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3:50 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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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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Business Wire:
HandHeld Entertainment to Acquire eBaum's World, a Premier Online Entertainment Site  —  The ZVUE Network to become one of the world's largest providers of user-generated videos  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HandHeld Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZVUE - News), a global digital entertainment company …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
HandHeld To Acquire eBaum's World For $17 Million  —  Another deal from HandHeld Entertainment, which continues to roll up traffic and content.  This time the company is picking up user-gen site eBaum'sWorld for $15 million in cash at closing and a possible total of $52.5 million in cash and stock over three years.
Discussion: Mashable! and Valleywag
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
eBaum's World Finds a Buyer
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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
Eric Norlin / Defrag blog:
Because I'm a sucker  —  My oh my, turn on the blogosphere this morning and what do I find?  A serious brouhaha brewing and boiling because Dvorak went and wrote the tiresome, "Bubble 2.0″ ("we're in one and it'll end badly").  Go read all of the techmeme links if you want the full skinny …
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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.
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
Discussion: Inquirer
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
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
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 …
Chris Hansen / MSNBC:
Hot iPods: Is there a way to stop thieves cold?  A Dateline hidden camera investigation. … Frustrated iPod owners are angry, their music taken from them by thieves Dateline caught on hidden camera.  —  Story continues below ↓  —  advertisement  —  On Dateline Wednesday …
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.
 
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The latest "shiny social object": an open/controllable social network?
Discussion: All Facebook
Associated Press:
Man nabbed in hacking of Dane's e-mails
Discussion: The Register
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia Dials N-Series For Profits
PC JOINT:
How Apple will implement Multi-Touch in Macbook, iMac and other devices
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Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
VMware Fusion for Mac Due Aug. 6
Discussion: PC World and Between the Lines
ConsortiumInfo.org The Standards Blog:
Massachusetts Falls to OOXML as ITD Punts
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BBC:
Britain 'failing' net speed tests
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Please don't steal this Web content
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
New News Site: The Newsier Newser
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
DRM Scorecard: Hackers Batting 1000, Industry Zero
Discussion: Podcasting News
Skip Navigation / ice.gov:
Protecting National Security and Upholding Public Safety
Jacqueline Palank / New York Times:
Content Makers Are Accused of Exaggerating Copyright
Discussion: TeleRead and CinemaTech
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Remember Webvan? So Does Amazon