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1:30 AM ET, August 1, 2006

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Robert McLaws:
Vista Needs More Time: The Entry I Didn't Want To Write  —  I've been defending Microsoft's ship schedule for Windows Vista for quite some time.  Up to this point, I've been confident that Vista would be at the quality level it needs to be by RC1 to make the launch fantastic.
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
MICROSOFT DETAILS VISTA UPGRADE PATHS
Brad Stone / Wired News:
Pinch My Ride  —  Ignition keys equipped with signal-emitting chips were supposed to put car thieves out of business.  No such luck - but try telling that to your insurance company.  —  Last summer Emad Wassef walked out of a Target store in Orange County, California, to find a big space where his 2003 Lincoln Navigator had been.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
.Mac users mock Apple slogan during outage  —  Web publishing service .Mac just works, sort of...  Apple Computer's latest advertising campaign, pegged to the slogan "It just works," is irritating some .Mac users as they wonder when the service will become operational again.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Hawk Wings
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AppleInsider:
Report confirms dismantling of Apple forum staff
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacSlash
Dell / Gizmodo:
Another Flaming Dell Laptop  —  As the old saying goes, when you smell smoke there's probably a fire.  In a Singaporian man's case, he smelled smoke, heard popping noises, and knew it was fire when he saw flames bursting coming out of his Dell laptop.  He quickly plopped his machine into a sink put out the blaze.
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Does a DVR Boost Viewing Hours or Not?  —  It seems that adults in households that have digital video recorders watch less TV than adults in the general population, according to a recent analysis by Mediamark Research, an audience-measurement firm.  —  That finding, which comes …
Discussion: Techdirt, PVRblog and HD Beat
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Verizon Wireless to end music download fee  —  NEW YORK - Verizon Wireless is eliminating the monthly $15 fee for its music download service in conjunction with the launch of a cell phone featuring an iPod-like click wheel and a memory card that can hold up to 1,000 songs.
Discussion: Orbitcast, Engadget and digg
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Larry Osterman / Larry Osterman's WebLog:
WAIT, THAT WAS MY BUG?  OUCH!  —  Over the weekend, the wires were full with reports of a speech recognition demo at the Microsoft's Financial Analysts Meeting here in Seattle that went horribly wrong.  —  Slashdot had it, Neowin had it, Digg had it, Reuters had it.  It was everywhere.
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Background Tones  —  Way back in the late 90's, we had that weird idea that people could personalise the sound their phone made when it rang.  And so, perhaps the least expected billion dollar market emerged since err...sms a few years earlier.  —  So don't scoff at background tones …
Discussion: SMS Text News and MocoNews.net
Kimberly S. Johnson / Denver Post:
Gasping for air(waves)  —  When EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV head to a Federal Communications Commission auction Aug. 9, they're not simply bidding on wireless airwaves but for survival in a broadband world.  —  The satellite TV companies have teamed up under the name Wireless DBS LLC …
USA Today:
EMusic's pitch: Download song — and own it  —  LOS ANGELES — The smash success of Apple's iPod is paying huge dividends for a less-well-known music industry player, online retailer eMusic.  —  Apple has sold nearly 60 million iPods since 2001, and music fans regularly frequent …
Dan Dorfman / New York Sun:
Error Knocks Down Google $350 a Share  —  It was like a Wall Street version of one of those Keystone Cops comedies of the 1930s, but at least one investor wasn't laughing.  According to his stockbroker, he almost had a heart attack as a result of what appeared to be an enormous plunge Thursday …
Adrian Croft / Reuters:
Blair seeks secret of Silicon Valley's success  —  SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - A risk-taking culture and close ties with universities are big reasons for the success of the U.S. computer industry, some of Silicon Valley's brightest stars told Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and digg
Colin Campbell / Next Generation:
ANALYSIS: Ten Reasons for E3's Collapse  —  The picture accompanying this story sums up E3.  It was about big-ness, most especially big crowds.  We won't see scenes like this again.  So why did the hardware manufacturers and big publishers decide E3 was no longer tenable?  Why did the other publishers follow suit.
Discussion: Terra Nova, Blue's News and Joystiq
Phill Ryu / The Phill Ryu Blog:
The Top Ten OS X Screensavers  —  Screensavers have become, in a way, a relic.  Today, their original use of "saving screens" from burn-in and ghosting is no longer needed with modern monitors, and screensavers have become used solely for entertainment or security purposes (lock out strangers).
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune to launch November 14th?  —  Alright everybody, we've all had a few days to cool down on the Zune stuff — hope you've been well rested.  So with no further delay here's the latest from from the inside: a trusted source has given us a little more to go by on the hardware end …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
CNN, AOL launch new video services - trouble for startups?  —  Two Time Warner sites are making serious moves into online video.  CNN is expected to formally launch today a system for collecting user generated content, with video at the center of its strategy.  The basics are already up at CNN Exchange.
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Staci / paidContent.org:
CNN Officially Joins User-Gen Bandwagon
Discussion: Forbes and InterMedia
Jaikumar Vijayan / InfoWorld:
Banks face Web security deadline  —  Majority of banks are unprepared to meet Dec. 31 deadline for complying with guidelines  —  For some bank IT managers, last fall's release of federal guidelines on validating the identities of online users helped catalyze ongoing efforts to adopt so-called strong authentication measures.
AdAge:
Brushed Off by AOL, 'SI' Hooks Up With Yahoo  —  Magazine Looks Outside Time Warner to Ramp Up Multimedia Push  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Memo from Sports Illustrated to America Online: We don't need you anyway.  —  After being rebuffed by its Time Warner sibling AOL on a proposal last year …
Discussion: SearchViews and paidContent.org
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Post-BlogHer thoughts  —  These are some random notes on the day after BlogHer.
Discussion: Message and Listics
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Boston WiFi: Non-profit or Non-funded?
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Thanko iBlueTub vacuum tube amplifier for iPod
Discussion: Gear Live and Gizmodo
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
An Interview with Zango Myspace Affiliate, Mark Arruda
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Matthew Streib / pinknews.co.uk:
Google vows to change derogatory gay translation
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Update on Paying People to Bookmark (aka "the offer")
Discussion: CalacANUS.com
Reuters:
CNN to boost citizen journalism initiative
Discussion: IP Democracy
Judy Breck / Smart Mobs:
SmartMobs.com presents Carnival of the Mobilists #38
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Who Will Make Money with User-Generated Online Video?
Discussion: Mark Evans and Bloggers Blog
Julie Jacobson / The CE Pro Weblog:
LG Scraps Plans for Hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD player
Discussion: HD Beat and Engadget
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / MSNBC:
Media heir wants 'Airbus of the web'
Anything But iPod:
Archos 404/604 PMPs Looming Large
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Why my cable DVR stinks
Fred / A VC:
The Bad Script Trip
Pew Research Center:
Online Papers Modestly Boost Newspaper Readership
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Newspapers to Use Links to Rivals on Web Sites