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2:25 PM ET, August 2, 2007

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CraigE / Mac Mojo:
Office 2008 Coming January 2008  —  We announced today that Office 2008 for Mac will be released to manufacturing ("RTM") this December, which will allow for retail availability in the US in mid-January (planning for Macworld), and allow us to deliver Office 2008 to our volume license customers …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why Microsoft Can't Deliver Office for Mac on Time
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Microsoft delays release of Office 2008 for Mac
Wall Street Journal:
Google Pushes Tailored Phones To Win Lucrative Ad Market  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Google, Apple, AT&T, Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group, Deutsche Telekom, Sprint Nextel, Nokia, Walt Disney  —  Google Inc. is searching for growth in cellphones.
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Search Engine Land:
Wall Street Journal: Google Phone In Development  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is making a push to court wireless carriers in an effort to accelerate mobile ad distribution and revenue growth.  The article also contends that Google is actively working a mobile handset …
Discussion: Computerworld and Screenwerk
Marshall Kirkpatrick:
John Dvorak isn't just cranky, he's cranky and wrong  —  John C. Dvorak, Cranky Geek and long respected old dude, has penned a shallow but multi-part whine about the web 2.0 economy and the likelihood that it's going to collapse at any moment.  It's titled Bubble 2.0 Coming Soon and it's crap.
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John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Bubble 2.0 Coming Soon
sony.net:
Public Notice to Owners of Sony "Cyber-shot" DSC-T5 Digital Still Cameras  —  Thank you for your continued interest in Sony Products.  —  Sony has recently discovered that, with certain units of its Digital Still Camera "Cyber-shot" DSC-T5 released on the market in September 2005 …
Discussion: Digital Trends and BetaNews
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Sony offers repair on 416,000 Cyber-shot cameras  —  Sony announced plans today to offer repairs on the casings of 416,000 Cyber-shot DSC-T5 digital cameras the company has sold, as the bottom plating can warp and create a sharp edge which can cut or scratch user's hands.
Discussion: Crave and TECH.BLORGE.com
BBC:
Microsoft tries free office suite  —  Free copies of some of Microsoft's office software will soon be available.  —  The software giant said it would make ad-supported copies of the Works package available within "months".  —  The programs will not run in a web browser but will be installed …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft preps first ad-supported client software pilot  —  Microsoft's first ad-supported office suite is almost here, it just happens to not be Microsoft Office.  The Redmond giant has opted to use a more expendable test subject for its foray into ad-supported software: the much overlooked Microsoft Works.
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Third generation HD DVD players on October 1st?  —  There's no doubt that the HD Format war is in full swing, and just when the Blu-ray camp thinks they're going to catch up with HD DVD's full featured players, HD DVD raises the bar.  We'll probably have to wait 'till CEDIA to get the official word …
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Tyler Pruitt / Format War Central:   Toshiba to Launch 3rd Gen HD DVD Players October 1st HD-A3, HD-A30, HD-A35
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WebbAlert: A Lot Like Rocketboom, Except It's Interesting  —  WebbAlert, a new daily (Monday - Thursday) video news show hosted by X-Play's Morgan Webb, launches this morning at 2 am PST.  The focus of the show will be the major breaking technology and gaming news of the day.
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Two Worlds Collide: Oops, iPhone Display Needs to Reboot, Runs Windows XP  —  Oops, iPhone Display Needs to Reboot, Runs Windows XP  —  Hey PC fanboys, now you can use this shot of a Windows XP display at an AT&T store when those smug Mac worshipers tell you about how such-and-such Zune commercial …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Forever Geek and digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
File-sharing is a "petty offense," say German prosecutors  —  The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has run into another roadblock in its legal battles against suspected file-sharers in Europe.  German prosecutors have begun denying requests to force ISPs to identify …
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Steven Schwankert / Computerworld:
D'oh!  Homer 'photo' exposes Chinese media piracy  —  No, it's not a Simpsons episode plotline (yet, anyway)  —  A photo of Homer Simpson accompanying a genuine article about multiple sclerosis (MS) has exposed Chinese state-run media's penchant for using images without permission.
Jacqueline Palank / New York Times:
Content Makers Are Accused of Exaggerating Copyright  —  An association of computer and communication companies, including Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, on Wednesday accused several professional sports leagues, book publishers and other media companies of misleading and threatening consumers with overstated copyright warnings.
Discussion: TeleRead and CinemaTech
Skip Navigation / ice.gov:
Protecting National Security and Upholding Public Safety  —  ICE partners with industry to launch largest enforcement action of its kind targeting importers and distributors of illegal devices used to circumvent anti-piracy technology in top gaming consoles  —  32 search warrants executed …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
MySpace Nabs Lonelygirl15 Finale  —  In a deal that signals the ascendance of the independent video creator, MySpace will host and feature the Lonelygirl15 season finale this Friday.  The finale, a culmination of the series to date, with 12 episodes released every hour over starting at 8 a.m. Pacific …
 
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Michael Gartenberg:
The optimal mobile internet is not a stripped down version …
Discussion: Scripting News
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
American, foreign airlines returning to in-flight broadband plans
Discussion: GigaOM
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Spamming Net drug dealer gets 30 years in prison
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
VMware Fusion for Mac Due Aug. 6
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Please don't steal this Web content
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