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6:40 PM ET, September 1, 2006


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Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Wal-Mart and Apple Battle for Turf  —  The retail behemoth isn't happy about the iPod maker's plans to offer movie downloads through iTunes.  Has Wal-Mart met its match?  —  The guy from Bentonville, Ark., surely isn't on any of Hollywood's leading man lists.
Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek Online:
Exclusive: Movie Downloads on iTunes By Mid-September  —  Coming soon to a Mac or PC near you: Movies on iTunes.  My BusinessWeek colleague Ron Grover has exclusive details about how how Wal-Mart, as the largest seller of DVDs — it sells about 40% of DVDs produced — is unhappy at the prospect …
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
It's Official: Windows Vista RC1 Is Complete  —  This just in: Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin has just now posted an announcement that RC1 is complete on the TechBeta/TAP site (note that it's password-protected).  We're reproducing the text here so that you all can see his comments.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Language Wars  —  An old friend emailed me to ask: … Ah, an excellent question, simultaneously impossible to answer and very easy to answer!  —  Sorry, I should stop speaking in riddles.  A while ago I wrote an article called Lord Palmerston on Programming in which I claimed …
Loud Thinking:
Fear, Uncertain, and Doubt by Joel Spolsky  —  Joel Spolsky is a good writer.  I've thoroughly enjoyed many of his pieces.  Language Wars is not one of them.  Actually, let me recant that.  It's not entirely true.  I did enjoy his latest piece on one level.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Image Labeler  —  Google released the Google Image Labeler game.  The idea is that you will be labeling images along with a random partner, in real-time.  When you both find the same keywords, you score points and advance to the next round.  A high-score table shows who scored the most points.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Images Labeler: Google's Challenge To Flickr?  —  Google Blogoscoped spotted the Google Image Labeler game, designed to help Google improve its image search results through tagging.  It feels like a catch-up game with human-powered efforts that Yahoo is embracing via Flickr …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Daily SearchCast
San Francisco Chronicle:
Phishing expedition at heart of AT&T hacking  —  When AT&T said in a press release this week that "unauthorized persons illegally hacked into a computer system and accessed personal data" from thousands of DSL customers, it wasn't telling the whole story.  —  Internal company documents show …
Josh Jones / DreamHost Blog:
Phishing Phor Phishers
Discussion: digg
Intel expected to cut thousands of jobs  —  update Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini is expected to announce a massive layoff as soon as Tuesday that could eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs, CNET has learned.  —  The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker, having suffered several …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
It's the small things at Google that impress  —  I visited the Googleplex for the third time yesterday.  I'm still thinking through what I learned that was different from prior trips.  More later (they didn't have me sign an NDA, so I can share whatever I learned with you …
Discussion: SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog
Jo Best / CNET
Samsung claims to have cracked 4G  —  Samsung is claiming to have cracked 4G, while most of the mobile industry couldn't tell you what it is yet.  —  The electronics giant planned to demonstrate the high-speed technology at the Samsung 4G Forum, which runs through Friday on Jeju Island, South Korea.
Ted Samson / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
Samsung breaks 4G barrier
Discussion: Slashdot
NORTEL ADVANCES BUSINESS STRATEGY WITH PROPOSED SALE OF UMTS ACCESS BUSINESS TO ALCATEL  —  REFINES FOCUS ON NEXT-GENERATION MOBILITY  —  TORONTO - Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] announced that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding for the sale of its UMTS access business to Alcatel …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Samsung Q1P UMPC adds a missing link: HSDPA  —  Two short weeks ago we heard about the Samsung Q1-SSD with flash drive and the Q1b which will sport a Via processor.  Get ready for the Q1P, which will also have a Via CPU but adds HDSPA connectivity.  The announcement just hit at the IFA show …
Discussion: Engadget and The Mobile Gadgeteer
Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
The New Barbarians  —  Free software.  Bargain chips.  The always-on Internet.  Today's tech giants are in danger.  But the next big boom has already begun.  —  William Coleman doesn't need to make another fortune in high-tech.  He is 58 years old and—twice—has earned more than enough money to retire.
Discussion: Valleywag
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Pioneer planning BDR-103 HD DVD/Blu-ray combo drive  —  Samsung got our hopes up and then dashed them.  Same with LG.  But ever since Ricoh announced its "smart" blue laser diode that can recognize what type of disc has been inserted and adjust the beam accordingly, we've been cautiously optimistic …
Discussion: Gizmodo, HD Beat, and CrunchGear
Chris Taylor / Business 2.0:
Talent hunting in the counterculture  —  Pyromaniacs on the payroll?  Sure.  Counterculture events like this week's Burning Man attract exactly the kind of creative people you want working for you.  —  (Business 2. Magazine) — If you want to make an appointment to see Larry Page …
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