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11:15 PM ET, February 17, 2007

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Agence France Presse:
Google sues Polish poets over gmail.pl  —  WARSAW (AFP) - Google has launched legal action against a group of Polish poets, demanding that they give up their Internet domain name gmail.pl, a member of the cultural collective said.  —  Izabela Krawczyk of GMAiL — the "Grupa Mlodych Artystow i Literatow …
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Phil Butler / Profy.Com:
Polish Poets Threaten Google Supremacy!  —  Google has launched legal action once again, this time against a group of Polish Poets!  How's that for coming down hard on the little guy?  In the press release Google is evidently trying to get the money hungry, robber baron poets to give up their Internet domain name gmail.pl.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Digital Inspiration
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Steals Code, Violates Linkware License  —  Patrick Robin, a 29 year old web developer from South England, is the developer of an ASP-based blogging platform called Forest Blog.  He distributes it freely under a linkware license, asking that anyone who uses it merely link back to his site where Forest Blog is offered for download.
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Big Spike In Feedburner Subscribers  —  I was at Feedburner approving an ad for my /Message feed, and I saw that the number of subscribers to the feed went up 700+ yesterday: a 34% increase in one day.  —  If anyone has an explanation, I would be interested.  I wasn't dugg yesterday, was I?
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Following your dreams  —  One thing I try to teach Patrick, my 13-year-old son, is that he can make his dreams happen.  That's why today I'm taking him to the San Francisco Apple store.  No, dummy, not to check out the latest Macs or iPods, but to meet Aaron Stanton.  —  Who's he?
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
If Captain Jack Sparrow had a toaster  —  I'm not really sure what this gadget's product page is saying, because it's all in German.  But regardless, I want this toaster.  It's sleek, black, and printed with a skull-and-crossbones as well as a bizarre Guns & Roses reference ("Sweet Toast of Mine" …
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Newest Flash Tools on Display at Photobucket  —  The latest Flash photo/video/sound editing tools that we mentioned last week are now enabled at Photobucket for premium users, and will go live for all users in March.  Geoff Baum at Adobe confirmed that these tools are not yet available anywhere on the web except for Photobucket.
Skitzzo / SEOrefugee Blog:
10 Mistakes that Will KILL a Forum  —  As we've already discussed, there are certain things you need to do in order to promote your forum.  However, even if you're successful, you and your community are still not care free.  There are several things that can effectively kill even the most established forum.
Reuters:
Microsoft shares tumble on CEO comments  —  Software maker's stock slips after Ballmer warns that analysts' forecasts on Vista sales were too 'aggressive.'  —  BOSTON (Reuters) — Microsoft Corp. shares fell as much as 2.7 percent on Friday, their biggest drop in nine months …
Brent Simmons / ranchero.com:
NetNewsWire 3.0d46: sneak-peek release  —  It is not feature-complete—there are a bunch of features still to do before 3.0 ships.  —  It has lots of bugs!  There are lots of bugs to fix before 3.0 ships.  —  It is a work in progress!  —  If you're not comfortable running pre-release software, please don't use this version!
Discussion: MacUser
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KPaul / bungie.net:
Halo 3 Beta FAQ  —  Is Halo 3 beta registration closed?  —  Yes, phases one and two of the beta have already ended.  If you haven't received an email by this point, then you were not one of the lucky few.  —  Is there no other way?!  —  If you didn't get in to either phase …
Everything USB News, Reviews, Tips:
Flash Drive Talks When Plugged In  —  Oh, crap.  I can see it at next years CES show, all the flash drives they hand out with press kits on them will play sales pitches when I plug them in.  The only thing I need less than another flash drive to add to my desktop pile is one that talks to me every time I plug it in.
Mike / Techdirt:
Microsoft Applies For Patent Telling You If A Website Is On A List Of Phishing Sites  —  from the non-obvious?  dept  —  It seems that every few days when new patents are announced there are a few gems from Microsoft.  Take, for example, Microsoft's latest patent application on Phishing Detection, Prevention, and Notification.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Exiled journalists circumvent censors by text messaging  —  PARIS—Journalists writing about Zimbabwe's repressive government have found a new way to circumvent their censors: sending text messages via cell phone.  —  A radio station hounded out of the country by Zimbabwean strongman President Robert Mugabe …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google hears static on radio bid  —  news analysis The departure last week of two top Google radio ad honchos had observers wondering whether the search giant could conquer the old-fashioned $20 billion radio industry with its new-fashioned technology.  —  With stations loathe to give …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and Slashdot
Gizmodo:
The Things Other Apple Airport Extreme Reviews Don't Tell You  —  You're all familiar with the specs of the Extreme, so let's just skip to how it performed—later moving on to the problems we had.  —  On the performance side, 802.11n really does work a lot faster than our old 802.11g D-Link DGL-4300 Gaming Router.
Discussion: MacUser and digg
 
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Amanda Camp / Official Google Research Blog:
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Leslie Hawthorn / Google Code:
Speaking of Summer  —  Google Summer of CodeTM 2007 is on!
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