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2:30 PM ET, September 4, 2007

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Peter Sayer / PC World:
ISO votes to reject Microsoft's OOXML as standard  —  Microsoft Corp. has failed in its attempt to have its Office Open XML document format fast-tracked straight to the status of an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization.  —  Recommend this story?
Discussion: Channel 9, RSS, bsi-global.com and Digg
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ISO:
Vote closes on draft ISO/IEC DIS 29500 standard  —  A ballot on whether to publish the draft standard ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology - Office Open XML file formats, as an International Standard by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission …
Discussion: No OOXML
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Expert: Open XML Loses Standards Battle
Discussion: Mashable! and Computerworld
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft stumbles in Open XML standards vote
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Report: iPhone outsold all smartphones in July  —  The iPhone may not have hit the million mark as soon as armchair analysts expected, but it's still doing well in the marketplace according to data from iSuppli.  The market research firm conducts monthly online surveys of over 2 million US residents …
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Computerworld:
The iPhone is July's biggest-selling smart phone
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and WinBeta
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The iPod is growing up  —  reporter's notebook If Apple really is putting a version of Mac OS X in a new iPod, presumably it has more in mind than showing high-quality reruns of The Hills.  —  Any talk these days of Apple and the future of mobile computing quickly turns to the iPhone.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Google's Newest Role: Venture Capitalist  —  The tech giant's startup investments are narrowing opportunities for VCs.  Other corporations are upping their venture investing, too  —  Just as it has done to companies in the software, publishing, and advertising industries, Google is becoming a thorn in the side of venture capitalists.
Lisa Sounio / Dopplr Blog:
Dopplr Receives Funding from Premier International Team: Varsavsky, Ito, Hoffman and Klein invest in online social-travel service  —  We're very happy to announce that Dopplr has secured early-stage financing.  Having this international group of active Dopplr users now joining us as strategic investors is tremendously exciting.
Dell:
Say 'Goodbye' To The Desk - Dell Launches Its Most Powerful Mobile Workstation Yet For On-The-Go Professionals  —  Dell Precision M6300 Model Delivers Performance, Features to Create, Analyze, Design  —  Dell today introduced a mobile workstation, the Dell PrecisionTM M6300 …
vnunet:
Radio iPods expected on Wednesday  —  New iPods designed to support digital radio  —  Apple is expected to launch a new range of iPods this week designed to receive digital radio.  —  The company will make an announcement about the new products on 5 September, but is remaining quiet about what changes will be made.
Valleywag:
Conflicts Of Interest: Eric Schmidt's girlfriend gets the Googler crown  —  When Larry Page and Sergey Brin hired Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO because, among other reasons, he'd been to Burning Man, they must have known they were getting a boss with alternative values.
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
New iPod Tomorrow, September 5: What Else Happened That Day?  —  Everyone expects Apple to release some sort of iPod tomorrow—be it that fat nano or what's commonly referred to as "an iPhone without the phone part."  Since September 5 will (maybe) live forever in Apple fanboi history …
Huibk / my.opera.com:
Go and get Opera 9.5 alpha!  —  Fasten your seatbelts, and get ready to test drive Kestrel yourself.  After more than a year of development, we invite you to test Opera 9.5 alpha and tell us what you think about it.  —  In short, Opera 9.5 alpha is:  — Performance  — Full history search
metroPCS:
MetroPCS Proposes to Merge with Leap Wireless in a Strategic Stock-for-Stock Tax-Free Merger to Create a New National Wireless Carrier  —  Preliminarily Estimated to Create Synergies with a Net Present Value of Approximately $2.5 Billion and Offers Compelling Value Proposition to Leap Wireless' Shareholders
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
MetroPCS bids for Leap Wireless in stock deal
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Alertbox:
Fancy Formatting, Fancy Words = Looks Like a Promotion = Ignored … Putting the answer to a typical user's main question in big red type at the top of your homepage would guarantee high usability, right?  Wrong — at least for the U.S. Census Bureau's homepage, where 86% of users failed …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and WebProNews
Neil Becker / Cisco:
Cisco Shapes Future of Mobile Business with Next- Generation 802.11n Wireless  —  Cisco ensures investment protection and operational simplicity with integrated enterprise wireless solution  —  Continuing its leadership and innovation in delivering integrated solutions that allow business …
 
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Business Wire:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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'Good Morning America' Taps Cuomo to Lead New Web Hour
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Theo Valich / Inquirer:
AMD to launch Barcelona in seven locations
Discussion: Geek.com
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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BBC:
Cyber crime tool kits go on sale
Discussion: broadstuff
Gabriel Rivera / riverag.com:
The Word "LINUX" is inappropriate in XBOX Live