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3:15 PM ET, August 30, 2007

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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 …
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 now really, really official and ATRAC free
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
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?
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sony euthanizes Sony Connect
Discussion: Crave
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 …
Daniel Goldman / Opera Watch:
Opera Mini 4 beta 2 released  —  The Opera Mini team just released a second beta version of Opera Mini 4, with many bug fixes and some newly added features.  —  In addition to the desktop-like browsing and the many other innovative browsing features that have already been released in the first beta …
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
LATEST OPERA MINI ADDS BLACKBERRY-CENTERED BROWSING GOODNESS
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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 …
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
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Exclusive: Microsoft, Eolas settle big patent dispute  —  Microsoft and Eolas Technologies Inc. have settled their high-profile patent dispute over technology in Internet Explorer, according to a letter to Eolas shareholders from Mark Swords, the company's chief operating officer.
Discussion: Computerworld
TUC: Law at Work:
Employers need to face up to the age of Facebook  —  The UK's Facebook users are 3.5 million accidents waiting to happen, warns the TUC in new advice published today (Thursday) for both employers and their staff.  —  In guidance available on workSMART, its working life website …
Discussion: The Register and NevilleHobson.com
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear, WebProNews and Gizmodo
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
DOJ still wants spy suit against Verizon tossed
John Leyden / The Register:
MS lawyers take out AutoPatcher  —  Redmond cracks down on Windows Update alternative
Jonathan Moules / FT Tech Blog:
The search for Europe's answer to Google
Discussion: Mashable! and Fred Destin
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
David Ward / Reuters:
"Family Guy" ties into Xbox Live
 Earlier Items: 
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
BUSINESSWEEK EXEC DODGE OUT  —  The publisher of BusinessWeek …
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
Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
BioShock: Gameplay, Graphics & Performance
Discussion: Inquirer
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Our first press release  —  CORK, IRELAND, AUGUST 29, 2007 …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft to buy chinwag platform Parlano
 

 
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post

Tim Marchman / Wired:
Perplexity closely summarized a Wired story about Perplexity allegedly scraping parts of websites blocked by developers; experts are mixed on the legal impacts

Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time

 
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