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1:00 PM ET, April 6, 2007

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Anne Broache / ZDNet:
Judge puts halt on new Vonage customers  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va.—A federal judge on Friday ordered Vonage not to accept any new customers while it continues to infringe on Verizon Communications patents covering some aspects of Internet phone calls.  —  In at least a temporary setback …
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Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Patent Ruling Impact  —  The Internet Phone Upstart Could Lose a Technology and a Future  —  Verizon has thrown a lifeline to rival Vonage Holdings, suggesting that the Internet phone provider could continue serving its customers despite a judge's ruling ordering it to stop using …
Carlo / Techdirt:
Judge In Patent Case Puts Noose Around Vonage's Neck  —  from the competitive?  -ha dept  —  A judge today barred Vonage from signing up new customers, following the ruling last month that it was infringing on some Verizon patents.  According to ZDNet, the judge "said it was the only fair option …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonage put on HOLD by Judge Hilton
Discussion: Reuters
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
VeriSign to raise domain fees  —  VeriSign on Thursday said it that it will increase the fees it charges for Internet domains ending in .com or .net.  —  Starting October 15, VeriSign will charge $6.42 for .com domains and $3.85 for .net domains, it said in a statement.
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gnso.icann.org:
[registrars] VERISIGN CHANGES FEES
Discussion: Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Domain Name Prices To Increase 7%; Verisign To Make $27 million More Per Year
Discussion: Things That and Clickety Clack
Rob Beschizza / Wired News:
Hackers Dissect Apple TV to Create the Cheapest Mac Ever  —  Apple TV is dead, long live the Mac Nano.  Sort of.  —  Just two weeks after Apple released its streaming media box to the public, hackers successfully installed OS X, Apple's desktop operating system, on the $300 device, making it the cheapest PC Cupertino has ever sold.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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Inquirer:
Intel to unveil new UMPC platform  —  Gates says jump, Otellini designs platform  —  INTEL WILL BE releasing a new ultra mobile PC platform at IDF Beijing, on April 18, according to slides published by HKEPC.  —  Whilst most have suggested the UMPC is a product which serves no readily discernible need …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and The Tech Report
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Intel poised to unveil new UMPC platform?
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Spinning into oblivion - the death of the music business, and the habits of a mouse  —  Record store owners Tony Sachs and Sal Nunziato wrote a touching editorial in the New York Times about the death of the retail record store, and the music business in general.  They started a record (CD) store in New York City in 1993.
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New York Times:
Spinning Into Oblivion  —  DESPITE the major record labels …
Discussion: rc3.org
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Francisco, MKTW and DJ Draw Attention For Reporter's Role In Start-Up  —  For months, high-profile MarketWatch journalist Bambi Francisco has been involved—quite publicly—in a start-up with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.  Vator.tv (as in elevator pitch) features video reports by Francisco and Thiel on various start-ups.
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Greg Sandoval / ZDNet:
Rewriting ethics rules for the new media
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mike / Techdirt:
Rogers Traffic Shaping Making It Difficult For Users To Use Secure Email  —  from the nice-work dept  —  Canadian ISPs haven't been shy about using traffic shaping tools to try to slow down the use of things like BitTorrent.  This is a lot of what the network neutrality debate is about …
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Google AdWords Contract Upheld (Again)—Feldman v. Google  —  Feldman v. Google, Inc., 2007 WL 966011 (E.D. Pa. March 29, 2007)  —  Yet another click fraud lawsuit, this time involving one of the 556 plaintiffs that opted out of the Google click fraud settlement.
Simon Carless / Gamasutra:
GameTap Reveals Sega Saturn License, Plans  —  Turner's GameTap subscription PC 'all you can eat' gaming service has now added Sega Saturn games to its service, with the debut of platform game Bug! as a special Easter-timed Easter Egg for its service.  —  The game is currently filed as 'Insect? …
Alec Saunders .LOG:
Aikido, Retreat or War.  What's your Microsoft strategy?  —  One of the more interesting trajectories to watch in the communications space over the last decade has been the growth of the Microsoft ecosystem.  Literally a decade long strategy, it was conceived at the time that I ran …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MediaMaster: Access Your Music Library Online  —  MediaMaster is a new web service that, like Faces and Oboe, let's users upload music from their hard drive and listen to it online.  —  The original service to experiment in this area was MP3.com's My.MP3.com service.
Jessica Hodgson / MarketWatch:
Apple probe will shake up whole music industry  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — A European antitrust probe into the pricing of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL : , , ) iTunes music downloads service could force the music industry to unravel the complex web of intellectual property agreements which allow music to be sold across the world, experts say.
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Utah Ban On Trademarked Keywords Rankles Groups  —  Consumer groups and search engines sometimes differ on prohibiting using a competitor's trademark when there's no likelihood of consumer confusion.  —  Utah last month enacted Utah SB 236, the "Trademark Protection Act," …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
AFP & Google Settle Over Google News Copyright Case  —  The most significant copyright case against Google News, that filed by Agence France-Presse back in March 2005, has now ended.  Google has signed a licensing agreement with AFP that settles the suit.  News from the AFP here.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac OS X may gain multi-sized icon interface  —  Apple Inc. has developed an enhancement to its Mac OS X Finder user interface that will allow for different-sized icons within the same window as a means of representing their importance, a recent patent application has revealed.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and digg
 
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Steven Schwankert / InfoWorld:
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
LAST CTP BEFORE BETA 3  —  Late on Wednesday, as part …
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google's board objects to anticensorship proposal
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 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DSL trounces cables, fiber, and satellite connections
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple Stokes a Digital Music Standards War
Discussion: Macsimum News and Slashdot
Business Wire:
Hop-on Receives U.S. Design Patent on MP3 Phone
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
Mike Olson Blog:
Unbreakable Linux: The untold story.  - April 4, 2007; 3:09:11 PM
Discussion: Open Sources and Jeremy's Blog
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Demographics of Visitors to Blogs
Valleywag:
STARTUPS: Google's victims
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Osunick / del.icio.us:
making Firefox more del.icio.us