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1:35 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. …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Hulu Readies Its Online TV, Dodging the Insults  —  The knives are out for Hulu.com.  —  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:
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 …
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").
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: rc3.org
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Leopard will open the Mac OS X floodgates (and embarass Microsoft)
Discussion: Rev2.org
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews and All Facebook
MacNN:
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 …
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 …
InfoWorld:
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 …
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Insider Chatter
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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
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Akamai's HD Showcase Portal is Live — Looks Great, But Will the Industry Pay to Stream Huge Files?  —  The Akamai showcase site for HD online videos from several customers including the BBC, MTV, the NBA and others has just gone live.  —  The images that load to the home page are in very high quality Flash.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Akamai's New HD Strategy: Show, Don't Tell
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
The 3 Skypephone is a test  —  I like the idea of the 3 Skypephone, mostly.  —  Some things were compromised to make it work: … But I can live with the compromises.  —  Because the point is to test things.  —  3 is testing if innovative calling and chatting experiences keep customers loyal.
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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: Mashable!
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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast to employees: talking about blocking P2P can get you fired  —  In the wake of the discovery that Comcast is blocking some peer-to-peer traffic (and even blocking some Lotus Notes e-mails), the company is attempting to keep the PR machine well-oiled by giving customer tech support reps some talking points.
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: DailyTech and Digg
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: Variety and PDA
 
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Steven Zeitchik / Hollywood Reporter:
Judge in YouTube case rebukes Google, Viacom
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David H. Freedman / Newsweek.com:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Once thought dead, net neutrality roars back to center stage
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Your/Our Hulu Test Clip
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Financial News Web Site Remains Unruffled by Murdoch's Foray on Its Turf
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Travel Sales Still Growing, but Numbers of Customers Are Declining
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