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5:25 AM ET, October 29, 2007

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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Hulu Launches Private Beta, Makes Very Good First Impressions  —  Last March NBC Universal and News Corporation announced a joint venture that we initially thought would result in a direct competitor to YouTube.  As details emerged, it became clear that the two media conglomerates were not planning …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Debuts to Meet Foes and Find Friends  —  The long-awaited and much-derided NBC (GE) and News Corp (NWS) joint venture Hulu will make a somewhat public debut this week, opening up a private beta tonight of its web video service and initiating distribution of its movies, TV shows …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Hulu Readies Online TV, Dodging Jabs  —  The knives are out for Hulu.com.  —  Hulu is the new-media creation of two old-media rivals, NBC, which is owned by General Electric, and Fox, owned by the News Corporation.  Since March, when the broadcasters announced their joint effort to bring free …
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: the Ars Technica review  —  Introduction  —  At the end of my Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger review, I wrote this. … That was exactly two and a half years ago, to the day.  It seems that I've gotten my wish and then some.  Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has gestated longer …
Discussion: Digg
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
MTV NETWORKS LAUNCHES ONLINE LYRICS INITIATIVE  —  On Monday, MTV Networks is set to unveil an initiative to connect its television, online, and mobile presences by helping music fans answer that crucial question—"Who the (expletive) sings that song?"  —  In other words, MTV Networks …
James Ashton / Times of London:
Revival hopes for 3 hinge on Skype, the phone of tomorrow  —  THE mobile-phone group 3 will tomorrow unveil its long-awaited Skype phone, the first to bring free international calls over the internet to consumers on the go.  —  It is the latest in a series of moves designed to revive …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and VoIP Watch
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Richard Wray / Guardian:   3 set to announce Skype phone
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The Colbert Nation Quickly Colonizes Facebook  —  Stephen Colbert's presidential candidacy may be phony, but his supporters are very real.  —  Late on Oct. 16, immediately after the comedian declared his intentions on his satirical news show "The Colbert Report," supportive groups began to form on the social networking site Facebook.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
The Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone launching on Rogers December 7th?  —  If this leaked shot of a Roger's ad turns out to be legit, we shall see the iPhone hit Canada on December, 7th.  It should sell for $499CAD on a 3-year contract, and we're guessing it will be the 8GB model.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile HTC Shadow Finally Emerges Looking Damn Good (Gallery) [Hands On]  —  The long-rumored T-Mobile Shadow (aka Juno) officially launches now.  It hits stores Wednesday for $200 with voice-plan or $150 with $20-per-month unlimited data plan.  (Both require two year contracts.)
Discussion: Mobility Site
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
C U at VON  —  A decade ago the VON (Voice on the Net) show in Boston was where I and others first planned, discussed, and made deals to bring our nascent Voice over IP (VoIP) services to market.  This week I'll be back at VON in Boston meeting with people - you, perhaps (see far below) …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nintendo grows further from fun and games, closer to the practical and utilitarian  —  Nintendo's as cagey as tech companies come, but the WSJ is reporting on a recent and unusual high level, high impact strategy presentation where in top 'Tendo execs revealed what's described as a change …
Michelle Thatcher / CNET News.com:
Lenovo 3000 Y410 tiptoes into the U.S. market  —  The eagle-eyed crew over at NotebookReview tipped us off to the appearance of a new laptop on Lenovo's U.S. site.  Part of the Lenovo 3000 family, the 14.1-inch Y410 was announced in the Asia markets earlier this year, but it arrived in the States without even a press release.
Discussion: Engadget and NotebookReview.com
Laura Foy / Channel 10:
Want see who designed the XBOX?  —  I stopped byTeague, a Seattle based design firm, to discuss the latest in consumer electronics.  What better people to chat with than the ones who brought you the first Xbox and Racing Wheel.
 
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