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12:40 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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Microsoft and Eolas settle, ending patent battle over plug-ins, ActiveX
Discussion: TechSpot News and WinBeta
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
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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Tim Logan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Light-pole quirk delays city's Wi-Fi plan
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Earthlink Troubles Spell End Of MuniFi As Third Pipe
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Free San Francisco Wi-Fi project dies
Discussion: Engadget and dslreports.com
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
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  —  You can now allow iGoogle gadgets (formerly called Google personalized homepage modules) to talk with each other... if the gadgets are included on the same page, that is.  Google calls this their "PubSub" (publish-subscribe) framework for developers, as Google Operating System reports.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Updated: Helio Cuts 100 Jobs  —  Update: 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
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?
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
Associated Press:
Sony ditching proprietary music format and store in favor of Windows Media  —  FRANKFURT, Germany: Acknowledging that its own proprietary audio format failed to match the use of MP3s or Windows audio, Sony Corp. on Thursday said it would close its Connect digital music store and make its new breed …
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Sony:
SONY UNVEILS FIRST U.S. WALKMAN VIDEO PLAYERS
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Turns Out The MPAA Did Get Access To TorrentSpy Execs' Email  —  The MPAA has been pushing the courts to force TorrentSpy to spy on its users — something TorrentSpy refuses to do, noting that it would break their own privacy policy and is simply ethically questionable.
Discussion: p2pnet
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Joost Gets an API, Becomes Widget Platform  —  Joost just released version 0.12.0 of its P2P TV client this week.  The new releases offers end users a bunch of bug fixes, but developers get a special treat: Joost has opened up its API and now makes it possible to develop third-party widgets that can be installed within the client.
Discussion: Widgets Lab and Mashable!
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 …
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 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
 
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Party Report: Citizen Journalism Hits The Big Screen
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
YouTube to pay royalties to songwriters
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
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TUC: Law at Work:
Employers need to face up to the age of Facebook
Reuters:
CNN to stop using Reuters news service
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