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5:30 PM ET, August 6, 2007

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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New iMacs to shift investor focus back to Apple's Mac story  —  A pair of new iMacs expected to be released by Apple Inc. on Tuesday should shift investor focus away from the early stages of iPhone sales and back onto the more significant story of the Mac market share growth, according to investment research firm Piper Jaffray.
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Arn / MacRumors:
.Mac Update Coming at August 7th Media Event?  —  Apple's .Mac site warns users that the .Mac service will be undergoing maintenance on August 7th between 10 AM an 12 PM PDT. … Coincidentally, this time corresponds exactly to Apple's Media Event which is scheduled to take place on August 7th at 10AM PDT.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple's .Mac service unavailable during Tuesday's event
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
SoundExchange, Caught Lobbying, Says Lobbying Bar Does Not Apply  —  SoundExchange, the music industry's digital-royalty collection agency, has been on a roll.  —  A federal appeals court recently rejected a plea from webcasters to postpone the deadline for a new royalty scheme that sets …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senators to SoundExchange: Don't use negotiations to demand DRM
Discussion: Listening Post
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
SoundExchange Entrenches Position as IREA Faces Music
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Slashdot
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Plaxo launches new social network, Pulse—and it's a lot like Pownce  —  As expected, address and calendar organizer Plaxo unveiled on Monday its new Pulse social networking site.  Rumors about Plaxo expanding into social networking had been floating about recently; the company confirmed …
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Hit With iPhone Patent Suit From Disgraced Doc  —  A Des Moines, Iowa, surgeon charges that the touch keyboard on the computer maker's iPhone PDA violates a patent he holds through a company called SP Technologies.  —  You'd think physician Peter V. Boesen would want his lawyers spending …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple sued over iPhone keyboard
ClickZ:
IAC Leaves DoubleClick for Atlas  —  IAC Advertising Solutions has switched ad servers, abandoning DoubleClick in favor of aQuantive's Atlas.  —  The ad sales division of IAC/InterActiveCorp said its goal in making the move was to consolidate IAC's myriad Web properties …
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Why IAC Dropped Doubleclick for aQuantive
Discussion: WebProNews
Lucy Morrow Caldwell / Slate:
RUDY GIULIANI'S DAUGHTER IS SUPPORTING BARACK OBAMA.  —  There's one vote that Rudy Giuliani definitely can't count on in his 2008 presidential bid: his own daughter's.  According to the 17-year-old Caroline Giuliani's Facebook profile, she's supporting Barack Obama.
David Krug / Telegraphik:
Bloggers Pushing For A Labor Union  —  Agh, I hate to be quoting Fox News but it's one of the few places that seems to be talking about this issue.  Bloggers are fed up with payrates, we want insurance, and we want to be able to set standards on how this industry — online publishing is run.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Lenovo, Novell partner to offer Linux on the ThinkPad  —  ThinkPad customers will soon have a new configuration option, as Lenovo and Novell have announced that the popular laptops will begin shipping with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED) preinstalled.
Discussion: Engadget, CNET News.com and digg
Jeff Pulver / Business Week:
Confessions of a LinkedIn Dropout  —  Blogger Jeff Pulver quit the professional network in favor of Facebook and urged his friends to do the same.  Here's why he's not looking back  —  Are you on Facebook yet?  Maybe you should be.  —  I made this pronouncement on my blog recently …
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Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
FaceBook is the Online Hub for Connected Professionals
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
Louise Story / New York Times:
It's an Ad, Ad, Ad, Ad World  —  It is only a matter of time until nearly all advertisements around the world are digital.  —  Or so says David W. Kenny, the chairman and chief executive of Digitas, the advertising agency in Boston that was acquired by the Publicis Groupe for $1.3 billion six months ago.
Microsoft:
Groundbreaking Digital Experience for Endeavour Shuttle Launch  —  Microsoft's Photosynth 3-D imagery gives people around the world unprecedented views of the shuttle vehicle and its launchpad.  —  For the first time, people around the world can view 3-D images of the space shuttle Endeavour …
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Nothing to Watch on TV?  Streaming Video Appeals to Niche Audiences  —  Buffering ... buffering ... buffering.  —  Seeing these words blinking at the bottom of the postage-stamp-size screen during a download of jerky video defines the annoying experience of entertainment on a computer monitor.
PR Newswire:
AmieStreet.com Announces Series A Financing Led By Amazon.com  —  NEW YORK, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ — AmieStreet.com, a fast-growing digital music store with a unique demand-based pricing system, announced today the completion of its Series A financing led by Amazon.com, Inc. . The amount …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
L337: iPhone Unlocked for $96 with Forged SIM, Tested in Europe  —  While the wizards are still working on a software-only complete unlock for the iPhone, hackers in Europe claim that they have completely unlocked the JesusPhone, allegedly using a SIM reader/writer and a blank SIM card to obtain full calling and SMS capabilities.
Discussion: IntoMobile, MacDailyNews and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ICQ Founders Start KnockaTV  —  We just heard about a new Israeli video/TV startup called KnockaTV, which has the tagline "The People Have Taken Over."  —  KnockaTV is self described as: … They are also looking for original content producers to submit content to the service.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
San Francisco pulls the plug on Google / Earthlink's citywide WiFi... for now  —  It looks like the people of San Francisco are going to have to wait a little bit longer before they can spam their friends with memes while sitting in the middle of Golden Gate Park.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
NPR Podcast Player Launches in Facebook, powered by SplashCast  —  We're excited to announce that a custom branded Facebook application we've built with the NPR podcasting team is launching today.  —  Add NPR to your page  —  The application, called the NPR Podcast Player, displays the latest episodes of a variety of NPR Podcasts.
 
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Roger Highfield / Telegraph:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Adobe, Microsoft accused of infringing on browser-related patents
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Journalist joins class action against YouTube
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Congress to probe Yahoo over jailed China journalist
Discussion: The Register and The Raw Feed
Wss / Netcraft:
August 2007 Web Server Survey
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Earnings: EMI Music Digital Income Up 26 Percent In Q2 But Overall Revenue Drops
Discussion: EMI Group and Inquirer
Douglas Friedli / Scotsman:
BBC to make a play for computer games market after phone-ins scandal
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Toshiba's HD-A3x third generation HD DVD players get official
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