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12:50 AM ET, October 29, 2007

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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 …
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBCU-NWS JV Hulu Launches With Private Beta Portal, Open Distribution; Sony, MGM Deals  —  After more than a year of speculation and months of promises, the ambitious gamble by NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) and News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) that they can create a major video service launches overnight on a variety of fronts.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: last100
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.
Karthik Kastury / dailyApps:
Hack Attack : Install Leopard on your PC in 3 easy steps!  —  Well its been only a day since the Mac OSX Leopard was released officially by Apple and the hackers have managed to create a patched DVD that everyone like you and me can use to install Leopard on PC's without having to buy a Mac.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another Yahoo Exec Departs  —  If Lloyd Braun, former Yahoo exec in charge of juicing entertainment who left under a cloud could poach a few execs from the troubled Internet giant, so can former sales head Wenda Harris Millard, who also left Yahoo earlier this year after a rocky goodbye with management.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware:
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
Gary Rivlin / New York Times:
After Succeeding, Young Tycoons Try, Try Again  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Max Levchin is not easily distracted from his work.  —  A few years ago, Mr. Levchin, one of the young princes of Silicon Valley, bought his first home, a 12-room Edwardian high atop a hill here, for $3.4 million.
Nick Douglas / Valleywag:
Facebook employees know what profiles you look at [Scoop]  —  "My friend got a call from her friend at Facebook, asking why she kept looking at his profile," says a privacy-conscious source at a major tech company.  Turns out Facebook employees can (and do) check out anyone's profile.
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.
PR Newswire:
Oracle Proposal to Acquire BEA Systems Expires  —  REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — On October  —  9th, Oracle proposed to acquire BEA for $17 per share.  That offer expired today, October 28th, at 5:00 pm.  The BEA shareholders should not assume
Discussion: Computerworld
Fred / A VC:
Liveblogging A Startup  —  Charlie O'Donnell and his partner Alex are doing something that is quite brave.  They are liveblogging their startup, Path 101.  I am sure there is some stuff that they aren't blogging, but when you are posting your monday meeting agendas, you are putting it out there.
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Charlie O'Donnell / Path 101:
How we would like to work with LinkedIn and their upcoming API
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Washington Post:
Kremlin Seeks To Extend Its Reach in Cyberspace  —  MOSCOW — After ignoring the Internet for years to focus on controlling traditional media such as television and newspapers, the Kremlin and its allies are turning their attention to cyberspace, which remains a haven for critical reporting …
Bernard Lunn / Read/WriteWeb:
Attention to Intention to VRM - Opportunities for Entrepreneurs  —  We are about to witness the loud noise and mess that happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object.  —  The irresistible force is personalization.  This is the key to productivity.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Leopard vs. Vista: feature chart showdown  —  There no doubt, Vista and Leopard are both extremely advanced, feature rich consumer operating systems.  But way back in January when Vista launched knew we had little choice but pit the two in a head to head chartngraph Thunderdome competition.
Discussion: Geek Speaker, I4U News and Digg
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Chuqui 3.0:
The User-Generated Content Myth
George Ou:
Microsoft blocks FairUse4WM v2 after 3 months of DRM free music
Discussion: Download Squad
Richard Macey / Sydney Morning Herald:
Speak to the collar, the shirt's playing its own tune
Discussion: Engadget, Smart Mobs and Popgadget
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Some Leopard upgraders see 'blue screen of death'
Alexis Madrigal / Wired News:
Terabyte Thumb Drives Made Possible by Nanotech Memory
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, Slashdot and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Linux.com:
New York Times opens up code
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Apple Leopard and SIP—Not Happening
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
The sub-$200 HD DVD player arrives: multiple retailers slashing prices
Discussion: DailyTech, Neowin.net and Digg
Dustin Burg / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Rumor: Leaked screens show IPTV and Fall update [update]