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12:40 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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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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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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   iTunes Store rings up 3 billionth song
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.
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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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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
 
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Ben Bland / Telegraph:
Illegal music downloads hit record high
Bill Ray / The Register:
Half of European calls to be mobile by 2008
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Neil Cavuto / Fox News:
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