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5:50 PM ET, May 3, 2007

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BBC:
Online TV viewing 'on the rise'  —  Almost half of European broadband users are using their computers to watch television online, a survey claims.  —  The ability to "take control" of their viewing was the motivation for many users said Motorola, which interviewed 2,500 people including the UK.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
45% of Europeans watch TV online  —  A new study from Motorola has found that an amazing 45% of Europeans now watch television online.  —  The survey covering the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain found that the French lead Europe in terms of online television consumption …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification  —  As part of the monthly security bulletin release cycle, Microsoft provides advance notification to our customers on the number of new security updates being released, the products affected, the aggregate maximum severity and information about detection tools relevant to the update.
Discussion: Zero Day, Neowin.net and Security Fix
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Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
FCC Chairman Martin to Telcos: No Blocking Iowa Calls  —  BREAKING: FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Thursday that the commission told large telcos to stop blocking calls into numbers for the Iowa-based free calling operations, threatening punitive actions if the carriers didn't comply.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
How Wi-Fi Can Extend T-Mobile's Range  —  Aims to Improve Reception, Savings  —  T-Mobile USA Inc., the fourth largest U.S. wireless operator, is planning a national launch this summer of cellphones that can roam on Wi-Fi hotspots in homes and coffee shops, carrying calls over the Web …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OLPC project clarifies: no plans for Windows support  —  Late last week the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project had a media event in Cambridge, and while I couldn't make the event, I did tape a video interview for the BBC on the project.  During my preparation I kept coming across these claims …
Pipes Blog:
Pipes Adds Interactive Yahoo! Maps, KML Support (and More)  —  The Pipes team is proud to announce two new features that we've been working on that enhance our support for GeoData.  — First, we added a interactive Yahoo! Map to the runpage of any Pipe containing GeoData.
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo! Pipes Adds Geo Data Support
Discussion: Compiler and Startup Meme
Microsoft:
Microsoft Acquires Mobile Advertising Pioneer ScreenTonic  —  ScreenTonic's mobile ad serving and management expertise increase advertiser opportunity across Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it has agreed to acquire ScreenTonic SA …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Belgian Papers Back In Google; Begin Using Standards For Blocking  —  Belgian newspapers that sued Google to be removed from its index are now back in, having agreed to use the commonly-accepted blocking standards that they initially rejected as not being legal.
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Associated Press:
Google lists Belgian newspapers again as copyright row cools
Discussion: Techdirt and WebProNews
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Google Goes Wireless  —  A coalition led by the Web search giant is scoring early wins in a tussle over $10 billion in wireless airwaves  —  For a company that's had an office in Washington, D.C., for less than two years, Google is wielding a surprising amount of power in the nation's capital.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL Slips to No. 3 on Internet  —  After more than a decade connecting more Americans to the Internet than any other company, AOL has given up its title as the leading Internet service provider, a reflection of changing consumer habits and its own strategic shift.
Discussion: GigaOM and Valleywag
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Internet radio royalty hike delayed; last chance to petition Congress  —  Internet radio will remain safe and sound, at least through July of this year, on account of a new decision by the US Copyright Royalty Board.  Under the CRB's original ruling, Internet radio stations …
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Obama Campaign Asks: Is It MySpace or Yours?  —  In the first MySpace skirmish of the 2008 presidential race, no one's come out looking good.  —  Not MySpace, the popular social networking site.  Not Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who until earlier this week had more "friends" on the site …
BBC:
Snowflakes promise faster chips  —  Chips could run faster and be more energy efficient thanks to a process from IBM that copies nature's creation of seashells and snowflakes.  —  The process, called airgap, enables trillions of microscopic vacuum holes to be placed between the copper wire in chips to act as an insulator.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
YAHOO TESTING NEW SEARCH LOOK?  —  From Rob Phillips, an astute reader in the UK, a new look for Yahoo search.  He can only see this from a UK IP address looking at the main yahoo.com site, not uk.yahoo.com.  —  He reports:
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Frengo Raises $5.7 Million Series A Round  —  Redwood City based Frengo, a mobile social networking startup targeting the growing SMS/ TXT market have completed Series A funding of $5.7 million.  The founding round was led by Trilogy Equity Partners, a firm led by John Stanton …
Helen A.S. Popkin / MSNBC:
Twitter Nation: Nobody cares what you're doing  —  Then again, if you don't get it, that must mean you're totally too old  —  Using Twitter, you can find out what your friends are doing right this minute.  But seriously...do you care?  —  MSN Tech and Gadgets  —  Don't dial and drive
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
Thoughts on Silverlight  —  I was at MIX this week speaking on a panel about web services.  Obviously, the big announcements there were around Silverlight, so I've been getting emails asking what I think.  Here you go, just a raw brain dump:  — No matter what happens, everyone wins.
Discussion: ClickZ News Blog
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Danes 'prove' sudden iBook death syndrome
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Slashdot
Ted / uncov:
~*~LOLZ I  —  Web 2.0 has invaded junior high schools around the country.
Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
Focus in Apple's options scandal shifts to its board
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Jgovernor / James Governor's Monkchips:
If Markets Are Conversations Then Twitter Is Money
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
iProspect Launches in Norway and Denmark
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Web-ifies its chat application
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Do We Really Need a Security Industry?
James Cridland / James Cridland's blog:
To the BBC  —  Today's edition of 'Broadcast' appears …
Discussion: paidContent.org and tbites
 Earlier Items: 
Thor / Demand Satisfaction!:
How Digg could have avoided a community revolt
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Cisco: Social networks will define media consumption
John Bardinelli / Joystiq:
Images of the Clements High student's "terroristic" maps
Discussion: GamePolitics.com and digg
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Study predicts majority of laptops to have Flash drives by 2009
Discussion: Gadget Lab
BBC:
Call for Apple to go even greener
Discussion: Gadget Lab and I4U News
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Creative shuffles out tiny Zen Stone
Discussion: Forever Geek and digg
Susan Esparza / Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog:
SEO Contest: Help People, Get Training, Go to SMX
Andrew Brown / Guardian:
We all helped to speed the demise of professional photographers