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4:45 PM ET, August 2, 2007

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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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Eric Norlin / Defrag blog:
Because I'm a sucker  —  My oh my, turn on the blogosphere this morning and what do I find?  A serious brouhaha brewing and boiling because Dvorak went and wrote the tiresome, "Bubble 2.0″ ("we're in one and it'll end badly").  Go read all of the techmeme links if you want the full skinny …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick:
John Dvorak isn't just cranky, he's cranky and wrong  —  Update: Lots of responses here, I'll try to post a reply to the critical ones as soon as I can.  Thanks for stopping by!  —  John C. Dvorak, Cranky Geek and long respected old dude, has penned a shallow but multi-part whine …
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Bubble 2.0 Coming Soon
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
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
HandHeld To Acquire eBaum's World For $17 Million  —  Another deal from HandHeld Entertainment, which continues to roll up traffic and content.  This time the company is picking up user-gen site eBaum'sWorld for $15 million in cash at closing and a possible total of $52.5 million in cash and stock over three years.
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Business Wire:
HandHeld Entertainment to Acquire eBaum's World, a Premier Online Entertainment Site
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
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.
Discussion: Inquirer
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BBC:
Microsoft tries free office suite
Discussion: Slashdot
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Google/YouTube Slammed By Japanese Coalition  —  A new report claims that a group of Japanese music, film and television representatives held a press conference in Tokyo yesterday to complain about copyright violations on YouTube.  One composer, Hideki Matsutake (pictured right ) …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Japanese Companies Slam YouTube
Discussion: Inquirer
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Third generation HD DVD players on October 1st?  —  There's no doubt that the HD Format war is in full swing, and just when the Blu-ray camp thinks they're going to catch up with HD DVD's full featured players, HD DVD raises the bar.  We'll probably have to wait 'till CEDIA to get the official word …
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Tyler Pruitt / Format War Central:
Toshiba to Launch 3rd Gen HD DVD Players October 1st HD-A3, HD-A30, HD-A35
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
VMware Fusion for Mac Due Aug. 6  —  VMware's Fusion software for Apple's Macintosh will hit the market Aug. 6, after months of testing and beta releases.  —  The software, which allows a number of operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux and Sun Microsystems' Solaris to run on the Mac …
Chris Hansen / MSNBC:
Hot iPods: Is there a way to stop thieves cold?  A Dateline hidden camera investigation. … Frustrated iPod owners are angry, their music taken from them by thieves Dateline caught on hidden camera.  —  Story continues below ↓  —  advertisement  —  On Dateline Wednesday …
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Uses Crowdsourcing To Create Maps In India  —  Google has been sending GPS kits to India that enable locals to make more detailed maps of their area.  After the data has been uploaded and then verified against other participant's data it becomes a part of the map.
Discussion: Startup Dunia
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
DRM Scorecard: Hackers Batting 1000, Industry Zero  —  Forget the moral questions: Whether the millions of kids who load up their iPods from LimeWire are thieves, or whether there's something incongruous about Sheryl Crow, a millionaire many times over, railing against piracy.
Discussion: Podcasting News and Tech_Space
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The latest "shiny social object": an open/controllable social network?
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Associated Press:
Man nabbed in hacking of Dane's e-mails
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia Dials N-Series For Profits
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yelp API Released
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Sam / Signal vs. Noise:
An under-the-hood look at the new Backpack
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BBC:
Britain 'failing' net speed tests
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
New News Site: The Newsier Newser
Steven Schwankert / Computerworld:
D'oh! Homer 'photo' exposes Chinese media piracy
Skip Navigation / ice.gov:
Protecting National Security and Upholding Public Safety
Jacqueline Palank / New York Times:
Content Makers Are Accused of Exaggerating Copyright
Discussion: TeleRead and CinemaTech