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6:50 PM ET, July 30, 2007

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AeroXperience:
KB938979 to Fix File Transfer Woes.  No, really.  —  Want to copy a file from one partition on your drive to another?  As anyone using Windows Vista knows, it'll take twice your lifetime to finish.  —  In Windows Server 2008, Microsoft decided to [fix file transfer problems] …
Discussion: PC World
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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
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 …
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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Will Google Bid On The Wireless Spectrum?
Discussion: PC World
Farhad Manjoo / Salon: Machinist:
Google's open-wireless bid: FCC decision Tuesday
Discussion: dslreports.com
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
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 …
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Michael Gartenberg:   The Best is Still the Enemy of the Good
Valleywag:
Online Advertising: Facebook's secret rate card  —  Here's a new Facebook revenue estimate to think about: $90 million a year — from sponsorships alone.  Sure, I've poked fun at Facebook's fanciful figures.  The social network's board members, after all, can't get their stories straight …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
How to Fix Yahoo!: Building a Yahoo! Platform  —  As part of our focus on Yahoo!'s next 100 days this week, I am going to dive into how I would go about fixing the company.  Or at least starting along that path.  According to comScore, Yahoo! is the 3rd most visited collection of web properties worldwide …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   All New My Yahoo  —  There's an all new My Yahoo (upgrade URL) …
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," …
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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Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Rumor: Best Buy done with Xbox 360 core model  —  For those hoping that the expected $50 Xbox 360 price cut would bring the Core model down to the Wii-diculously great price of $250, we got some bad news.  According to a source at Best Buy who sent Joystiq these images …
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
GameDaily:
Bejeweled Turns iPhone Into Gaming Gem  —  PopCap Games has announced a free web version of Bejeweled for Apple's iPhone that's now available via the Safari browser.  —  PopCap Games, the multi-platform casual game company best known for its popular titles such as Bejeweled and Chuzzle …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
ICANN wants your feedback on registrar reform  —  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is making progress on revamping its contract to better protect customers from registrar meltdown, and is now asking the public for feedback.  The organization launched …
Discussion: The Register
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
A-List Technology Bloggers: What Are They Good For?  —  Mike Torres has a blog post entitled A-listers don't always "get it" where he writes … After seeing the various posts about Facebook over the weekend, I think it is now safe to say that a lot of the popular technology bloggers …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
WIRED AND THE LONG TAIL OF SECOND LIFE MARKETING  —  Last Friday I contacted Wired Magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson about my critique of Frank Rose's article on failed marketing in Second Life, to get his perspective.  Chris told me he agreed with the article, and Rose's subsequent defense of it.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Infocult
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. …
 
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Times and NBC News to Collaborate on Coverage of '08 Campaign
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony and 3M settle intellectual property dispute
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
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Web 2.0 Inefficiency: Crossposting On Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, Etc.
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Direct2Dell:
Latest on the XPS M1330 Notebook
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
New Scrutiny for Facebook Over Predators
BBC:
Cautious welcome for BBC iPlayer
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 Earlier Items: 
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
cs.com.cn:
China's Alibaba confirms plan to list in HK
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As Expected, Judge Denies eBay Injunction In MercExchange Case
Discussion: CNET News.com
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Verizon Set To Terrorize 700k New Users In 2008
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat 'supersizes' in Las Vegas
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Towards the Attention Economy: Will Attention Silos Ever Open Up?