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3:40 PM ET, October 29, 2007


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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
I Eat My Words: Hulu Will Shake Up the Online Video Market  —  OK, 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. …
Michael Learmonth / Variety:
Zucker says Apple deal rotten  —  NBC U says iTunes revenues meager  —  NBC U topper Jeff Zucker warned that new digital business models were turning media revenues "from dollars into pennies" and revealed NBC U booked just $15 million in revenue during the last year of its deal with Apple's iTunes.
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 …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBC: iTunes Video Was A Non-Business  —  In August, after the spat between Apple and NBC over iTunes video pricing erupted, we ran back of the envelope numbers and concluded that this wasn't a fight about current dollars: At best, we figured, NBC was netting $50 million annually from iTunes.
Discussion: PDA
Jason / Hulu Blog:
Beta testing begins for Hulu
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").
Don Reisinger / CNET
Leopard will open the Mac OS X floodgates (and embarrass Microsoft)  —  As many of you are aware, I think Windows Vista is a blunder.  And with its annoying UAC system and horrifically slow operation, it won't take long before the majority of home users agree with me.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and
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 …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Time Machine - Part I: Is it as good as Apple wants us to believe?
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Skype and 3 launch mobile phone  —  eBay division Skype and mobile phone group 3 have launched a mobile handset that allows Skype users to make free Internet calls to each other while on the move.  —  The companies said on Monday the new 3 Skypephone could also send free Skype instant messages …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Interesting: Covad, Vonage, SkypePhone, Akamai HD, Hypres & Apple Airport
Discussion: and InformationWeek
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's New Hiring Hurdle?  —  Microsoft Deal May Boost  —  Options Prices, Hurting  —  Ability to Lure Top Talent  —  There is a little-noticed downside to Microsoft Corp.'s investment in Facebook Inc.: The deal will likely raise the price of stock options issued by the social-networking company …
Microsoft to buy Thai health software vendor  —  Microsoft Corp. on Monday said it has agreed to buy a Thai software vendor that specializes in hospital administration applications, and plans to sell the software in emerging markets.  —  Global Care Solutions (GCS) of Bangkok, Thailand …
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Reimagining the Automobile Industry by Selling the Electricity  —  Shai Agassi, a Silicon Valley technologist who was in competition to become chief executive of SAP, one of the world's largest software companies, has re-emerged with a grand plan to reinvent the world's automobile industry around battery-powered all-electric cars.
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 …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Matt Cutts Confirms Paid Links & Google PageRank Update  —  Matt Cutts emailed Search Engine Journal last night to let us know that in fact, the partial Google 'Toolbar' PageRank update which happened last week was a result of Google's campaign against paid linking and advertisement links which influence PageRank.
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Business Wire:
T-Mobile Launches the T-Mobile Shadow - the First in a Planned Family of People-Centric Phones Built to Help Customers Stick Together with Those Who Matter Most  —  T-Mobile Shadow™ Attacks Complexity through Super-Simple Communication Interfaces Designed To Make Popular Calling …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple not just refusing cash, also refusing Apple Gift Cards for iPhones  —  You can chalk this one up to our bad in assuming best intentions, but when Apple said no cash for iPhones, they damn well meant it — enough to extend the policy out to no cash for anything that could in turn purchase an iPhone.
Discussion: Epicenter and DailyTech
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