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5:15 PM ET, April 6, 2007

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Judge puts halt on new Vonage customers  —  update 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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Reuters:
Vonage lawyer: Ruling a 'bullet to the head'  —  Judge says Internet phone company can use patented technology for existing customers.  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) — Vonage Holdings Corp. cannot service new customers while it appeals a finding that it infringed Verizon Communications Inc. patents …
Discussion: The Browser, GigaOM, A VC and CrunchGear
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Judge imposes Vonage injunction  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A judge issued an injunction Friday that would bar Internet phone carrier Vonage from signing up new customers as punishment for infringing on patents held by Verizon Communications Inc. Vonage planned an immediate appeal.
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati CEO Search Confirmed  —  Technorati has retained New York-based James & Company to conduct a CEO search for the company.  For the last few weeks, the firm has been reaching out to potential candidates in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to gauge their interest in leading the nearly four year old company.
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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
Embracing Change  —  It's been a busy week at Technorati - new widgets, a report on the state of our company and, of course our all new State of the Live Web, which incorporates our original State of the Blogosphere.  Even after all that, there's still one more piece of news I'd like to share with you this week.
Discussion: What's That Noise?!
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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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Wins .com Domain, Takes Down Scammer
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Voice Local Search just launched  —  Just minutes ago, Google updated their Google Labs page with what they call "Google Voice Local Search".  It appears to be similar, if not related, to the long dead "voice search" project that doesn't work anymore.
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.
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Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Agence France-Presse, Google settle suit
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bambi Francisco, the star reporter, and her conflicts  —  The WSJ and Zdnet have published oddly incomplete stories about Bambi Francisco, a reporter at Marketwatch, who they say "invested" in a side company called Vator.tv.  —  They suggest scandal, because she reported at Marketwatch about people who also invested in Vator.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Francisco, MKTW and DJ Draw Attention For Reporter's Role In Start-Up
Peter Butler / Webware.com:
COOP FOR FIREFOX IMAGINES BROWSER-BASED SOCIAL NETWORKING  —  Earlier this week, Mozilla Labs made news with its announcement of a social-networking add-on called The Coop.  According to the official post on the Mozilla Labs blog, The Coop is "a Mozilla Labs project to experiment with adding social tools to the Web browser."
Nopporn Wong-Anan / Reuters:
YouTube offers to help Thais block offending pages  —  BANGKOK (Reuters) - Video-sharing Web site YouTube will help Thailand block access to pages that contain clips offensive to its revered monarch instead of blacking out the whole site, a cabinet minister said on Friday.
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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Kate Kaye / ClickZ News Blog:
Bottom Slurping for Google Juice  —  Is a service affiliated with Google ad man Tim Armstrong helping to fuel Web bottom feeding?  OK, maybe I'm blowing it a bit out of proportion, but here's the deal:  —  Associated Content, co-founded by Armstrong, is essentially a marketplace connecting aspiring writers …
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Microsoft set to unlock EMI songs  —  The software giant is on the verge of a deal similar to Apple's with EMI to sell tracks without anti-piracy protection  —  Microsoft has hinted that it may be close to reaching a deal with EMI to sell songs without anti-piracy protection via its Zune platform.
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.
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.
Microsoft:
Embracing Real Life in Virtual Earth  —  Microsoft announces 21 winners of the Virtual Earth and SensorMap Request for Proposal programs with funding totaling US$1.1 million to help academic researchers innovate in advanced mapping and location-based search technologies.
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
VMWare Fusion Beta 3 is out  —  VMWare released the third installment of it's beta release of Fusion, it's desktop virtualization product for OS X. I wrote some detailed notes at when I explored the Beta 2 release.  You can try it out yourself, if you like.
Discussion: MacUser
BBC:
HP unveils plan for gaming future  —  US computer and printer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard has unveiled plans it hopes will make it a major force in the global video and online gaming market.  —  HP bought specialist gaming computer firm VoodooPC at the end of last year …
Discussion: Ubergizmo
 
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