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2:05 PM ET, July 30, 2007


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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Vista fix packs provide updates promised for SP1  —  Microsoft has rolled out to select testers two new Windows Vista fix packs that deliver many of the same updates expected to be provided by Vista Service Pack (SP) 1.  —  The fix packs (detailed in Knowledge Base articles 938194 and 938979) …
Discussion: BetaNews and istartedsomething
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Vista Performance and Reliability Pack leaked two weeks early
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Wikia acquires Grub distributed search indexing system  —  Wikia, the company created by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, has acquired the Grub distributed indexing system from LookSmart and is preparing to distribute Grub's code under an open source license.  Wikia plans to use Grub …
Discussion: alarm:clock
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google vs Jimmy Wales & Open Source Search  —  Jimmy Wales, the founder of not-for profit Wikipedia and for-profit, San Mateo, Calif.-based Wikia is part of a growing number of people who are discomforted by the growing control Google over search.  And he is doing something about it.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Wants to Have His Cake and Eat it too!
Verizon Posts Strong 2Q 2007 Results Highlighted by Gains in Earnings, Consolidated Margins and Cash Flows  —  Accelerating Revenue Growth Builds Momentum in Strategic Wireless, Broadband and Business Markets  —  2Q 2007 HIGHLIGHTS  —  Consolidated Results
Discussion: IP Democracy and Between the Lines
David Kaplan /
Earnings: Verizon's Q2 Income Rises 4.5 Percent; Revs Up 6.3 Percent  —  Gains in wireless subscribers helped boost Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Q2 profits 4.5 percent to $1.7 billion, or 58 cents a share, from $1.6 billion, or 55 cents, last year.  Revenues for Q2 were also up 6.3 percent to $23.3 billion.
Discussion: PC World
Monster Worldwide Reports Second Quarter and Six Months 2007 Results  —  Announces Restructuring Plan to Invest in Growth and Reduce Costs  —  Total Revenue Grows 20% to $331 Million; Careers Revenue Rises 23%  —  Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations at $0.22 …
Business Wire:
ValueClick Announces Second Quarter 2007 Results  —  Company Closes the MeziMedia Acquisition and Increases Share Repurchase Authorization to $100 Million  —  WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—ValueClick, Inc. (Nasdaq:VCLK - News) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2007.
Gates Sees no Google Threat in Phone Software: Report  —  Gates told the New York Times it was unlikely Google would be able to make inroads into Microsoft's share of the market for mobile phone software.  —  Recommend this story?  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp.'s Bill Gates does …
Discussion: Epicenter
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Why Microsoft May Lose Mobile Market to Google
PC World:
Japanese Porn Industry Embraces Blu-Ray Disc  —  Japanese adult film makers have turned decisively to Blu-ray Disc, breathing new life into its bid to replace DVDs as the disc of choice for home movies.  —  Recommend this story?  —  The HD DVD high-definition movie format may have the lead …
Discussion: Salon: Machinist and CrunchGear
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:   HD DVD Camp Scoffs at Blu-ray, Target Deal
Robert Andrews /
Chinese E-commerce Site Alibaba Readies For Hong Kong IPO  —  Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has submitted its application to float on the Hong Kong stock market in an IPO expected to raise HK $7.8 billion (US $1 billion), China Securities Journal reported.  The deal is being managed by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.
Discussion: alarm:clock
China's Alibaba confirms plan to list in HK
Discussion: Reuters
Tyler / iPhoneology:
iPhone Firmware Hints at New Apps, Widgets  —  While browsing through my iPhone's firmware a few days ago, I came across something very interesting in one of the system preference files, "Default ApplicationState.plist."  Among the expected names, like "mobileipod" and "Weather," …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Gizmodo and Mobility Site
10 automakers to jointly develop OS  —  The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry will start developing jointly with 10 automakers an operating system for automotive electronics, it has been learned.  —  The decision will be announced this week, a ministry source said.
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC to Rule on Wireless Auction  —  Lobbying Intense As Google Seeks To Open Market  —  The Federal Communications Commission will set the rules tomorrow governing the auction of $15 billion of public airwaves, a decision with stakes so high that the major U.S. cellular carriers and Google …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Verizon Set To Terrorize 700k New Users In 2008  —  If any of our readers are Rural Cellular subscribers then get out NOW!  We don't have time for questions.  Just do it.  Verizon is taking the necessary steps to make your life a living hell in the first half of 2008 with the announcement today …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Towards the Attention Economy: Will Attention Silos Ever Open Up?  —  We have written extensively at Read/WriteWeb about Attention and the Attention Economy.  As a concept attention makes sense to anyone who is online today.  We know when we are paying attention and we know what we are paying attention to.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Does The RIAA Hate Webcasters?  Webcasters Don't Play Very Much RIAA Music  —  from the nothing-like-a-little-competitive- pressure,-huh?  dept  —  Back in March, when the word came out that the new royalty rates for webcasting were much higher than in the past, we were confused.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Listening Post
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Foonz, easy conference calls across mobile phones
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google lawyer: YouTube filtering system coming this fall
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cisco and  —  I picked up a juicy rumor this weekend …
Jon Fortt / The Utility Belt:
The iPhone's secret sauce? Software.
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Telecoms: It's the network, stupid
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
"Attempted infringment" appears in new House intellectual property bill