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7:00 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.
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 …
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 I referred to on the weekly video post but I could not resist pointing out another solid video created by GOOD Magazine.  GOOD has created this video which takes a look at the porn industry on the web.
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.
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.
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
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
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: TechCrunch
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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Twitter + Uptime Monitoring = MoniTwitter  —  Want to be notified when your website goes down?  Now you can do so from within Twitter, using MoniTwitter.  MoniTwitter, from the makers of Community Walk and Wedding Mapper, monitors website uptime and notifies you via Twitter when your site goes down.
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com and UNEASYsilence
AppleInsider:
Apple snags 10 percent of U.S. retail notebook sales in March  —  Apple Inc.'s line of MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks combined for nearly 10 percent of all notebook sales at U.S.-based retail stores during the month of March, while sales of iMacs also helped the Mac maker rank amongst …
Discussion: CrunchGear, I4U News and digg
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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 …
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
Michael Singer / InformationWeek:
Why Doesn't Microsoft Have A Cult Religion?  —  Apple has one.  So does the Java community, Oracle, IBM, and Google.  Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is dedicated to spreading the gospel of St. Linus Torvalds and St. Richard Stallman.  But does anyone really worship the Gods of Redmond?
Discussion: Mini-Microsoft
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
SuperMoviesDownload: The YouTube Virus  —  YouTube users can't have failed to notice that the Most Viewed list is consistently dominated by videos branded by a site called SuperMoviesDownload.  How did they get so many views?  Cheating, of course.  —  We pointed out in October 2006 …
Discussion: digg
 
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Free-Internet plan gets S.F. controller's office OK
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Why does Google remember information about searches?
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