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2:40 PM ET, August 1, 2007


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L. Gordon Crovitz / Wall Street Journal:
A Report to Our Readers  —  Dear Readers:  —  Since May, one of the biggest business stories has been who will own Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal — despite this era's usual relegation of a mere $5 billion transaction to a footnote.  The coverage has been gratifying …
Wall Street Journal:
Deal Will Test a Media Titan's Instincts
Discussion: and Romenesko
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Guessing Murdoch's Strategy for The Journal
Discussion: BoomTown, p2pnet and Romenesko
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
DISCOVERY BUYS GREEN  —  Discovery Communications has scooped up a companion Web site to its upcoming Planet Green cable network, agreeing to buy for about $10 million, The Post has learned.  —  The deal, expected to be announced today, marks the first acquisition for Discovery under …
Discovery News:
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES TREEHUGGER.COM  —  Discovery Communications, the number-one nonfiction media company, today announced the acquisition of the leading eco-lifestyle website,  The interactive site becomes part of Discovery's global multiplatform initiative Planet Green …
Discussion: and Business Week
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Others Contest Copyright Warnings  —  Diehard baseball fans can recite by heart the familiar copyright warnings that run with every game on television.  —  Now, a computer-industry trade group is crying foul, saying those warnings and others like it on movies and books are trampling …
The future according to Sony  —  UPDATED What are the challenges ahead for the PlayStation 3?  Warwick Light, of Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand, discusses them with GERARD CAMPBELL.  —  Warwick Light, Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand's head of marketing, calls the PlayStation 3 an "incredible transformer".
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony to add Tivo capabilities to the PS3 in 2008?  —  What's next as Sony continues to add features to the PS3?  —  (Credit: Sony)  —  GameSpot UK is running an article that's based on an interview with Warwick Light, Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand's head of marketing.
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Plus Sign In Sponsored Results  —  AccuraCast reports seeing Google UK experimenting by placing a Google Maps expand feature within Google sponsored results.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Search Daily News:
Google Testing Sponsored Links With Local Maps
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Liveblogging the iPhone 1.0.1 update  —  The new iPhone 1.0.1 update just hit iTunes.  TUAW is here to keep you informed about what that update means to you—as a normal user and/or as a hacker.  Here's the dish we've learned about, what we're speculating about and what we know for a fact.
Melissa Perenson / Today @ PC World:
Apple Updates iPhone Software
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Digital-Music Holdout AC/DC Spurns iTunes, Signs With Verizon  —  AC/DC, one of the last high-profile holdouts in the digital-music era, is finally making its 17-album catalog available to online music buyers.  But in a twist that highlights shifting power dynamics in the world of digital music retailing …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TC Interns' 10 Favorite Facebook Applications  —  As a few titans of tech blogging recently began to go back and forth over whether platform-enhanced Facebook is really worth the hassle, we lowly interns over here at TechCrunch decided to list our favorite Facebook applications …
Discussion: Go2web2, Scobleizer and Mark Evans
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Launch Payments Services; Will Compete With PayPal and Google Checkout  —  Look for a launch announcement by Amazon this week or next of a new web service around payments, adding to their S3 (storage), EC2 (virtual server) and other services.  They've been quietly testing the service …
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St. and The Utility Belt
Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results  —  Board of Directors Authorizes New $5 Billion Stock Repurchase Program  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX - News) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2007.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD software let defective graphics cards slip into the channel  —  AMD's official graphics card diagnostic and validation software was recently discovered to have a bug that failed to detect defective ATI Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 graphics cards, according to sources at graphics card makers.
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Tech Report
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Avenue A/Razorfish announces SiLC search engine optimization tool  —  I got a chance to sit down with William Flaiz, VP of SEO and Web Analytics at Avenue A/Razorfish today at ad:tech Chicago to talk about its new search engine optimization technology.  For those of you who don't know …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and 901am
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Study: Top 50k blogs had $500 million in 2006 Revenue  —  A new study being published by the University of Texas and Chitika says that the top 50,000 blogs may have generated around $500 million in aggregate 2006 revenue.  The data behind the study is rather thin - They are looking …
Discussion: and Profy.Com
Adario Strange / Wired News:
After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning  —  When Hewlett-Packard acquired Opsware for $1.6 billion in cash last week, it changed the reputation of serial entrepreneur and web pioneer Marc Andreessen forever.  —  Andreessen was the golden boy of the internet's early days …
Discussion: Marc's Voice
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Dumps Supplemental Name Not Index
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Google Talk VoIP phone in development... again?
Michael Specter / New Yorker:
DAMN SPAM  —  The losing war on junk e-mail.
Discussion: digg
PC Advisor:
Improved Xbox 360 processor planned
Business Wire:
Maven Networks Scores Major League Marketer as its New Vice President of Marketing
Discussion: Beet.TV and
Sanjay Raman / Official Google Blog:
Google Apps goes global
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Scan This Guy's E-Passport and Watch Your System Crash
Discussion: Engadget
Melinda Wenner / MSNBC:
Software seeks to settle divorce disputes
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DIRECTV to Introduce Additional TiVo Features
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Apple to announce ultraportable tablet Mac?
Acer: 'No UK demand' for Linux laptops
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Ten Reasons To Throw Away Your Cellphone
Discussion: MobileCrunch, Lifehacker and digg
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
The race to build a "Platform within the Platform" is on
Discussion: CostPerNews
Marc Andreessen /
The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 7: Why a startup's initial …
Jim Goldman /
Apple Shares Plunge On Rumors of iPhone, iPod Problems
New York Times:
F.C.C. Hands Google a Partial Victory