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6:55 PM ET, August 11, 2007

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Bloomberg:
Google Is Closing Its Video Retailing Operation  —  After buying the video-sharing site YouTube nine months ago for $1.65 billion, Google plans to stop selling television shows on its homegrown video site.  —  The company will stop offering download-to-own and download-to-rent programs on Wednesday …
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to Stop Web Video Rentals, Sales  —  Google Shutting Down a Service That Sold and Rented Online Video, Ending 19-Month Experiment  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. is shutting down a service that sold and rented online video, ending a 19-month experiment doomed by the proliferation …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and HipMojo.com
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Google Video robs customers of the videos they "own"  —  Samuel sez, "Hey guys.  Several months ago, I bought an episode of Star Trek on Google Video, just out of curiosity to see how it worked.  Today I got an email letting me know my videos would stop working in five days."
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Googlified
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Closes Video Marketplace; Users Out Of Luck  —  Google ignominiously shut down its video marketplace today via an email to us and everyone else who's ever tried the service.  The product, announced in January 2006 at CES by Larry Page, was an answer to iTunes' sales of television shows.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Judge Says Unix Copyrights Rightfully Belong to Novell  —  In a decision that may finally settle one of the most bitter legal battles surrounding software widely used in corporate data centers, a federal district court judge in Utah ruled Friday afternoon that Novell, not the SCO Group …
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Court Ruling Gives Novell Copyright in Unix System  —  A federal court in Utah ruled that Novell Inc., not SCO Group Inc., is the rightful owner of the copyright in the Unix operating system.  —  The ruling is a boon to the "open source" software movement and to Linux …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
On getting "Winered" yesterday  —  My friend Dave Winer heckled me from the back row and threw me under the bus on this blog yesterday (insert "with friends like these" joke here).  Dave's complaint was a I was "spamming" from the stage by talking about my latest passion …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft one vote short of fast-track OOXML ISO standardization  —  Executive board members of the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), the organization that represents the United States in ISO standardization deliberations, recently held an internal poll …
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ConsortiumInfo.org The Standards Blog:   OOXML Approval Vote Fails in INCITS
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple's iPhone: yes, it plays Doom  —  Considering that Doom runs smooth as butter on Nokia's 770, the OLPC XO, and the iPod, you knew it was only a matter of time before this classic made its way over to the iPhone.  Just in time for the weekend, Doom is now available for Apple's first handset.
Discussion: iPhone World
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Dennis / iPhone World:
id Software Doom on iPhone!  —  More great games for the iPhone keep coming.  The latest addition is an iPhone port of the classic id Software game Doom.  And while the controller doesn't work as of yet and there's no audio, you can at least check out the demo games and be sure …
Discussion: Mobilewhack, Gizmodo and IntoMobile
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
How much equity for investors and employees?  —  Entrepreneurs face some pretty tough questions at a very early stage.  Should I take Angel or VC money?  How much money should I raise?  How much equity should I give up?  How much equity should I grant to early employees?
Discussion: David Dalka and Paul Graham
Jeremy Jones / O'Reilly ONLamp Blog:
Is Firefox on Mac Unusable?  —  I'm running Firefox 2.0.0.6 on my (relatively) new (intel) Mac.  Problem is that Firefox locks up several times a day.  I found a forum which suggested disabling the anti-phishing functionality.  Several people seemed to have benefited from said disabling.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Kid saves dad's life, kid wants PS3 in return  —  On the surface, a PlayStation 3 doesn't seem like too much to give a person for saving your life, but when the request comes from the little man to whom you (in one way or another) gave life, things aren't so clear.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
iPhone bill is surprisingly Xbox HUGE (lol)  —  As you enjoy your weekend, ponder this bit of humor: while the iPhone may be master of the digital mobile experience (for now), dead trees come in for a flogging, as AT&T's iPhone bills are quite impressive in their own right.
 
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