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5:50 PM ET, February 2, 2007

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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 …
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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.
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Viacom to YouTube: Take down pirated clips  —  update Viacom asked YouTube on Friday to remove from its video-sharing site all pirated clips from Viacom-owned television networks.  —  "After months of ongoing discussions with YouTube and Google, it has become clear that YouTube is unwilling …
Discussion: Michael Geist's Blog
Jim / OPML, The Harvard Book of:
THE VIACOM INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT DMCA DEBACLE ABOUT YOUTUBE VIDEOS …
Discussion: John Palfrey
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Viacom and Google/YouTube: A temporary setback to future licensing deals
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Christopher Finke / Now I Have a Blog Too:
Top Diggers list is back  —  Digg removed its top users list this morning.  However, as I mentioned yesterday, … To prove my point, I've done exactly that: I've put together a script that displays the top 100 users at Digg, with the list being updated twice per day.  You can see the list here.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Blog Herald
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Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
Top Digg User Interviewed About Digg Removing Top Users List
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech Beat
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Where does community end and "gaming" start?
Discussion: Publishing 2.0 and Bloggers Blog
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 …
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 …
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David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Penguin Tries Group Writing Via Wiki; Six Weeks To Write A Novel
Discussion: The Next Net and PSFK Trend: PSFK
Reuters:   Publisher launches its first "wiki" novel
websense.com:
Malicious Website: Super Bowl XLI / Dolphin Stadium  —  Websense® Security Labs™ has discovered that the official website of Dolphin Stadium has been compromised with malicious code.  The Dolphin Stadium is currently experiencing a large number of visitors, as it is the home of Sunday's Super Bowl XLI.
Discussion: Security Fix and George Ou
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Super Bowl stadium site hacked, seeded with exploits  —  The official Web site of Dolphin Stadium, home of Sunday's Super Bowl XLI, has been hacked and seeded with exploit code targeting two known Windows security flaws.  —  In the attack, which was discovered by malware hunters at Websense Security Labs …
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 …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Romanian President Tells Bill Gates How Awesome Pirated Software Is For His Country
Discussion: The Register
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 .
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple working on hot unpluggable iPods  —  Apple is looking to make it possible for iPod users to plug and then unplug their players from their PCs on the fly.  —  The Cupertino-based company in October filed for patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office titled "Hot unpluggable media storage device."
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Gizmodo, CrunchGear and digg
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Disney's iTunes sales reach 1.3 million  —  Disney has sold 1.3 million movies in its first three months on iTunes, Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an interview with the Financial Times this week.  The movie studio, which saw solid sales in the first eight weeks since its iTunes introduction …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo tests Local mashups  —  It was only on Tuesday, Yahoo was busy talking about their media mash-ups and brand initiatives.  Apparently, its not just brand-focused mash-ups.  —  They are apparently taking similar approach to other verticals as well.  A reader tipped us off …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove Gets Personal Before it's Ready  —  Brightcove, having just closed $59.5 million worth of funding, is widening its focus from commercial and professional video to chase the consumer side of the space.  This week, the company launched Brightcove Personal, allowing users to set up channels to post their own video.
 
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