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3:35 PM ET, July 30, 2007

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yomiuri.co.jp:
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.
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Japanese revved up for car software standard  —  Japan's economy, trade and industry ministry is planning to develop a standard operating system for car electronics, according to a leading Japanese newspaper.  —  Among the major manufacturers signing on to the development project are Toyota …
Discussion: Slashdot
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:   Ten Japanese Companies Sign on to Develop In-car Operating System
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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.  —  (Note: The original posting listing the fixes has been pulled by AeroXP, with no explanation given.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Vista Performance and Reliability Pack leaked two weeks early
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Verizon:
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: Between the Lines and IP Democracy
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Verizon's Q2 Income Rises 4.5 Percent; Revs Up 6.3 Percent
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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cs.com.cn:
China's Alibaba confirms plan to list in HK  —  China's biggest e-commerce company Alibaba has submitted its first initial public offering (IPO) application to the listing committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and may become the largest high-tech share on the Hong Kong bourse.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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," …
Reuters:
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
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Why Microsoft May Lose Mobile Market to Google
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 …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
eBay wins round in 'Buy it now' patent redux  —  A tiny patent-licensing company has once again lost a plea to prohibit eBay from using its patent covering the auction giant's "Buy it now" feature, but the closely watched battle isn't over yet.  —  Ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   As Expected, Judge Denies eBay Injunction In MercExchange Case
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google lawyer: YouTube filtering system coming this fall  —  YouTube has claimed for months that it would soon be rolling out content filtering tools that could help keep copyrighted material from being uploaded, but details have been vague.  Late last week, a Google lawyer revealed that filtering will be coming this fall.
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.
SmartMoney.com:
UPDATE: KDDI To Offer Email Service Based On Google Email  —  TOKYO -(Dow Jones)- KDDI Corp. (9433.TO), Japan's No. 2 mobile operator, said Monday it will offer a new email service based on Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Gmail.  —  KDDI is in the midst of a price war with companies like NTT DoCoMo Inc. …
BBC:
Cautious welcome for BBC iPlayer  —  The BBC's iPlayer online video service has won a cautious welcome from the first people to download and use it.  —  On chat forums triallists complained about technical problems but others were complimentary about the content on offer and download speeds.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Mashable!
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat 'supersizes' in Las Vegas  —  LAS VEGAS— The 11th annual Black Hat security conference will occupy more space at Caesar's Palace this year in order to accommodate more people, more topics, and, of course, more controversy.  —  The conference kicked off over the weekend …
Discussion: The Register and ADD / XOR / ROL
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Chinese dissident e-mails: what did Yahoo know, and when did it know it?  —  Chinese pro-democracy activist Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison back in 2004 after Yahoo turned over his e-mails to the Chinese government, but the company has publicly claimed that it had no information …
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 …
 
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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Comic Con 07: Viva Pinata DS Announced
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Future iPhones could share data over non-GSM channels
GameDaily:
Bejeweled Turns iPhone Into Gaming Gem
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
An interview with Nintendo's super game designer Shigeru Miyamoto
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
Google Analytics Blog:
Update: Temporary Reporting Delay since Saturday Night
Business Wire:
ValueClick Announces Second Quarter 2007 Results
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Does The RIAA Hate Webcasters?  Webcasters Don't Play Very Much RIAA Music
Guardian:
Top 10 dotcoms to watch
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Dimple: The DAP With A Dimple Instead Of Buttons
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
9th Circuit rules against contract changes by fiat
Karl / dslreports.com:
Copper Thefts, Deaths Continue - $3 per pound means thieves get bolder, dumber...
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
How to land a spacecraft on an asteroid
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Digital Chosunilbo:
Bora Yoon Plays Music in the Key of Mobiles
Discussion: I4U News and ringtonia.com
Business Wire:
Monster Worldwide Reports Second Quarter and Six Months 2007 Results
PC World:
Japanese Porn Industry Embraces Blu-Ray Disc
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Telecoms: It's the network, stupid