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6:30 PM ET, May 11, 2007

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Apple, others draw legal threat over media players  —  update A California company that makes technology designed to prevent ripping of digital audio streams has accused Apple, Microsoft, RealNetworks and Adobe Systems of violating federal copyright law by "actively avoiding" use of its products.
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
HBO Exec Wants to Rename DRM  —  People have had lots of objections to Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology — centering mainly on its clumsiness and the futility of its anti-infringement rationale — but until recently nobody had complained that the term "Digital Rights Management" was insufficiently Orwellian.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Out of Chaos, Order.  Or So Google Says.  —  Over the years, Google has carefully cultivated the image of a zany company in which innovation and new products — lots of new products — emerge from a bit of chaos.  —  Now Google is trying to put some order into that chaos — or at least appear to do so.
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BBC:
Google searches web's dark side  —  One in 10 web pages scrutinised by search giant Google contained malicious code that could infect a user's PC.  —  Researchers from the firm surveyed billions of sites, subjecting 4.5 million pages to "in-depth analysis".
Discussion: TechSpot News, JD on EP and Slashdot
Business Wire:
MySpace Launches Take Down Stay Down Copyright Protection  —  Leading Lifestyle Portal Launches Ground-breaking Tool to Prevent Users from Reposting Unauthorized Copyrighted Content  —  LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—MySpace, the world's leading lifestyle portal, today announced the launch …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace fights copyright woes with 'Take Down' tech  —  MySpace announced Friday that it's implementing new technology to combat members' unauthorized use of copyrighted content.  —  Aptly titled "Take Down Stay Down," the new feature is a content protection measure based on Audible Magic technology.
Discussion: Coolfer and GigaLaw.com Daily News
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Vonage Says It May Have Way Around Disputed Patents (Update5)  —  Vonage Holdings Corp. said it may have technology that could rescue its Internet-phone service, after a jury found the company infringed patents that allow customers to call standard telephones.
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
At Vonage, Sales Increase as Litigation Clouds Future
Discussion: BloggingStocks and GigaOM
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Congress Stares Down YouTube, HDNet  —  Members of Congress on Thursday tangled with leading video providers over how to preserve the open architecture of the Internet while improving its quality and protecting intellectual property rights.  —  Representatives from YouTube, Sling Media …
Discussion: Epicenter
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Online Video No Threat To TV, YouTube Tells Congress; Cuban …
Billboard:
Exclusive: McCartney Goes Digital, Beatles 'Virtually Settled'  —  Brian Garrity, N.Y. and Paul Sexton, London  —  Paul McCartney's new album, "Memory Almost Full," will be his first solo release available for download and streaming on PCs and mobile phones.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch20 Conference: Caterina Fake, MC Hammer & Rajeev Motwani Join Expert Panel  —  I'm excited to announce the next three experts for the TechCrunch20 Conference in San Francisco this September.  Caterina Fake, MC Hammer and Rajeev Motwani join the previously announced experts.
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Gmail Traffic Up 17% Since Opening Up, Still Early Adopter Appeal  —  On February 14, 2007 Google's Gmail opened up access to anyone worldwide.  Previously Gmail, which is still in beta, was only available by invitation from another Gmail user.  The market share of US visits to Gmail increased …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Gmail Users are Younger, Richer, Good in Bed
Fred / A VC:
The New Journalism?  —  I got this comment last night on my 15 million post from Kevin Farnham: … There's more to the comment, so click thru on the link to the post above to read the whole thing.  Kevin makes an interesting distinction.  Blogs are journalism.  Twitter and MySpace are not.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Facebook Classified Ad Offering Deals Another Blow To Newspapers  —  It's sure rough trying to charge for a service that other businesses are offering for free.  Just ask any newspaper exec. With 20/20 hindsight, it seems inevitable that the web would be the perfect platform for free classified ads …
Valleywag:
Exclusive: The unmasking of Fake Steve Jobs  —  Soon after Valleywag began digging into the identity of Silicon Valley's most mysterious author — the anonymous satirist behind Fake Steve Jobs, a spoof diary of the narcissistic Apple founder — a plaintive email arrived.
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Bkp / The Pirate Bay:
User data stolen but not unsecured  —  Hi, we have some sad news, but don't be alarmed...  Some people (and yes, we know who) found a security hole on our web site (in fact, actually in this blog).  —  They have got a copy of the user database.  That is, your username and passwords.
Discussion: digg
MarketingWeek:
T-MOBILE LOOKS SET TO WIN EURO DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS FOR THE IPHONE  —  T-Mobile has emerged as the frontrunner in the race to secure the exclusive European distribution rights for Apple's much-anticipated iPhone.  The hotly contested contract will be worth millions of pounds to the winning operator.
 
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Laptop updates slated to arrive sooner than expected
Discussion: Ars Technica and MacDailyNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 Truths about Comcast's super modem
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Vista supports Pentax 'raw' camera images
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the high cost of some free tools
Discussion: rc3.org
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Fancy Java in action: Iris photo editing
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Search In Pictures: Mazol Tov Gary, Psychedelic Google, Taylor Hicks At Yahoo
Discussion: Cartoon Barry Blog
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Week in review: Controversy from Cupertino to Capitol Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Microsoft:
Microsoft and SanDisk Join Forces to Create New Experience …
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Big Guns Jump on Open-Source Bandwagon for New Web Apps
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Market Wire:
Tesla Motors Secures $45 Million Series D Investment Round Led …
Discussion: alarm:clock and VentureBeat
BetaNews:
Microsoft: Silverlight Demo Was in Jscript, Not C
Discussion: John Carroll
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
From My Inbox: More Defense Of SEO
Joe Leo / PBCentral.com:
Apple Store mini: Now Open at a Best Buy Store Near You
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Jobs addresses backdating, environment at shareholder meeting
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Orbitz, the worst IPO of 2007?