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10:00 AM ET, July 25, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Full Text Of AOL Email: XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile And Bluestring To Shut Down  —  Below is the full text of the email AOL EVP Kevin Conroy sent out to staff on July 14, outlining the reorganization of his product groups and announcing the “sunsetting” of XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile and Bluestring.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL gussies up for potential sale, but who's buying?  —  AOL is shutting down XDrive, AOL Pictures and other properties in a belt tightening move that may indicate the company is setting itself up to be sold.  The larger question: Who will buy AOL from Time Warner?
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
AOL Trimming Up For Sale; Sun Sets On XDrive, AOL Pictures, Mobile And Others
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   AOL To Shutter A Slew Of Products, EVP Kevin Conroy's Future Uncertain
Denver Post:
Missing ‘spam king’ kills self, family  —  BENNETT — Just four days after escaping a federal minimum-security work camp, “Spam King” Eddie Davidson shot his wife and child and wounded a teen-age girl before turning the gun on himself.  —  Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of gunfire …
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Escaped spammer kills himself  —  Comment Yay.  No, YAY!  —  NOT ALL STORIES have a happy ending, but the tale of escaped spam king Edward “Eddie” Davidson sure does.  After walking away from prison, he got a gun, killed his family, then killed himself.  —  While it is hard not to feel bad …
Discussion: The Register
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Escapee ‘Spam King’ dead in apparent murder-suicide
Discussion: WebProNews
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Apple beta testing iPhone 2.1 firmware, adding more GPS features  —  We just got word that Apple has released a beta version of iPhone OS 2.1 to developers.  Along with the 2.1 firmware, a new version of the iPhone SDK has been seeded as well, but the new SDK can't be used for submitting applications to the App Store at the moment.
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple seeds iPhone 2.1 with directional GPS, push notification
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iPhone 2.1 Firmware with GPS Features
Discussion: greg hughes and The iPhone Blog
PR Newswire:
Netflix Announces Q2 2008 Financial Results  —  Subscribers - 8.4 million Revenue - $337.6 million GAAP Net Income - $26.6 million GAAP EPS - $0.42 per diluted share  —  Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX - News) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Netflix Q2 Revs Up 11 Percent; Beats On EPS; Ups FY Guidance
Discussion: Gadgetell
Daniel AJ Sokolov / heise Security UK:
Speculation over back door in Skype  —  According to reports, there may be a back door built into Skype, which allows connections to be bugged.  The company has declined to expressly deny the allegations.  At a meeting with representatives of ISPs and the Austrian regulator on lawful interception …
Discussion: open, Memex 1.1 and Zero Day
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Believe In Superstitions?  Avoid The Word “me” In Product Names  —  If you are superstitious and believe that names can bring (or deny) good luck, avoid giving your products a name that ends with “me”.  —  This is not a recommendation of any soothsayer but just a personal observation …
Discussion: MacBlogz
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Is For The Masses, iPhone For The Rich  —  Our network blog last100 has an interesting interview with Nicolas Gramlich, founder of anddev.org - an online community for Android developers.  As editor Steve O'Hear notes in his intro, there have been issues with Google's mobile OS of late …
Discussion: last100
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
High-Stakes Race to Unlock a Wider Web  —  Critics Say New Technology May Hinder TV Signals  —  The nation's top technology companies have spent millions of dollars and nearly two years building devices, poring over laptops and working in federal labs trying to come up with a new way of …
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
Google's Begun Growing Very Fast  —  I have just seen a press release (in Russian) issued by Begun, the Russian contextual advertising company recently acquired by Google from Rambler.  The ad company reports on the revenue it has received in the first 6 months of 2008 …
Discussion: Mashable!
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Loopt strikes a deal to make massive use of GPS data cost effective  —  Loopt, the location-based social network, uses GPS technology in cellphones to figure out where you are.  Because of this it can tell you things such as which of your friends are around you, or what restaurants you are near.
Discussion: Startup Meme and All Points Blog
Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Here We Go Again: Yahoo! Music Throws Away the DRM Keys  —  Just over a month after consumer backlash caused MSN Music to rescind its decision to deactivate the digital rights management ("DRM") servers that allowed MSN Music purchasers to “reauthorize” music files after upgrading operating systems …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Griping Online?  Comcast Hears and Talks Back  —  PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Dilbeck, 20, a student at the University of Washington, was complaining recently on his blog, Brandon Notices, about Comcast's practice of posting ads in its on-screen programming guide.  —  He assumed he was writing for his own benefit.
Web 2.0 Asia:
A discouraging news for Korean open web movement  —  Open Web, a Korean web forum led by professor Kichang Kim of Korea University is best known for its fight against rampant use of Active X in Korea, lost a lawsuit against the KFTC (Korea Financial Telecommunication and Clearings Comittee).
Discussion: open
Computerworld:
Forrester: Windows Vista rejected like ‘new Coke’ by enterprises  —  Even though it's been out for about 18 months now, the Windows Vista OS doesn't seem to be gaining a lot of traction at large firms, according to survey results released by Forrester Research.  —  SECURITY / more stories...
 
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Dianne See Morrison / paidContent.org:
Italian Prosecutors To Charge Google Execs Over Third-Party Content
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute:
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Open Web Foundation to Keep Data ‘Open’
Media Molecule hits little big time / BBC:
Game On  —  Sony has very high hopes for LittleBigPlanet
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Second Age of Aquarius: Facebook Connect + Facebook Payments …
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Vulnerable to a DNS cache poisoning at home?
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.0 Jailbreak and Unlock Now for Windows
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Toshiba working on a netbook / UMPC that's actually interesting
 Earlier Items: 
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
China says has more people surfing the Web than US
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Source: Facebook's internal valuation is $4 billion. But so what.
Discussion: The PE Data Center
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Blockbuster remembers it bought Movielink for a reason
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft CFO to Wall Street: What gives?  And forget about a Yahoo deal
Discussion: Techland and eWeek
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to show off spherical Surface next week
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Ballmer Soars into the Server Cloud
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Day After: Looking At How Well Knol Pages Rank On Google
 

 
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
WBD says it intends to match one of the offers for NBA rights; a source says it is targeting the package from Amazon, which is for about $1.8B per year

Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: former UK Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi approached billionaire backers like the Reuben family to prepare a £600M bid for The Daily Telegraph and Spectator

Dylan Donnelly / Sky News:
A Russian court sentences Russian-American RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva to six and a half years in prison for spreading “false info” about the Russian army

 
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