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2:45 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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
Staci / paidContent.org:
CNN Officially Joins User-Gen Bandwagon  —  Another Time Warner outlet is trying for a video splash this week as CNN launches CNN Exchange for user-gen video and audio.  CNN has been soliciting and using viewer contributions for some time so that's nothing new.
Discussion: Forbes and InterMedia
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
CNN, AOL launch new video services - trouble for startups?
 
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Tom Foremski / IMHO:
IBM researchers predicted PC disruption
Kevin Murphy / Valleywag:
Dot-com brings free pizza to Googlers, kicked out by chefs …
Discussion: 1000 Flowers Bloom and digg
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
AdAge:
Brushed Off by AOL, 'SI' Hooks Up With Yahoo
Matthew Streib / pinknews.co.uk:
Google vows to change derogatory gay translation
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
 Earlier Items: 
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 and CNET News.com
Jaikumar Vijayan / InfoWorld:
Banks face Web security deadline
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Verizon Wireless to end music download fee
Discussion: Orbitcast, Engadget and digg
Judy Breck / Smart Mobs:
SmartMobs.com presents Carnival of the Mobilists #38
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / MSNBC:
Media heir wants 'Airbus of the web'
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Why my cable DVR stinks
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Newspapers to Use Links to Rivals on Web Sites