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8:00 PM ET, July 28, 2007

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Fred / A VC:
Declaring Bankruptcy  —  I've done that a few times on this blog, both times related to email overload.  It's a dangerous thing to do.  Bankruptcy is a loaded work, particularly coming from someone who's in the money business.  The media loves to run a headline with the word bankruptcy in it.
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Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
Jason decides Facebook is not the golden fleece  —  Jason Calacanis is fed up with Facebook.  (I'll skip the part where I observe admiringly that Jason, who is Twittering more and blogging less this summer, knows that writing a Saturday-morning Dvorak troll post will tweak Facebook cultists into lighting-up his in-coming linkometer.)
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Sanity check: How Microsoft beat Linux in China and what it means for freedom, justice, and the price of software  —  Who remembers Red Flag Linux?  Born during the dot-com boom and officially financed and adopted by the Chinese government, Red Flag Linux was supposed to be China's answer …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Tims / Tim Sneath:
SILVERLIGHT 1.0 RC1 IS HERE!  —  As indicated in a previous post, we're homing in on the launch of Silverlight 1.0, and today marks another milestone with the launch of the first release candidate.  Since the beta we released at MIX, we've fixed approximately 2000 bugs and work items and we're …
Brian White / Engadget Mobile:
Telstra iPhone SIM hack video  —  Although the voiceover on this YouTube video was almost too soothing to listen to, the demo being explained definitely got our excitable attention.  We're not sure about this hack's details, but the user demonstrating his iPhone's non-AT&T outgoing call usage here gets two thumbs up from us.
Discussion: Rev2.org and Mobility Site
iPhone Alley:
iFuntastic 2.0 released with added features  —  bitSplit, the man that brought you iFuntastic, has released version 2.0, which improves functionality and adds some new features.  If you've been living under a rock lately, the iPhone Dev Wiki hackers have been hard at work on all sorts of nifty hacks for the iPhone.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Video Game Matches to Be Televised on CBS  —  The magic of television has already transformed everything from motorcycle acrobatics to poker into living-room spectator sports, not to mention turning competitive singing into a national obsession.  Next on the list: video games.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
PhotoBlog: Silicon Valley elite swarms to the Techcrunch 9 Party  —  Planet Earth > United States > San Francisco Bay Area > Menlo Park > Sand Hill Road > August Capital > Nucleus of Tech Industry  —  Many of the tech elite swarmed at this social and product demo in the epicenter of Silicon Valley.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Michael Shorrock / PlayStation.Blog:
New Rockstar Games Franchise Exclusive to the PS3  —  This is Michael Shorrock.  I'm the Director of 3rd Party Relations at SCEA.  As you may have seen this morning/last night on GameHead with Geoff Keighley, we are announcing that a new franchise from Rockstar Games will be exclusive to PS3.
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and digg
Peterb / DefectiveByDesign.org:
BBC Corrupted  —  Tuesday, August 14, protest the Corruption of the BBC - sign up NOW!  —  Today the BBC made it official — they have been corrupted by Microsoft.  With today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Engadget and digg
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
D.C.'s P2P Summer Spectacle  —  You know it's summer when everyone in Washington is suddenly talking about P2P.  College students who otherwise might protest bad legislation are busy getting stoned in Europe.  High temperatures drive lobbyists into pit bull-like attack mode.
Discussion: Steve Sloan …
Peter White / Download Squad:
Big names backing internet video company  —  Now you may not recognize the name Steve Wozniak.  He never really did anything important.  He had a hand in starting some little company, named after a piece of fruit or something.  Doesn't really have any significance in today's world.
Discussion: Reuters
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Facial Recognition Comes to Live Search  —  From the blog post on the [Windows] Live Search team's blog entitled Three new features in Live Search Images we learn … The feature works pretty well as long as you enclose the name of the person in quotes and use the image search tab.
G. Pascal Zachary / New York Times:
In a Highly Complex World, Innovation From the Top Down  —  USER-GENERATED content — from Wikipedia to YouTube to open-source software — is generating waves of excitement.  But the opening of innovation to wider numbers of people obscures another trend: many of the most popular new products …
Intel:
Intel States Its Actions in Europe Benefit Consumers  —  Intel Corporation today issued the following statement from Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel, in response to the decision by the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition to issue a statement …
Discussion: Macworld, MacUser and DailyTech
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europa.eu:
Competition: Commission confirms sending of Statement of Objections to Intel
Discussion: Inquirer, Guardian and The Tech Report
 
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Associated Press:
For YouTube, a System to Halt Copyright-Infringing Videos
Discussion: CinemaTech and TECH.BLORGE.com
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek To Live: Manage your life via SMS
Discussion: digg
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Pics: Google Streetview Camera Vehicles Spotted All Over US
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Xbox overtakes Wii As Most Searched for Console
Discussion: TechWeb and WebProNews
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