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11:10 AM ET, May 12, 2007


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PR Newswire:
Media Rights Technologies and Issue Cease and Desist to Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Real Networks  —  SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 10 /PRNewswire/ — The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was signed into law by President Clinton in 1998 to disseminate and protect the arts in the digital age.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple and friends hit with C&D for "actively avoiding" use of DRM tech
Apple, Microsoft threatened with possible digital copyright lawsuit
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube's New Inline Ads: Screenshots  —  YouTube is experimenting with inline ads, showing a text ad at the bottom of its player as a video is playing.  If a user clicks on the text, a video ad expands and appears layered on top of the player.  The ads are also clickable from a static post-roll.
Howard Anderson / Computerworld:
A cynic rips open source  —  Open source is not a movement; it's a religion  —  I chaired an interesting meeting the other day.  It was me against senior executives of Cisco, Agilent Technologies and Novell.  —  The subject was: Do enterprise users really want open source?  Are you strongly supporting this?
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:   Open source is bad for vendors
Rob Mead /
Apple iPhone: more secrets revealed  —  Considering third-party software; smaller iPhone on the way  —  It looks like Apple may open up the iPhone to third-party apps after all.  The news came at an Apple shareholders' meeting held in Cupertino, California yesterday.
Discussion: details of a global brain and digg
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Folders beta - more info  —  As the last post on Windows Live Folders got a bit too long, here's further information on the Windows Live Folders service.  Click to enlarge the screenshots.  —  After the intial signin to the service, the user is presented with the Folders homepage …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Streisand Effect  —  A Web user and his information are like a grizzly and her cub.  Come between them, and you're likely to get mauled.  —  That's what a group of heavyweight tech and entertainment companies learned last week when they tried to keep the lid on the code that could help break the electronic locks on HD-DVDs.
Discussion: Techdirt 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.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
TechCrunch20 Agenda  —  I'm working on the program for the TechCrunch20 conference I'm co-hosting with Mike Arrington in September and I wanted to get a little feedback from you guys.  —  Oh yeah, we also announced three more experts for our really amazing (if I do so say myself!) panel of judges.
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
What's Online: Online Ads vs. Privacy  —  FOR advertisers, and in many ways for consumers, online advertising is a blessing.  Customized messages rescue advertisers from the broad reach of traditional media.  And consumers can learn about products and services that appeal directly to them.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Jake's new venture: The creation generation  —  Pardon the proud dad moment while I brag about my 15-year-old son, Jake's, new online venture:, a search engine and player for music videos on YouTube.  Jake found the quality of search there lacking, so he scraped data about the videos posted …
Discussion: and uncov
Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Mac utilities  —  It's not always the full-blown software applications that make the biggest difference on your computer; often it's the small do-one-thing-well utilities that enhance our computing experience that much more.  —  Today's top 10 covers the system utilities …
Discussion: digg
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.
Discussion: ben barren
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Geeks and Suits Rub Shoulders at GigaOm Party  —  Om Malik and CEO Mark Cenedella joined forces to throw a cocktail party at San Francisco's Pier 38 Thursday evening.  Was this a turning point for the boomlet of optimism and hope that has been tagged with the lame moniker of "web 2.0"?
Discussion: Scobleizer
Image Editing: Fix your photos online with Phixr  —  Phixr is an online photo editor that offers a wealth of image-tweaking tools and loads of options for distributing the finished product.  —  Like Fauxto, Picnik, PXN8, Wiredness and all the rest, Phixr lets you upload, modify, share and save photos.
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bambi's Vator.TV, a pitch platform for entrepreneurs, raises round
Discussion: Mashable!, alarm:clock and Beet.TV
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Zoomable Interfaces  —  Asa Raskin, the son of the late Jef Raskin …
OUR VOYEURISTIC WORLD Are We Sharing Too Much Information via Social Media?
Think Secret:
Laptop updates slated to arrive sooner than expected
the high cost of some free tools
Fred / A VC:
The New Journalism?  —  I got this comment last night …