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10:50 AM ET, October 29, 2007


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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
I Eat My Words: Hulu Will Shake Up the Online Video Market  —  Okay, I will admit, I was busy sharpening up the knives at BoomTown HQ to prepare for the debut of Hulu this week.  —  Let's just say that I have been dubious that two lumbering media companies-in this case, News Corp. …
Discussion: AppScout, broadstuff and VentureBeat
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Hulu Launches Private Beta, Makes Very Good First Impressions  —  Last March NBC Universal and News Corporation announced a joint venture that we initially thought would result in a direct competitor to YouTube.  As details emerged, it became clear that the two media conglomerates were not planning …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Hulu Readies Its Online TV, Dodging the Insults  —  The knives are out for  —  Hulu is the new-media creation of two old-media rivals, NBC, which is owned by General Electric, and Fox, owned by the News Corporation.  Since March, when the broadcasters announced their joint effort to bring free …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
No Need to Wait: Hulu Videos Already Available on AOL
Staci D. Kramer /   NBCU-NWS JV Hulu Launches With Private Beta Portal, Open Distribution …
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: the Ars Technica review  —  Introduction  —  At the end of my Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger review, I wrote this. … That was exactly two and a half years ago, to the day.  It seems that I've gotten my wish and then some.  Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has gestated longer …
Leopard drivers hint at upcoming MacBooks  —  Apple may have tipped its hand and revealed a near-term update to its 13-inch MacBooks and potentially its Mac minis, based on files discovered inside Mac OS X Leopard's system folders.  The company has included a full set of recent drivers …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile HTC Shadow Finally Emerges Looking Damn Good (Gallery) [Hands On]  —  The long-rumored T-Mobile Shadow (aka Juno) officially launches now.  It hits stores Wednesday for $200 with voice-plan or $150 with $20-per-month unlimited data plan.  (Both require two year contracts.)
Discussion: Mobility Site
Business Wire:
T-Mobile Launches the T-Mobile Shadow - the First in a Planned Family …
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Instant Jailbreak for iPhone and iPod touch  —  A crew of hackers (including hdm/metasploit, rezn, dinopio, drudge, kroo, pumpkin, davidc, dunham, and NerveGas) have introduced a one-touch instant jailbreak for both iPhone and iPod touch.  The jailbreak opens your iPhone for full disk access …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Response to Facebook: "Maka-Maka"  —  Google may have lost the bidding war to invest in Facebook, but it is preparing its own major assault on the social networking scene.  It goes by the codename "Maka-Maka" inside the Googleplex (or, perhaps, "Makamaka").
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Travel Sales Still Growing, but Numbers of Customers Are Declining  —  THE online travel category is still rolling along, but there may be trouble ahead.  —  Like other e-commerce markets, travel is expected to produce double-digit sales growth this year in the United States …
Discussion: Dan Blank and IT Facts
Verizon Reports Continued Success in 3Q 2007  —  Results Reflect Another Quarter of Strong Wireless and FiOS Customer Growth  —  3Q 2007 HIGHLIGHTS  —  Consolidated Results  —  44 cents in EPS and 63 cents in adjusted EPS (non-GAAP), compared with EPS for the same quarter last year …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments  —  The Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the rising costs of cable television, is preparing to strike down thousands of contracts this week that gave individual cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to an apartment building, the agency's chairman says.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
BEA: Will anyone else step up to the buyout plate?  —  As expected Oracle yanked its $6.7 billion offer for BEA Systems.  The big question is where BEA goes from here.  —  The Oracle-BEA saga has been plagued with back and forth letters in recent days.  Oracle offered $17 a share for BEA.
Discussion: The Register
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Akamai's New HD Strategy: Show, Don't Tell  —  Better video quality sounds great and all, but it's not clear there's demand for high-definition content online yet.  Akamai (AKAM), in an attempt to sign up customers for its new HD offering, is pounding the pavement itself.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Anil Dash:
Smug Ugly  —  Although I've been accused sometimes of reflexive contrariness, the truth is I'm just pretty consistent in my assessments of technology, with little regard for the perceptions of the companies or people who provide those technologies.  —  The best case in point I can use …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Imeem Adds EMI To Its Stable  —  Ad-supported music just won another convert.  Music-sharing social network imeem struck a deal with EMI Music so that starting today its members can legally stream songs from Radiohead, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Interpol, Daft Punk, the Beastie Boys, and every other EMI artist.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Financial News Web Site Remains Unruffled by Murdoch's Foray on Its Turf
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
3D WorldViewer Everyscape Launches
Tony Smith / The Register:
AMD confirms 19 November RV670 launch - analyst
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Aromatherapy in a pen  —  In another era, one would have drawn …
Rags / UC-Berkeley Digital Media:
>play: XOHM will Tear down this walled garden
Discussion: GigaOM and Mike Rowehl
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nintendo grows further from fun and games, closer to the practical and utilitarian
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
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Discussion: Smart Mobs
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Oracle Proposal to Acquire BEA Systems Expires
Discussion: PC World
Bernard Lunn / Read/WriteWeb:
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