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4:37 AM ET, August 1, 2006

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Robert McLaws:
Vista Needs More Time: The Entry I Didn't Want To Write  —  I've been defending Microsoft's ship schedule for Windows Vista for quite some time.  Up to this point, I've been confident that Vista would be at the quality level it needs to be by RC1 to make the launch fantastic.
Brad Stone / Wired News:
Pinch My Ride  —  Ignition keys equipped with signal-emitting chips were supposed to put car thieves out of business.  No such luck - but try telling that to your insurance company.  —  Last summer Emad Wassef walked out of a Target store in Orange County, California, to find a big space where his 2003 Lincoln Navigator had been.
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Hub sets citywide WiFi plan  —  Nonprofit to install `open access' hookups  —  Boston will tap a nonprofit corporation to blanket the city with ``open access" wireless Internet connections, under a plan to be unveiled today by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.  —  The plan, which envisions raising $16 million …
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   Boston WiFi: Non-profit or Non-funded?
Colin Campbell / Next Generation:
ANALYSIS: Ten Reasons for E3's Collapse  —  The picture accompanying this story sums up E3.  It was about big-ness, most especially big crowds.  We won't see scenes like this again.  So why did the hardware manufacturers and big publishers decide E3 was no longer tenable?  Why did the other publishers follow suit.
Discussion: Terra Nova, Blue's News and Joystiq
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
E3 killed! Reborn as "new E3Expo"
Discussion: I4U News and Forever Geek
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Post-BlogHer thoughts  —  These are some random notes on the day after BlogHer.  They're in no special order, and conclusions are scattered all through the narrative, organized thoughts will come later, maybe much later.  —  BlogHer this weekend created a lifetime of memories.
Discussion: Message and Listics
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Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
BlogHer and the issue of unctuousness
Discussion: The Bb Gun, Spidey Senses and Technovia
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
.Mac users mock Apple slogan during outage  —  Web publishing service .Mac just works, sort of...  Apple Computer's latest advertising campaign, pegged to the slogan "It just works," is irritating some .Mac users as they wonder when the service will become operational again.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, GigaOM and Hawk Wings
Amy H. Trang / Courier-Journal:
Illegal downloads create unlikely defendants  —  Music industry seeks to protect copyrights  —  Kathy Hartness is a 47-year-old grandmother, churchgoer and gardener who had never been in trouble with the law — until she was served with papers in June for something she did more than a year ago.
Gizmodo:
Another Flaming Dell Laptop  —  As the old saying goes, when you smell smoke there's probably a fire.  In a Singaporian man's case, he smelled smoke, heard popping noises, and knew it was fire when he saw flames bursting coming out of his Dell laptop.  He quickly plopped his machine into a sink put out the blaze.
Fred / A VC:
Personal Publishing  —  I saw a blog post recently that listed 65 "VC blogs".  It included this blog.  And I am sure that many people think of this blog as a VC blog.  —  But it is not a VC blog.  It is a Fred Wilson blog.  Sure I write about VC, because that's what I do for a living (and for fun too).
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Web Strategy
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Background Tones  —  Way back in the late 90's, we had that weird idea that people could personalise the sound their phone made when it rang.  And so, perhaps the least expected billion dollar market emerged since err...sms a few years earlier.  —  So don't scoff at background tones …
Discussion: SMS Text News and MocoNews.net
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Billy Bragg's MySpace Protest Movement  —  When he is not writing or performing protest songs, the British folk-rocker Billy Bragg is apparently reading the fine print.  —  In May, Mr. Bragg removed his songs from the MySpace.com Web site, complaining that the terms and conditions …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kimberly S. Johnson / Denver Post:
Gasping for air(waves)  —  When EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV head to a Federal Communications Commission auction Aug. 9, they're not simply bidding on wireless airwaves but for survival in a broadband world.  —  The satellite TV companies have teamed up under the name Wireless DBS LLC …
USA Today:
EMusic's pitch: Download song — and own it  —  LOS ANGELES — The smash success of Apple's iPod is paying huge dividends for a less-well-known music industry player, online retailer eMusic.  —  Apple has sold nearly 60 million iPods since 2001, and music fans regularly frequent …
Nicholas Lemann / New Yorker:
AMATEUR HOUR  —  On the Internet, everybody is a millenarian.  Internet journalism, according to those who produce manifestos on its behalf, represents a world-historical development—not so much because of the expressive power of the new medium as because of its accessibility to producers and consumers.
Discussion: Rational rants and BuzzMachine
Adrian Croft / Reuters:
Blair seeks secret of Silicon Valley's success  —  SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - A risk-taking culture and close ties with universities are big reasons for the success of the U.S. computer industry, some of Silicon Valley's brightest stars told Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and digg
Larry Osterman / Larry Osterman's WebLog:
WAIT, THAT WAS MY BUG?  OUCH!  —  Over the weekend, the wires were full with reports of a speech recognition demo at the Microsoft's Financial Analysts Meeting here in Seattle that went horribly wrong.  —  Slashdot had it, Neowin had it, Digg had it, Reuters had it.  It was everywhere.
Dan Dorfman / New York Sun:
Error Knocks Down Google $350 a Share  —  It was like a Wall Street version of one of those Keystone Cops comedies of the 1930s, but at least one investor wasn't laughing.  According to his stockbroker, he almost had a heart attack as a result of what appeared to be an enormous plunge Thursday …
 
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