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2:05 PM ET, August 29, 2007

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Brandon LeBlanc / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta White Paper  —  Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta Whitepaper  —  Introduction  —  When developing Windows Vista, Microsoft set out to provide higher levels of productivity, mobility, and security, with lower costs.  After more than six months …
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
WINDOWS SERVER 2008 TIMING UPDATE  —  With over 300,000 downloads of Beta 3 already under our belt, there is a lot of excitement here in Redmond as we get closer to our release candidate milestone for Windows Server 2008.  Customers and partners are very impressed with what they see …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The shroud of secrecy is lifted: Vista SP1 beta due in two weeks  —  After almost a year of hemming and hawing over how and when to acknowledge publicly its plans for Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1, Microsoft finally went public on August 29 with its official schedule and feature set for the awaited update.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: Vista service pack coming in '08
Discussion: TechSpot News
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
NewCo finally gets a name: Hulu  —  News Corp. and NBC Universal have finally announced the name for their much talked about NewCo online video effort: Hulu.  CEO Jason Kilar explains the reasons why they picked the name. … The company is going to go into a private beta in October 2007[8].
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Reuters:
News Corp and NBC Universal name video site Hulu  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp. and NBC Universal said on Wednesday they have named their new online video joint venture Hulu, taking a page from the Internet company tradition of creating meaningless corporate monikers.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Breaking: News Corp. and NBC Universal Unveil Official Name for Online Video Venture  —  This just in... the un-named online video venture from News Corp. and NBC Universal now has a name: Hulu.  Details are just coming in but here is the release:  —  News Corp. and NBC Universal today announced that …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia Goes Web2ish, Launches 4 New Phones, Services  —  Nokia (NOK) is making a splash today with the launch of four new mobile phones, the Nokia music store, a Nokia N-Gage gaming site, and a web services portal called Ovi.  The company announced these new efforts at Go Play, an even the company is hosting in London.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's N81 slider is an 8GB N-Gager
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Nokia announces online music store - takes aim at Apple and mobile carriers
Discussion: Reuters
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho Launches Application Start Page  —  Online office tools provider Zoho today released a beta version of Zoho Start, a launch pad for Zoho's suite of office applications.  Zoho currently offers a suite of 16 separate apps and utilities, and while they have a common login …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's iPhone — no, seriously  —  Oh come on, what the hell is that?  A Nokia branded iPhone?  It was presented during Nokia's GoPlay event this morning as a glimpse of what's coming with Nokia interface design.  Oh, and it's due out next year.  When pressed during the Q …
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NokNok:
NokNok - Tap into your Nokia's hidden talents
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Hadley Stern / Apple Matters:
The Coming Leopard Letdown  —  John Gruber has branched out from his usually excellent blog, Daring Fireball and has started writing for Macworld.  I say good for him (yes, I'm a little jealous, I always thought my words would be good there!).  Although I hope the contract doesn't include doing nothing but heaping praise on Apple.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Channel 9
Alexkoc / Windows Genuine Advantage:
So what happened?  —  Now that we have had time to dive into the details more on what happened that caused the temporary problems last weekend, I want to share what we found so far.  We still have more work to do, but we now understand what occurred and why.
Discussion: PC World: Techlog
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft cites human error in anti-piracy malfunction
Discussion: Technology Live
Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
Japan's Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future  —  TOKYO — Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it.  —  Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United States — and considerably cheaper.  Japan has the world's fastest Internet connections …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Farecast Now Provides Data On Fairness Of Hotel Pricing  —  Seattle based Farecast, a startup that launched about 18 months ago to focus on predicting flight prices and guaranteeing users against increases, just expanded to help people find deals on hotel rooms as well.
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Farecast predicts hotel prices
Discussion: WebProNews
Antonis Kaladis / AutoPatcher.com:
Sad day  —  Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft, requesting the immediate take-down of the download page, which of course means that AutoPatcher is probably history.  As much as we disagree, we can do very little, and although the download page is merely a collection of mirrors, we took the download page down.
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Inside DCSNet, the FBI's Nationwide Eavesdropping Network  —  The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the Freedom of Information Act.
 
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Tech IPOs Shut Out the Little Guy
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Next iPod  —  Don't even think about buying an iPod between now and Sept. 5.
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Yahoo No-Sacred-Cow Vision Quest, Day 43: The Reorganization?
Chris Wetterich / State Journal Register …:
AT&T cancels citywide Wi-Fi plan
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Report: Wi-Fi to supersede wired Ethernet
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Dot-com names get dottier
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google Web Toolkit jumps out of beta
Discussion: WebProNews
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Does Google own your content?
Ken Norton / Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog:
How Docs & Spreadsheets grew at Google
Discussion: WebProNews
Miriam Olsson / CNET News.com:
Tuning his tech chops at Facebook
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Speculation: The Beatles on iTunes Sept. 5
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Amazon, Google, Yahoo, And Others Sued For Automating Their E-mail
Discussion: Techdirt and TechSpot News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adobe Hires Co-Inventor of Image Resizer Technology
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Some Social Networks May Never Support Brand Advertising, IDC Finds
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