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9:45 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.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Digital Trends
Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Damage Award Voided  —  A federal judge overturned part of a jury verdict that would have forced Microsoft Corp. to pay Alcatel-Lucent SA $1.52 billion for violating patents related to a digital music technology.  —  U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster in San Diego ruled …
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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
ustr.gov:
Schwab Decision on the ITC Investigation of Certain Processor Chips  —  WASHINGTON, DC.  - Today, the United States Trade Representative, Susan C. Schwab, announced her decision on the results of the Administration's review of the remedial orders issued in the U.S. International Trade Commission's …
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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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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
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.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and TechCrunch
Anshu Sharma / Anshu's Blog on The Business …:
Identity Crisis in the Land of Social Networks and Platforms  —  The Facebook platform debate continues to evolve with Dan Farber's recent piece on Facebook, social capitalists and open networks and Wired's very well thought out article Slap in the Facebook.
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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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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 …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Is Giuliani's Daughter an Obama Supporter?  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani's daughter, Caroline, has done her best to keep out of the spotlight as her father runs for president, choosing to keep complicated family matters private.  And for his part, Mr. Giuliani has tried to shield both her and his son, Andrew, from attention.
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Lucy Morrow Caldwell / Slate:
RUDY GIULIANI'S DAUGHTER IS SUPPORTING BARACK OBAMA.
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.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New iMacs to shift investor focus back to Apple's Mac story
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Akamai & the CDN Price Wars  —  Akamai Technologies (AKAM) investors are the stock market's walking wounded.  Over the last month, the stock has plummeted to about $33 a share, wiping out over $3 billion in market capitalization.  The slide began soon after the company announced its second quarter earnings …
Discussion: Beet.TV and Tech Trader Daily
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
NES emulator on the iPhone  —  Wow— something I've noticed after my little vacation last week is that the iPhone application community is at a full sprint (no pun intended) on making applications.  When I left, people were dropping Hello World, and now we're up to the evolutionary step of NES emulator.
Keith Chan / gSpy:
Google Business Referral Representative  —  Google Maps allows business owners to add and edit their businesses helping them to connect with potential customers in their communities.  However, Google thinks that relying merely on business owners is not efficient enough to 'organize …
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Fleeing free  —  Nick Gonzalez from TechCrunch posted about a "great iPhone chat application" by a company called Mundu.  —  Then he slings this at his 500,000+ readers (many of which are calling bulls**t in the comments): … This is typical of the sensational tech/media/business press …
Discussion: WinExtra
 
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