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8:15 PM ET, August 29, 2007

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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Announcing Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta  —  update @ 14:53 PDT: The exec closest to the development process, Core Operating System Division (COSD) Sr. VP Jon DeVaan, gives his personal take on Windows Vista SP1 over at Press Pass — check it out.  —  Now is the time and the time is now …
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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hulu Translates To "Cease" and "Desist" in Swahili.  Oops.  —  Congratulations are in order to YouTube-competitor Hulu, which took just five months to come up with a name after announcing itself in March.  CEO Jason Kilar says the name "captures the spirit of the service we're building" in an open letter published today.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Salon: Machinist
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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].
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Breaking: News Corp. and NBC Universal Unveil Official Name for Online Video Venture
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.
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Colin Smillie / Inside Facebook:   New Application Engagement Metrics from Facebook
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Worm In The Apple  —  Apple Chief Steve Jobs' not-so-secret plan to take over the world is going well.  On the desktop, Apple's Macs are chewing away at Dell and Gateway's market share.  The iPod has squashed Microsoft's Zune beneath its tank treads.  Now the iPhone threatens to roll through …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Source: iPod shuffle refresh to go (RED)
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Antonis Kaladis / AutoPatcher.com:
Sad day  —  Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft, requesting the immediate take-down of the download page, which of course means that AutoPatcher is probably history.  As much as we disagree, we can do very little, and although the download page is merely a collection of mirrors, we took the download page down.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Patch service shuts after Microsoft request
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Speculation: The Beatles on iTunes Sept. 5  —  Yesterday afternoon, Apple (AAPL) e-mailed out press invitations to a "special event" to be held next Wednesday in San Francisco's Moscone Center, and ever since speculation has been mounting that this will be the day that Steve Jobs announces …
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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: Crave, Gadget Lab, CNET News.com and Gizmodo
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Report: 802.11n good enough to chase Ethernet from the enterprise  —  Are we near the point where wireless networks can replace good, old Ethernet?  A new report from The Burton Group answers that question in the affirmative, saying that the increased speeds and other features of 802.11n …
Discussion: Computerworld and RSS
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
EarthLink pays $5 million to delay Houston Wi-Fi buildout
Matthew Moskovciak / Crave:
Cheap HD DVD player coming—format war rages on
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Red Hat adds to system monitoring service
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Vista's Long Goodbye strikes again
Discussion: TechSpot News
Google LatLong:
In-car Google Local Search with BMW ConnectedDrive
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
VW, Apple 'iCar' in the works?
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iRobot's Looj wants to clean yer damn gutters
Discussion: Gizmodo and MAKE Magazine
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Apple Announces Hit Television Programming Now Available on the …
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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: VentureBeat, GigaOM and Mashable!
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Time of day calling it quits at AT&T  —  It's the end of time …
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
A distributed centralized social graph - for us all
Discussion: Like It Matters
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
700MHz lobbying: Google good, wireless operators better, Frontline best
Discussion: Epicenter
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Inside DCSNet, the FBI's Nationwide Eavesdropping Network
Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
Japan's Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future