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11:05 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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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.
Business Wire:
Adobe Extends Web Video Leadership With H.264 Support  —  HDTV Quality Web Video Reaches the Masses With Industry Standard Video Codec in Flash Player  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the latest update for Adobe® Flash® …
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 …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Moviestar debut brings high-def video to Flash
Discussion: Office Tweaks
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:   High Def Video in Focus as Adobe and On2 Encode Files to H.264 Standard
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Adobe bashes open-source alternatives
Discussion: Inquirer, The Register and JD on EP
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe brings high definition to Flash videos
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
The Microsoft connection clarified  —  Yesterday, we posted an explanation of what happened to Skype on August 16.  Some reactions to the explanation, however, have reminded us of one of the basic tenets of communication: It's not what you say.  It's what they hear.
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Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Skype offers more details of 'perfect storm' outage
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
InfoWorld:   Skype offers more details of 'perfect storm' outage (InfoWorld)
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zoho Goes Offline (in a good way)  —  Online office suite Zoho will launch offline functionality for Zoho Writer this morning, and other applications in their suite will follow shortly.  —  The offline functionality was built on Google Gears, an open source project launched by Google in May 2007.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho Writer Adds Offline Support  —  There are two seemingly divergent themes in the Web Office world currently: 1) office software is increasingly heading online, in the form of products like Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Zoho and ThinkFree; 2) web apps are increasingly adding offline functionality.
Business Wire:
Metacafe Raises $30 Million in Series C Financing  —  Highland Capital Partners and DAG Ventures Invest in Popular Video Entertainment Site  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Metacafe, whose more than 25 million unique viewers each month make it one of the world's largest video sites …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Video site Metacafe gets $30M more
Discussion: StartupSquad.com and NewTeeVee
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CollectiveX Launches Groupsites  —  Maryland based CollectiveX launched in February 2006 as a way for groups to create a quick and well designed social space online.  Users could share calendars, files and contacts, and message each other on a forum.  —  We covered CollectiveX in our roundup of …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Groupware 2.0 - CollectiveX Launches Groupsites
Discussion: Webware.com
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. …
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vlingo Gives Mobile Phones A New Voice
Discussion: Webware.com, PalmAddicts and TechCrunch
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Toshiba's 320GB 2.5-inch hard drive: a world's best for laptops  —  Step aside Fujitsu, there's a new 2.5-inch hard disk champ on the block by way of Toshiba.  A world's first 320GB 2.5-inch drive, in fact.  The MK3252GSX drive spins a pair of 160GB platters at 5,400rpm with an 8MB buffer …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
BEBO'S NEW INSTANT MESSAGING IS MICROSOFT-FLAVORED  —  Social networking site Bebo, with a 36-million-strong member base centered primarily in the U.K., announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Microsoft on a new instant messaging initiative.  The Windows Live Messenger service …
Discussion: WebProNews and Brandon LeBlanc
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Helium Marketplace: Make Money Writing Online  —  Helium is a directory of user generated articles.  Anyone can submit an article to any of 24 different categories (arts, autos, politics, etc.).  Articles can be submitted directly to channels, entered into contests, or as part of a debate.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
gBox: Give The Gift Of DRM-Free Music  —  gBox is a new take on selling digital content.  Instead of emphasizing sales directly to consumers, gBox is encourages you to create wish lists and buy gifts for your friends and family.  To kick-start the service, they've sealed a pretty big deal …
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Foundation on which RIAA builds cases in danger of being undermined
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Reuters:
Wal-Mart selling DRM-free digital music
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Nokia:
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Verizon:
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Two Studios to Support HD DVD Over Rival
Dean Pullen / Inquirer:
Xbox 360 price cut confirmed
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and Reuters
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Gunplay blamed for Internet slowdown
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Jack Malvern / Times of London:
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Network World:
Hear no evil, see no evil: business e-mail overtakes the telephone
Discussion: Inquirer
Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
HP MediaSmart Pricing Leaked - Systems Listed at Amazon.com
Discussion: Inquirer and Engadget
Kevin Barenblat / VentureBeat:
Facebook debunked  —  [Editor's note: This is an Op-Ed piece …
Discussion: Web Strategy and MediaVidea
Brandon Badger / Google LatLong:
Google Book Search in Google Earth
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Rolls Out Refurbished iPhones For $100 Less
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
A "sea change in the computing industry"