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4:40 AM ET, August 21, 2007

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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Launches "Moviestar" Version of Flash Player - HD Television Quality for Web Video  —  Adobe today announced the latest version of its near ubiquitous Web video software, Adobe Flash Player 9.  It's codenamed Moviestar, because it includes H.264 standard video support …
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Flash Player supports H.264 video  —  Note: The actual download is coming later today, just hold tight.  —  We're announcing a new update to the Flash Player today code named "Moviestar" and it includes support for the widely used industry standard H.264 codec as well as High Efficiency AAC audio support.
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?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Adobe bashes open-source alternatives  —  Adobe Systems has embraced open-source software for some products, but its core Creative Suite line looks like it'll remain proprietary.  —  In a blog posting Sunday, Adobe's top creative products executive, John Loiacono, made unflattering remarks …
Discussion: InfoWorld and JD on EP
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 …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and ParisLemon
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Kyte.tv vs. PodTech.net (Adobe announces new Flash player)
Discussion: ScobleShow
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Vlingo: tell your phone what to do  —  Mobile phone interfaces are notoriously difficult to use — hence, the hype around Apple's iPhone and its unique two-fingered method of navigating its mobile web browser.  —  Vlingo has a different answer to clumsy mobile interfaces …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and mocoNews.net
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vlingo Gives Mobile Phones A New Voice
Discussion: TechCrunch and Xconomy
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:   VLINGO, A NEW VOICE-TO-TEXT SERVICE LAUNCHES
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Opens Email Up A Little; I Want More
Discussion: Techomical
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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Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Everything on this Vista PC is an Afterthought
Discussion: duncanriley.com and Labnotes
Wall Street Journal:
MTV, RealNetworks to Form Online Music Venture  —  In a bid to create a stronger competitor to Apple Inc.'s marketing-dominating iTunes Store, Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks is set to announce Tuesday that it is merging its online digital music offerings into a joint venture with RealNetworks Inc. …
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Cisco, Microsoft: Cozy competitors  —  NEW YORK—Three years ago, when Cisco Systems and Microsoft launched competing security solutions, they looked to be on a collision course, but on Monday the companies' CEOs took the stage together to discuss working more closely together.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
A "sea change in the computing industry"  —  A new startup out of MIT emerged from stealth mode today to announce that they're shipping a 64-core processor for the embedded market.  The company, called Tilera, was founded by Dr. Anat Agarwal, the MIT professor behind the famous …
Discussion: ZDNet and Slashdot
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.
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 …
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 …
Kevin Barenblat / VentureBeat:
Facebook debunked  —  [Editor's note: This is an Op-Ed piece by Kevin Barenblat, co-creator of SpotDJ]  —  Facebook and its developer platform f8 are the hot topic of conversation among many in Silicon Valley since its launch May 24.  The site is quickly growing up, as folks 35 and older …
Discussion: MediaVidea
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Rolls Out Refurbished iPhones For $100 Less  —  Apple's refurbished iPhones retail for $499 and $399  —  Apple's iPhone has only been on the market for about two months, but the company is already selling refurbished phones to customers with a one-year warranty.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CollectiveX Launches Groupsites
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Jack Malvern / Times of London:
The new adventures of Dennis the Menace, direct to your mobile
Bindu Reddy / Official Google Blog:
An update on Google Video feedback
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TechBizMedia
Network World:
Hear no evil, see no evil: business e-mail overtakes the telephone
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Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
HP MediaSmart Pricing Leaked - Systems Listed at Amazon.com
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Helium Marketplace: Make Money Writing Online
adCenter Blog:
Announcing the U.S. release of Microsoft Content Ads Beta
 Earlier Items: 
Brandon Badger / Google LatLong:
Google Book Search in Google Earth
Discussion: loose wire blog and Ogle Earth
Cheryl Meyer / TheDeal.com:
Redmond to spoil XenSource buy?
Karl / dslreports.com:
FCC To Extend 'Franchise Reform' To Cable - McDowell speaks …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
There is no Web Operating System (or WebOS)
Dan Moren / iPhone Central:
Saved by the iPhone  —  The iPhone may be a pretty versatile piece …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Are Search Ads a Waste of Money?
Discussion: SearchQuant and SEO Speedwagon
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Skype users don't buy outage explanation