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4:05 PM ET, July 30, 2007

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yomiuri.co.jp:
10 automakers to jointly develop OS  —  The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry will start developing jointly with 10 automakers an operating system for automotive electronics, it has been learned.  —  The decision will be announced this week, a ministry source said.
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Japanese revved up for car software standard  —  Japan's economy, trade and industry ministry is planning to develop a standard operating system for car electronics, according to a leading Japanese newspaper.  —  Among the major manufacturers signing on to the development project are Toyota …
Discussion: Slashdot
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:   Ten Japanese Companies Sign on to Develop In-car Operating System
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Vista fix packs provide updates promised for SP1  —  Microsoft has rolled out to select testers two new Windows Vista fix packs that deliver many of the same updates expected to be provided by Vista Service Pack (SP) 1.  —  (Note: The original posting listing the fixes has been pulled by AeroXP, with no explanation given.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Vista Performance and Reliability Pack leaked two weeks early
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Wikia acquires Grub distributed search indexing system  —  Wikia, the company created by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, has acquired the Grub distributed indexing system from LookSmart and is preparing to distribute Grub's code under an open source license.  Wikia plans to use Grub …
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Tyler / iPhoneology:
iPhone Firmware Hints at New Apps, Widgets  —  While browsing through my iPhone's firmware a few days ago, I came across something very interesting in one of the system preference files, "Default ApplicationState.plist."  Among the expected names, like "mobileipod" and "Weather," …
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MacNN:
Unsupported apps found in iPhone firmware
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
PC World:
Japanese Porn Industry Embraces Blu-Ray Disc  —  Japanese adult film makers have turned decisively to Blu-ray Disc, breathing new life into its bid to replace DVDs as the disc of choice for home movies.  —  Recommend this story?  —  The HD DVD high-definition movie format may have the lead …
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Michael Gartenberg:
The Best is Still the Enemy of the Good  —  I just finished a report on future of next generation optical disks that will be published shortly with a few surprises.  It's really looking that both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray may well turn out to become the laserdisk for the 21st century.
Verizon:
Verizon Posts Strong 2Q 2007 Results Highlighted by Gains in Earnings, Consolidated Margins and Cash Flows  —  Accelerating Revenue Growth Builds Momentum in Strategic Wireless, Broadband and Business Markets  —  2Q 2007 HIGHLIGHTS  —  Consolidated Results
Discussion: Between the Lines and IP Democracy
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Verizon's Q2 Income Rises 4.5 Percent; Revs Up 6.3 Percent
Discussion: PC World
GameDaily:
Bejeweled Turns iPhone Into Gaming Gem  —  PopCap Games has announced a free web version of Bejeweled for Apple's iPhone that's now available via the Safari browser.  —  PopCap Games, the multi-platform casual game company best known for its popular titles such as Bejeweled and Chuzzle …
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Mobility Site:
Free Bejeweled Game for iPhone
cs.com.cn:
China's Alibaba confirms plan to list in HK  —  China's biggest e-commerce company Alibaba has submitted its first initial public offering (IPO) application to the listing committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and may become the largest high-tech share on the Hong Kong bourse.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC to Rule on Wireless Auction  —  Lobbying Intense As Google Seeks To Open Market  —  The Federal Communications Commission will set the rules tomorrow governing the auction of $15 billion of public airwaves, a decision with stakes so high that the major U.S. cellular carriers and Google …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
eBay wins round in 'Buy it now' patent redux  —  A tiny patent-licensing company has once again lost a plea to prohibit eBay from using its patent covering the auction giant's "Buy it now" feature, but the closely watched battle isn't over yet.  —  Ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   As Expected, Judge Denies eBay Injunction In MercExchange Case
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Why Microsoft May Lose Mobile Market to Google  —  It's interesting to read Microsoft's Bill Gates rip into the notion that Google can become a successful competitor in the mobile space. … Those are all very fair observations about Google, but could it be Microsoft's arrogance that helps Google challenge them?
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Reuters:
Gates Sees no Google Threat in Phone Software: Report
Discussion: Epicenter
SmartMoney.com:
UPDATE: KDDI To Offer Email Service Based On Google Email  —  TOKYO -(Dow Jones)- KDDI Corp. (9433.TO), Japan's No. 2 mobile operator, said Monday it will offer a new email service based on Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Gmail.  —  KDDI is in the midst of a price war with companies like NTT DoCoMo Inc. …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Towards the Attention Economy: Will Attention Silos Ever Open Up?  —  We have written extensively at Read/WriteWeb about Attention and the Attention Economy.  As a concept attention makes sense to anyone who is online today.  We know when we are paying attention and we know what we are paying attention to.
BBC:
Cautious welcome for BBC iPlayer  —  The BBC's iPlayer online video service has won a cautious welcome from the first people to download and use it.  —  On chat forums triallists complained about technical problems but others were complimentary about the content on offer and download speeds.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Mashable!
 
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
CES 2008 going RFID
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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Comic Con 07: Viva Pinata DS Announced
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Chinese dissident e-mails: what did Yahoo know, and when did it know it?
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Future iPhones could share data over non-GSM channels
Google Analytics Blog:
Update: Temporary Reporting Delay since Saturday Night
Business Wire:
ValueClick Announces Second Quarter 2007 Results
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Does The RIAA Hate Webcasters?  Webcasters Don't Play Very Much RIAA Music
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Dimple: The DAP With A Dimple Instead Of Buttons
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Verizon Set To Terrorize 700k New Users In 2008
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat 'supersizes' in Las Vegas
Digital Chosunilbo:
Bora Yoon Plays Music in the Key of Mobiles
Discussion: I4U News and ringtonia.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google lawyer: YouTube filtering system coming this fall
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Telecoms: It's the network, stupid