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8:25 PM ET, August 1, 2007

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Merissa Marr / Wall Street Journal:
Disney to Buy Club Penguin  —  Seeking to bolster its online presence among kids, Walt Disney Co. said it is buying the popular Club Penguin virtual community for $350 million in cash.  —  Disney said it had agreed to pay up to another $350 million to Club Penguin's founders …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Extremely Happy Feet: Disney Acquires Club Penguin For Up To $700 million
Business Wire:   The Walt Disney Company Acquires Club Penguin
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Stanford Summit: The Killer App for Virtual Reality Is Civility
Discussion: VC Ratings
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Lufthansa to add in-flight broadband by 2008 for long-hauls  —  Lufthansa is apparently continuing the airborne scramble to get customers connected, announcing that with the help of T-Mobile it will be reinstating its broadband service (formerly from Connexion) to its long-haul flights by 2008.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
American Airlines to test in-flight Wi-Fi
Discussion: Engadget
John Blau / InfoWorld:
Lufthansa seeks to restore in-flight Internet
Discussion: CrunchGear and dailywireless.org
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 Communications has bought out the popular green-lifestyle and news site Treehugger.  Terms were not disclosed, but our sources say that piece is around $15 million, and that includes performance based earnout as well.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Have Skype SMS your Voicemail text: By Late 2007  —  Thanks to a deal between Skype and SpinVox, Skype customers can [now] soon get their voicemail messages converted to text and sent to their mobile phones via SMS.  The service launches soon [today], and will be available in English, Spanish, French and German.
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Spencer D. Chin / TMCnet:
Skype to Offer SpinVox Voice-to-Screen Messaging
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Tom Spring / PC World:
AC/DC Bypasses iTunes: Should Apple Care?
Discussion: Computerworld
Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch Wins His Bid for Dow Jones  —  Bancroft Family Agrees  —  To $5 Billion Offer  —  After Deal on Fees  —  A New Owner for Journal  —  A century of Bancroft-family ownership at Dow Jones & Co. is over.  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sealed a $5 billion agreement to purchase …
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Vidya Lakshmipathy / Forrester Research:
The Mobile Web Versus The Web On An iPhone: iPhone Wins In A Blowout  —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  —  On June 29, 2007, Apple released the highly anticipated iPhone to the public.  Forrester evaluated the iPhone's capabilities, and we believe that the iPhone signals the beginning of the end …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Forrester is wrong, imho
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
FTC complaint flags NFL, MLB, studios for overstating copyright claims  —  Any fan of the NFL can almost recite the warning by memory: "This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL for the private use of our audience.  Any other use of this telecast or any pictures, descriptions …
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 …
PC Advisor:
Improved Xbox 360 processor planned  —  Chartered hints at 45nm Xbox chip  —  Sumner Lemon  —  Singaporean contract chip maker Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing will produce a 45-nanometre (nm) processor designed for video-game consoles, probably an upcoming version of the processor used in Microsoft's Xbox 360.
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".
Serdar Yegulalp Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Linux Vs. Mac: Which Is The Better Alternative To Microsoft Windows?  —  If you're a Vista-wary Windows user who would rather switch than fight, should you move to a Linux distro or Apple's OS X?  We asked a Mac fan and a Linux advocate to lead a guided tour of each OS.
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Reuters:
Google wary of behavioral targeting in online ads  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) - Google Inc. is looking to find more links between the searches its users do in order to better target advertising, but the company is reluctant to go much further than that in tracking their behavior.
Digital Music News:
GoFish Abandons Bolt Purchase, Licensing Issues Blamed  —  Video-sharing destination GoFish is now abandoning its purchase of Bolt, according to sources to Digital Music News.  The acquisition, first reported in February, involved a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $30 million.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How will Yahoo address social networking?  —  The due date for Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang's strategic plan isn't here yet, but that hasn't stopped the handicapping.  Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck has a 22 page report addresses Yahoo's options.  —  His conclusions:
 
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
CBS Partners With Mobile Advertisers
Discussion: alarm:clock
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Console mod-chippers busted in nationwide raids
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Microsoft HD Photo considered for standardization by JPEG committee
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How's IAC's Ask Doing? Not Well. Forecast Bad, Too.
Discussion: WebProNews
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ATI graphics to support DisplayPort 1.1 in early 2008
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sprint Pulls Out Of Cable Spectrum Venture
Business Wire:
Red Herring Launches Digital Edition Powered by Olive Software
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
"White space" devices get black marks from FCC
 Earlier Items: 
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Google Gobbles More Space In West Chelsea
logitech.com:
One Size Does Not Fit All: Logitech G9 Laser Mouse Lets Gamers Tune …
Bluetooth.com:
BLUETOOTH SIG ADOPTS NEW CORE VERSION 2.1 + EDR
Eric Miraglia / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
YUI 2.3.0: Six New Components and a Prettier Face
Joe Fay / The Register:
Dancing Ballmer subjected to Zune dance therapy
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Scan This Guy's E-Passport and Watch Your System Crash
Discussion: Engadget, Bits and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Study: Top 50k blogs had $500 million in 2006 Revenue