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4:15 PM ET, September 4, 2007

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Peter Sayer / PC World:
ISO votes to reject Microsoft's OOXML as standard  —  Microsoft Corp. has failed in its attempt to have its Office Open XML document format fast-tracked straight to the status of an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization.  —  Recommend this story?
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Vote closes on draft ISO/IEC DIS 29500 standard
Discussion: Compiler, Microsoft Watch and No OOXML
Dell:
Say 'Goodbye' To The Desk - Dell Launches Its Most Powerful Mobile Workstation Yet For On-The-Go Professionals  —  Dell Precision M6300 Model Delivers Performance, Features to Create, Analyze, Design  —  Dell today introduced a mobile workstation, the Dell PrecisionTM M6300 …
vnunet:
Radio iPods expected on Wednesday  —  New iPods designed to support digital radio  —  Apple is expected to launch a new range of iPods this week designed to receive digital radio.  —  The company will make an announcement about the new products on 5 September, but is remaining quiet about what changes will be made.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Internet radio iPods due Wednesday?  —  Sensing a small gap in existing September 5th iPod rumors, vnunet.com is joining the fray and citing an "industry insider" with word on a digital radio iPod.  Apparently the device will stream iTunes songs wirelessly, with a "Buy Now" option if the mood strikes.
Discussion: Scripting News
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Report: iPhone outsold all smartphones in July  —  The iPhone may not have hit the million mark as soon as armchair analysts expected, but it's still doing well in the marketplace according to data from iSuppli.  The market research firm conducts monthly online surveys of over 2 million US residents …
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Computerworld:
The iPhone is July's biggest-selling smart phone
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and WinBeta
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Google's Newest Role: Venture Capitalist  —  The tech giant's startup investments are narrowing opportunities for VCs.  Other corporations are upping their venture investing, too  —  Just as it has done to companies in the software, publishing, and advertising industries, Google is becoming a thorn in the side of venture capitalists.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The iPod is growing up  —  reporter's notebook If Apple really is putting a version of Mac OS X in a new iPod, presumably it has more in mind than showing high-quality reruns of The Hills.  —  Any talk these days of Apple and the future of mobile computing quickly turns to the iPhone.
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Ad Blocking Software, Growing Fast, Draws Murmuring Of Publisher Protest  —  The rising popularity of a German online ad blocking application poses so great a threat to the web content business that one site is encouraging publishers to bar Firefox users altogether.
Lisa Sounio / Dopplr Blog:
Dopplr Receives Funding from Premier International Team: Varsavsky, Ito, Hoffman and Klein invest in online social-travel service  —  We're very happy to announce that Dopplr has secured early-stage financing.  Having this international group of active Dopplr users now joining us as strategic investors is tremendously exciting.
Gary Weiss / gary-weiss.com:
Wikipedia Bans Overstock.com  —  This appears to be a two-items-on-Overstock.com day.  Well, it's not for nothing that they call this sleazy Internet retailer "the gift that keeps on giving."  —  It seems that one of Judd Bagley's "black ops" targets, Wikipedia, is getting sick and tired of being abused and spammed by this company.
Discussion: WebProNews
Valleywag:
Conflicts Of Interest: Eric Schmidt's girlfriend gets the Googler crown  —  When Larry Page and Sergey Brin hired Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO because, among other reasons, he'd been to Burning Man, they must have known they were getting a boss with alternative values.
Alertbox:
Fancy Formatting, Fancy Words = Looks Like a Promotion = Ignored … Putting the answer to a typical user's main question in big red type at the top of your homepage would guarantee high usability, right?  Wrong — at least for the U.S. Census Bureau's homepage, where 86% of users failed …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and WebProNews
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Why So Many Want to Create Facebook Applications  —  Site's Growing Ranks  —  Seen as Potential Source  —  Of Revenue, Customers  —  Another online gold rush is on.  Entrepreneurs are scrambling to create small software programs for Facebook Inc.'s social-networking site and grab footholds in its emerging economy.
Think Secret:
Touch-screen iPod to take center stage  —  Apple will at last unveil a touch-screen iPod with a 3.5-inch display at its media event Wednesday, sources have confirmed, some 20 months after Think Secret first broke word of the device's development.  —  The new iPod will feature similar dimensions …
Huibk / my.opera.com:
Go and get Opera 9.5 alpha!  —  Fasten your seatbelts, and get ready to test drive Kestrel yourself.  After more than a year of development, we invite you to test Opera 9.5 alpha and tell us what you think about it.  —  In short, Opera 9.5 alpha is:  — Performance  — Full history search
metroPCS:
MetroPCS Proposes to Merge with Leap Wireless in a Strategic Stock-for-Stock Tax-Free Merger to Create a New National Wireless Carrier  —  Preliminarily Estimated to Create Synergies with a Net Present Value of Approximately $2.5 Billion and Offers Compelling Value Proposition to Leap Wireless' Shareholders
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
MetroPCS bids for Leap Wireless in stock deal
Discussion: The Register and eWEEK.com
 
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony edits Wikipedia, downplaying Halo 3's graphics
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
iToner Rhymes With Something You'd Say In 3rd Grade
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MyStrands Launches Music Video Discovery Service, MyStrands.tv
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Gartner: Expect an enterprise iPhone
Discussion: Macsimum News
Troy Unrau / Ars Technica:
A first look at KDE 4 beta 2
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Discussion: WebProNews and Bits
Theo Valich / Inquirer:
AMD to launch Barcelona in seven places
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New iPod Tomorrow, September 5: What Else Happened That Day?
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