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8:30 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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
McLaws is right on Windows Vista ship date  —  I'm sad to agree with Robert McLaws about Windows Vista's ship schedule.  This sucker is just not ready.  Too many things are too slow and/or don't work.  I've been on the betas of every Windows OS since Windows 3.1 and Vista is starting to feel good …
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Cingular to charge $5 for older phones  —  NEW YORK - About 4.7 million Cingular Wireless subscribers with older phones will have to pay $5 extra each month as the company tries to prod them to get new handsets so it can devote its entire network to one type of signal.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Phone Scoop
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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 …
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, GigaOM and Hawk Wings
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AppleInsider:
Report confirms dismantling of Apple forum staff
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacSlash
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Post-BlogHer thoughts  —  These are some random notes on the day after BlogHer.  They're in no special order, and conclusions are scattered all through the narrative, organized thoughts will come later, maybe much later.  —  BlogHer this weekend created a lifetime of memories.
Discussion: Message and Listics
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Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
BlogHer and the issue of unctuousness
Discussion: The Bb Gun, Spidey Senses and Technovia
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.
Nicholas Lemann / New Yorker:
AMATEUR HOUR  —  On the Internet, everybody is a millenarian.  Internet journalism, according to those who produce manifestos on its behalf, represents a world-historical development—not so much because of the expressive power of the new medium as because of its accessibility to producers and consumers.
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.
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.
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
IBM researchers predicted PC disruption  —  It is the 25 year anniversary of the PC and I have long wondered if the industry standard technologies that resulted from the PC revolution were accidental because the computer industry always favored proprietary technologies.
Amy H. Trang / Courier-Journal:
Illegal downloads create unlikely defendants  —  Music industry seeks to protect copyrights  —  Kathy Hartness is a 47-year-old grandmother, churchgoer and gardener who had never been in trouble with the law — until she was served with papers in June for something she did more than a year ago.
Fred / A VC:
Personal Publishing  —  I saw a blog post recently that listed 65 "VC blogs".  It included this blog.  And I am sure that many people think of this blog as a VC blog.  —  But it is not a VC blog.  It is a Fred Wilson blog.  Sure I write about VC, because that's what I do for a living (and for fun too).
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Web Strategy
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 …
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Billy Bragg's MySpace Protest Movement  —  When he is not writing or performing protest songs, the British folk-rocker Billy Bragg is apparently reading the fine print.  —  In May, Mr. Bragg removed his songs from the MySpace.com Web site, complaining that the terms and conditions …
Discussion: paidContent.org
timewarner.com:
AOL to Launch New Video Portal  —  AOL, a leader in live and on-demand entertainment video programming and video search, today announced that it will preview a beta version of its new AOL Video portal later this week.  Available for free to anyone on the Web at http://www.aolvideo.com …
teleatlas.com:
NEARLY 100 BRAND ICONS AVAILABLE WITH DIGITAL MAPS  —  Brand Icons Bring Restaurant, Hotel, Gas Station and Recreation Locations To Life With At-A-Glance Name Brand Recognition  —  Tele Atlas, a leading global geographic content provider, announced today it has added McDonald's USA …
Discussion: Gear Live and jkOnTheRun
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Zune This November with VoIP
DesktopLinux.com:
The latest news & announcements about Linux on the desktop ...  Keywords: Match: Sort by:  —  Four countries commit to buying 4 million Linux-powered OLPC laptops  —  A spokesperson for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program revealed July 31 that the countries of Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina …
 
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Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
One of these six companies will buy YouTube
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Audible Extends Availability of Exclusive Audio Content on iTunes Music Store
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
PalmSource delays hurting Palm?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Skywalker jet packs in development
Discussion: Slashdot
Karen Springen / Newsweek:
Cafeterias: Big Mother Is Watching
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Valleywag:
Dot-com brings free pizza to Googlers, kicked out by chefs …
Discussion: 1000 Flowers Bloom and digg
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Boston WiFi: Non-profit or Non-funded?
Discussion: Boston Globe and Mark Evans
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Thanko iBlueTub vacuum tube amplifier for iPod
Discussion: Gear Live and Gizmodo
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Adrian Croft / Reuters:
Blair seeks secret of Silicon Valley's success
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and digg
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
An Interview with Zango Myspace Affiliate, Mark Arruda
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
AdAge:
Brushed Off by AOL, 'SI' Hooks Up With Yahoo
Larry Osterman / Larry Osterman's WebLog:
WAIT, THAT WAS MY BUG? OUCH!
Dan Dorfman / New York Sun:
Error Knocks Down Google $350 a Share
Phill Ryu / The Phill Ryu Blog:
The Top Ten OS X Screensavers
Discussion: Download Squad and digg