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5:40 AM ET, August 31, 2007

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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft, Eolas settle big patent dispute (Updated)  —  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.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Microsoft, Eolas Settle: It's Still Cheaper To Pay Up Than Fight Bogus Patents
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
Discussion: WinBeta
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
NBC to End iTunes Sales of Its Shows  —  NBC Universal, unable to come to an agreement with Apple on pricing, has decided not to renew its contract to sell digital downloads of television shows on iTunes.  —  The media conglomerate — which is the No. 1 supplier of digital video to Apple's online store …
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: Snipperoo and Mashable!
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   IGoogle's New Gadget-to-Gadget Communication
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 …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Viacom Accuses Guy Of Copyright Infringement For Showing Video …
Discussion: The Knight Shift
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
The Race of Also-Rans: French Video Sharing Site Dailymotion Raises $34 Million; More To Come  —  If Veoh can raise $25 million, and Metacafe can up the stake to $30 million, then why not Dailymotion?  The France-based online video sharing site has raised $34 million in its second round of funding, reports WSJ.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
DailyMotion Raises $34 Million; Another Copyright Infringing Success Story
Discussion: NewTeeVee and alarm:clock euro
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Yahoo's new social job network: Kickstart  —  Yahoo is looking to change the game with their new social job network, Kickstart.  They are currently conducting research surveys among college students to find out what they think of this new service.  Yahoo asks this question to the participants …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Twitter Visualization Tools Coming: First Is Twitter Blocks  —  The Twitter team must have had a Red Bull machine installed at the offices, because suddenly they're launching new stuff left and right.  —  They recently added search and Gmail import features to the service.
Discussion: Techomical
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Updated: Helio Cuts 100 Jobs  —  Update: Helio has cut a 100 jobs out its total workforce of over 700 employees, in an effort to streamline its operations and refocus its field sales team towards direct sales, a company spokesperson told us this afternoon.  The vast majority of these changes came in field sales.
Discussion: Engadget and Epicenter
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Now For Helio Job Cuts
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Security researcher stumbles across embassy e-mail log-ins  —  Security consultant Dan Egerstad has managed to snag usernames and passwords for over 100 e-mail accounts belonging to embassy employees around the world.  According to Computer Sweden, which was able to check that some of the data was accurate …
Discussion: Inquirer and The Raw Feed
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Researchers develop a 360-degree holographic display  —  Researchers at USC have taken another step towards that holiest of sci-fi dreams: the 3D holographic display.  Using a spinning mirror covered with a "holographic diffuser," a special DVI implementation, and a high-speed projector …
Ryan Block:
An open letter to friends and colleagues on keyword popovers  —  Dear every site advertising with keyword popovers,  —  You know who you are, and many of you are people I consider friends and colleagues in the industry.  You're smart, independent businesspeople carving out your niche in the new media landscape.
Discussion: WinExtra and Digg
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 …
Discussion: Todd Watson
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 …
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?
 
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David Willis / BBC:
'Flying saucer' nears US take-off
Yongfook / httpAsia:
Yahoo! Japan Opens Wallet
Tony Smith / The Register:
Daewoo demos 'Blu-ray Disc 2.0' player
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and CrunchGear
Business Week:
How To Make A Microserf Smile  —  While Google was turning heads …
Discussion: Mini-Microsoft
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Turns Out The MPAA Did Get Access To TorrentSpy Execs' Email
Associated Press:
Sony ditching proprietary music format and store in favor of Windows Media
AMD:
AMD to Boost Performance for Everyday Compute-Intense Multimedia …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Joost Gets an API, Becomes Widget Platform
Discussion: Widgets Lab and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Business Week:
Deaf to Music Piracy
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft lays down smack on AutoPatcher service, users not pleased
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DesignMyRoom - Very Useful Tool For Virtual Interior Design
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
SocialMedia Opens Self-Serve Facebook Advertising For All
SunbeltBLOG:
Breaking: Bank of India seriously compromised
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Can data be stored on single atoms?
Discussion: Macsimum News
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Microsoft antitrust deal earns mixed grades
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google, Yahoo to direct your Mercedes