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4:45 PM ET, July 27, 2007

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Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft's forecast: cloudy  —  In a talk before Wall Street analysts yesterday, Microsoft's coder-in-chief, Ray Ozzie, described in broad strokes the software giant's plans to build its utility computing business as more and more computing functions and software applications turn …
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Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Twitter  —  The Internet is largely a communications medium.  It's also used for content distribution, commerce, and a number of other things.  But the thing I do most on the Internet is communicate.  Via email, Skype, instant messaging, blogging, commenting, and twittering.  It makes sense.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware lands Cisco as investor  —  Cisco Systems said Friday it will invest $150 million in VMware, joining Intel as a strategic investor.  —  After the investment Cisco will own 1.6 percent of VMware's outstanding shares.  VMware will also consider appointing a Cisco executive to its board in the future.
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Inquirer and Epicenter
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Cisco buys a hunk of VMware
BBC:
BBC online video service launches  —  The BBC's flagship online TV service is being launched, offering viewers the chance to download their favourite programmes from the last seven days.  —  For director general Mark Thompson, the launch of iPlayer is as big a milestone as the arrival of colour TV.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BBC iPlayer launches, but with limited viewer reach
Discussion: Ars Technica
David Lawsky / Reuters:
EU Says Intel Tried to Squeeze Out Advanced Micro  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters)—The European Union's top antitrust regulator has charged that Intel tried to use its huge market share to push smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices out of the central processing unit business.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Intel responds to EU's anti-trust statement
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot News
AOL:
Think You Might Be Addicted to Email?  You're Not Alone  —  New AOL Survey Reveals that More Americans are Using Portable Devices to Email Around the Clock from Virtually Anywhere - in the Bathroom, While Driving and Even in Church  —  83% of Email Users Checking on Vacation; Many Plan Getaways Around Access
CodePlex:
Vista Battery Saver  —  Project Description  —  This tinny program will save up to 70% of your battery by disabling those nice, but greedy Vista features.  Running in task bar with private workset of 5.5M and 0% CPU it will do all work for you, by enabling and disabling customizable features …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Search Wikia Takes Steps To Crawl; Acquires Grub  —  Wikia, Inc., the for-profit company developing the open source search engine Search Wikia, has acquired Grub, a distributed crawler platform, from LookSmart.  —  Distributed crawler?  Crawlers are software programs used by search engines …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fichey - A Pretty Way To Browse Popular Sites  —  Fichey just launched this afternoon.  It is a flash based site that, like StumbleUpon, allows you to browse through popular current websites.  But it isn't a bookmarking service - instead it shows sites from a specified date that were popular on Del.icio.us …
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
TiVo's Catch-22  —  TiVo's survival depends on cable.  Cable has limited incentives to see it succeed.  Does TiVo have a way out?  —  This week, the company that has amassed such powerful brand equity that it has become a verb ("Did you TiVo The Sopranos finale?") announced that it is working hard …
Discussion: GigaOM and Gadget Lab
BBC:
Google 'the most improved brand'  —  Google is the brand that has gained the most in value over the past year, according a survey of global brands.  —  The report from Interbrand found that Google's brand value had risen 44% in the past 12 months to $17.8bn (£8.8bn), which put it in 20th place.
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Key Bancroft Family Trust to Vote Against News Corp. Bid for Dow Jones  —  The Denver branch of the Bancroft family, Dow Jones & Co.'s controlling shareholder, is to vote against accepting News Corp.'s $60-a-share offer, putting pressure on News Corp. to raise its offer, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Steve Mollman / Wired News:
Wii + Second Life = New Training Simulator  —  Nintendo games have made the Wii controller a satisfyingly realistic controller for pretend tennis, golf and baseball.  But how about using it to practice doing surgery, applying pesticides or operating a nuclear power plant?
scee.presscentre.com:
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE AND SKY JOIN FORCES TO DELIVER VIDEO ON DEMAND SERVICE TO PSP OWNERS  —  London, 27 July 2007.  SKY and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced the formation of a Joint Venture company to deliver on-demand entertainment content to owners of the PSP&trade …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is this the new iMac keyboard?  —  See that?  That's the rumored, "super slim," brushed aluminum keyboard said to be accompanying Apple's new iMac computer.  It certainly appears to share the key design of the MacBook like we heard but seeing "Photoshop" in the exif data doesn't give us a high degree of confidence here.
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The Internet in Kazakhstan: welcome to the land of $3,355 per month DSL
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
T-Mobile's prepaid refill system goes down; free minutes for all
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Breaking: First iPhone Class-Action Suit Against Apple and AT&T
Discussion: DailyTech and Hardware 2.0
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sony Hopes to Stop Losing Money on PlayStation 3 This Fiscal Year
Think Secret:
Apple delivers new Leopard seed (images)
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Medison promises money back if it can't deliver... in three months
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Dan Crow / Official Google Blog:
Robots Exclusion Protocol: now with even more flexibility
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Federal judge: AT&T U-Verse == cable TV
Discussion: dslreports.com
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
WHurley spins BMC into open source
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Advertising the open-source way with Openads
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's Really Going On With Podtech?
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Multichannel News:
Cuban: The Internet Is Dead
Alan Davidson / Google Public Policy Blog:
Eric Schmidt's summer of public policy
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Now We're Not Talking: Telstra Bans Facebook
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
HBO comedy site shut down
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast says StreamSaver, a bundle of Peacock, Netflix, and Apple TV+, will be available starting next week to Comcast TV or broadband customers at $15/month

 
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