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5:10 PM ET, August 18, 2006

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Paul Bond / Reuters:
EchoStar must disable DVRs, judge rules  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A judge has ordered EchoStar to disable the digital video recorders used by several million subscribers to its Dish satellite TV service because they infringe on patents held by TiVo.
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Business Wire:
EchoStar Asks Federal Court to Stay Texas Injunction  —  ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 18, 2006—EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) issued the following statement regarding recent developments in the Tivo Inc. v. EchoStar Communications Corp. lawsuit:
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Wins Permanent Injunction Against EchoStar (And Cash)
Discussion: Engadget, PVR Wire, digg and Slashdot
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Boeing to End Its Service for Using Internet Aloft  —  Maybe it was the Internet bubble in the sky or perhaps it was just that the business plan could not fly.  —  Boeing announced on Thursday that it planned to scrap its in-flight Internet service, saying there was not enough demand.
Discussion: Rough Type, Message, TeleRead and A VC
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Agence France Presse:
Boeing abandons in-flight Internet service  —  CHICAGO (AFP) - US aerospace giant Boeing Co. said it was abandoning its Connexion unit providing high-speed Internet service on planes after only a handful of airlines signed up.  —  "Over the last six years, we have invested substantial time …
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
Matt Andrejczak / MarketWatch:
Dell adds AMD chips to desktop PC line  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Dell Inc., the world's No. 1 PC maker, will use microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in some of its consumer desktop computers, breaking its exclusive PC chip supply agreement with Intel Corp.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Report: Dell orders about 2 million AMD PCs
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and The Tech Report
apple.com:
Report on iPod Manufacturing  —  Like many of you, we were concerned by reports in the press a few weeks ago alleging poor working and living conditions at a manufacturing facility in China where iPods are assembled.  Our Supplier Code of Conduct mandates that suppliers of Apple products …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Apple releases iPod factory audit results
Paul Graham / paulgraham.infogami.com:
The Kiko Affair  —  There's a lot of talk lately about Kiko's founders putting the site up for auction on eBay.  There's both less and more than meets the eye here.  —  I think Dharmesh Shah is overreacting, for example, when he implies this somehow signals the end of "Web 2.0:"
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Alan / gedankengang:
Amazon's Digital Video sneak peek: "Amazon Unbox"  —  It seems Amazon might soon be launching their digital video download store, called "Amazon Unbox Video".  According to what I can find, it'll have purchase and rental capability, as well as support for devices other than your PC (Your TV and Creative Zen Vision at least).
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Preliminary Results of Tender Offer  —  Company expects to acquire 155 million shares at $24.75 per share; boosts ongoing share repurchase program by $16 billion.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the preliminary results of its modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer …
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
MacBook Wi-Fi hack didn't use Apple drivers  —  In early August a senior researcher at SecureWorks said he had revealed a vulnerability in Apple's MacBook wireless software driver that would allow him to take control of the machine.  While the researcher did find a vulnerability …
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:   Wi-Fi Exploit Not an Apple Problem, Company Says
Business Week:
Wiretap Ruling Threatens Telecoms  —  Businesses accused of helping the Bush Administration eavesdrop on customers could be in for a legal bruising  —  Telecommunications and Internet companies accused of working with the Bush Administration's domestic eavesdropping program …
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Computers write news at Thomson  —  First it was the typewriter, then the teleprinter.  Now a US news service has found a way to replace human beings in the newsroom and is instead using computers to write some of its stories.  —  Thomson Financial, the business information group …
Discussion: Techdirt and Virtual Economics
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ready To Party?  —  The TechCrunch August Capital party is tonight, Friday, at August Capital in Menlo Park (map).  The fun starts at 6 pm.  Additional details are on the wiki.  —  There will be plenty to eat and drink, lots of companies will be demo'ing, and as always Pandora is piping in the music.
 
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