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12:25 PM ET, October 29, 2007

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
I Eat My Words: Hulu Will Shake Up the Online Video Market  —  OK, 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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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:
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
No Need to Wait: Hulu Videos Already Available on AOL
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").
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Hutchison 3 to release Skypephone in eight countries  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - U.K. mobile phone operator Hutchison 3G UK on Monday rolled out the Skypephone, a handset designed to simplify use of the Skype VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) application.  —  Hutchison 3G, branded as "3" …
Discussion: The Register
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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 …
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: WebProNews and All Facebook
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 …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to buy Global Care Solutions  —  Microsoft is giving a booster shot to its Health Solutions Group, announcing on Monday plans to acquire clinical workflow software developer Global Care Solutions.  —  The acquisition of Global Care Solutions, based in Bangkok, Thailand …
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InfoWorld:   Microsoft to buy Thai health software vendor
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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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 …
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
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple not just refusing cash, also refusing Apple Gift Cards for iPhones  —  You can chalk this one up to our bad in assuming best intentions, but when Apple said no cash for iPhones, they damn well meant it — enough to extend the policy out to no cash for anything that could in turn purchase an iPhone.
Discussion: DailyTech and Digg
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
Lewis Page / The Register:
Carmack's X-Prize rocket explodes on pad  —  The sole remaining contender to win a prize for privately-built rocket lander systems exploded yesterday, ending hopes that the prize might be won this year.  —  Following the 2004 victory of the famous SpaceShip One in the Ansari X-Prize race …
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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