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12:25 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie music, meet telco behemoth: eMusic partners with AT&T
Discussion: The Mobile Gadgeteer
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
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Mozilla.org:
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2007-26  —  Privilege escalation through chrome-loaded about:blank windows  —  Impact:  —  Moderate  —  Announced:  —  Reporter:  —  moz_bug_r_a4  —  Products:  —  Firefox 2.0.0.5, Thunderbird 2.0.0.5, SeaMonkey 1.1.3  —  Fixed in:  —  Firefox 2.0.0.6
Discussion: Security Fix and TechBlog
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Mozilla Rushes Out Another Firefox Patch
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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Fred / A VC:
Bug - Slowly Coming Out Of Stealth  —  Bug Labs is certainly our most "out there" investment.  Some of our investors have a hard time getting their head around it.  Brad, who led this investment for us, is always very careful to explain that this is really a software/services bet, not a hardware bet.
Feld Thoughts:
Open Source Hardware  —  I've loved the phrase "open source hardware" from the first time I heard it from Peter Semmelhack, the CEO of Bug Labs.  It made me think "software" which is exactly what Peter was trying to do.  Bug Labs is starting to emerge after a year of hard work …
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
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 …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Campaign Optimizer For Automated AdWords Tips
Discussion: SearchQuant
Richard J. Dalton Jr / Newsday:
State complains about iPhone battery  —  New York State's Consumer Protection Board has raised some complaints about the .iPhone's battery and the phone's repair and return policies in a letter to Apple, the agency said Monday.  —  The rechargeable battery must eventually be replaced by Apple Computer Inc. …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Apple 2.0
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Phenom 3.0 demo surrounded by FUD  —  Let's dispel some of it  —  THERE HAS BEEN a great deal of speculation, FUD and outright whoppers about the AMD 3.0Ghz Barcelona/Phenom demo last week.  Let's try to dispel some of it, and toss in a little more insight as well.
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George Ou:   Getting to the bottom of the 3.0 GHz AMD quad-core demos
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 …
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 …
Discussion: I4U News
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
FCC to Set Airwaves Auction Rules as Google, AT&T Take Sides  —  U.S. regulators today set the rules for the government's biggest auction of wireless airwaves, with Google Inc. fighting against carriers such as AT&T Inc. to force the winning bidders to open up the spectrum to more users.
BBC:
The long hard road to open source  —  Will Microsoft's new licenses change the way we think about open source?  Regular columnist Bill Thompson believes they could.  —  Microsoft has stirred up debate in the open source community by announcing that it will be submitting two licenses to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) for approval.
Discussion: Open Source and the billblog
InterActiveCorp:
IAC Reports Q2 Results  —  IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) released second quarter 2007 results today, reporting $1.5 billion in revenue, a 6% rate of growth over the prior year, and $136 million in Operating Income Before Amortization, compared to $165 million in the year ago period.
 
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
When Less is More and More is Less
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
AT&T Launches eMusic Mobile
Discussion: Electronista and Gadgetell
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iTunes Store rings up 3 billionth song
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Hollywood pros to launch online video site
Karl / dslreports.com:
Amp'd Dies At Midnight - Assets being auctioned off...
Discussion: Gadget Lab
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Analytics: Not Entirely Dead
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
FACEBOOK BLOCKS 'GAY' AS A LAST NAME—BUT DON'T PUSH THE PANIC BUTTON
Discussion: Mashable!
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Web 2.0: Big app on campus
 Earlier Items: 
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Google bets on mobile market
Associated Press:
Voting machine makers criticize review
Discussion: Engadget
Ben Bland / Telegraph:
Illegal music downloads hit record high
DigiTimes:
Intel 45nm notebook CPUs to account for 50% of total shipments in 2Q08
Bill Ray / The Register:
Half of European calls to be mobile by 2008
Discussion: MobileCrunch and SMS Text News
Neil Cavuto / Fox News:
Some Free Advice for Apple
Discussion: MacUser and MacDailyNews
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