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10:30 AM ET, May 15, 2007

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Apple:
Apple Updates Popular MacBook  —  Faster Intel Core 2 Duo Processors, 1GB of Memory and Larger Hard Drives Across the Line  —  Apple® today updated its MacBook® consumer notebooks with faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory and larger hard drives in every model.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Five New MacBook Configurations for Tues, May 15th?  [Updated]  —  Tuesday, May 15th is the most recent date-on-the-calendar for those awaiting Apple notebook updates.  Questionable rumors posted last week indicated that we would see Apple laptop updates this week, while other rumors pointed to "sooner than expected" laptop updates.
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
MacBook update arriving Tuesday
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Gizmodo and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Launches Meebo Rooms (oh, and Meebo now has ads)  —  Web based instant messaging provider Meebo will launch Meebo Rooms tonight.  Like MeeboMe, which allows users to embed a widget on a website where visitors can chat with the publishers, this is a significant new product that will appeal to new set of users.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Meebo Rooms Launched - "like a very very rich widget"  —  Tonight meebo is launching Meebo Rooms, a rich media chat room product that users can put on their blogs and websites.  They can be private or public chat rooms, and can feature video content from sources such as youtube and NBC.
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Meebo Adds Media Rooms
Discussion: VentureBeat, Peer Pressure and GigaOM
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft Details Patent Breaches  —  SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. has given the most detailed description to date of the number of open-source computer programs it says infringe on its patents, but the company says it still prefers licensing deals with open-source developers …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Branded Video Channels Coming to MySpace  —  MySpace have announced the launch of a new premium content section for MySpace Video in a direct challenge to YouTube.  —  In the coming months, MySpace Video will launch branded channels with content from National Geographic, The New York Times …
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Business Wire:
MySpace Video to Launch Branded Channels
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Digg is Censoring Content by Burying Stories Internally  —  We all know that the main reason why stories don't hit the Digg homepage is because they get buried.  Some say the buries are caused by specific Digg users who have it out for us while others just blame it on the content saying it wasn't Digg worthy.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Censorship Issues Continue for Digg
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Gonzales proposes new crime: "Attempted" copyright infringement  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including "attempts" to commit piracy.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Things Sure Are Quiet At MySpace News  —  When the largest site on the Internet announced their new MySpace News service, people expected it to get at least some traction, quickly.  But a month later, as former TechCrunch writer Marshall Kirkpatrick noted in Twitter today, the site appears to be nothing more than a ghost town.
fortuitous:
Some Community Tips for 2007  —  Seven tips on how to run a successful community.  —  Every year or so I write a long post or do a presentation at a conference on the subject of community.  Each time I approach the subject, I take what I've already written and add to it with recent things I've learned …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
States Fault MySpace on Predator Issues  —  Some of the country's top law enforcement officials are charging that the online social network MySpace has discovered thousands of known sex offenders using its service, but has failed to act on the information.  —  In a letter sent yesterday …
Washington Post:
A Casualty Of War: MySpace  —  U.S. Military Blocks Popular Web Sites, Cutting Ties to Home  —  The Defense Department began blocking access on its computers to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other Web sites yesterday, severing some of the most popular ties linking U.S. troops in combat areas …
Discussion: IP Democracy
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
HP'S HALO: NOW THIS IS TELEPRESENCE  —  Last week I got a chance to test drive HALO, Hewlett Packard's super high-end telepresence application.  And all I can say is .... Oooooh, I want one.  In fact, I want everyone to have one.  —  Of course, that's pretty impractical.
Derek Powazek:
The Real Story of JPG Magazine  —  If there's one thing I've learned about community-building, it's this: Do Not Lie.  People are too smart and well-connected to believe a lie anymore.  So, with that in mind, the story I'm about to tell is absolutely true as I experienced it.  —  How JPG Began
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Dave / Blogified:
IMified Acquires Real-Time Feed Alerts Leader Feedcrier.com
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Beyond Buzz - the next generation of word-of-mouth marketing
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Yahoo! Appoints Blake Jorgensen as Chief Financial Officer
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Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
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Jeff Ooi / CNET News.com:
Yahoo mobilephone search comes to Malaysia and 6 other Asian countries
Reuters:
Independence of Reuters  —  Customers in all parts of the world depend …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
On the Web, an Advanced Carbon Calculator for Personal Use
Discussion: Lifehacker
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
I would pay for Twitter.com
Discussion: B.Mann Consulting
Adam Kalsey / Crying Out Loud:
Feed Crier climbs into bed with IMified
Discussion: TechCrunch and /Message
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Shhhh! A Secret Google Search URL That Removes Adsense Ads
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
U.S. piracy crackdown nets 50th conviction
Discussion: Neowin.net
Dion Almaer / Google Code:
Introducing the Google Developer Podcast
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft delves further into manufacturing with Zune plant
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