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2:20 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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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 With Copyright Laws and Pay $1 Billion in Damages  —  NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA - News and VIA.B - News) today announced that it has sued YouTube and Google in U.S. District Court …
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Viacom sues 'GooTube' for $1 billion
Discussion: The Next Net and Business 2.0 Beta
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
IP Democracy: Viacom's Fluffy Lawsuit Against YouTube
Discussion: Public Knowledge
Carlo / Techdirt:   Viacom Chooses The Nuclear Option For YouTube
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
Joe / Techdirt:
Microsoft Exec Admits That Company Benefits From Piracy  —  from the a-secret-no-more dept  —  For some time, big software companies have tried to make the argument that a copy of pirated software is equivalent to a lost sale This is pretty ridiculous for a couple reasons.
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Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Microsoft executive: Pirating software? Choose Microsoft!
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
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.
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.
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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PR Newswire:
Vonage Drops Select International Call Rates to a Penny-Per-Minute New Rates Included for All Residential and Business Customers  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In an effort to pass more savings to its customers, Vonage has dropped its already low-priced international calling rates …
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
 
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Bloomberg:
U.S. Sets Rules for Digital TV Payments
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Starbucks to form record label
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Reuters:
Stop surfing, make friends, Indian students told
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OpenID: Too many providers, not enough consumers
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