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11:45 AM ET, October 29, 2007

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
I Eat My Words: Hulu Will Shake Up the Online Video Market  —  Okay, I will admit, I was busy sharpening up the knives at BoomTown HQ to prepare for the debut of Hulu this week.  —  Let's just say that I have been dubious that two lumbering media companies-in this case, News Corp. …
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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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Hulu Readies Its Online TV, Dodging the Insults  —  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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
No Need to Wait: Hulu Videos Already Available on AOL
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   NBCU-NWS JV Hulu Launches With Private Beta Portal, Open Distribution …
MacNN:
Leopard drivers hint at upcoming MacBooks  —  Apple may have tipped its hand and revealed a near-term update to its 13-inch MacBooks and potentially its Mac minis, based on files discovered inside Mac OS X Leopard's system folders.  The company has included a full set of recent drivers …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Response to Facebook: "Maka-Maka"  —  Google may have lost the bidding war to invest in Facebook, but it is preparing its own major assault on the social networking scene.  It goes by the codename "Maka-Maka" inside the Googleplex (or, perhaps, "Makamaka").
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 …
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
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Instant Jailbreak for iPhone and iPod touch  —  A crew of hackers (including hdm/metasploit, rezn, dinopio, drudge, kroo, pumpkin, davidc, dunham, and NerveGas) have introduced a one-touch instant jailbreak for both iPhone and iPod touch.  The jailbreak opens your iPhone for full disk access …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Akamai's HD Showcase Portal is Live — Looks Great, But Will the Industry Pay to Stream Huge Files?  —  The Akamai showcase site for HD online videos from several customers including the BBC, MTV, the NBA and others has just gone live.  —  The images that load to the home page are in very high quality Flash.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Akamai's New HD Strategy: Show, Don't Tell
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
The 3 Skypephone is a test  —  I like the idea of the 3 Skypephone, mostly.  —  Some things were compromised to make it work: … But I can live with the compromises.  —  Because the point is to test things.  —  3 is testing if innovative calling and chatting experiences keep customers loyal.
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James Ashton / Times of London:
Revival hopes for 3 hinge on Skype, the phone of tomorrow
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Travel Sales Still Growing, but Numbers of Customers Are Declining  —  THE online travel category is still rolling along, but there may be trouble ahead.  —  Like other e-commerce markets, travel is expected to produce double-digit sales growth this year in the United States …
Discussion: Dan Blank and IT Facts
Verizon:
3Q 2007 HIGHLIGHTS  —  Consolidated Results  — 44 cents in EPS and 63 cents in adjusted EPS (non-GAAP), compared with EPS for the same quarter last year of 53 cents and 55 cents, respectively, before discontinued operations.  — $23.8 billion in revenues, up 5.8 percent; up 6.0 percent on an adjusted basis (non-GAAP).
Anil Dash:
Smug Ugly  —  Although I've been accused sometimes of reflexive contrariness, the truth is I'm just pretty consistent in my assessments of technology, with little regard for the perceptions of the companies or people who provide those technologies.  —  The best case in point I can use …
InfoWorld:
Microsoft to buy Thai health software vendor  —  Microsoft Corp. on Monday said it has agreed to buy a Thai software vendor that specializes in hospital administration applications, and plans to sell the software in emerging markets.  —  Global Care Solutions (GCS) of Bangkok, Thailand …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's New Hiring Hurdle?  —  Microsoft Deal May Boost  —  Options Prices, Hurting  —  Ability to Lure Top Talent  —  There is a little-noticed downside to Microsoft Corp.'s investment in Facebook Inc.: The deal will likely raise the price of stock options issued by the social-networking company …
Discussion: All Facebook
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Once thought dead, net neutrality roars back to center stage  —  Conventional wisdom has it that net neutrality is dead.  Embalmed.  Buried.  Covered with six feet of dirt and a mahogany lid.  But just in time for All Hallows Eve, the concept has risen from the dead like a zombie …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments  —  The Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the rising costs of cable television, is preparing to strike down thousands of contracts this week that gave individual cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to an apartment building, the agency's chairman says.
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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