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5:30 PM ET, August 29, 2007

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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Announcing Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta  —  Now is the time and the time is now: let's talk about Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).  Much has been made of what will or will not be included in SP1 and when it will be released (some accurate, some otherwise).
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Brandon LeBlanc / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta White Paper  —  Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta Whitepaper  —  Introduction  —  When developing Windows Vista, Microsoft set out to provide higher levels of productivity, mobility, and security, with lower costs.  After more than six months …
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
WINDOWS SERVER 2008 TIMING UPDATE  —  With over 300,000 downloads of Beta 3 already under our belt, there is a lot of excitement here in Redmond as we get closer to our release candidate milestone for Windows Server 2008.  Customers and partners are very impressed with what they see …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Vista SP1: Small things come in big packages
Discussion: TechSpot News
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Still missing from Vista SP1 fix list: a really good reason to leave XP
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
NewCo finally gets a name: Hulu  —  News Corp. and NBC Universal have finally announced the name for their much talked about NewCo online video effort: Hulu.  CEO Jason Kilar explains the reasons why they picked the name. … The company is going to go into a private beta in October 2007[8].
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Kenneth Li / Reuters Blogs:
Hulu, Vudu, Vuguru, Jajah — What's in a name?
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo No-Sacred-Cow Vision Quest, Day 43: The Reorganization?  —  Is Yahoo headed for yet another corporate reorganization?  —  As many of these as the Internet giant has had over the last year, another could not come soon enough.  —  Yahoo ranks are clearly becoming more restless …
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Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Yahoo sales chief may be out of the picture  —  On AllThingsD, Kara Swisher has the scoop on some minor personnel moves at Yahoo.  But surprisingly, the reporter who's normally so plugged into the mess at Yahoo may have missed the big news.  One tipster claims that Gregory Coleman …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's iPhone — no, seriously  —  Oh come on, what the hell is that?  A Nokia branded iPhone?  It was presented during Nokia's GoPlay event this morning as a glimpse of what's coming with Nokia interface design.  Oh, and it's due out next year.  When pressed during the Q …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Next iPod  —  Don't even think about buying an iPod between now and Sept. 5.  Apple has invited the press to a "special event" next week in San Francisco.  And as usual, Apple won't say what it plans to announce.  Or much of anything.  —  But it doesn't take one of Hewlett-Packard's …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Facebook Developers News Feed:
A Shift to Engagement.  —  As we indicated earlier, today we are introducing new guidelines that will change how applications are ranked in the application directory.  Currently, the focus is on total number of users, but going forward it will be based on user engagement.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Patch service shuts after Microsoft request  —  AutoPatcher, a four-year-old project to distribute Microsoft patches and other updates to software that runs on Windows, has shut down because of a Microsoft request.  —  "Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft, requesting the immediate takedown …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Robin Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Identity Verification Comes to Second Life  —  Trust is the foundation of any community.  And one cornerstone of trust is identity.  You've got to know something about the person you are dealing with before you can trust them.  Knowing who to trust in an online environment presents unique challenges.
Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
Japan's Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future  —  TOKYO — Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it.  —  Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United States — and considerably cheaper.  Japan has the world's fastest Internet connections …
Hadley Stern / Apple Matters:
The Coming Leopard Letdown  —  John Gruber has branched out from his usually excellent blog, Daring Fireball and has started writing for Macworld.  I say good for him (yes, I'm a little jealous, I always thought my words would be good there!).  Although I hope the contract doesn't include doing nothing but heaping praise on Apple.
Discussion: Channel 9 and Hardware 2.0
Ryan Block / Engadget:
HP Virtus revealed  —  We don't yet know a lot about this happening new HP desktop, except that it's been dubbed the Virtus and it's got some fairly slick design.  We'll hit you up with more as we get it — for now, bask in our gallery of leaked shots.
Discussion: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Inside DCSNet, the FBI's Nationwide Eavesdropping Network  —  The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Leo Babauta / Web Worker Daily:
GTD for Bloggers: The Art of Stress-free Blogging  —  The ever-popular productivity book Getting Things Done, by David Allen, caught on fire within the last few years through the power of blogs.  And while many a blogger has fallen in love with GTD, and in fact many GTD blogs have been created …
 
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Worm In The Apple  —  Apple Chief Steve Jobs' not-so-secret plan …
Discussion: MacSlash and Macsimum News
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
New DVD-sized disc to hold 1 to 5 terabytes of data
Discussion: Gadget Lab
BBC:
Call to regulate the net rejected
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
TheFind.com Acquires Glimpse
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Report: 802.11n good enough to chase Ethernet from the enterprise
Discussion: Computerworld
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Time of day calling it quits at AT&T  —  It's the end of time …
Jono / jonobacon@home:
Introducing the Hardy Heron
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Kevin Kelleher / TheStreet.com:
Tech IPOs Shut Out the Little Guy
Michelle Quinn / Los Angeles Times:
Dot-com names get dottier
Alexkoc / Windows Genuine Advantage:
So what happened?
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Does Google own your content?
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho Launches Application Start Page
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia Goes Web2ish, Launches 4 New Phones, Services