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2:45 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.  —  (Note: The original posting listing the fixes has been pulled by AeroXP, with no explanation given.
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
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google vs Jimmy Wales & Open Source Search
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Wants to Have His Cake and Eat it too!
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: IP Democracy and Between the Lines
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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
Business Wire:
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 …
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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
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 and Reuters
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Chinese E-commerce Site Alibaba Readies For Hong Kong IPO
Discussion: alarm:clock
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," …
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.
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. …
Discussion: WebProNews, TechCrunch and Tech.co.uk
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Google Analytics Blog:
Update: Temporary Reporting Delay since Saturday Night  —  There is a temporary reporting delay within Google Analytics accounts.  For most accounts, reporting is current through this past Saturday night.  Please note that no data will be lost - data will continue to be collected and processed during this time.
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: DailyTech and Salon: Machinist
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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BBC:
Cautious welcome for BBC iPlayer
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Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
An interview with Nintendo's super game designer Shigeru Miyamoto
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Guardian:
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Dimple: The DAP With A Dimple Instead Of Buttons
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As Expected, Judge Denies eBay Injunction In MercExchange Case
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...
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Digital Chosunilbo:
Bora Yoon Plays Music in the Key of Mobiles
Discussion: I4U News and ringtonia.com
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Foonz, easy conference calls across mobile phones
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google lawyer: YouTube filtering system coming this fall
Discussion: paidContent.org
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Towards the Attention Economy: Will Attention Silos Ever Open Up?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cisco and Click.tv?  —  I picked up a juicy rumor this weekend …
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Telecoms: It's the network, stupid