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6:30 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.  Also, here is my no fluff response.  —  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 …
Tinic Uro / kaourantin.net:
What just happened to video on the web?  —  That's a question you should ask with the announcement we made tonight.  I think a lot will change.  This is probably one of my longest and information packed posts ever, but I think it is important we put down all cards on the table.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Adobe Adding H.264 Support to Flash
Discussion: Digital Daily
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe brings high definition to Flash videos
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
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  —  Most of us will agree that these days trying to do anything other than making plain vanilla phone calls and sending short messages on a regular 12-keypad mobile phone is an ordeal.  The triple tapping gives the thumb muscles a complete workout.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Xconomy
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
VLINGO, A NEW VOICE-TO-TEXT SERVICE LAUNCHES
Discussion: Mashable!
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?
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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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Groupware 2.0 - CollectiveX Launches Groupsites  —  Social networking startup CollectiveX has just launched a new product called Groupsites.  TechCrunch has the details of Groupsites, noting that it's a combination of discussion forums, email lists, calendars and social networks.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   CollectiveX Launches Groupsites
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: JD on EP
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Moviestar debut brings high-def video to Flash
Discussion: Office Tweaks
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. …
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.
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: Web Strategy and MediaVidea
Bindu Reddy / Official Google Blog:
An update on Google Video feedback  —  When your friends and well-intentioned acquaintances tell you that you've made a mistake, it's good to listen.  So we'd like to say thank you to everyone who wrote to let us know that we had made a mistake in the case of Google Video's Download to Own/Rent Refund Policy vs. Common Sense.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TechBizMedia and Mashable!
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 …
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: The Register, ZDNet and Slashdot
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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Discussion: eWEEK.com
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