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11:20 PM ET, May 13, 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.
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:
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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.
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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
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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 …
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 …
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: Ego Food
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Internet Pornography Stats  —  Check out this video from Good Magazine that shows a number of stats about the Internet pornography industry, in an "almost" not safe for work format.  It is staggering how much actual money flows through porn and how many people are involved in the industry:
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Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:   GOOD PORN VIDEO  —  I usually like to switch up the video sources …
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.
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.
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Flash!  Vermont Legislature Passes E-State Bill  —  An hour or so ago the Vermont House and Senate both gave final approval to a bill designed to make Vermont the nation's first e-state.  As defined in Vermont, e-stateness means cellular and adequate broadband coverage - fixed and mobile - everywhere in the state by 2010.
Discussion: A VC
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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Thriving Office for the Non-Thriving Office  —  The Internet and Web 2.0 may finally be delivering the promise of telecommuting.  Working in pure, golden silence, aside from the occasional twittering bird for me has always been one of my favorite things about working from home.
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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Why Doesn't Microsoft Have A Cult Religion?
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Apple snags 10 percent of U.S. retail notebook sales in March
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SuperMoviesDownload: The YouTube Virus
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