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4:55 PM 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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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft takes $1.52 billion hit in MP3 patent case
Discussion: Mike Davidson
Richard Waters / Financial Times:   Alcatel-Lucent wins $1.5bn Microsoft suit
BBC:
Microsoft faces $1.5bn MP3 payout
Discussion: The Tech Report
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Will you trust Google with your data?  —  IN FOCUS » See more posts on: Google Office  —  Update below: 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.
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Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Are Google Apps' Customers For Real?
Discussion: PC World: Techlog
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Google Apps Doesn't Compete
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Why Microsoft will not fall into the Innovators Dilemma
Discussion: Scobleizer and Internet Outsider
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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Josh Bernoff / Charlene Li's Blog:
Audible Magic copyright checking at YouTube — what took so long?
Discussion: SearchViews and VentureBeat
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   We tried to get it done, but the filter team kept getting distracted …
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Microsoft adCenter CPC Costs Spike: Known Bug  —  Fixed: The adCenter representative has notified us via the two forums and the adCenter blog that the overcharging has been fixed and that they are now working up a plan to reimburse advertisers.  —  Update: This is a very serious issue.
Discussion: WebProNews
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scee.presscentre.com:
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Announces Hardware Specification of PLAYSTATION®3 for Europe  —  Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) to be launched in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 would utilise a new hardware specification.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Europe's PS3 to have limited PS2 backwards compatibility?
Discussion: Game | Life
Stace / Unwired View:
Netvibes2Go - All Mobile Net in One Place  —  I have almost never used Mobile Internet services on my cellphone.  With the dismal navigation interfaces on the phones, Mobile Internet was just too hard for me.  Until I tried Netvibes2Go.  Now I use it almost every day.
Discussion: GigaOM
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why did Fox buy Strategic Data  —  Fox Interactive Media, the company behind MySpace, has decided to take control of some of its ever-increasing page inventory.  FIM is betting that an acquisition of the online ad company Strategic Data Corp. is going help it better monetize its inventory …
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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: Apple Gazette, Channel 9 and digg
Erick Schonfeld / Business 2.0:
Web TV's top-rated acts  —  Two-minute YouTube clips were just the start.  As television comes to the Internet, dozens of companies are gunning to become the networks of tomorrow, reports Business 2.0 Magazine.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Wayne's World, it's not.
Discussion: The Next Net
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 …
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 and Got Ads?
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 …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
A social site where Webcams rule  —  Remember JenniCam?  If not, here's a refresher: it was a seven-year experiment in Internet voyeurism, featuring a girl and her always-on Webcam.  —  Now, imagine hundreds of similar live video feeds of strangers—Jenni's and Johnny's alike …
Google Blogoscoped:
Inside Google China  —  [Google China is headquarted in Beijing, but also has a Shanghai office.  Most of these images are from China.  All images by Keso with some rights reserved.] … Inside Google China by Philipp Lenssen |
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
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 …
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Broadband over powerlines: It may take awhile  —  Broadband over powerline technology may be coming to your home, but first electric companies need to read your meter in real time.  —  That's the takeaway from a roundtable that focused Current Communications, a startup that is selling electric utilities …
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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