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1:45 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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
PC World editor resigns over apparent ad pressure  —  Award-winning Editor-in-Chief Harry McCracken of PC World resigned Tuesday over disagreements with the magazine's publisher regarding stories critical of advertisers, according to sources.  —  McCracken, reached Wednesday evening …
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
PC World editor quits over censorship of an Apple story
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pandora To Shut Out Non-U.S. Users Thursday Evening  —  If you live outside of the U.S. and enjoy listening to customized radio stations on Pandora, brace yourself for some bad news.  The site will be shutting you out starting Thursday evening.  Registered users who access the service …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Pandora shuts box on users outside US  —  Pandora.com, the popular net radio station that helps users discover new music and build custom playlists, will block most people outside the US from accessing its service because of legal pressure being exerted by record labels.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Download Squad
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Music Industry Continues To Shoot Self In Foot; Forces Pandora …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Now Starring: The Algorithm - Ask.com To Focus On Ranking System In New TV Ads  —  Ask.com Hopes Ads Compute to Buzz from the Wall Street Journal reports that Ask.com is launching a new TV and Web advertisement campaign today, to try to generate buzz about the Ask.com search engine.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Todd Watson
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Ask.com Hopes Ads Compute to Buzz
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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 …
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Microsoft buys mobile ad company ScreenTonic
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo! Pipes Adds Geo Data Support  —  Yahoo! Pipes, the graphical, web-based RSS re-mixer (Radar post), has significantly increased its geo support.  They now provide a map output that plots your data on a Yahoo! supplied map.  Pipes will also export geocontent in KML …
Discussion: Compiler and Startup Meme
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Pipes Blog:   Pipes Adds Interactive Yahoo! Maps, KML Support (and More)
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
CNN:
Digg.com in 'hacking' copyright row  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — Digg.com, one of the most popular sites on the Web, is bracing for a possible legal battle over refusing to remove stories containing a single 32-digit code that lets people crack HD-DVD copyright protection.
Discussion: O'Flaherty and rexduffdixon.com
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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.
Discussion: Engadget, Neowin.net and I4U News
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.
John Bardinelli / Joystiq:
Images of the Clements High student's "terroristic" maps  —  Images of the maps made by the Clements High School student have found their way to the internet.  If there are small children in the room, cover their delicate eyes.  Might want to close the blinds, sweep the room for bugs, and unplug your webcam, too ... just to be safe.
Discussion: GamePolitics.com and digg
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 …
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
 
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Study predicts majority of laptops to have Flash drives by 2009
Kevin Gough / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Search in the driver's seat
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BBC:
Call for Apple to go even greener
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Everything is Miscellaneous - how the Web destroys categories …
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Return To The Search Engine Shoot-Out
Andrew Brown / Guardian:
We all helped to speed the demise of professional photographers
Alex Krupp / Sensemaking:
Cell Phone Software: The Billion-Dollar Sand Trap
James Hibberd / TVWeek.com:
Comcast Enters HD Quality Dispute
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There are people who don't use feed readers?
 

 
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