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12:40 AM ET, May 14, 2007

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Roger Parloff / Fortune:
Microsoft takes on the free world  —  Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents.  It wants royalties from distributors and users.  Users like you, maybe.  Fortune's Roger Parloff reports.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Report: Microsoft says open source violates 235 patents  —  Microsoft claims that free and open-source software violates more than 230 of its patents, according to a magazine report published Sunday.  —  In an interview with Fortune, Microsoft top lawyer Brad Smith alleges …
Discussion: Neowin.net
David Dalka:
MyBlogLog to Rebrand and Make Significant Changes  —  At SOBcon yesterday in Chicago, Robyn Tippins, who was recently hired as the MyBlogLog community manager, spoke about several major upcoming changes with MyBlogLog.  —  There are several changes in the works:
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Bloggers Blog
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Finally Upgrade MyBlogLog  —  MyBlogLog, the ubiquitous blog widget that shows pictures of recent visitors to a site, was one of the "instant" success stories of 2006 - Yahoo acquired the company before most people even had a chance to hear about it.  —  Like many blogs, we had the MyBlogLog widget on TechCrunch for months.
Discussion: duncanriley.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllFreeCalls Back From DeadPool, Now Called Yak4Ever  —  AllFreeCalls Back From DeadPool, Free Calls Are Here Again  —  When AllFreeCalls shut down in February as a result of litigation, most people thought it was gone for good.  The service, which allows people to call overseas for free …
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Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
We did it, Yak4ever goes live  —  Its been a long time coming.  This guy had us on a deathwatch and Mike even put us in the "deadpool"  —  We said we would be back and we knew we would be back it just took a lot longer than we had ever imagined.  —  So how does it work
Discussion: SMS Text News
Skrentablog:
Give Hammer a break  —  The collective response to Michael Arrington including MC Hammer on his TechCrunch 20 review panel is pretty lame, IMO.  —  Commenters should keep in mind that this is a real guy they're talking about.  Have some friggin courtesy.  I've actually met the guy at a party …
Discussion: Digital Markets and Ego Food
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
We need better statistics...  Almost every entrepreneur I talk to lately whines privately about the stats they see on places like Compete.com, Comscore, and Alexa.  Today Tom Conrad of Pandora told me that they are extremely low.  He says his service requires registration …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Mashup litmus test for Web 2.0 start-ups  —  Social music darling Last.fm announced this week that they are going to start a video service any minute now.  Some folks apparently couldn't wait and just developed their own mashups in the mean time.  —  Take Lasttube for example.
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
Music Radio on the Internet Faces Thorny Royalty Issues  —  Since Pandora.com closed its box of digital musical delights this month to users outside the United States, the complaints have been pouring in from Dubai to Patagonia.  —  It is "a step back to the dark ages in the music world!" fumed Mario from Mexico City.
Liz Foreman / Lost Remote:
Offshoring journalism: A job list  —  Note: A draft of this post has been sitting on my desktop for a few months, but in light of even more journalism offshoring news, I thought I'd polish this up and hit the publish button.  —  This interesting article on Poynter has me thinking.
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Tilting at a Digital Future  —  IN Rupert Murdoch's world, two things are certain: the sun never sets on the kingdom, and a TV is always on in the background.  —  On the evening of April 26, several large television monitors adorned the terrace of Mr. Murdoch's Beverly Hills mansion …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Bruce Willis: iChat user, forum troll  —  What do you when you've got millions of dollars, no steady day job, and plenty of vocal critics that do their best to berate you knowing full well that they could never do your job if given the chance?  We might just ask Bruce Willis that very question …
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Found Footage: AT&T's Stan Sigman gifts iPhone at West Texas A&M  —  As noted earlier tonight, there seems to be at least one iPhone in the wild.  TUAW is pleased to bring you this exclusive video from our agent-on-the-spot Mikal.  Today, Stan Sigman, CEO of AT&T Wireless (Cingular) …
Discussion: Engadget and Mobility Site
comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Releases April Top 50 Web Rankings and Analysis Sports Fever and Pet Food Recall Spur Traffic Increases in April  —  comScore Media Metrix today released its monthly analysis of U.S. consumer activity at top online properties and categories for April 2007.
Discussion: MacUser, MacDailyNews and digg
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Douglas McIntyre / BloggingStocks:   Apple's website traffic skyrockets, but why?
 
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Novelties: A Diet, Oddly Bland, of Continuous Images and Chat
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Am I getting "blog fatigue?"
Discussion: louisgray.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Online Personal Broadcasting Firm Mogulus Gets $1.2 Million Angel Funding
Discussion: alarm:clock and Mashable!
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Wedding Announcements: Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki
Gizmodo:
I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN  —  The Nokia Choo Choo
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Singer / InformationWeek:
Why Doesn't Microsoft Have A Cult Religion?
Discussion: TechBlog and Mini-Microsoft
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
GOOD PORN VIDEO  —  I usually like to switch up the video sources …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
SuperMoviesDownload: The YouTube Virus
Discussion: digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Thriving Office for the Non-Thriving Office
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Flash! Vermont Legislature Passes E-State Bill
Discussion: A VC