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9:50 AM ET, September 17, 2007

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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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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Follow the TechCrunch40 Conference Online  —  Couldn't snag a ticket to this year's TechCrunch40 conference?  Head on over to techcrunch40.com to follow the action online.  —  We've put together a fully-featured website for the event, which starts this morning and continues through Tuesday evening.
Discussion: Scobleizer and TechLifeBlogged
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.
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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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) …
Business Wire:
AOL Realigns Business, Unveils Global Integrated Advertising Platform  —  The New Entity, Platform A, Will Offer Advertisers Access to the Largest Internet-wide Display Advertising Network and Most Sophisticated Tools; Builds on Success of Advertising.com and Integrates TACODA, Third Screen Media, Lightningcast and ADTECH
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Censored in Iran?  —  Some reports state that Google is blocked by many Iranian ISPs.  Can anyone from Iran confirm this?  —  [Thanks Haochi with hat tip to Boing Boing.  Photos by Civiblog.org/ MyParapet.]  —  Update: Reto Meier in the comments points to a news report by Agence France Press confirming this:
Discussion: NEWS.com.au
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Agence France Presse:
Iran blocks access to Google
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Yahoo! News:
China man dies after three-day Internet session  — China man dies after three-day Internet session  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline.
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Business Wire:
Idearc Executives Discuss Switchboard.com and Other Directory Assets Acquisition from InfoSpace  —  Acquisition Significantly Expands Idearc's Local Search Platform and Traffic  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Idearc Inc. (NYSE: IAR), home to Superpages.com® and publisher of the Verizon® Yellow Pages …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
EMusic, a Song-Download Site, to Offer Audiobooks  —  The company that has given Apple's iTunes the most competition in the song-download arena will now compete with it in selling audiobooks, too.  —  Beginning tomorrow, eMusic, which is second to iTunes in music download sales …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
David Twiddy / Associated Press:
Sprint Nextel to introduce the Airave  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One of the big complaints lodged against wireless phone companies is poor signal quality inside buildings, especially homes.  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is trying to overcome that obstacle with a device that boosts wireless signals indoors …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Ubergizmo
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:
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Roald Dahl Logo Was Pulled  —  Last Thursday, Google put up a special Roald Dahl logo to celebrate the birthday of the author of works like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.  Some hours later the logo was gone, not getting its typical 1-day period in the spotlight*.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 
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Bill Palmer / iProng:
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Comcast Buying Entertainment Community Site BuddyTV