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1:35 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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie music, meet telco behemoth: eMusic partners with AT&T  —  eMusic, which sells DRM-free MP3s, has just inked a deal with AT&T to make music available for purchase directly from AT&T handsets.  Users can also download another copy from a home computer an no extra charge.
Discussion: Salon: Machinist and Playlist
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 and eWEEK.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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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: Apple 2.0 and Infinite Loop
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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
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: Apple 2.0 and I4U News
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Offers Works For Free  —  Microsoft has released the new version of Microsoft Works as a free, ad supported office package that will compete directly with Open Office and Google Docs & Spreadsheets.  —  The Works package offers word processing, spreadsheet and slide (powerpoint) …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Voting machine producers criticize critiques  —  Voting machine makers scoffing at bad reviews?  That's preposterous!  Actually, it's not all that alarming to hear that Diebold, Hart InterCivic, and Sequoia Voting Systems all had less-than-amicable responses to a state study that …
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Associated Press:   Voting machine makers criticize review
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 …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Legal Music Downloads Growth Hit By CD Price Reductions: Report
Discussion: Ars Technica
George Ou:
Getting to the bottom of the 3.0 GHz AMD quad-core demos  —  There's been some controversy brewing over the issue of the 3.0 GHz "K10 Barcelona" desktop-variant quad core processors that were demoed at last Thursday's AMD analyst day.  Accusations on whether the chip was cherry picked …
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:   Phenom 3.0 demo surrounded by FUD
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's first iPhone software update to arrive shortly  —  Speaking to analysts for RBC Capital Markets this week, Apple's Vice President of iPod Product Marketing, Greg Joswiak, said the first software update for his company's iPhone handset is due to arrive shortly.
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 …
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.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Analytics: Not Entirely Dead  —  Reporting delays in the Google Analytics service have slowly begun to fade as data again flows into accounts. … No one will lose any reporting data from the abrupt delay that began on July 28th.  Google's Jeff Gillis said on the Google Analytics blog …
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 …
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
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
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Web 2.0: Big app on campus
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Google bets on mobile market
Neil Cavuto / Fox News:
Some Free Advice for Apple
Discussion: MacUser and MacDailyNews
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