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7:00 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
Jason / Ask The VC:   Microsoft - The New Destructor of Innovation
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Microsoft about to enter into patent war?
Jossip:
CBS News Acquiring Wallstrip, New Headache in Eeking Out Online Profits  —  Wallstrip - the Wall Street web video program featuring Lindsay Campbell trying to make the Nasdaq hilarious - is being snapped up by CBS News, we're told, for something in the $5 million range.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
CBS Acquires WallStrip for $5 million  —  Jossip is reporting that corporate focused video blog WallStrip has been acquired by CBS News for $5 million.  The report states that an announcement is expected early this week and involves WallStrip host Lindsay Campbell being the next Amanda Congdon for CBS, fronting online shows.
Discussion: ben barren and duncanriley.com
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.
Discussion: Library clips
Duncan / duncanriley.com:   Yahoo and MyBlogLog: too little, too late
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Video Ad Firm Adap.tv Launches to Serve Direct Response Advertisers  —  Unlike most Web advertising, video is usually considered a venue for brand advertisers, but just-launched video ad platform Adap.tv aims to give direct-response advertisers a place in video content.
Discussion: alarm:clock and Mashable!
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Contextual Overlay Advertising in Online Video is Here: Metacafe to Debut Format Today — YouTube Appears to be Testing It  —  Amir Ashkenazi, one of the founders of shopping.com which was sold to eBay, has just launched adapt.tv It is a new kind of advertising network that places advertising …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
The Age:
First A4 colour e-paper unfurled  —  The world's first A4-sized colour electronic-paper - a paper-thin and bendable viewing panel, produced LCD.  —  South Korea's LG Philips LCD has developed the world's first A4-sized colour electronic-paper - a paper-thin and bendable viewing panel.
Gizmodo:
BRING ON THE DIGG MOBS  —  Ambient TV Brings Web 2.0, Derision of Your Friends' Viewing Habits to TV  —  Oh, these NYU kids and their big ideas.  (Disclosure: I was an NYU kid until Thursday.)  Myra Einstein's project, Ambient TV, aims to bring Web 2. tech to TV and would make a great add …
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Sex, Drugs and Updating Your Blog  —  Jonathan Coulton sat in Gorilla Coffee in Brooklyn, his Apple PowerBook open before him, and began slogging through the day's e-mail.  Coulton is 36 and shaggily handsome.  In September 2005, he quit his job as a computer programmer and …
Discussion: 43 Folders, robhyndman.com and Coolfer
Drew / Dembot:
+ Why do Video Platforms Fail?  —  In online video, there is big interest in the entry point, the place where people go to discover and watch video and ultimately where payment is made, one way or another, for the watching.  For some incredible reason that I can not fathom …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Attention Wal-Mart customers, Skype now in aisle voice  —  Wal-Mart is going to start selling nine Skype-certified hardware devices (and by extension the Skype service) in all of its stores.  The deal also includes Skype pre-paid cards.  Wal-Mart is the first retailer in the U.S …
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 …
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Marshall Sponder / WebMetricsGuru:
Second Life Key Metrics - April 2007
Discussion: Conversion Rater
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 …
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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Evan Blass / Engadget:
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Music Radio on the Internet Faces Thorny Royalty Issues
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