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8:00 AM ET, September 17, 2007

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Richard Wray / Guardian:
O2 wins Apple iPhone deal - at a hefty price  —  Mobile operator O2 is preparing to unveil Apple's much anticipated iPhone in the UK tomorrow.  But serious questions are being raised in the City about how much ground it has had to give away to Apple in order to clinch the deal.
Paul Boutin / paulboutin.weblogger.com:
TechCrunch40 List 2007  —  There are 39 companies in the TC40 so far.  I've got 38 of them (they're on banners at the Palace Hotel) and hopefully correct URLs for most.  But before you click through, be aware that the actual product launches aren't live yet.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Has smart money abandoned U.S. Web 2.0 companies?  —  Venture capitalists invested about 6 percent more into Web 2.0 companies in the first half of 2007, but the increase was attributable to more deals in Europe and Israel.  —  Notably, early investors in Web 2.0 slowed their pace.
BBC:
Microsoft loses anti-trust appeal  —  Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497m euro (£343m; $690m) fine imposed by the European Commission in a long-running competition dispute.  —  The European Court of First Instance upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position.
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Reuters:
EU court crushes Microsoft's antitrust appeal  —  A European Union court upheld a landmark 2004 European Commission antitrust decision against Microsoft on Monday in a crucial victory for the European competition regulator over the U.S. software giant.  —  The court dismissed Microsoft's appeal …
Stacy-Marie Ishmael / Financial Times:
Microsoft launches a tipple for techies  —  Tonight, a select group will gather in a bar in London's Soho to quaff a crisp, South African white wine bottled in their honour.  —  The hand-picked guests toasting the new vintage are not, however, wine connoisseurs but techies.
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Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
STORMHOEK BLUE MONSTER RESERVE
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The three kinds of platforms you meet on the Internet  —  [Title with sincere apologies to Mitch Albom and his wonderful book.]  —  One of the hottest of hot topics these days is the topic of Internet platforms, or platforms on the Internet.  Web services APIs (application programming interfaces) …
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
The iPhone will be launched in France November 29th at 300 euros, first picture  —  We just covered the news on TechCrunch France.  The iPhone will be launched in France with Orange at the price of 300 euros.  It will be on the market the 29th of November and announced on the 24th of September during the Apple Expo in Paris.
Discussion: CrunchGear and IntoMobile
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Once you go Mac  —  I sold and bought my first PC a long, long time ago.  Back in the late 80s I owned a Mac, I think it was a Mac2.  I honestly thought there would never come a time where I would buy a Mac.  Ever.  —  Then I upgraded my PC to Vista.  What a disaster.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Leaked Media Defender e-mails reveal secret government project  —  Peer-to-peer (P2P) poisoning company MediaDefender suffered an embarrassing leak this weekend, when almost 700MB of internal company e-mail was distributed on the Internet via BitTorrent.  The e-mails reveal many aspects …
Discussion: Threat Level, Bit Player, Coolfer and Digg
Agence France Presse:
Iran blocks access to Google  —  TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran has blocked access to the Google search engine and its Gmail email service as part of a clampdown on material deemed to be offensive, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.  —  "I can confirm these sites have been filtered," …
Discussion: 901am
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Online currency trader nabs $100 million in venture funds  —  Online currency trading site Oanda only takes in about one one-hundredth of a percent in revenue off of each trade, according to Chief Technology Officer Michael Stumm.  —  But, since the site can clear around $10 billion in trades on a big day …
Discussion: alarm:clock and VentureBeat
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
First look: social networking leads to social publishing  —  If social networking isn't enough for you, consider "social publishing.'' That's what Shervin Pishevar, president of Freewebs, calls the new Pagii web site at www.pagii.com.  This free web site debuting today allows you to create …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Bill Palmer / iProng:
iPhone features you'll miss out on by buying an iPod touch  —  I'm smack in the middle of my hands-on testing of the new iPod touch and the full review will be posted by Monday, but in the meantime I know there are some of you who are seeing a handful of iPod touch models come …
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Tor Anonymity Server Admin Arrested  —  In a recent blog posting, a German operator of a Tor anonymous proxy server revealed that he was arrested by German police officers at the end of July.  Although he was released shortly afterwards, information about the arrest had been kept quiet until …
Discussion: SecurityFocus
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Alexander W. Janssen / Blog of too many things:
Tor madness reloaded
Discussion: Inquirer and The Register
 
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David Twiddy / Associated Press:
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Meizu's M8 MiniOne shipping January 17th?
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Ilya Kochanov / CrunchGear:
Hacked: Awesome HDD Clock
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Apple's new iPod checksum cracked by GtkPod coders
Discussion: Ian Monroe
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Apple's Retail Slip Up Costing the Company Market Share?
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Microsoft Secures Square Enix RPG on Xbox 360
Discussion: Neowin.net
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender Phone Call and Gnutella Tracking Database Leaked
Discussion: Techdirt and Digg
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Comcast Buying Entertainment Community Site BuddyTV