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11:00 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.
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:   IPTV & the ALU, Microsoft soap opera
USA Today:
Police, school get failing grade in sad case of Julie Amaro  —  Imagine you know next to nothing about computers.  You're a substitute teacher for a seventh grade class.  There's a computer in the classroom and, knowing you're going to be sitting there for a while, you ask a fulltime teacher if you can use it.
Regina Lynn / Wired News:
Protect the Children From Porn
Discussion: odd time signatures
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 …
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:   Are Google Apps' Customers For Real?
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
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 …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Closed Skype wants open networks
adCenter Blog:
Advertisers may see high CPC and spend amounts  —  Some of our adCenter advertisers are seeing high cost-per-click (CPC) and spend amounts in their accounts.  I will update this post with more information as soon as I have it, but I wanted to let you know that this issue is now resolved …
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Microsoft adCenter CPC Costs Spike: Known Bug
Discussion: WebProNews
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are: Boycott the RIAA in March  —  Alright, we've been following the RIAA's increasingly frequent affronts to privacy and free speech lately, and it's about time we stopped merely bitching and moaning and did something about it.
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.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
We tried to get it done, but the filter team kept getting distracted …
Discussion: LeeAnn Prescott
Exchange / You Had Me At EHLO:
Talking Exchange 2007 SP1...  We're wrapping up our Beta of Exchange 2007 SP1 (to be released through TechNet plus this April), and as always we wanted to discuss it publicly here first.  We are targeting final release with Longhorn Server 2nd half of this year.
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.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Microsoft and free software movement tag-team the Supreme Court  —  On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Microsoft v. AT&T concerning liability for patent infringement for the distribution of software outside of the United States.  Although the case is officially …
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
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
How Google Has Helped Build Brand Advertising Online  —  Sales Chief Tim Armstrong: Advertise All Your Products, All the Time  —  NEW YORK ( — Google's VP-advertising sales, Tim Armstrong, touted his company's ability to court brand advertisers during a question-and-answer session …
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
MyBlogLog Bans Blogger; Backlash Begins  —  Yahoo!'s recent addition MyBlogLog is making news again — and not for another security exploit (that was last weekend) or spammer gaming.  Well, it is related to those two topics — Shoemoney, a notable blogger in the affiliate marketing world …
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
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
3G iPhone could arrive overseas by early 2008  —  Even though its vanguard cellphone isn't yet out the door, Apple is allegedly preparing a quick follow-up model with 3G wireless installed.  —  After threatening to drop a large-scale cellular service contract based on concerns …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
The Name Inspector:
10 company name types on TechCrunch: Pros and cons  —  Every once in a while The Name Inspector likes to step back and look at the big picture.  This post illustrates ten name categories that account for all the names in the TechCrunch company/product index.  Well, almost all of them.
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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MyBlogLog Tracks Your Visitors Ad Clicks
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Rohit Bhargava / Digital Media Wire:
3 Big Reasons Why I Am Not an Apple Enthusiast
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A social site where Webcams rule
Ryan Olson / Red Herring:
Will Google Take On Xbox Live?
Discussion: You NEWB and GigaGamez
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Judge rules against Canon in nanotube TV case
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Just Behave: Marissa Mayer on Personalized Search
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Internet Explorer loses ground to Firefox, Safari in US; holds its ground worldwide
Discussion: Apple Gazette, Channel 9 and digg