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12:50 PM ET, August 21, 2007

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Adobe:
Adobe Extends Web Video Leadership with H.264 Support  —  For immediate release  —  HDTV Quality Web Video Reaches the Masses with Industry Standard Video Codec in Flash Player  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the latest update for Adobe® Flash® Player 9 software …
Discussion: paidContent.org and New York Times
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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.
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 …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Moviestar debut brings high-def video to Flash
Discussion: CNET News.com and Office Tweaks
PR Newswire:
Wal-Mart Launches MP3 Music Download Tracks  —  "As we consistently strive to help our customers shop smart at Wal-Mart, our new 'DRM-free' MP3 digital tracks give them the ease and flexibility to play music on virtually any device at a great value," said Kevin Swint, Wal-Mart's senior director and divisional manager for digital media.
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Reuters:
Wal-Mart selling DRM-free digital music  —  Wal-Mart Stores said on Tuesday that it was now selling digital music downloads on its Web site without the customary copy-protection technology that limits where consumers can play the songs.  —  Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
MTV, RealNetworks said to merge digital music stores
Discussion: ZDNet and Engadget
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.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google Video Store gets stay of execution, full refunds coming  —  As we reported last week, Google Video is closing its commercial video sales wing, the Google Video Store.  The controversial decision will see Google eventually shuttering its video Digital Rights Management service …
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.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Two Studios to Support HD DVD Over Rival  —  Hollywood's squabble over which of two technologies will replace standard DVDs reignited Monday with two studios throwing their weight behind one format and several rivals ramping up support for the other.  —  Paramount, part of Viacom …
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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. …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fred Wilson: What MTV Should Do With Rhapsody
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
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
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
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 …
Nokia:
The new Nokia 6555 features a smooth-back fold design and original analog timepiece  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced a new 3G mobile phone that pairs original design and quality workmanship with outstanding features.  The Nokia 6555 meets the desire for aesthetic appeal …
 
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Robert Mullins / InfoWorld:
Tech's own datacenters are their green showrooms
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Craig / GrandCentral Blog:
Number Changes  —  We've been working over the last several days …
Discussion: Compiler and VoIP Watch
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
BEBO'S NEW INSTANT MESSAGING IS MICROSOFT-FLAVORED
Discussion: WebProNews and Brandon LeBlanc
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Foundation on which RIAA builds cases in danger of being undermined
Discussion: hypebot
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
gBox: Give The Gift Of DRM-Free Music
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Gunplay blamed for Internet slowdown
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
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Helium Marketplace: Make Money Writing Online
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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Vlingo: tell your phone what to do
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Rolls Out Refurbished iPhones For $100 Less