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6:40 PM ET, February 2, 2007


 Top Items: 
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
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 …
Jim / OPML, The Harvard Book of:
THE VIACOM INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT DMCA DEBACLE ABOUT YOUTUBE VIDEOS—SHOULD WE COUNTER-SUE???  —  I just recieved a notice that a video of mine has been removed from YouTube because of a complaint by Viacom.  The video, for the record, is a short home clip, about 30 seconds …
Discussion: Digital Markets and John Palfrey
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Viacom and Google/YouTube: A temporary setback to future licensing deals
Discussion: BuzzMachine
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 …
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Bill Gates: "security guys break the Mac every single day"
Discussion: Apple Gazette
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.
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
Top Digg User Interviewed About Digg Removing Top Users List
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech Beat
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
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 …
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 …
Reuters:   Publisher launches its first "wiki" novel
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Penguin Tries Group Writing Via Wiki; Six Weeks To Write A Novel
Discussion: The Next Net and PSFK Trend: PSFK
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
Discussion: The Register
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 …
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 .
LC Angell / iLounge:
Apple offers iTunes fix for Vista users  —  Apple late Thursday posted iTunes Repair Tool for Vista 1.0, a software update that fixes iTunes issues reported by new Windows Vista users.  According to widespread reports, music purchased from the iTunes Store could not be played in iTunes …
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
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove Gets Personal Before it's Ready
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ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Windows Live ID SDK (Alpha)
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Disney's iTunes sales reach 1.3 million
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 Earlier Items: 
Elinor Mills / CNET
Newspapers search for Web headline magic
Discussion: Dan Blank
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Sony announces CPF-IP001 iPod audio docking station
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Good Memories, Silicon Valley
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
In a Well-Worked Pattern, Amazon's Revenue Rises and Its Profit Drops
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense increases publisher earnings to $250 for new AdSense referrals
Google Blogoscoped:
Evolution of a Search Engine
Ken Schachter / Red Herring:
YouTimes?  —  New York Times to post user-generated content.
Gawker Media mystery ads appear on YouTube