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11:30 AM ET, February 23, 2007

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
MP3 Patents in Upheaval After Verdict  —  Microsoft was ordered by a federal jury yesterday to pay $1.52 billion in a patent dispute over the MP3 format, the technology at the heart of the digital music boom.  If upheld on appeal, it would be the largest patent judgment on record.
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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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why do a reader only for one publication?  (Adobe vs. Microsoft for developers)
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
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
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
Discussion: digg
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 …
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.
Discussion: Channel 9, Apple Gazette and digg
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
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
RIAA Fights Back, Threatens Open Wi-Fi  —  Debbie Foster was sued by RIAA member company Capitol Records for allegedly sharing copyrighted material on a P2P file sharing network.  However, the alleged infringement was apparently committed by someone else with access to her ISP account.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIAA declares war on open WiFi
Discussion: Gizmodo, Global Nerdy and Consumerist
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
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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple, Cisco smoke peace pipe on iPhone  —  Apple and Cisco have announced a settlement of the iPhone trademark lawsuit, leaving the two companies free to use the iPhone name on their products around the world.  In a joint statement, Apple and Cisco said that each company has full rights …
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EE Times:
Apple-Cisco iPhone deal positions firms to jointly pursue Wi-Fi, VoIP
Discussion: FierceVoIP
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.
Discussion: EirePreneur
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Insider Pages Acquisition May Be Announced Next Week  —  Insider Pages, a user generated review site for local businesses, has been acquired by a public company, according to sources close to the deal.  I also spoke with Insider Pages' VP Marketing Anne Raimondi, who declined to comment.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft tests "pay-as-you-go" software  —  Microsoft has been quietly testing a new "pay-as-you-go" software rental service in South Africa, Mexico, and Romania.  The service allows users to pay a monthly fee of around $15 for the use of Office 2003.  —  The program is a pilot project …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Traffic measuring continued: Why Compete doesn't work, and why Quantcast does  —  It sucks when your Web site's traffic isn't being measured correctly.  —  It also sucks when you're trying to measure the significance of someone else's site, and are getting conflicting signals.
Discussion: Mark Evans and WebMetricsGuru
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.
Discussion: robhyndman.com
 
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