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9:55 PM ET, September 1, 2006


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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.
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: Daily SearchCast
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.
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
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 …
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
Brazil judge orders Google to disclose users' data  —Text+SAO PAULO, Brazil, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge has ordered the local office of Web search company Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) to disclose the data of users of Google's social networking site Orkut accused of crimes like racism or child pornography.
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6 and Valleywag
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
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 …
Intel's Merom to power Apple's next-gen iMacs  —  Apple Computer in September plans to unveil a new line of iMac computers with faster processors and a little surprise to boot, AppleInsider has learned.  —  It will be the third time the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has introduced upgrades …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
From Google to Kaboodle  —  That's Courtney Hohne, PR manager at Google (she's pulling some of the hard-to-come-by Google stickers out of her bag to give to me, gotta love a PR person who hands out swag.  I promptly stuck one on my tripod).  —  Her claim to fame?
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
Shelley / The Bb Gun:
What will work  —  Both Tara Hunt and The Head Lemur have written on the Office 2.0 conference and the fact that of the 53 speakers, only one is a woman.  Exactly one.  —  This isn't a conference on esoteric technology where the participants rush out and say, 'There are no women who do X', whatever 'X' is.
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 …
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
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Toshiba drops a bomb: Gigabeat V in the US
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Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Yahoo! Answers Tests New Search Integration Interface
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Adjusts Site Results
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Google Personalized Search and Bigtable
Chris Taylor / Business 2.0:
Talent hunting in the counterculture
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Coming To Video Games: Live Ads
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Discussion: I4U News, Lifeblog and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Cries Foul At Stolen Interface
Discussion: digg
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Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
ISPs fight against encrypted BitTorrent downloads
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
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Discussion: Joystiq and DigitalBattle
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Pioneer planning BDR-103 HD DVD/Blu-ray combo drive