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12:30 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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 now really, really official and ATRAC free  —  So long ATRAC, hello NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 Sony Walkmans.  The A810 we've seen before, twice in fact, but this is the first time the S610 (pictured) has wiggled free from the rumor mill all dolled-up in full specs and pricing.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Crave
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
So long ATRAC, thanks for nothing
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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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo's New President Oversees a Shake-Up  —  Susan L. Decker, Yahoo's new president, is putting her stamp on the company in a reorganization of its management ranks that creates a new division responsible for generating the bulk of the company's revenue.  —  The latest in a string …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Hey Kids! Let's Put On a Yahoo Reorg!
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 …
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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?
Discussion: Ars Technica, Gizmodo and Forever Geek
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sony launches BDP-S500 Blu-ray player  —  In addition to announcing its "low-end" BDP-S300 will be pond-skipping to Europe, at IFA today Sony also announced its latest Blu-ray player, the BDP-S500.  Before we start in, and it's neither here or there, but didn't Sony notice that "S500" …
Discussion: Inquirer
Reuters:
Intel Urged to Give More Data on Flash Unit Deal  —  Intel said it plans to respond promptly to the request.  —  NEW YORK—Intel Corp said on Aug. 30 that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has requested additional information on the company's deal with STMicroelectronics to spin off and combine their flash memory units.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Speculation: Facebook adding Friend Lists; implications for Top Friends, LinkedIn?  —  We knew it would happen, we just didn't know it might happen this soon.  —  I just received a tip from top application developer Trey Philips that Facebook has added two new undocumented functions …
Discussion: The Social Web, A VC and Mashable!
 
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Kurt / VersionTracker:
VersionTracker joins the CNET family
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BBC:
Bloggers battered by viral storm
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
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
12,000 Windows Systems Suffer From Validation Meltdown
Discussion: Computerworld
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Windows Vista SP1 Gets Officially Announced
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Rules That Anti-Spyware Companies Can Call Spyware Spyware
Vidura Panditaratne / Press Esc:
Internet bandwidth to become a global currency
InfoWorld:
HTC shows 3G Touch smartphone
iPhone Alley:
iFuntastic v3 Released: You now have permission to go nuts
Amanda McPherson:
Linux Foundation Statement on OOXML
Discussion: Inquirer and BetaNews
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
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
The Gphone is coming; how Google could rewrite the rules
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Digg
 

 
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
The National Music Publishers' Association files an FTC complaint against Spotify, saying Spotify's decision to offer audiobooks reduced songwriters' royalties

 
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