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10:45 PM ET, July 30, 2007


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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
Steven Parker /
Vista Performance and Reliability Pack Unofficial Release  —  Thanks Nekrosoft for the news on this major update to Windows Vista that should for most of us improve the speed and reliability of Windows Vista significantly!  —  Please note: These fixes break all current methods …
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 …
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.
Candace Lombardi / CNET
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
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: PC World and The Register
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Will Google Bid On The Wireless Spectrum?  —  Tomorrow, the FCC will vote on rules, proposed by Chairman Kevin Martin, governing the auction of the 700 MHz band of wireless spectrum.  Trying its best to persuade the commission to endorse neutrality in the airwaves, similar to what many want to happen …
Discussion: PC World
Farhad Manjoo / Salon: Machinist:
Google's open-wireless bid: FCC decision Tuesday
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," …
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Qualcomm Backs iPhone Competitor  —  The condition: Apple is unable to do to mobile phones what it did to mp3 players, with subsequent versions of the iPhone acting as market leaders instead of as category killers.  —  The consequence: A bunch of mobile Internet app providers will be able …
Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Technophilia: Get productive with the best Facebook Apps  —  While most people are content with using Facebook to connect with friends and colleagues, Facebook can also help you get things done.  With Facebook apps - third-party plugins - you can make Facebook into your own personal Mr. Belvedere.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Web 2.0 Inefficiency: Crossposting On Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, Etc.  —  So I got my Publishing 2.0 feed set up to crosspost to Facebook and Twitter, but I'm wondering about the utility of doing so, given that most of the people I'm connected to on Facebook and Twitter also subscribe to my regular blog RSS feed.
Discussion: /Message and WinExtra
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Amp'd Mobile asset list full of porn  —  Amp'd Mobile, the mobile entertainment company that burned through $350 million in venture backing before imploding and auctioning off its assets last week, continues to baffle.  —  As mentioned, the chief executive flew around a black helicopter on company expense …
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 …
Anne Broache / CNET
Computer scientists hack Calif. e-voting machines  —  Forgive me if this isn't some major news flash, but let's document it for posterity anyway: University of California computer scientists have recently shown it's possible to carry out a bevy of hacks on electronic voting machines currently certified for use in the Golden State.
Discussion: and The Register
Tom Krazit / CNET
Nvidia gaining ground on Intel, AMD in graphics  —  Nvidia painted a pretty picture in the graphics market during the second quarter.  —  The company's market share soared by 81 percent compared with a year ago, as it overtook AMD's ATI division and erased some of Intel's lead in the market for PC graphics …
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