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6:30 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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Matt / mdibb:
Did Facebook get hacked today?  —  Earlier on today I was getting some trouble connecting to Facebook's login page - after trying to log in the connection just kept timing out instead of taking me to my home page like it usually does.  Its pretty unusual for Facebook as its usually pretty reliable.
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John Leyden / The Register:
Facebook security glitch exposes user in-boxes  —  GDP boost expected as users forced to work for a change  —  Office workers logging into Facebook on Tuesday morning were shocked to discover they were being served up other user's private pages.  —  Information going astray included other user's message inboxes.
Discussion: Bits and CNET News.com
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook experiencing 'upgrade' outages
Discussion: All Facebook
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC sets 700MHz auction rules: limited open access, no wholesale requirement  —  A soft-spoken Kevin Martin brought two phones to today's FCC open meeting at which the agency presented the rules for its upcoming 700MHz auction.  Both phones were made by Nokia, but the European version allowed access …
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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Signs of real progress at the FCC  —  The Federal Communications Commission made real, if incomplete, progress for consumers this afternoon, as it set the rules for an upcoming auction of the publicly owned spectrum in the 700 MHz band.  —  None of us like how the current system locks …
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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Austin Modine / The Register:
Eminem sues Apple - again
Discussion: Epicenter and PC World
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Appears to Have Enough Votes to Clinch Deal  —  Bancroft Family Members Owning 32%  —  Of Votes Have Agreed to Support Bid  —  News Corp. is poised to win control of Dow Jones & Co., including its flagship publication The Wall Street Journal, after a key Bancroft trust changed …
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:   Can Murdoch Charge for WSJ.com and Give It Away Too?
New York Times:
Murdoch Seen Winning in Bid for Dow Jones
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Business Week
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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consumer.state.ny.us:
CPB Calls on Apple to Amend Policies Regarding iPhone Service  —  Amongst all the gadgets, it's still a cell phone that's expensive to fix  —  The Apple Corp. should revamp its customer service policies to make it easier and less expensive for consumers to repair an iPhone, the New York State Consumer Protection Board said today.
Discussion: Computerworld
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
In Microsoft Patent App, TV Watches You  —  theodp writes "In a just-published patent application for delivering Advertising that is relevant to a person, nine Microsoft inventors spell out plans for using cameras, remote controls and biometric sensors to detect the identity of the person viewing a TV …
Discussion: Engadget
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patent envisions individually-targeted TV commercials
Discussion: JD on EP
Official Google Maps API Blog:
Microformats in Google Maps  —  If you have spent any time in certain corners of the web, you will have heard of Microformats: Clever uses of HTML that add machine-readability to everyday web pages while preserving human-readability.  Microformats allow tools to make more sense of your web pages …
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 …
Business Wire:
ExpoTV Announces the Addition of Investor DFJ Gotham; Hits Major Milestone of 100,000 Videopinions(SM) Reviews  —  Leading Video-Based Social Commerce Network Posts 132 Percent Increase in New Video Product Reviews  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—ExpoTV (www.ExpoTV.com) …
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 McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple iPhone Out, Blackberry 8800 In At NASA  —  The minutes of a meeting of NASA tech officials show that the space agency has determined the iPhone 'not to be enterprise ready.'  —  NASA astronauts and other employees won't be using Apple iPhones to surf the Internet or send text messages anytime soon …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook kills Audio for copyright violations  —  Facebook completely removed the Audio music-sharing application from its platform last night, saying it violated music copyrights.  —  Audio was developed by a third-party using Facebook's platform for developers, and Facebook says Audio violates …
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
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Circuit City flyer shows Xbox 360 price drop on all systems  —  In the wake of the Wal-Mart flyer and the Toys R Us flyer, now comes the Circuit City flyer sent to Joystiq showing that beginning Aug. 12 the Xbox 360 premium will be $350, the Elite will be $450 and the Core will have a $20 break and be $280.
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
Barnett launches MyDamnChannel  —  Shearer, Wain sign online for comedy website  —  Former MTV exec Rob Barnett is launching a content site, pacting with "The Simpsons" vet Harry Shearer and comedy helmer David Wain for the inaugural slate.  —  Site, called MyDamnChannel.com …
 
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Gordon Finlayson / Download Squad:
Blog pirates on the horizon!
Discussion: WinExtra
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
TorrentSpy lawyer battling 'copyright extremism'
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
City uses Linux to back it's free mobile wi-fi
Software Freedom Law Center:
Wireless Software for Linux Cleared of Legal Uncertainty by SFLC
Discussion: Slashdot
Sherwin Siy / CNET News.com:
Recording industry threat looms over Net radio
Globe and Mail:
Music piracy continues to rise: survey
Discussion: Techdirt
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
ATT + iPhone int'l. roaming data horror story: $3K bill - UDPATE
 Earlier Items: 
The Age:
Printers pose health risks: study
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone's first sketchy battery replacement kit appears
USA Today:
Rudeness, threats make the Web a cruel world
Discussion: IP Democracy
Faultline / The Register:
Apple's takes flak as AT&T drops iPhone bomb
Discussion: Download Squad
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft photo standard comes into focus
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Matusow's Blog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie music, meet telco behemoth: eMusic partners with AT&T
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Analytics: Not Entirely Dead