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8:30 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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PR Newswire:
Media Rights Technologies and BlueBeat.com Issue Cease and Desist …
Discussion: TechSpot News and PC World
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Intellectual Property Day: MySpace Anti-Piracy, DRM Name Change, Apple C&D
Discussion: rootly frontpage
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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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
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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 …
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
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 …
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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.
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
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Charles River Ventures' Angel Experiment: First Nine Investments  —  When Charles River Ventures announced its Quick Start program last year to provide a few hundred thousand dollars to startups on an expedited basis, it caused minor ripples in the Angel funding market.
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: Digital Alchemy and digg
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GROKKING A NEW APPROACH TO SEARCH ADVERTISING EXPERIENCE: SEA DRAGON AND MORE  —  Gary Flake (I posted on my meeting with him earlier this week here) has sent me files from his demo at SAS.  I missed that demo, but you can get the picture, literally, by checking out these images.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube's New Inline Ads: Screenshots
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bambi's Vator.TV, a pitch platform for entrepreneurs, raises round
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
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MediaShift:
OUR VOYEURISTIC WORLD Are We Sharing Too Much Information via Social Media?
Think Secret:
Laptop updates slated to arrive sooner than expected
Discussion: Ars Technica and MacDailyNews
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Microsoft:
Microsoft and SanDisk Join Forces to Create New Experience …
Market Wire:
Tesla Motors Secures $45 Million Series D Investment Round Led …
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Valleywag:
Exclusive: The unmasking of Fake Steve Jobs
Discussion: TechBlog and Apple 2.0
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPods now linked to pacemaker malfunction?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
From My Inbox: More Defense Of SEO
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Vonage Says It May Have Way Around Disputed Patents (Update5)
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Slide largest widget maker on the Web?