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3:55 PM ET, August 29, 2007


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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Announcing Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta  —  Now is the time and the time is now: let's talk about Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).  Much has been made of what will or will not be included in SP1 and when it will be released (some accurate, some otherwise).
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.
Discussion: Inquirer, and WinBeta
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].
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   Clown Co. Gets Website and New Name: Hulu
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 …
NokNok - Tap into your Nokia's hidden talents
Discussion: Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
Apple confirms "Special Event" on September 5th  —  Apple Inc. will use a special media event on September 5th to introduce a new array of digital media offerings, according to digital invitations issued to analysts and members of the media Tuesday afternoon.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Next iPod  —  Don't even think about buying an iPod between now and Sept. 5.  Apple has invited the press to a "special event" next week in San Francisco.  And as usual, Apple won't say what it plans to announce.  Or much of anything.  —  But it doesn't take one of Hewlett-Packard's …
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Shares rise as Apple seen revamping iPods
Rumormonger: Yahoo sales chief may be out of the picture  —  On AllThingsD, Kara Swisher has the scoop on some minor personnel moves at Yahoo.  But surprisingly, the reporter who's normally so plugged into the mess at Yahoo may have missed the big news.  One tipster claims that Gregory Coleman …
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
Facebook Developers News Feed:
A Shift to Engagement.  —  As we indicated earlier, today we are introducing new guidelines that will change how applications are ranked in the application directory.  Currently, the focus is on total number of users, but going forward it will be based on user engagement.
Discussion: Unit Structures
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook implements better attention measurement
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Report: 802.11n good enough to chase Ethernet from the enterprise  —  Are we near the point where wireless networks can replace good, old Ethernet?  A new report from The Burton Group answers that question in the affirmative, saying that the increased speeds and other features of 802.11n …
Discussion: Computerworld
David Meyer / CNET
Report: Wi-Fi to supersede wired Ethernet
Discussion: Macsimum News
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 …
Carolyn Feibel / Houston Chronicle:
EarthLink owes Houston $5 million for Wi-Fi delay  —  EarthLink will pay Houston a $5 million penalty, an acknowledgment that the Internet service provider will not meet its first deadline for building a wireless network throughout the city, Mayor Bill White announced this morning.
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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Shelly Banjo / Wall Street Journal:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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Discussion: Gadget Lab
Robin Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Identity Verification Comes to Second Life
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Time of day calling it quits at AT&T  —  It's the end of time …
Jono / jonobacon@home:
Introducing the Hardy Heron
Discussion: CNET and Slashdot
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A distributed centralized social graph - for us all
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Tech IPOs Shut Out the Little Guy
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Quinn / Los Angeles Times:
Dot-com names get dottier
Alexkoc / Windows Genuine Advantage:
So what happened?
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google Web Toolkit jumps out of beta
Discussion: WebProNews
Matt Asay / CNET
Does Google own your content?
Ken Norton / Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog:
How Docs & Spreadsheets grew at Google
Discussion: WebProNews
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho Launches Application Start Page
Antonis Kaladis /
Sad day  —  Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft …