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1:20 AM ET, July 25, 2008

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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft looks to ‘Mojave’ to revive Vista's image  —  REDMOND, Wash.—After months of searching for ways to defend its oft-maligned Windows operating system, Microsoft may just have found its best weapon: Vista's skeptics.  —  Spurred by an e-mail from someone deep in the marketing ranks …
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft CFO to Wall Street: What gives?  And forget about a Yahoo deal
Discussion: CNET News.com
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:
Microsoft CEO backs Web spending, “done” with Yahoo
Discussion: PC World
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Ballmer Soars into the Server Cloud
Discussion: Microsoft, eWeek and OakLeaf Systems
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Steve Ballmer: Killing Apple and Google With Kindness?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft confirms IE 8 will ship this year
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Apple beta testing iPhone 2.1 firmware, adding more GPS features  —  We just got word that Apple has released a beta version of iPhone OS 2.1 to developers.  Along with the 2.1 firmware, a new version of the iPhone SDK has been seeded as well, but the new SDK can't be used for submitting applications to the App Store at the moment.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iPhone 2.1 Firmware with GPS Features  —  GearLive reports that Apple has seeded a beta version of iPhone 2.1 Firmware (Beta 1, Build 5F90) to developers.  —  According to the site, Apple has included new Core Location features that might suggest that turn-by-turn GPS could become a reality.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple's MobileMess  —  Two weeks ago, Apple launched MobileMe, the successor to its.Mac service, which costs $100 a year.  Among other benefits, it can keep multiple Macs, PCs and iPhones in sync.  E-mail, calendars and address books are wirelessly kept up to date.  Very cool idea.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Full Text Of AOL Email: XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile And Bluestring To Shut Down  —  Below is the full text of the email AOL EVP Kevin Conroy sent out to staff on July 14, outlining the reorganization of his product groups and announcing the “sunsetting” of XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile and Bluestring.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Out of the Box
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   AOL To Shutter A Slew Of Products, EVP Kevin Conroy's Future Uncertain
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Day After: Looking At How Well Knol Pages Rank On Google  —  We've been assured that just because content sits on Google's Knol site, it won't gain any ranking authority from being part of the Knol domain.  OK, so a day after Knol has launched, how's that holding up?
Discussion: WebProNews
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Live Search Coming To Facebook  —  When Microsoft made its investment in Facebook I always had thought that Live Search would come to the site, together with search monetization.  Later it appeared that search wasn't part of the deal.  Facebook's competitors all have web search …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Final Days of DRM: Yahoo Music Store Closing, Will Eat Your Purchased Music  —  Digital Rights Management technology is dying, it's becoming understood that hobbling tunes to enforce scarcity isn't the best way to monetize the music business online.  What about all the suckers who bought DRM laden music in recent years, though?
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Escapee ‘Spam King’ dead in apparent murder-suicide  —  Convicted spammer Eddie Davidson, who escaped from federal prison over the weekend, killed his wife and 3-year-old daughter before killing himself in what is being described as a murder-suicide.  —  Colorado's 9News.com said the tragic end …
Discussion: WebProNews
Brad Stone / Bits:
Hasbro Notches Triple-Word Score Against Scrabulous With ‘Lawsuit’  —  UPDATED  —  Looking to cut down its main competition and most high profile copycat in the growing market for social gaming, Hasbro has sued the two Indian brothers behind the popular Web game Scrabulous …
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Acquire DATAllegro  —  Leaders in data warehousing team to provide large-scale business intelligence solutions.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that it intends to acquire DATAllegro Inc., a provider of breakthrough data warehouse appliances.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Blockbuster remembers it bought Movielink for a reason  —  While company after company enter the digital movie download realm including former outsiders like Apple and Microsoft, the company once synonymous with movie rentals has been noticeably absent: Blockbuster.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Andrew D. Smith / Dallas Morning News:
Blockbuster adds Movielink's video downloads to Web site
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Source: Facebook's internal valuation is $4 billion.  But so what.  —  Tech bloggers and investors have come up with a new parlor game: Guessing Facebook's “real” valuation.  Nobody seems to believe the company's official $15 billion valuation that it announced when it raised its most recent …
Discussion: The PE Data Center
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google creates a new market and wreaks havoc on another  —  When they first announced it, I was certain Knol was simply a way for Google steal some of the attention away from Wikia search — and I'm still sure that's what was actually happening.  Google doesn't normally pre-announce applications months in advance.
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and Salon
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Griping Online?  Comcast Hears You and Talks Back  —  PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Dilbeck, 20, a student at the University of Washington, was complaining recently on his blog, Brandon Notices, about Comcast's practice of posting ads in its on-screen programming guide.  —  He assumed he was writing for his own benefit.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Zune phone really in the works at Microsoft?  —  The success of the iPhone, both the original and the recently released 3G model, has fueled rumors that Microsoft is working internally on a similar phone built on the Zune audio player.  The Zune player has failed to compete against the iPod family …
Computerworld:
Forrester: Windows Vista rejected like ‘new Coke’ by enterprises  —  Even though it's been out for about 18 months now, the Windows Vista OS doesn't seem to be gaining a lot of traction at large firms, according to survey results released by Forrester Research.  —  SECURITY / more stories...
 
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
China says has more people surfing the Web than US
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Big Cable: FCC Internet policy should apply to colleges too
Eran / Open Web Foundation:
Announcing the Open Web Foundation
Symbian OS:
Samsung announces new 8 megapixel mobile phone based on Symbian OS
Discussion: Crave, Engadget and LAPTOP Magazine
Derrik J. Lang / Associated Press:
‘Wallace & Gromit’ to become episodic video game
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to show off spherical Surface next week
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
UK ISPs to warn file-sharers, but then what?
Discussion: p2pnet and Reuters
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Waiting For Android  —  Developers for Google's mobile platform …
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Kaminsky (finally) provides DNS flaw details
Discussion: eWeek, VentureBeat and Hack a Day
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile:
Palm Treo 800w review
Discussion: IntoMobile and PalmAddicts
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Windows Live Photo Gallery will Soon Recognize Faces in Pictures
Michael Gartenberg / JupiterResearch:
Steve Jobs Health is a Private Matter.
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
iPhone Developers scratch heads at new Stanford CS offering (Updated)
Saul Hansell / Bits:
If Microsoft Opens the Xbox Is an App Store for Apple TV Next?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
New Twitter Anti-Spam Bot Causes Chaos
 

 
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