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11:05 AM ET, August 7, 2007

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John Markoff / New York Times:
$1.5 Billion Verdict Against Microsoft Is Set Aside  —  A federal district court judge delivered a major setback to Alcatel-Lucent on Monday by setting aside a jury's $1.5 billion judgment against Microsoft in a patent infringement lawsuit over digital music technology.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Microsoft wins reversal of MP3 patent decision  —  Microsoft has won a reversal of a $1.5 billion jury verdict against it for infringing on a patent for MP3 technology held by Alcatel-Lucent.  —  Judge Rudi Brewster of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California tossed …
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
TIMESSELECT CONTENT FREED  —  The New York Times is poised to stop charging readers for online access to its Op-Ed columnists and other content, The Post has learned.  —  After much internal debate, Times executives - including publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. - made the decision to end …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:   New York Times to ax premium online content, rival says
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Online ads to overtake US newspapers  —  The rapid growth of online advertising is expected to see the sector overtake US newspaper advertising in terms of size by 2011.  —  The forecast comes against a backdrop of declining advertising sales reported by newspaper groups this year in spite of continued strength in the US economy.
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Laurie Petersen / MediaPost Publications:
Internet Ad Spending Set To Overtake All Other Media By 2011: VSS  —  SPENDING ON INTERNET ADVERTISING WILL reach $61.98 billion, and will surpass newspapers to become the nation's leading ad medium in 2011, projects private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson in its 21st Communications Industry Forecast released today.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
Yahoo! News:
Buy.com launches Garage Sale service on Facebook  — Buy.com launches Garage Sale service on Facebook  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online shopping site Buy.com said on Tuesday it has launched a new shopping service named Garage Sale for users of online social networking sites such as Facebook.com.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Leveraging Facebook To Compete With eBay Won't Work
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Buy.com Facebook War on eBay Competes Against Facebook Marketplace
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sun looses 'world's fastest chip' — the 1.4GHz Niagara 2  —  In a bold and presumably calculated statement, Sun Microsystems has proclaimed that its newfangled Niagara 2 is "the world's fastest multi-core commodity chip."  Clocking in at 1.4GHz, this eight-core chip also boasts 64 threads …
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Inquirer and The Register
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
The importance of open source in hardware  —  When people think of Sun and open source, they usually think of Java.  Or Solaris.  —  Personally I think its UltraSparc open source processor, dubbed Niagara, may be more important in the long run.  (That's the lay-out of the new chip, from Sun.)
Therese Poletti / Mercury News:   New Sun chip takes on AMD, Intel
Microsoft:
Microsoft Lowers Price of Xbox 360 by $50  —  Price drop coincides with release of "Madden NFL 08" on Xbox 360, one of many titles that make up the greatest holiday lineup in video game history.  —  Microsoft Corp. today kicked off the greatest holiday lineup in video game history by announcing …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft drops price on Xbox 360 line — we're stunned
Discussion: Ars Technica
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
ONLINE AD WAR  —  UPSTART SITES GIVE AOL AND YAHOO! REVENUE FITS  —  Web advertisers are spreading their online ad dollars across more sites and are paying lower rates in many cases, putting pricing pressure on established Internet players.  —  Several companies are already feeling the heat …
NOVELL: Worldwide:
Lenovo and Novell To Offer Linux Preload on ThinkPad Notebooks  —  Agreement to accelerate desktop Linux in the enterprise  —  Lenovo and Novell today announced an agreement to provide preloaded Linux* on Lenovo ThinkPad notebook PCs and to provide support from Lenovo for the operating system.
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ExtremeTech:
Lenovo to Preload ThinkPads with Linux
Discussion: The Tech Report
Steve Ranger / silicon.com:
Q&A: William Gibson, science fiction novelist  —  Science fiction novelist William Gibson has been exploring the relationship between technology and society ever since he burst on to the literary scene with his cyberpunk classic Neuromancer in 1984.  He invented the word 'cyberspace …
Leelefever / Common Craft:
Video: Social Bookmarking in Plain English  —  We made this video because we want others to feel the power of social bookmarking and how it works to make web pages easier to remember, organize and share.  —  This video is focused on Del.icio.us, but you could also try social bookmarking sites like Magnolia or Furl.
Dell:
Dell Plans to Acquire ZING Systems Inc.  —  Dell announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire privately-held ZING Systems Inc., a consumer technology and services company that focuses on always-connected audio and entertainment devices.  In a move that reflects the renewed interest …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Nirvanix To Challenge Amazon S3  —  Look for new San Diego-based Nirvanix to launch in the next few weeks.  It aims to compete with Amazon's popular S3 storage web service and provide web developers another choice for online storage.  —  The company, which is affiliated with online storage startup MediaMax …
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google signs on with Open Invention Network  —  Google announced today that the company is officially joining the Open Invention Network (OIN) by becoming a licensee.  OIN licensees agree not to assert their patents against the Linux software ecosystem and in exchange gain royalty-free access …
Discussion: Inquirer
 
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InfoWorld:
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Reuters:
More parties join Google copyright lawsuit
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
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Paul Hales / Inquirer:
AMD prepares more price cuts
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ustr.gov:
Schwab Decision on the ITC Investigation of Certain Processor Chips
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Akamai & the CDN Price Wars
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Marc Santora / New York Times:
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Rethinking 'Crossing The Chasm'
Totoro / Akihabaranews.com:
Give your Wii some fresh air to breathe!
Forbes:
Bush administration upholds US ITC decision order against Qualcomm imports
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
The NBA declines WBD's effort to join the set of rights packages built for Amazon, Disney, and NBCUniversal, saying WBD's proposal did not match Amazon's offer

Todd Spangler / Variety:
MLB launches a streaming service for MLB Network in the US for $5.99/month, no cable TV subscription required; live games will be subject to local blackouts

 
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