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9:10 PM ET, August 30, 2007

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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Microsoft and Eolas settle, ending patent battle over plug-ins, ActiveX
Discussion: TechSpot News and Bink.nu
Robert Selna / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. citywide Wi-Fi plan fizzles as provider backs off  —  Mayor Gavin Newsom's high-profile effort to blanket San Francisco with a free wireless Internet network died Wednesday when provider EarthLink backed out of a proposed contract with the city.  —  The contract, which was three years in the making …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Earthlink Troubles Spell End Of MuniFi As Third Pipe
Discussion: MuniWireless and Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Tim Logan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Light-pole quirk delays city's Wi-Fi plan
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Free San Francisco Wi-Fi project dies
Discussion: Engadget and dslreports.com
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Portable Media: First Zune 2 and Zune Flash Shots  —  Here are the first shots of the Zune 2 and Zune Flash.  The images reveal an 80GB version and a 4 and 8GB flash model.  —  Not sure what's going on with that interesting controller, but it looks like a real button …
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Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:   iPod to Zune: Heads, I win; tails, you lose
Chris Knight / The Knight Shift:
Viacom hits me with copyright infringement for posting on YouTube a video that Viacom made by infringing on my own copyright!  —  "Chutzpah" is a Yiddish word meaning "unbelievable gall or audacity".  An example of it would be the story of the kid who murders both of his parents …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Now For Helio Job Cuts  —  Helio, the mega-mobile virtual network operator backed by Korean telecom giant SK Telecom (SKM) and EarthLink (ELNK), is rumored to be contemplating job cuts.  Our sources indicate that it could happen sometime this week, and there have been some hush-hush meetings today …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Updated: Helio Cuts 100 Jobs
Discussion: Engadget and Epicenter
Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
Helio Takes a Closer Look; "Realigning" …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
BBC:
Bloggers battered by viral storm  —  Google's Blogger site is being used by malicious hackers who are posting fake entries to some blogs.  —  The fake entries contain weblinks that lead to booby-trapped downloads that could infect a Windows PC.  —  Infected computers are being hijacked …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Gadgets that Talk to Each Other  —  You could say that widgets (or gadgets, as Google likes to call them) are small applications that bring together a lot of information relevant to you.  Now what if these gadgets would communicate with each other by sending small messages?
Discussion: Mashable!
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   IGoogle's New Gadget-to-Gadget Communication
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS FIRST U.S. WALKMAN VIDEO PLAYERS  —  Sony today took the wraps off two new Walkman® players that not only support audio - but for the first time in the United States - video.  —  The new NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 series of Walkman digital music players will support an open platform …
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Business 2.0:
Want a job at Google?  Try these brainteasers first  —  Google, Microsoft, and eBay are looking for engineers who can think on their feet.  Here's how they find them.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Dream of landing a coding job at an A-list tech company?
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Microsoft antitrust deal earns mixed grades  —  Editor's note: This blog was updated at 12:40 p.m. PDT with additional information from the Department of Justice filing and a link to Microsoft's report.  —  With most of Microsoft's antitrust settlement with the government poised to expire this November …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google, Yahoo to direct your Mercedes  —  Mercedes-Benz USA has an answer to complaints that car navigation directions don't measure up to those from sites like Yahoo, Google and Ask.  —  The automaker has partnered with Google and Yahoo to allow users to send customized Google Maps …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Can data be stored on single atoms?  —  Researchers at IBM will have two papers published in the journal Science this week detailing how it may be possible to use individual atoms, or groups of atoms, to store data or act as a transistor.  —  The work revolves around harnessing magnetic anisotropy, a property of atoms.
Discussion: Macsimum News
SunbeltBLOG:
Breaking: Bank of India seriously compromised  —  We have discovered that the Bank of India's site, bankofindia(dot)com is compromised and is serving malware.  DO NOT VISIT THIS SITE.  —  The following code can be clearly seen on the site:  —  (Obviously, do not visit these sites that are in the HTML source).
Reuters:
CNN to stop using Reuters news service  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The CNN cable television news network said on Thursday it would stop using the Reuters news service, ending a 27-year relationship, to cut costs and invest in its own news gathering operations.  —  The global television news network owned …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Are Microsoft Execs So Active on Facebook?  Plus: Is Bill G. Hot, or Not?  —  Microsoft employees and even executives are very active on Facebook - over 13,000 of them have a profile on the service.  —  By comparison, Google has 5,000 employees with profiles, although Larry Page …
 
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Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
YouTube to pay royalties to songwriters
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AppleInsider:
Apple accused of short-shrifting disabled retail shoppers
TUC: Law at Work:
Employers need to face up to the age of Facebook
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
LinkedIn vs Facebook (round two)
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Daniel Goldman / Opera Watch:
Opera Mini 4 beta 2 released
Kurt / VersionTracker:
VersionTracker joins the CNET family