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12:25 PM ET, August 29, 2007

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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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Bonnie Cha / CNET News.com:
Nokia N95: Bigger, badder and made for the USA  —  Man, does it feel like Christmas in August or what?  Yeah, you know what I'm talking 'bout.  In addition to several other product and service announcements today, Nokia introduced two new models of the coveted Nokia N95 smart phone: an 8GB version and a North America edition.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's N81 slider is an 8GB N-Gager
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Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:   Nokia's big day  —  Nokia shot to center stage of cell phone land today …
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 …
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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).
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: 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 2008.
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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 …
AppleInsider:
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.
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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 …
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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Apple (UK and Ireland):
TV Shows Now Available on the iTunes Store in the UK  —  Hit television shows from ABC Studios, Disney, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon and Paramount Comedy are now available for £1.89 an episode from the iTunes Store in the UK. iTunes customers can choose from a wide range …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:   iTunes Store Launches U.K. TV Downloads; Crippled By Lack Of Domestic Programming
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.
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.
Ken Norton / Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog:
How Docs & Spreadsheets grew at Google  —  When we first launched Docs & Spreadsheets last fall, we brainstormed different ways to drive awareness and adoption inside of Google.  Should we hold a contest?  Put up posters?  But before we knew it, something interesting happened — Googlers just started using it.
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Report: Wi-Fi to supersede wired Ethernet
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Inside DCSNet, the FBI's Nationwide Eavesdropping Network
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
CBS, Dell Ink Wallstrip Deal
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google Web Toolkit jumps out of beta
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