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4:35 PM ET, February 13, 2007


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Philip Blenkinsop / Reuters:
Belgian court rules against Google over copyright  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian court ruled on Tuesday that Google may not reproduce extracts from a variety of Belgian newspapers, imperilling one of the web search leader's most popular services if other courts follow suit.
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Loses Copyright Case, Drops Belgian Links (Update4)  —  Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — A Brussels court said Google Inc. violated copyright laws by publishing links to Belgian newspapers without permission and ordered the company to remove them, setting a precedent for future cases in Europe.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Loses In Belgium Newspaper Case  —  A Belgium court has found that Google did violate copyright when including material from several Belgian newspapers in its search index.  Google will have to pay a $4.4 million fine, but the ruling is far more positive for the company.
Associated Press:
Google loses copyright case launched by Belgian newspapers  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium: Google Inc. lost a copyright fight on Tuesday that had been launched by Belgian newspapers, which claimed that the Web search service infringed copyright laws and demanded it remove their stories.
Carlo / Techdirt:   Belgian Newspapers Still Don't Get How Google News Is A Good Thing For Them
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Court: No More Belgian Papers on Google
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Google Loses To Belgian Newspaper Group Over Content Use
Discussion: Telegraph
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Hackers discover HD DVD and Blu-ray "processing key" — all HD titles now exposed  —  Those cooky kids over at the Doom9 forums hate themselves some DRM.  Not more than two months after discovering a means to extract the HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc "volume keys" to decrypt AACS DRM on individual films …
Discussion: Crave, and digg
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Blu-Ray AND HD-DVD broken - processing keys extracted  —  Arnezami, a hacker on the Doom9 forum, has published a crack for extracting the "processing key" from a high-def DVD player.  This key can be used to gain access to every single Blu-Ray and HD-DVD disc.
Steven Daly / Vanity Fair:
Pirates of the Multiplex  —  Under U.S. pressure, Swedish authorities are going after the popular Pirate Bay Web site for illegal distribution of video files.  But if Hollywood wants to stop online pirates—who cost the industry some $7 billion in 2005—it needs to join them, not beat them.
Discussion: Valleywag, Reel Pop and Change Is Good
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay, Featured in Vanity Fair
Discussion: digg
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Newspapers beating TV sites to video revenue  —  Borrell Associates is releasing a new report today that reveals that newspaper sites grossed $81 million in local video advertising in 2006, compared to $32 million for local TV sites.  "Print media are using the internet as a crossover platform …
Discussion: Screenwerk, media blog and
'Why I don't believe Steve Jobs'  —  We may see the end of protected music downloads, but it won't be Apple's doing, argues columnist Bill Thompson.  —  For a company with a tiny share of the computer market and an increasingly perilous first mover advantage selling portable music players Apple punches …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Command, Option, Control
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Social-Networking Sites Open Up  —  Facebook, Friendster, and others are starting to let third-party developers build new features to attract more users—and profits  —  Dom Tolli envisions a day when people will be able to push a few buttons on their cell phone and post a list …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Leaked letter shows RIAA pressuring ISPs, planning discounts for early settlements  —  The RIAA is asking for additional cooperation from ISPs in getting customers targeted by the RIAA's file-sharing sting to cooperate, according to a letter recently leaked to P2P attorney Ray Beckerman.
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
RIAA Adopts New Policy, offers "Pre-Doe settlement option" …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Flags Pages that Install Malicious Software  —  I mentioned in August last year that Google started to show malware warnings if you click on a search result from a harmful site.  Now Google shows a message below the title of a search result: "This site may harm your computer."
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google deals upset studios  —  Movie groups say firm's actions aided piracy  —  A group of Hollywood studios has accused Google Inc. of supporting digital piracy by cutting advertising deals with two Web sites that direct users to illicit film downloads.  —  The complaints …
Daylight Saving Time 2007 Update  —  Updating Windows Mobile-powered devices for the new Daylight Saving Time  —  Congress has changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the United States starting in 2007.  Canada has adopted similar DST dates.  These changes could cause clocks …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FilmLoop Betrayed By Investors?  —  When I added FilmLoop to the TechCrunch DeadPool last month based on rumors of mass layoffs, it was clear there was more to the story.  The thirty person company had raised $11.5 million in capital and by any calculation should have still had at least $3 - $5 million left in the bank.
Stan Schroeder / franticindustries:
5 cool ways to use Yahoo! Pipes  —  I've had some time to play with Yahoo!'s new RSS mixing service, Pipes, and I'm impressed with the possibilities.  Unfortunately, there's still a hefty number of bugs, and some features are sorely lacking (experienced coders will probably be most annoyed …
Discussion: Chad Dickerson's blog and digg
Qblogger / Windows Home Server Blog:
Beta 2 is go!  —  Good news!  Windows Home Server has reached the Beta 2 milestone!  While previous releases have been tested by 1000+ Microsoft employees and some of our hardware and software partners, we are now starting to invite a broader group of external testers to participate in Beta 2.
Erica Ogg / CNET
Selling shovels to Web 2.0 gold miners  —  news analysis While popular video-sharing and social-networking sites try to strike it rich, a new crop of entrepreneurs is forging the tools for digging up those Web 2.0 gold mines.  —  Venture capitalists are spending big on start-ups that are peripheral …
Discussion: and WebMetricsGuru
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
YouTube Mobile site coming soon?  Some evidence  —  With the recent news of YouTube teaming up with Nokia and Vodafone to provide videos on mobile devices, I started to do some amateur digging.  I started to URL surf on YouTube's site to see if I could come up with any clues on the new mobile service …
Discussion: Googlified, Engadget Mobile and Nokia
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