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1:25 PM ET, March 13, 2007

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Reuters:
Viacom in $1 bln copyright suit vs Google, YouTube  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. said on Tuesday it filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Google Inc. and its Internet video sharing site YouTube over unauthorized use of its copyrighted entertainment.
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Viacom:
Viacom Files Federal Copyright Infringement Complaint Against YouTube And Google  —  Suit Seeks Court Ruling To Require YouTube And Google To Comply With Copyright Laws And Pay $1 Billion In Damages  —  Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) today announced that it has sued YouTube and Google …
Associated Press:
Viacom sues Google, YouTube for $1 billion  —  Media conglomerate claims massive intentional copyright infringement  —  NEW YORK - MTV owner Viacom Inc. said Tuesday it has sued YouTube and its corporate parent Google Inc. in federal court for alleged copyright infringement and is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.
BBC:
Viacom will sue YouTube for $1bn  —  Entertainment giant Viacom Media has announced that it is going to sue web search engine Google and video sharing website YouTube for $1bn (£517m).  —  Viacom - whose brands include MTV and Nickelodeon - says Google, which owns YouTube, is illegally using its shows.
PR Newswire:
Suit Seeks Court Ruling to Require YouTube and Google to Comply …
Discussion: Download Squad
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
YouTube's end game nears
Discussion: The Blogging Times
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
How Search-Engine Rules Cause Sites to Go Missing  —  Some entrepreneurs have built thriving businesses largely by getting search engines such as Google Inc.'s to direct customers to their Web sites.  But what happens when the search engines suddenly start pointing consumers somewhere else?
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Topix.net Buys .Com Domain For $1 Million; Worries On Google Juice After Move  —  Topix.net, the news search site majority owned by Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune, has bought its .com domain after paying a Canadian company $1 million in January (late last year Topix received $15 million funding) …
Digital50:
Eurekster Secures US$5.5 Million in Series B Funding  —  Eurekster, Inc., a pioneer and leader in community-driven, social search has secured $5.5 million in a Series B financing.  —  Eurekster's first institutional financing was led by Technology Venture Partners (TVP) …
Discussion: PaidContent
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Eurekster raises $5.5M for custom search engine
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   WikiSeek Launches Community Edited Search Engine
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Tellme Price - $800 Million, or More  —  Microsoft Corp. is said to be talks to acquire Tellme Networks, a voice applications company, according to The Wall Street Journal and C/Net News.com.  —  This news of a pending acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch in February, but at the time …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple iPhone Ad on the NYC 5th Avenue Store  —  Looks like Apple is continuing to build awareness for the Apple iPhone.  On Monday March 12th, workers at the 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City posted a large iPhone ad on one full side of the glass structure.  —  The ad showed an iPhone with the words "Introducing iPhone.
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Microsoft executive: Pirating software?  Choose Microsoft!  —  Microsoft doesn't want you to pirate their software, but if you must choose between illegally installing Windows or a competitor's operating system, Microsoft would prefer that you choose them.  While the company obviously …
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
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Clarence Fernandez / Reuters:
Malaysia uses sniffer dogs to fight movie pirates  —  SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia deployed two sniffer dogs in its battle against music and movie piracy on Tuesday, becoming the first country in the world to use the animals to hunt for disks of illegal recordings hidden in cargo.
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Free: a Tactic, not a Business Model  —  Every time an economic bubble develops, many will tell you how "this time it's different," how "this time the rules have changed."  The lie of the Web 2.0 bubble is that free is the way to succeed in the new economy.  That's not true.
Discussion: broadstuff, VCMike's Blog, BGSL and Anne 2.1
Johnny Minkley / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony UK boss confirms PSP redesign  —  "Smaller, lighter" iteration on the way  —  SCE UK managing director Ray Maguire has confirmed the platform holder's intentions to release a redesigned version of its PlayStation Portable handheld.  —  Speaking yesterday afternoon at the national launch …
Discussion: Kotaku, Forever Geek and Game | Life
USA Today:
SEC: 3 traders toyed with Google options  —  It's not just penny stocks that cybercrooks are manipulating for illicit profit.  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announced civil charges against three men who allegedly manipulated Google "put options" and Sun Microsystems shares …
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
OpenID: Too many providers, not enough consumers  —  There have been a spate of announcements recently with a number of companies both large and small announcing that their products will 'support' OpenID.  Each of these announcements was met with a rousing standing ovation by the bloggers over at Techmeme.
Discussion: raving lunacy and Labnotes
 
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Source: Apple Considering Licensing iPhone OS, Multitouch?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
The Web smiley's motto: Grin and bear it
Bloomberg:
U.S. Sets Rules for Digital TV Payments
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Alt Search Engine Market Share Mashup
Jitendra Gupta / Read/WriteWeb:
Improving Online Communities: MyBlogLog, Explode, OthersOnline
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Craig Harris / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Starbucks to form record label
Discussion: Techdirt
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Study Says Computers Give Big Boosts to Productivity
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Furdlog
Reuters:
Stop surfing, make friends, Indian students told
Discussion: Techdirt
NASA:
Stereo Eclipse
Discussion: digg
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
SXSW: Scaling Your Community
Gary Gentile / Business Week:
Disney to launch Web site aimed at moms
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Tech Firms Push to Use TV Airwaves for Internet
Arn / MacRumors:
8-core Mac Pro Leak at Apple UK? [Update]
 

 
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