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11:35 AM ET, July 31, 2007

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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
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.
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  —  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) …
Karl / dslreports.com:
Amp'd Dies At Midnight - Assets being auctioned off...  att=1195795,r According to the company FAQ, today is the last day of service for the hipster-focused MVNO Amp'd Mobile, who recently filed for bankruptcy after nearly half of their very hip customers failed to pay their bills.
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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
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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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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
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
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Jane Larson / Arizona Republic:   Internet marketer iCrossing acquires Va. firm
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, Gizmodo and Apple 2.0
Neil Cavuto / Fox News:
Some Free Advice for Apple  —  This might shock some of you — some of you maybe not so much — but when I was a kid, I wasn't the greatest student.  —  Truth be told, I was an awful student and my poor mom and dad wondered each report card, just how awful it'd be.
Discussion: MacUser and MacDailyNews
 
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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
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Google bets on mobile market
InterActiveCorp:
IAC Reports Q2 Results
Associated Press:
Voting machine makers criticize review
Ben Bland / Telegraph:
Illegal music downloads hit record high
 Earlier Items: 
DigiTimes:
Intel 45nm notebook CPUs to account for 50% of total shipments in 2Q08
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
YouTube to filter out copyrighted videos
Discussion: Inquirer
Benjamin Edelman / Ben Edelman:
Zango Practices Violating Zango's Recent Settlement with the FTC
Discussion: Vitalsecurity.org
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
Natalie O'Brien / NEWS.com.au:
Spies watch rise of virtual terrorists
Discussion: ZDNet, TechCrunch and RealityPrime
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Downloading More Than Ever Before, Brits Care Less About Getting Caught
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Nvidia gaining ground on Intel, AMD in graphics
Discussion: DailyTech