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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
First look at Windows 7's User Interface  —  At PDC today, Microsoft gave the first public demonstration of Windows 7.  Until now, the company has been uncharacteristically secretive about its new OS; over the past few months MS has let on that the taskbar will undergo a number of changes …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Windows 7 details galore: interface tweaks, netbook builds, Media Center enhancements  —  Microsoft's Windows 7 announcement earlier today was followed up by an extensive demo of the new features during the PDC keynote, and since then even more info about the new OS has flooded out …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions  —  Like Elvis in '68, Microsoft is itching for a “comeback,” and Windows 7 is the perfect excuse.  In fact, this week in LA at the Professional Developers Conference, Windows 7 officially shoved Vista aside.
Charlie Owen:
Windows Media Center in the PDC Build of Windows 7  —  If you are attending the 2008 Professional Developers Conference you received a pre-beta Windows 7 build today (6801) which contains many features the Windows Media Center team has been developing over the past year.
Kurt Mackey / One Microsoft Way:   Ars@PDC: Steven Sinofsky on Windows 7 and netbooks
Microsoft:
Microsoft Delivers Pre-Beta Release of Windows 7 to Developers …
Discussion: Gizmodo and VentureBeat
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Office Comes to the Browser (Finally)  —  Microsoft announced this morning at its PDC conference that the next release of Microsoft Office will include browser-based versions of some of its main office software products - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ballmer Email: Microsoft Is Really Sticking To “Software Plus Services” Message  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent an email to customers today (reprinted below) summarizing some of the big news coming out of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles.
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to ‘webify’ Office (sort of)
Discussion: Technologizer
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Office Goes to the Web
Discussion: TechFlash
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Blu-ray is dead - heckuva job, Sony!  —  Blu-ray is in a death spiral. 12 months from now Blu-ray will be a videophile niche, not a mass market product.  —  With only a 4% share of US movie disc sales and HD download capability arriving, the Blu-ray disc Association (BDA) is still smoking dope.
Discussion: Epicenter
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Miguel Bustillo / Wall Street Journal:
Retailers Slash Blu-Ray Player Prices
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TECH.BLORGE.com
The Official Google Blog:
New chapter for Google Book Search  —  Google was built on the principle of making the world's information more accessible and useful.  Before the company was even founded, Larry and Sergey imagined a way to make it easier for anyone, anywhere, to access the information held within the world's books.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Short Term Profits Over Long Term Principles; Google's Caving On Book Scanning Is Bad News  —  Today the tech/business press was filled with stories about how Google has settled the lawsuits from authors and publishers over its book scanning project.  Google is paying $125 million …
Discussion: New York Times
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
The Monitor Ends Daily Print Edition  —  After a century of continuous publication, The Christian Science Monitor will abandon its weekday print edition and appear online only, its publisher announced Tuesday.  The cost-cutting measure makes The Monitor the first national newspaper to largely give up on print.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Business Week
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CNN:
Wal-Mart To Sell Google's G1 Phones At Discount Starting Wed  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Wal-Mart Inc. (WMT) will start selling the G1 phone at a discounted price starting Wednesday, a Wal-Mart spokesman confirmed Monday night.  —  Wal-Mart will carry the Google Inc. (GOOG) G1 phone …
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Introducing Y!OS 1.0 - live today!  —  Earlier this month, we introduced a revamped universal profile to all Yahoo! users - but that was just the tip of the iceberg.  With the new profile page, you got a peek at our open vision, but today's Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS) 1.0 platform launch gives you something to get your hands on.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Opens Up Big Time  —  Six months after first announcing its open strategy, Yahoo has released a slew of development tools (as we told you it would) under the Y!OS 1.0 platform.  It's kind of like a Web OS, but Y!OS officially stands for Yahoo Open Strategy.
Discussion: The Register
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
iPhones not on House ‘must-have’ list  —  Upon further review, Congress isn't moving all that quickly to the iPhone.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Reports of the iPhone's imminent arrival in Washington appear to have been greatly exaggerated.  —  Jordan Golson of the Industry Standard …
Discussion: Industry Standard
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Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
A lesson for bloggers: go to the source or look like a fool
Discussion: Valleywag
Gabe Cohen / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Apps Goes Experimental with Google Labs  —  There is a widely held belief that technology progress in the enterprise is slow and methodical, that adoption cycles are long, and that experimentation is inappropriate.  Here at Google we believe that experimentation is a good thing - even in the enterprise space.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
MTV: Just Ignore That Nice New Video Site We Rolled Out Yesterday  —  I've just heard back from the folks at MTV.com, who've explained what they're up to with MTV Music, the nifty video archive site they quietly rolled out yesterday.  —  The answer: They really haven't rolled out the site.
Discussion: Ars Technica, NewTeeVee and WebProNews
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Psystar introduces Blu-ray bag of hurt to its Mac clones  —  There may be an ongoing lawsuit between the two companies, but that's not stopping Mac clone maker Psystar from moving forward with new product plans without Apple's approval.  The company proudly announced today that it is now shipping …
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Shakeout Threatens to Thin Out Web-Ad Brokers  —  As the Economy Sours and Venture Funding Grows Scarcer, Some Networks Have Begun to Exit a Crowded Niche on the Internet  —  More than 300 online-ad networks have cropped up over the past couple of years, making the business of brokering ads …
Robert Palmer / TUAW:
Rumor roundup: iPhone 2.2 firmware details  —  Apple has given developers a taste of the new iPhone firmware, version 2.2 beta 2, and it includes a host of spiffy new features that are making the rounds online.  —  A tipster shared with us some screenshots of the new firmware …
Electronista:
Rogers sells 255,000 iPhones, hurts rivals  —  Rogers today reported a large leap in its results for the summer quarter that were highlighted by the Canadian launch of the iPhone 3G.  The telecoms company sold and activated a total of 255,000 iPhones between the device's July 11th launch …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Inc. Plans About 600 Layoffs  —  Time Inc., the world's largest magazine company, is set to announce a revamping that will result in job cuts of 6 percent — more than 600 positions — and a reorganization that could radically alter the culture at the venerable publishing house.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Epicenter
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
NuConomy: Next-gen web analytics  —  Web analytics is an increasingly important metric for web publishers.  It used to just be about tracking how many visitors you get and how many pages they view.  Technology has improved so that you can now track site entry points, popular keywords …
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Profy
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Google is oddly silent about Grand Central  —  Google is being very quiet about Grand Central, the virtual phone service it acquired in July 2007 but hasn't really done anything with since.  In my opinion, Grand Central is already a good service.  There are a few features I'd like to see added but …
 
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