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11:25 AM ET, August 1, 2006

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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 …
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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.
Fred / A VC:
eMusic - My Only Online Music Store  —  As I struggle to figure out how to properly de-authorize my old thinkpad and auhtorize my new MacBook Pro (argh), I came across an article in USA Today about the only online music store I have used in the past year, eMusic.
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CNET News.com:
Apple gets reprieve from French DRM-busting law  —  France's controversial copyright law, which had threatened to mandate interoperability between Apple Computer and rival online music players' digital rights management, has been dealt a major setback as sections of the legislation are being ruled unconstitutional.
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.
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Kimberly S. Johnson / Denver Post:
Gasping for air(waves)  —  When EchoStar Communications Corp …
Shelley / The Bb Gun:
Measuring Success  —  Before I started the new weblog(s), I told a friend that I was going to avoid saying anything even remotely critical about BlogHer.  It does no good to do so, I told him.  —  I'm sure he knew that I could not follow this vow.  I don't know if being critical of Blogher will do any 'good' or not.
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Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
BlogHer and the issue of unctuousness
Discussion: Spidey Senses and Technovia
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
YouTube overtakes MySpace  —  The rise and rise of YouTube  —  MediaGuardian.co.uk  —  YouTube has established itself at the top of the league of the new generation of community websites by becoming even more popular than MySpace, according to research.  —  The video sharing site has taken …
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 …
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.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Open Source Licenses are Obsolete  —  Last week at OSCON, I made the seemingly controversial statement "Open Source Licenses Are Obsolete.  During the Q&A period, Michael Tiemann of Red Hat and the Open Source Initiative took issue with my statement, pointing out just how much value open source licenses have created.
Karen Springen / Newsweek:
Cafeterias: Big Mother Is Watching  —  Darin Jones, 15, liked to buy three slices of pizza, a Gatorade and a cookie for lunch at his Vero Beach, Fla., high school.  But that stopped once his school started using MealpayPlus.com, which allowed his mom to prepay for his food-and go online to track his purchases.
Discussion: Engadget, Business Filter and Slashdot
SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Outside of Search, Google Doesn't Matter  —  Andrew Schmitt submits: There was an interesting column in the New York Times last week, outlining the different design approaches taken by Google (GOOG) and Yahoo! (YHOO).  It also provided quantitative values that reinforced a suspicion of mine.
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
One of these six companies will buy YouTube  —  All the buzz around video site YouTube indicates that the closely-held company could have a market value of around $1 billion.  —  Given those numbers, it is only natural to crystal-ball YouTube's future: private, IPO, acquired, acquirer?
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.
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: PalmAddicts and jkOnTheRun
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.
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
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
AMD nabs 26 percent of server market
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
SpyMedia offers online spot market for photos
Discussion: TechCrunch and SMS Text News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Paying News Sites For Google News Syndication?
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Mike / Techdirt:
Mike McCurry: Will You Pay Google's Bandwidth Bills For The Rest Of This Year?
Julie Jacobson / cepro.com:
Lux Intros Rugged, Waterproof MCE TV for the Outdoors
Discussion: Engadget
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
PalmSource delays hurting Palm?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Skywalker jet packs in development
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Fred / A VC:
Personal Publishing  —  I saw a blog post recently that listed 65 "VC blogs".
Valleywag:
Dot-com brings free pizza to Googlers, kicked out by chefs …
Discussion: 1000 Flowers Bloom and digg
Gizmodo:
Another Flaming Dell Laptop
Colin Campbell / Next Generation:
ANALYSIS: Ten Reasons for E3's Collapse
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
.Mac users mock Apple slogan during outage
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Thanko iBlueTub vacuum tube amplifier for iPod
Discussion: Gear Live and Gizmodo
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Background Tones  —  Way back in the late 90's, we had that weird idea …
Brad Stone / Wired News:
Pinch My Ride  —  Ignition keys equipped with signal-emitting chips …
 

 
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Anthony Crupi / Sportico:
Diamond Sports files its bankruptcy reorg plan, which includes ending its Bally naming rights deal for RSNs, and says cord-cutting led to 22M fewer subscribers

David Bauder / Associated Press:
A look at the decline of cable TV networks like USA Network, Discovery Channel, and MTV; MTV's 2023 average prime-time audience was 256K, down from 807K in 2014

Mark Harris / New York Times:
An analysis of Hollywood's grim status in 2024, recovering from a year of downsizing and strikes; supply lines will take at least a year to flow at capacity

 
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