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5:10 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 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.
PR Newswire:
American Airlines Selects AirCell to Launch In-Flight Wi-Fi Service Over U.S.  —  American Airlines Becomes First Airline to Launch AirCell's High-Speed Broadband Internet Service on Aircraft Flying Over U.S.; Conquering the Last Frontier for Internet Access
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
American Airlines to test in-flight Wi-Fi
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Lufthansa to add in-flight broadband by 2008 for long-hauls
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and InfoWorld
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 …
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:   Speculation: A Yahoo!-eBay Merger Makes Sense
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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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 …
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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 …
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.
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, jkOnTheRun and Phone Scoop
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, Bits and digg
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Google Gobbles More Space In West Chelsea  —  Search engine also takes 49,000 feet across the street  —  Is Google about to create a city-based campus in Chelsea, much like the one it created in Mountain View, Calif.?  According to real estate executives and brokers, it could be close to happening.
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".
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 …
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 …
eWEEK.com:
IBM to Consolidate 3,900 Servers onto 33 Mainframes  —  In what it touts as "the most significant transformation" of its worldwide data centers in a generation, IBM announced Aug. 1 that it will consolidate about 3,900 of its own servers onto 33 virtualized System z mainframes running Linux …
 
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Business Wire:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
"White space" devices get black marks from FCC
Discussion: Digital Daily
Serdar Yegulalp Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Linux Vs. Mac: Which Is The Better Alternative To Microsoft Windows?
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Have Skype SMS your Voicemail text: By Late 2007
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How will Yahoo address social networking?
logitech.com:
One Size Does Not Fit All: Logitech G9 Laser Mouse Lets Gamers Tune …
Reuters:
Google wary of behavioral targeting in online ads
CNN:
eStara Introduces Form to Phone to Let Advertisers Qualify …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Joe Fay / The Register:
Dancing Ballmer subjected to Zune dance therapy
Phil Lattimore / Tech.co.uk:
iPhone now speaks foreign languages!
PC Advisor:
Improved Xbox 360 processor planned
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
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Ten Reasons To Throw Away Your Cellphone