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3:05 PM ET, August 1, 2007

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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 Treehugger.com for about $10 million, The Post has learned.  —  The deal, expected to be announced today, marks the first acquisition for Discovery under …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Discovery Buys Green Lifestyle Blog/Site Treehugger For About $15 Million
Discovery News:
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES TREEHUGGER.COM
Discussion: 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 …
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Stuff.co.nz:
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".
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David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony to add Tivo capabilities to the PS3 in 2008?
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Time Warner: Q2 Mixed; AOL Ad Growth Soft; TW Cable Broadband Weak; Cable Stocks Dip
Discussion: IP Democracy
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 …
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Erin McMahon-Lyman / eMediaWire:
Canaan Partners Expands its Digital Media Portfolio and Leads $10M Investment in Associated Content  —  Firm to Drive Growth of Innovative, Online Content Publishing Company  —  Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) August 1, 2007 — Canaan Partners, a $2.4 billion global venture capital firm …
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 …
Bluetooth.com:
BLUETOOTH SIG ADOPTS NEW CORE VERSION 2.1 + EDR  —  New Spec Makes Device Set-Up Faster, Easier and Increases Battery Life  —  The Board of Directors of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the more than 8,000-member strong trade association responsible for advancing Bluetooth wireless technology …
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
Eric Miraglia / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
YUI 2.3.0: Six New Components and a Prettier Face  —  We're pleased to announce today the release of YUI version 2.3.0.  This release features six new additions to the library as well as a new skinning architecture and a new visual treatment for most of our UI controls.
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 …
Chris O'Brien / SiliconValley.com:
Former Cnet execs subpoenaed in stock options probe  —  Cnet Networks, the San Francisco online media company, disclosed today that a federal probe into its stock options practices has become more serious and that several former executives had been served with subpoenas.
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
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Google Talk VoIP phone in development... again?  —  One can't help but wonder if the recent decisions regarding the FCC's 700MHz frequency auction aren't having an effect on Google's desire to bring a WiFi phone to market as quickly as possible.  What better way to use the new "open" …
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Scan This Guy's E-Passport and Watch Your System Crash  —  A German security researcher who demonstrated last year that he could clone the computer chip in an electronic passport has revealed additional vulnerabilities in the design of the new documents and the inspection systems used to read them.
Discussion: Engadget
Joe Fay / The Register:
Dancing Ballmer subjected to Zune dance therapy  —  Steve's happy feet stomp all over iPod ads  —  If you're sitting at your desk, staring out of the window and wishing you were running around in the sun, spare a thought for one Microsoft employee who will soon be doing just that.  Permanently.
 
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eWEEK.com:
IBM to Consolidate 3,900 Servers onto 33 Mainframes
Discussion: PC World and Computerworld
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
U.S. Venture firms raise far less, China firms raise more
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Canon iVIS HG10 High-Def HDD Camcorder
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
Pink, Chris Brown and more coming to Facebook
Discussion: TechCrunch
Vidya Lakshmipathy / Forrester Research:
The Mobile Web Versus The Web On An iPhone: iPhone Wins In A Blowout
Phil Lattimore / Tech.co.uk:
iPhone now speaks foreign languages!
Discussion: SMS Text News
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Avenue A/Razorfish announces SiLC search engine optimization tool
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD software let defective graphics cards slip into the channel
 Earlier Items: 
PC Advisor:
Improved Xbox 360 processor planned
Adario Strange / Wired News:
After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple unloads torrent of patches, plus the first iPhone update
Search Daily News:
Google Testing Sponsored Links With Local Maps
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Study: Top 50k blogs had $500 million in 2006 Revenue
Discussion: Profy.Com and HipMojo.com
ZDNet:
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