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2:15 PM ET, August 30, 2007

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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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Sony eSupport:
CONNECT™ Music Service Phase Out FAQ  —  When is the store closing?  —  Specific timing will vary by region depending on market demand, but it will not be before March 2008.  Connect customers will be informed of relevant details in advance.  —  Why is the store closing?
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sony euthanizes Sony Connect  —  Sony Connect will soon join such notable names as Flooz.com, eToys.com, and Pets.com in the landfill of failed e-commerce ventures.  Sony has announced that its online music store will cease operations no earlier than March 2008.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 now really, really official and ATRAC free
Discussion: CrunchGear and Crave
Matt Moore / Associated Press:
Sony to unplug Connect music service
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 …
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 …
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
LinkedIn vs Facebook (round two)  —  Inside Facebook reports on the discovery of a couple of new functions in Facebook Platform's API (the set of hooks provided by Facebook for third-party developers building their own applications) which hint at additional features, which could put Facebook …
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Speculation: Facebook adding Friend Lists; implications for Top Friends, LinkedIn?
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Kurt / VersionTracker:
VersionTracker joins the CNET family  —  A little over ten years ago, when I started VersionTracker, my intentions were both modest and personal.  I wanted something to track software updates, to help me in my position as a systems administrator.  Some friends of mine took interest in what I did …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
More on Yahoo Reorg: Sue Decker's Memo  —  We got the full internal memo Sue Decker sent this afternoon to the team, on Yahoo's (Nsdq: YHOO) reorg..the full memo is here.  See our earlier post on the reorg.  Salient points from the memo:  — Jerry and I and the rest of the management team …
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AppleInsider:
Apple accused of short-shrifting disabled retail shoppers  —  Two San Francisco women have filed a lawsuit that accuses Apple of largely ignoring accessibility laws at one of its retail stores, making shopping or service trips all but impossible for those confined to a wheelchair.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
AMD announces 128-bit (GPU-oriented?)  SSE5 extensions to x86  —  AMD is looking to repeat the market-leading success they had with x86-64 by introducing another major change to the venerable x86 ISA: a three-operand instruction format for vector instructions in the form of the newly announced "SSE5" extensions.
Discussion: Inquirer and CNET News.com
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Windows Vista SP1 Gets Officially Announced  —  Microsoft recently made some postings over at the official Windows Vista Blog concerning Windows Vista Service Pack 1.  A beta has now been announced and once SP1 Beta is completed, it will be released so that everyone who has a grudge against Vista can now have less of a grudge.
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Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
BioShock: Gameplay, Graphics & Performance  —  Joe and I have both had a chance to play the Xbox 360 and PC versions of BioShock extensively at various stages of the game's development.  Last month, we both voiced concerns about how the PC and 360 versions played so differently in the early builds.
Discussion: Inquirer
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Our first press release  —  CORK, IRELAND, AUGUST 29, 2007 - Cubic Telecom, the innovative international telecommunications operator, today announced plans to become the world's first truly global mobile service provider.  Cubic Telecom's service aims to eliminate the high cost …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and LucaFiligheddu.com
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft to buy chinwag platform Parlano  —  Reaching out to bag a chunk of the enterprise social [cough] networking market share, software mammoth Microsoft has acquired corporate group chat provider Parlano.  —  Chicago-based Parlano, a firm spun off from Swiss bank UBS …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
BUSINESSWEEK EXEC DODGE OUT  —  The publisher of BusinessWeek is bailing to join Salesforce.com, a fast-growing software developer.  —  BusinessWeek Publisher Geoffrey Dodge leaves three months after he was passed over for the job of BusinessWeek president.
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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
What would the iCar be like?  —  Continuing the trend …
TUC: Law at Work:
Employers need to face up to the age of Facebook
Daniel Goldman / Opera Watch:
Opera Mini 4 beta 2 released
John Leyden / The Register:
MS lawyers take out AutoPatcher  —  Redmond cracks down on Windows Update alternative
Reuters:
Intel Urged to Give More Data on Flash Unit Deal
Discussion: InfoWorld and CNET News.com
Mark Kleinman / Telegraph:
WPP takes stake in Chinese MySpace
Kodak News Releases:
Kodak Breaks Down Technology Barriers to Help Consumers Do More with Their Pictures
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Dan Warne / APC:
HP launches RedHat Linux desktop PC
Discussion: Compiler and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
David Ward / Reuters:
"Family Guy" ties into Xbox Live
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
12,000 Windows Systems Suffer From Validation Meltdown
Discussion: Computerworld
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Rules That Anti-Spyware Companies Can Call Spyware Spyware
InfoWorld:
HTC shows 3G Touch smartphone
iPhone Alley:
iFuntastic v3 Released: You now have permission to go nuts
Peter Cohen / PC World:
Sony: All Remaining 60GB PS3s are on Store Shelves
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
IBM Offering New Cell-Based Blade
Discussion: The Register
Economist:
The web: some antics  —  The long-promised "semantic" web is starting to take shape
Discussion: Raw