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7:50 PM ET, August 20, 2007

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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Paramount adopts HD DVD, kicks Blu-ray to the curb  —  Just when many observers are beginning to believe that Blu-ray has the next-gen HD format wars all wrapped up, Paramount throws us a major curveball.  The studio has announced that it is abandoning Blu-ray in favor of HD DVD.  Is a shake-up in the works?
Discussion: DailyTech and Los Angeles Times
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Reuters:
DreamWorks, Paramount pick HD DVD  —  Animation and film studios will release movies exclusively in HD DVD format, despite higher sales of rival Blu-Ray.  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation said on Monday they will release their DVD titles exclusively …
Viacom:
Paramount and DreamWorks Animation Each Declare Exclusive Support for HD DVD  —  Movies Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment Including Paramount  —  Pictures, DreamWorks Animation SKG, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage,  —  Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films to be Released Exclusively in HD DVD
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Paramount, DreamWorks commit to HD DVD
Discussion: Macsimum News and Bink.nu
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Paramount to drop Blu-ray high-def DVDs
Discussion: CrunchGear and GamePro.com
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Steve Balmer Actually Gets A Word In With Charlie Rose  —  I'm sitting in the audience watching Microsoft chief executive Steve Balmer chat with Cisco Systems chief executive John Chambers at the Mandarin Hotel in midtown Manhattan, hosted by Charlie Rose.  Tech discussions these days …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
The Ballmer and Chambers show-no fireworks  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Cisco CEO John Chambers are holding court with interviewer Charlie Rose in New York City, discussing how they view the market transition, Google, coopetition and industry cooperation.
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
What happened on August 16  —  On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption.  The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users' computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted …
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Skype users don't buy outage explanation  —  (InfoWorld) - eBay's explanation for last week's failure of its Skype communication service has left many users still wondering what caused the worst outage in Skype's five-year history.  —  Millions of Skype users were knocked offline last week …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
comScore Introduces Expanded U.S., Global Search Measurement And Methodology  —  The analytics firm is expanding its core search metrics product, qSearch, in a number of ways that the company says will make the measurement of search volumes and market share more accurate than it was previously.
Discussion: WebProNews and CNET News.com
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
comScore Releases qSearch 2.0 - Disproportionately Favors Google
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
PR Newswire:
comScore Introduces Significant Enhancements to Search Measurement …
Discussion: WebProNews and All about Microsoft
Skrentablog:
Some thoughts on Mahalo  —  I was surprised (along with many others) that Jason chose to launch a "human powered search engine" as his next venture.  More so at the reported funding of $20M.  —  I'm a fan of Jason's antics and his promotional ability, but at first glance making …
Discussion: Scripting News
Luke Shepard / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Messaging just got better...  If you're like most people, you may have a few stubborn friends who haven't joined Facebook...yet.  This can make reaching friends complicated—there are some friends you can send a Facebook message, and others you have to email.  Not anymore.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Viacom And NBC Inject Themselves Into Online Video Litigation  —  Viacom and NBC aren't content with suing YouTube and other video sites for copyright infringement - they are also trying to inject their opinions into other lawsuits that they are not otherwise involved in.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Facebook labelled a $5b waste of time  —  THE next time you see an employee hunched intently over the computer, don't imagine he or she is slaving over the office accounts or a report for the next shareholders meeting.  —  Employees are more likely to be whiling away the hours on the social networking site Facebook, a report says.
Richard Baguley / wirelessinfo.com Blog:
US 3G version of Nokia N95 gets FCC approval  —  Busy day for Nokia on the FCC: another version of the N95 just got the nod from the feds.  This version is a quad-band GSM phone which includes support for the US 3G bands.  This means that it would work with the both the voice and 3G data network of AT&T …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Even the Office 2007 box has a learning curve  —  I bought a retail copy of Office 2007 today (I'm loading up the new laptop I got for the world tour, which is a Thinkpad X61s), and I must be a complete spaz, but I simply could not figure out how to open the bizarre new packaging.
Discussion: Chris Pirillo
 
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Jeremy Toeman / Bug Blogger:
Getting Beta All the Time  —  Ah, nothing like a terrible pun to start a blog post.
Discussion: Engadget
Phil Lattimore / Tech.co.uk:
iPhone: Vodafone could sign deal with Apple
Discussion: last100, iLounge and IntoMobile
David Kravets / Wired News:
Coupon Hacker Faces DMCA Lawsuit
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Online Advertising: Philip Kaplan's AdBrite loses porn-ad network
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
Do You Want One Social Networking Profile to Rule Them All?
Discussion: Wikinomics and ZDNet
Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
The Little Engine That Could: Ask.com 3D Redesign On Track
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Banner Blindness: Old and New Findings
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google China Blog Search Goes Live
Discussion: WebProNews and Shanghaiist
Robert L. Scheier / Computerworld:
Your data's less safe today than two years ago
Discussion: Ars Technica
Eric Ward / Search Engine Land:
Aggressively Seeking Links: How Much Is Too Much?
Discussion: BlogStorm
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Piece Of Cake: How To: Install Apps on Your iPhone Easily …
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Tilera throws 64-core meshy chip at video and security tasks
Discussion: Ars Technica
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral's "One Number For Life" Not Really