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1:00 AM ET, August 21, 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?
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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 …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and ParisLemon
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Paramount, DreamWorks commit to HD DVD  —  Just when it looked like Blu-ray was getting the best of HD DVD, the latter scores a combination like Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation.  —  Both companies announced on Monday that they had agreed to release exclusively on the HD DVD format …
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.
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Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Cisco, Microsoft: Cozy competitors
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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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CNET News.com:   Facebook messaging gets some new juice
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 …
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 …
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.
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
comScore Releases qSearch 2.0 - Disproportionately Favors Google
Discussion: comScore and WebMetricsGuru
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.
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 …
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. …
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: Zoli's Blog and Chris Pirillo
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
VLINGO, A NEW VOICE-TO-TEXT SERVICE LAUNCHES  —  Vlingo is a new mobile voice service launching today.  It centers around a small Java app that lets you talk into your handset to create a text message instead of using your phone's keypad.  The service is its own SMS client …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
 
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Rolls Out Refurbished iPhones For $100 Less
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechSpot News
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
Yahoo! Search Blog:
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 Earlier Items: 
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: iLounge, last100 and IntoMobile
Valleywag:
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?
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Hot chips at Stanford: Vernor Vinge on future of chips
Discussion: CNET News.com
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google China Blog Search Goes Live
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Piece Of Cake: How To: Install Apps on Your iPhone Easily …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Facebook labelled a $5b waste of time