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2:50 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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iTunes Store rings up 3 billionth song  —  The iTunes Store is on a roll and not slowing down any time soon.  Apple announced this morning that over 3 billion songs have been sold through its online music store.  The milestone not only marks a major feat for Apple, but also for the digital music industry as a whole.
Discussion: Salon: Machinist
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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Robert McMillan / PC World:
Mozilla Rushes Out Another Firefox Patch
Discussion: CNET News.com and eWEEK.com
Mozilla.org:
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2007-26
Discussion: Security Fix and TechBlog
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 …
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AppleInsider:
Apple slips on overblown iPhone remark; iPod ramp in September?
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Faultline / The Register:   Apple's takes flak as AT&T drops iPhone bomb
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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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 Phone Scoop
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patent envisions individually-targeted TV commercials  —  Microsoft hopes to help advertisers provide more targeted advertising toward specific TV viewers by providing more personal information about those sitting in front of the screen.  In a newly-published patent application …
Discussion: Engadget and JD on EP
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   In Microsoft Patent App, TV Watches You
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: Gizmodo, Infinite Loop and Apple 2.0
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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 …
Discussion: IP Democracy and paidContent.org
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Legal Music Downloads Growth Hit By CD Price Reductions: Report  —  Growth in the number of people who legally download music is slowing, according to a new report.  While last year saw 40 percent growth in legal downloaders, this year there has only been a 15 percent increase …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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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 …
Discussion: MacUser and The iPhone Blog
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Romenesko
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Voting machine producers criticize critiques
Karl / dslreports.com:
Amp'd Dies At Midnight - Assets being auctioned off...
Discussion: Gadget Lab
BBC:
The long hard road to open source
Discussion: Open Source and the billblog
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
FCC to Set Airwaves Auction Rules as Google, AT&T Take Sides
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Offers Works For Free
Bill Ray / The Register:
Half of European calls to be mobile by 2008
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