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2:20 PM ET, June 27, 2007


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Windows Live Moves Into Next Phase with Renewed Focus on Software + Services  —  Q&A: Chris Jones, corporate vice president, Windows Live Experience Program Management, discusses how a new Windows Live product suite planned for release in the coming months will help customers more easily and safely communicate and share online.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Live Lives, But How Well? … Today Microsoft is taking wraps off …
Discussion: MSTechToday
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
EXCLUSIVE: What is WiiWare?  Level Up Gets the Scoop On Nintendo's Brand New Bag  —  Patience is a virtue, a wise man once said, and nowhere is this more true than the circumstances surrounding the story we're about to bring you right now.  A month or so before the March Game Developers Conference …
NINTENDO'S WIIWARE PAVES THE WAY FOR FRESH GAMES, COOL CONSUMER EXPERIENCES  —  Nintendo Sets a New Paradigm: One Game Can Still Make a Difference  —  The search for the next ingeniously ground-breaking video game has begun.  At a private developers conference this week …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo's WiiWare to sell new, downloadable games
Discussion: The Browser
Critical Consensus: The iPhone scorecard  —  The iPhone scorecard  —  The first four hands-on reviews of Apple's new wonderphone came out yesterday.  The critical consensus?  Buy the amazing device, if you can afford it.  We gave scores out of ten — in ten categories.
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
The iPhone keyboard comes in peace  —  Another day, another video.  Today's Apple iPhone video looks at the controversial touch-screen keyboard.  We've heard how it takes a bit of getting used to and the video is designed to help you understand how steep the learning curve is and what's going on behind the scenes to make it all work.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
Beware the Magical IPhone
BBC Press Office:
BBC iPlayer to launch on 27 July  —  The BBC's on-demand TV service, BBC iPlayer, is to launch on 27 July, it was announced today by Ashley Highfield, Director of Future Media & Technology.  —  "BBC iPlayer is a free catch-up service for UK licence fee payers," said Highfield.
BBC:   BBC web downloads set to launch
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Controversial BBC iPlayer launching this fall; open beta on July 27
Discussion: WebProNews
Michael Gartenberg:
T-Mobile introduces Hotspot@Home - First Take  —  One of the most exciting phones I have used recently doesn't look like much.  When I use it in public, crowds don't gather to ogle it.  Thanks to T-Mobile's Hotspot@Home offering, however, underneath it's benign appearance lies a set …
Discussion: GigaOM, jkOnTheRun and BetaNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fixed Mobile Networks Converge, TMobile launches HotSpot@Home
Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace, Chasing YouTube, Upgrades Its Offerings  —  Two years ago, millions of MySpace users began adding video clips to their profile pages, helping to give rise to YouTube, which Google bought last October for $1.65 billion.  —  This week, MySpace, a division of the News Corporation …
Robert Mullins / PC World:
IBM, HP Share Bragging Rights on Supercomputer List  —  IBM Corp. still operates the fastest supercomputer in the industry, but rival Hewlett-Packard Co. has more of them in operation, according to a closely-watched global survey released Wednesday.  —  HP has passed IBM in the number …
Discussion: DailyTech and Computerworld
Scott Ferguson /   Intel Offers New Cable Design for HPC
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
When You've Got To Go, Go To  —  MizPee is a new service focused on delivering pertinent information regarding the location of nearby restrooms.  —  Using MizPee is as simple as surfing to via a mobile device browser.  Users simply enter their location and MizPee delivers …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Put your photos on a map, and Picasa on your phone  —  Posted by Ping Chen and Joel Onofrio, Software Engineers  —  If you've ever seen a great picture and wondered where it was, wished you could visit that exact spot yourself, or found yourself itching to share a great photo with somebody …
Evan Ratliff / Wired News:
Google Maps Is Changing the Way We See the World
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
SUMMER'S HERE AND SO IS THE JUNE 2007 CTP  —  MSDN and TechNet subscribers - get your shorts on and your skateboards out!!  Windows Server 2008 Technical Beta participants - slip into those bikinis and hit the pool!!  That's right - the June 2007 Community Technology Preview of Windows Server 2008 is here!
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Netcraft
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Windows Server 2008 makes hosting debut at
Discussion: PC World
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's iPhone dock includes Bluetooth headset charger — but is it free?  —  See that dock?  Yeah, it's the first official confirmation of a rumored Bluetooth Headset port which allows the dock to simultaneously charge both your iPhone and Apple headset.  It was just posted to Apple's new iPhone Q&A page.
Chippy / UMPCPortal feed.:
Raon Digital Everun.  Exclusive preview video.  —  I feel very privileged to be able to air this introduction video of the Raon Digital Everun that will be on sale next month.  Thanks to Raon Digital and a meeting schedule that took them through my neck of the woods I was able to meet up with them …
Kennethn / Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog:
An entirely new way to stay organized  —  Posted by: Ron Schneider, Technical Lead, Google Docs & Spreadsheets  —  Today we introduced some exciting changes to Google Docs & Spreadsheets.  —  Here's what's new:  — Looking pretty - The entire document list has been given a complete visual overhaul …
Tim Ferguson / ZDNet:
Vodafone to be iPhone operator in Europe?  —  Vodafone is among the frontrunners to become the network operator for Apple's iPhone when it comes to Europe, according to investment bank Credit Suisse.  —  A recent Credit Suisse research note said the U.K.-based mobile operator could walk away …
Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
Firmware 1.82 Coming Soon...  Hey everyone, you told us you wanted to hear about updates a few days in advance, so here's a quick heads up that we have a PS3 firmware update in the works.  Scheduled for release in the next few days, firmware 1.82 is an update that enables the playback of AVC High Profile (H.264/MPEG-4) files.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
ISP as copyright cop: Aussie ISP kills all user multimedia files nightly  —  Envision a world where your ISP does the copyright policing at the behest of the movie studios, television networks, and music labels, where no copyrighted content stays up on a user's account for more than 24 hours.
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