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10:05 AM 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.
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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 …
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
Discussion: TechBlog
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  —  The Inside AdWords Blog announced the launch of campaign optimizer.  Campaign optimizer is an automated AdWords tool that gives you tips on how to improve your campaign, in just minutes.  —  When you run the tool, Google will …
Discussion: SearchQuant
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Google bets on mobile market  —  Search giant Google is setting the stage for its biggest push yet into the U.S. mobile market, in a strategy that delicately straddles the line between partnering and competing with the major cell phone operators.  —  Last week, Google signed its most significant deal …
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Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
FCC to Set Airwaves Auction Rules as Google, AT&T Take Sides
Discussion: WebProNews
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Google's battle for wireless spectrum
Discussion: digg
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
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Amp'd Mobile asset list *not* full of porn  —  Sorry folks, we made a big mistake on this one.  —  This was originally a story about the asset list of bankrupt mobile entertainment network Amp'd Mobile, and how it included several pages of porn titles.  A source, reliable in the past …
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Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
Audio Interview: Peter Adderton, Former CEO, Amp'd Mobile
Discussion: contentSutra.com and hypebot
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
What the iCrossing Acquisition of Proxicom Says About the State of the SEM Industry  —  Today iCrossing, possibly the largest SEM firm, announced its acquisition of web development firm Proxicom.  The acquisition came on the heels of an announcement last week by iCrossing that it had received $62 million …
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Jane Larson / Arizona Republic:   Internet marketer iCrossing acquires Va. firm
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.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Half of European calls to be mobile by 2008  —  Mobile calls are replacing fixed-line usage across Europe, according to a new report from Analysys, but people aren't talking more, they're just using fixed-lines less.  —  The change has been most stark in Finland, where 2006 saw another 10 per cent …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and SMS Text News
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
Ben Bland / Telegraph:
Illegal music downloads hit record high  —  Illegal music downloads have reached an all time high just as the growth of online social networking has shifted the epicentre of the music industry away from the major record labels, according to a new study.  —  The 2007 Digital Media Survey …
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
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Nvidia gaining ground on Intel, AMD in graphics
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