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3:10 PM ET, February 2, 2007

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Reuters:
Viacom demands YouTube pull down videos  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc. (VIAb.N: Quote, Profile , Research) has demanded that Google Inc.'s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile , Research) online video service YouTube pull down all of its video clips after they failed to reach an agreement, the company said.
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Viacom Demands That Google Pull More Than 100,000 Clips From YouTube  —  Exasperated by the failure to reach an agreement with Google and YouTube after months of negotiations, Viacom sent Google a letter today demanding that all Viacom material on YouTube—100,000 plus clips representing 1.2 billion streams …
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google Legal Woes Partly about Market Power
Discussion: IP Democracy and Bloggers Blog
Elisabeth Osmeloski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
MTV Networks Demands YouTube & Google Remove Unauthorized Videos
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Viacom Asks YouTube to Yank Videos
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Finally, Vista Makes Its Debut.  Now What?  —  Bill Gates explains why you should buy his new operating system, what he's doing next and why John Hodgeman bugs him.  —  Vista View: Gates at the launch of his new operating system  —  On the morning of the launch of the Vista operating system earlier …
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Reuters:
Piracy worked for us, Romania president tells Gates  —  BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Pirated Microsoft Corp software helped Romania to build a vibrant technology industry, Romanian President Traian Basescu told the company's co-founder Bill Gates on Thursday.  —  Basescu was meeting …
Mike / Techdirt:
Romanian President Tells Bill Gates How Awesome Pirated Software Is For His Country  —  from the keep-sending-it,-please dept  —  Back in the old days, even Bill Gates would admit that piracy actually helped Microsoft, as it helped get people "addicted" to the software and built …
Discussion: The Register
kNox / Our Picks:
Bill Gates: Vista is so secure it could run life support systems.
Discussion: Monkey Bites, Forever Geek and digg
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
A couple updates...  Hey everyone -  —  It's been awhile since I've posted and I wanted to get the New Year underway by clearing up a couple of perceptions that have arisen around attempts to manipulate (game) the listing of home page stories on Digg.  —  Since the early days of the site …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Digg Tries To Flatten The Head Of Its Long Tail Participation Curve
Discussion: Virtual Economics and digg
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Why Digg's New Changes Won't Really Matter
Discussion: TechCrunch
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Digg Drops List Of Top Users To Curb Gaming
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Penguin Tries Group Writing Via Wiki; Six Weeks To Write A Novel  —  Penguin claims to be the first major publishing house to use a wiki for writing a novel from scratch.  A Million Penguins went live Thursday; using wiki software it can be written, edited or read by anyone.
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The Penguin Blog:
A Million Penguins - The More the Merrier  —  So a couple of months ago I mentioned in this post a secret project, and now launch day is finally here!  Penguin is launching its first wiki and in a project called A Million Penguins we've created a space where anyone can contribute to the writing …
New York Times:
It's 'Squawk Box' Meets 'Saturday Night Live'  —  A few years ago, a video on the stock performance of Jack in the Box might have involved a sit-down interview with the fast-food restaurant's chief executive, dryly discussing its fundamentals.  —  Today, it is just as likely to be a music video …
Discussion: PaidContent, A VC and Kevin Maney
Gregg Keizer / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Exec Wanted To Mask Linux Report Sponsorship, E-Mails Reveal  —  Kevin Johnson worried adding Microsoft's moniker to IDC analysis for its "Get the Facts" publicity campaign would only fuel the fire from Linux supporters.  —  Microsoft executives pondered whether to remove …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft tried to muck with anti-Linux 'facts'
Discussion: O'Reilly ONLamp Blog
MacNN:
Apple files iPhone/iTMS transactions patent  —  Apple Files Patent Relating to iPhone/iTMS Transactions  —  On February 1, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled Configuration of a computing device in a secure manner .
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CNET News.com:
Gawker Media mystery ads appear on YouTube  —  A YouTube subscriber with an affinity for Web sites owned by Gawker Media has for the past three months been posting copyright videos sandwiched between ads for Gawker-owned properties such as Valleywag and Gizmodo.
Google Blogoscoped:
Evolution of a Search Engine  —  "You don't need a satellite to see the cosmic microwave background radiation!  Turn on your TV to a channel that's not broadcasting: a few percent of the snow on your screen is the Universe talking to you - or rather, whispering.  What's it saying?
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Zoho's Cool Web-Based Note Taker  —  One of the most impressive things I saw here at the DEMO conference (which wrapped up this evening) is a Web service that's still in a private alpha version.  As such, it has every right to be rough around the edges, and it is—but it's also …
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Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Notebook gets a tremendous welcome
Discussion: Scobleizer and EI:blogs
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Disney sells 1.3m films on iTunes  —  Downloads of Walt Disney films on the iTunes platform have risen sharply to more than 1.3m after only three months on sale, putting pressure on other Hollywood studios to join Apple's digital service.  —  Disney began selling its new movies on iTunes in October.
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Financial Times:
View from the Top: Bob Iger
Discussion: PaidContent
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
In a Well-Worked Pattern, Amazon's Revenue Rises and Its Profit Drops  —  Amazon.com's profits are paying the price for higher taxes and heavy spending during the holiday months.  —  Its quarterly profit dropped 51 percent as the company continued to spend on technology and its discounted shipping programs …
 
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