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1:20 AM ET, August 31, 2007

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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft, Eolas settle big patent dispute (Updated)  —  Microsoft and Eolas Technologies Inc. have settled their high-profile patent dispute over technology in Internet Explorer, according to a letter to Eolas shareholders from Mark Swords, the company's chief operating officer.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Microsoft and Eolas settle, ending patent battle over plug-ins, ActiveX
Discussion: TechSpot News and WinBeta
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Portable Media: First Zune 2 and Zune Flash Shots  —  Here are the first shots of the Zune 2 and Zune Flash.  The images reveal an 80GB version and a 4 and 8GB flash model.  —  Not sure what's going on with that interesting controller, but it looks like a real button …
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Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:   iPod to Zune: Heads, I win; tails, you lose
Robert Selna / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. citywide Wi-Fi plan fizzles as provider backs off  —  Mayor Gavin Newsom's high-profile effort to blanket San Francisco with a free wireless Internet network died Wednesday when provider EarthLink backed out of a proposed contract with the city.  —  The contract, which was three years in the making …
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Tim Logan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Light-pole quirk delays city's Wi-Fi plan
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Earthlink Troubles Spell End Of MuniFi As Third Pipe
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Free San Francisco Wi-Fi project dies
Discussion: Engadget and dslreports.com
Chris Knight / The Knight Shift:
Viacom hits me with copyright infringement for posting on YouTube a video that Viacom made by infringing on my own copyright!  —  "Chutzpah" is a Yiddish word meaning "unbelievable gall or audacity".  An example of it would be the story of the kid who murders both of his parents …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Viacom Accuses Guy Of Copyright Infringement For Showing Video …
Discussion: The Knight Shift
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Gadgets that Talk to Each Other  —  You could say that widgets (or gadgets, as Google likes to call them) are small applications that bring together a lot of information relevant to you.  Now what if these gadgets would communicate with each other by sending small messages?
Discussion: Mashable!
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   IGoogle's New Gadget-to-Gadget Communication
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Updated: Helio Cuts 100 Jobs  —  Update: Helio has cut a 100 jobs out its total workforce of over 700 employees, in an effort to streamline its operations and refocus its field sales team towards direct sales, a company spokesperson told us this afternoon.  The vast majority of these changes came in field sales.
Discussion: Engadget and Epicenter
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Now For Helio Job Cuts
Business 2.0:
Want a job at Google?  Try these brainteasers first  —  Google, Microsoft, and eBay are looking for engineers who can think on their feet.  Here's how they find them.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Dream of landing a coding job at an A-list tech company?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Are Microsoft Execs So Active on Facebook?  Plus: Is Bill G. Hot, or Not?  —  Microsoft employees and even executives are very active on Facebook - over 13,000 of them have a profile on the service.  —  By comparison, Google has 5,000 employees with profiles, although Larry Page …
Discussion: Todd Watson
BBC:
Bloggers battered by viral storm  —  Google's Blogger site is being used by malicious hackers who are posting fake entries to some blogs.  —  The fake entries contain weblinks that lead to booby-trapped downloads that could infect a Windows PC.  —  Infected computers are being hijacked …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Joost Gets an API, Becomes Widget Platform  —  Joost just released version 0.12.0 of its P2P TV client this week.  The new releases offers end users a bunch of bug fixes, but developers get a special treat: Joost has opened up its API and now makes it possible to develop third-party widgets that can be installed within the client.
Discussion: Widgets Lab and Mashable!
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
NBC to End iTunes Sales of Its Shows  —  NBC Universal, unable to come to an agreement with Apple on pricing, has decided not to renew its contract to sell digital downloads of television shows on iTunes.  —  The media conglomerate — which is the No. 1 supplier of digital video to Apple's online store …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Twitter Visualization Tools Coming: First Is Twitter Blocks  —  The Twitter team must have had a Red Bull machine installed at the offices, because suddenly they're launching new stuff left and right.  —  They recently added search and Gmail import features to the service.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Turns Out The MPAA Did Get Access To TorrentSpy Execs' Email  —  The MPAA has been pushing the courts to force TorrentSpy to spy on its users — something TorrentSpy refuses to do, noting that it would break their own privacy policy and is simply ethically questionable.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Microsoft antitrust deal earns mixed grades  —  Editor's note: This blog was updated at 12:40 p.m. PDT with additional information from the Department of Justice filing and a link to Microsoft's report.  —  With most of Microsoft's antitrust settlement with the government poised to expire this November …
Ryan Block:
An open letter to friends and colleagues on keyword popovers  —  Dear every site advertising with keyword popovers,  —  You know who you are, and many of you are people I consider friends and colleagues in the industry.  You're smart, independent businesspeople carving out your niche in the new media landscape.
Discussion: WinExtra and Digg
 
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How To Make A Microserf Smile  —  While Google was turning heads …
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Associated Press:
Sony ditching proprietary music format and store in favor of Windows Media
AMD:
AMD to Boost Performance for Everyday Compute-Intense Multimedia …
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The Race of Also-Rans: French Video Sharing Site Dailymotion …
Business Week:
Deaf to Music Piracy
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft lays down smack on AutoPatcher service, users not pleased
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Cell carriers fined over missed e911 deadlines
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Can data be stored on single atoms?
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Local Forecasts: VSS vs. eMarketer
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Yi-Wyn Yen / The Startup Game:
How Anywhere.fm is building a hit niche
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
YouTube to pay royalties to songwriters
Discussion: Guardian, WebProNews and 901am
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google, Yahoo to direct your Mercedes
TUC: Law at Work:
Employers need to face up to the age of Facebook
Reuters:
CNN to stop using Reuters news service
 

 
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