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1:15 PM ET, February 23, 2007

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Microsoft faces $1.5bn MP3 payout  —  Microsoft must pay French phone equipment firm Alcatel-Lucent $1.52bn (£777m) after a US court ruled the IT giant had infringed audio patents.  —  Alcatel had sued Microsoft, saying two patents related to the standards used for converting audio into MP3 files had been breached.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   IPTV & the ALU, Microsoft soap opera
Hearst Corporation:
HEARST ANNOUNCES PLAN TO LAUNCH "NEWS READER" PRODUCT AT THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER AND IDENTIFY POTENTIAL USES ACROSS HEARST BRANDS  —  Software Offers Consumers a Superior Onscreen Reading Experience  —  In a continuing effort to expand the reach of its content, Hearst Corporation today announced …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Forget party schools: The RIAA lists the top piracy schools in the US  —  Ohio University, Purdue University, and the University of Nebraska have made it to the top of a list, but it may not be something the universities want to brag about.  The RIAA recently named the top 25 music-pirating schools …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
RIAA lists top 25 universities handing out piracy notices
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Cory Doctorow / Salon:
Steve Jobs' iTunes dance  —  Now the Apple CEO says he would gladly sell songs without digital restrictions, if the record companies let him.  That's hardly a brave defiance, and besides, I don't believe him.  —  In early February, Apple CEO Steve Jobs published an extraordinary memo …
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Google to start filtering YouTube videos  —  Google is set to start filtering videos and other content on YouTube for copyrighted materials, taking a key step in helping the online video-sharing site comply with one of the biggest complaints it faces — rampant piracy.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
There is no YouTube Filter; It's AudibleMagic
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Internet Explorer loses ground to Firefox, Safari in US; holds its ground worldwide  —  Safari is either making huge gains or holding steady in the browser wars; it all depends on whose stats you use.  The same can be said of Firefox, while Internet Explorer is losing ground in the US but holding steady worldwide.
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Judge rules against Canon in nanotube TV case  —  A federal judge has ruled that Canon breached a licensing agreement with a small nanotechnology company, a decision that puts another roadblock into Canon's effort to come out with a whole new style of flat screen TVs.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype petitions FCC for open cellular access  —  Skype petitioned the Federal Communications Commission earlier this week to force U.S. mobile operators to loosen controls on what kinds of hardware and software can be connected to their networks.  —  In a document dated February 20 …
BBC:
Emotion robots learn from people  —  Making robots that interact with people emotionally is the goal of a European project led by British scientists.  —  Feelix Growing is a research project involving six countries, and 25 roboticists, developmental psychologists and neuroscientists.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Will you trust Google with your data?  —  IN FOCUS » See more posts on: Google Office  —  Phil Wainewright raises an interesting beef in his post on SaaS data worries.  In a nutshell, Phil says it's strange that people are trotting out the "your data may not be safe" argument when talking about Google Office.
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Just Behave: Marissa Mayer on Personalized Search  —  It was almost 3 weeks ago today that Google posted on their corporate blog about some changes to the personalized search sign-up process.  Danny covered this development quite nicely in a very comprehensive post, looking at the specifics …
Discussion: outofmygord.com
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Man nabbed for uploading Oscar 'screener'  —  Felony charges are becoming an Oscar tradition right up there with Botox injections and borrowed Harry Winston jewels.  —  The Department of Justice said Thursday that it has charged Salvador Nunez Jr., a 27-year-old from Los Angeles …
Saul / localglo.be:
OpenCoffee Club  —  What is it?  —  An attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors (and anyone else who fancies coming along) in a totally informal setting.  —  We want to create some density — a few places where people know they can meet or bump into others.
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