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5:30 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
Josh Bernoff / Charlene Li's Blog:
Audible Magic copyright checking at YouTube — what took so long?  —  I've been talking occasionally with Audible Magic's CEO, Vance Ikezoye, for about four years now.  The company makes software for identifying copyrighted content, and it has a track record.
Discussion: SearchViews and VentureBeat
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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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Advertisers may see high CPC and spend amounts
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Major Microsoft adCenter Bug Costs Millions
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 …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Closed Skype wants open networks
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, Joe Duck, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Google Apps Doesn't Compete  —  The blogosphere has been abuzz with gushing commentary about Google Apps.  Some of it is about how Google is now taking on Microsoft head to head.  This couldn't be more wrong.  —  Google Apps is a completely different beast than Office even though …
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Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Are Google Apps' Customers For Real?
Discussion: PC World: Techlog
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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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Why Microsoft will not fall into the Innovators Dilemma
Discussion: Scobleizer and Internet Outsider
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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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
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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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