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12:00 PM ET, March 14, 2007


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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
You Go Viacom !  —  Not a stretch where I would come out on this, but it never ceases to amaze and amuse me how liltle understanding of the content business, or the business world in general that many in the blogosphere have.  —  Let me provide a simple scenario for you.  —  HBO.
New York Times:
Viacom Sues Google Over Video Clips on Its Sharing Web Site  —  Since it bought YouTube last October, Google has been chasing deals that would give it the right to put mainstream video programming on the site.  Just a few weeks ago, Google's chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Big Viacom Sues GOOG & YouTube Roundup  —  Yesterday, news came out about Viacom suing Google for $1 billion over alleged video copyright infringement on YouTube.  With some dust settling, I thought it would be helpful to recap some of the analysis out there.
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Viacom, YouTube, and Privacy  —  Yesterday's top tech policy story was the copyright lawsuits filed by Viacom, the parent company of Comedy Central, MTV, and Paramount Pictures, against YouTube and its owner Google.  Viacom's complaint accuses YouTube of direct, contributory …
Erica Ogg / CNET
A new wavelength for satellite radio  —  For a company calling itself Slacker, its business plan is awfully ambitious.  —  Debuting this week at the South by Southwest multimedia festival in Austin, Texas, Slacker is a distinctive new Web music service and portable music player from the San Diego-based company of the same name.
Discussion: Orbitcast
Chris Williams / The Register: puts video through the scrobbler
Jasmine France / Crave: The gadget blog:
Aspire to be a Slacker
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Slacker: music device and service via web, WiFi, and satellite
Discussion: Orbitcast
Microsoft and Lenovo Connect Customers to Integrated Online Services  —  Lenovo to be first PC manufacturer to provide customers worldwide with a new seamless, customizable Web experience through Microsoft and Live Search.  —  REDMOND, Wash., and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. …
Microsoft Toolbar to Go on Lenovo Computers  —  The Microsoft Corporation reached an agreement on Tuesday with the Lenovo Group to pre-load Lenovo computers with a toolbar of Microsoft's Windows Live online services including Web search, the two companies said.
Online Journalism Review:
Eyetracking points the way to effective news article design  —  OJR's design experts review usability research and offer suggestions on how you can make your online articles better connect with readers.  —  When one of world's best-known usability experts, Jakob Nielsen …
Discussion: Traffick, IP Democracy and Boing Boing
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Microsoft suing to evict 'cybersquatters'  —  Microsoft will on Wednesday launch a series of lawsuits in the US and Europe against "cybersquatters", and will urge other companies to help tackle what it says is a growing problem on the internet.  —  Cybersquatting is the registration …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire and Slashdot
Brendan / Brendan's Roadmap Updates:
The Open Web and Its Adversaries  —  A small presentation I gave at SXSW asks what it means to be "Open" in the sense of open standards, open source, and a web whose major content formats are not controlled by a single vendor (I credited Nat Friedman's amusing keynote from last year's Free …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
SanDisk drops prices with new flash drive  —  SanDisk has released a new hard drive made of flash memory, and the price won't completely break the bank.  —  The flash memory maker's new flash drive sports 32GB of memory and is delivered in a package the same size and shape as a 2.5-inch diameter hard drive.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Darren Murph / Engadget:
SanDisk intros 2.5-inch 32GB SSD hard drive
Drew Clark / GigaOM:
Is Google Changing Its Position on Net Neutrality?  —  Is Google, the foremost corporate advocate of net neutrality, doing a big fake?  Have they succeeded in making everyone believe they will stand up to the Bell companies, even as the company cuts deals to become the preferred provider on a carrier's network?
Eric Costello / FlickrBlog:
Collections!  —  Today we launched what's probably the most requested feature over the last few years: a way to categorize and organize your photo sets!  In the past this feature has been referred to as "sets of sets" or "subsets".  After today, we'll know it as "collections".  —  What are collections, you ask?
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
Google offers priority reporting to Indian police  —  Tool will help flag objectionable material on Orkut, will not affect user data, according to Google  —  Google has offered Indian police a special tool for priority reporting of objectionable material on its social networking site, Orkut.
Report: Computer Games Magazine, Massive Shut Down  —  Independent sources, both via an un-named publisher dealing with the magazines and from industry messageboard QT3, have indicated to Gamasutra that U.S. print publication Computer Games Magazine and its sister MMO-centric Massive magazine …
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET
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Randy Dotinga / Wired News:
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Discussion: Open Access News
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