blog RSS feed.
Discussion: AttentionMax, /Message and WinExtra
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.
Discussion: A VC and Mashable!
Vivian / Inside AdWords:
Campaign Optimizer now available  —  Today, we're happy to announce the launch of a new ad performance tool called Campaign Optimizer.  It's an on-demand AdWords tool that provides personalized campaign ideas in just minutes.  We're always looking for ways to help you improve your account performance …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Half of European calls to be mobile by 2008
Discussion: SMS Text News
Xiang Ji / Business Week:
Asian Tourists Love to Click and Go
Discussion: contentSutra.com
Neil Cavuto / Fox News:
Some Free Advice for Apple
Discussion: MacUser and MacDailyNews
David Kender / CamcorderInfo.com Blog:
Panasonic Unveils Two AVCHD Camcorders: HDC-SD5 and HDC-SX5
Discussion: I4U News
Microsoft:
Software Assurance Brings Value to Customers Beyond Upgrades
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
What the iCrossing Acquisition of Proxicom Says About the State of the SEM Industry
Discussion: Arizona Republic
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samba Exploit Leaves Mac Users Vulnerable To Hackers
Discussion: The Apple Blog
Patrick Seitz / Investor's Business Daily:
Game Cycle Making GameStop A Winner
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Nvidia gaining ground on Intel, AMD in graphics
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Computer scientists hack Calif. e-voting machines
Discussion: The Register and eWEEK.com
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Google hires browser hacking guru
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA backtracks after embarrassing P2P defendant
Discussion: digg
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitLet: A Cute Web-Based BitTorrent Client
Discussion: Mashable! and digg
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
How to Fix Yahoo!: Building a Yahoo! Platform
Discussion: TechCrunch
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Rumor: Best Buy done with Xbox 360 core model
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
ICANN wants your feedback on registrar reform
Discussion: PC World and The Register