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2:05 PM ET, August 2, 2007

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CraigE / Mac Mojo:
Office 2008 Coming January 2008  —  We announced today that Office 2008 for Mac will be released to manufacturing ("RTM") this December, which will allow for retail availability in the US in mid-January (planning for Macworld), and allow us to deliver Office 2008 to our volume license customers …
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Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Microsoft delays release of Office for Mac 2008  —  Mac users must wait until next year for fresh versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint: Microsoft has moved its intended launch of Office for Mac 2008 to January from the second half of this year.  —  "We had hoped to hit the Christmas selling season …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why Microsoft Can't Deliver Office for Mac on Time
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Microsoft delays release of Office 2008 for Mac
Wall Street Journal:
Google Pushes Tailored Phones To Win Lucrative Ad Market  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Google, Apple, AT&T, Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group, Deutsche Telekom, Sprint Nextel, Nokia, Walt Disney  —  Google Inc. is searching for growth in cellphones.
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Search Engine Land:
Wall Street Journal: Google Phone In Development  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is making a push to court wireless carriers in an effort to accelerate mobile ad distribution and revenue growth.  The article also contends that Google is actively working a mobile handset …
Discussion: Computerworld and Screenwerk
sony.net:
Public Notice to Owners of Sony "Cyber-shot" DSC-T5 Digital Still Cameras  —  Thank you for your continued interest in Sony Products.  —  Sony has recently discovered that, with certain units of its Digital Still Camera "Cyber-shot" DSC-T5 released on the market in September 2005 …
Discussion: Digital Trends and BetaNews
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Sony offers repair on 416,000 Cyber-shot cameras  —  Sony announced plans today to offer repairs on the casings of 416,000 Cyber-shot DSC-T5 digital cameras the company has sold, as the bottom plating can warp and create a sharp edge which can cut or scratch user's hands.
Discussion: Crave and TECH.BLORGE.com
Associated Press:
Sony Recalls 416,000 Digital Cameras
Discussion: Inquirer
BBC:
Microsoft tries free office suite  —  Free copies of some of Microsoft's office software will soon be available.  —  The software giant said it would make ad-supported copies of the Works package available within "months".  —  The programs will not run in a web browser but will be installed …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft preps first ad-supported client software pilot  —  Microsoft's first ad-supported office suite is almost here, it just happens to not be Microsoft Office.  The Redmond giant has opted to use a more expendable test subject for its foray into ad-supported software: the much overlooked Microsoft Works.
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Bubble 2.0 Coming Soon  —  Every single person working in the media today who experienced the dot-com bubble in 1999 to 2000 believes that we are going through the exact same process and can expect the exact same results—a bust.  It's déjà vu all over again.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick:
John Dvorak isn't just cranky, he's cranky and wrong
Discussion: Business Week and CostPerNews
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
MySpace Nabs Lonelygirl15 Finale  —  In a deal that signals the ascendance of the independent video creator, MySpace will host and feature the Lonelygirl15 season finale this Friday.  The finale, a culmination of the series to date, with 12 episodes released every hour over starting at 8 a.m. Pacific …
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Business Wire:   LonelyGirl15 Finds Friends on MySpace — Season One Finale '12 …
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Two Worlds Collide: Oops, iPhone Display Needs to Reboot, Runs Windows XP  —  Oops, iPhone Display Needs to Reboot, Runs Windows XP  —  Hey PC fanboys, now you can use this shot of a Windows XP display at an AT&T store when those smug Mac worshipers tell you about how such-and-such Zune commercial …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Forever Geek and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WebbAlert: A Lot Like Rocketboom, Except It's Interesting  —  WebbAlert, a new daily (Monday - Thursday) video news show hosted by X-Play's Morgan Webb, launches this morning at 2 am PST.  The focus of the show will be the major breaking technology and gaming news of the day.
Jacqueline Palank / New York Times:
Content Makers Are Accused of Exaggerating Copyright  —  An association of computer and communication companies, including Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, on Wednesday accused several professional sports leagues, book publishers and other media companies of misleading and threatening consumers with overstated copyright warnings.
Discussion: TeleRead and CinemaTech
Steven Schwankert / Computerworld:
D'oh!  Homer 'photo' exposes Chinese media piracy  —  No, it's not a Simpsons episode plotline (yet, anyway)  —  A photo of Homer Simpson accompanying a genuine article about multiple sclerosis (MS) has exposed Chinese state-run media's penchant for using images without permission.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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