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1:20 AM ET, May 15, 2007

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Associated Press:
Military puts MySpace, other sites off limits … DENVER, Colorado (AP) — Soldiers serving overseas will lose some of their online links to friends and loved ones back home under a Department of Defense policy that a high-ranking Army official said would take effect Monday.
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Business Wire:
Forrester: No Future For Paid Video Downloads  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The paid video download market is a dead end, according to a new report by Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR).  Forrester estimates that paid video downloads will peak in 2007, generating $279 million in revenue, up from $98 million last year.
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
iTunes-like video services have no future: study  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online video sites that sell shows and movies such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes will likely peak this year as more programming is made available on free outlets supported by advertising, according to a study released on Monday.
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
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T iPhone not to be pre-sold  —  If you have not been able to get your iPhone fix as of lately, this might help hold you over.  According to an internal document from AT&T, the Apple iPhone has "advanced software 5 years ahead of any phone".  But you already knew that.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and CrunchGear
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Kent German / CNET News.com:   No presales for the iPhone  —  The Boy Genius got his hands …
Michael Totty / Wall Street Journal:
How to Be a Star in a YouTube World  —  What it takes to stand out when anyone can be an entertainer  —  There are millions of people trying to get noticed on the Web, with everything from blogs to podcasts to videos.  So with the huge glut of material out there, how do amateurs get attention …
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A (FORMER) YOUTUBE STAR'S RANT: WE'LL GO IT ALONE, THANKS
Discussion: CinemaTech
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft delves further into manufacturing with Zune plant  —  Software giant hopes new factory, designs will help player compete with iPod … SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Microsoft Corp., a colossus built on software, is making a new push in hardware manufacturing by building a factory in China to produce its Zune media player.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft building a Zune factory
Discussion: TechSpot News
Digital Photography Review:
Amazon.com acquires dpreview.com  —  We're proud and excited to announce that Dpreview has been acquired by the worlds leading online retailer, Amazon.com.  Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography.
Eddie Hargreaves / The Apple Blog:
10 Biggest Apple Rumors (that never came true)  —  With Apple rumors getting spread further around than ever (and regular coverage from national news media), it's important to remember that many (most?) tend to be either completely untrue or so premature they never come true.
Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Text of Murdoch Letter to Bancrofts  —  Below is the text of a letter sent by News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch to members of the Bancroft Family, concerning his $5 billion offer for Dow Jones & Co.  —  Ladies and Gentlemen:  —  Please allow me the opportunity with this letter to address …
Dion Almaer / Google Code:
Introducing the Google Developer Podcast  —  A fair few Googlers enjoy creating podcasts, and a large number choose to participate in the medium as listeners.  —  I have really enjoyed creating Audible Ajax, as it gives me a way to get close to the community.
Discussion: Googling Google and Googlified
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why does Google retain data?  Because nonexistent laws tell it to  —  Google wants to know what you search for, and plenty of people have wondered why.  The company's global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, recently posted an explanation to this question of Google's official blog …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Adam Kalsey / Crying Out Loud:
Feed Crier climbs into bed with IMified  —  For the last couple of months, we've been talking to IMified, sharing war stories, and helping them out with some ideas on how best to manage the signed on bot portion of the service.  The more we've talked, the more we've liked each other.
Angus Kidman / ITWire:
Facing the full horror of Windows Vista  —  So far, Transit has been using Vista Business full-time for a fortnight.  And so far, we've found nothing that works better than in Windows XP, dozens of things that are annoyingly different without being a functional improvement …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacDailyNews
 
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Shhhh! A Secret Google Search URL That Removes Adsense Ads
Discussion: Virtual Economics and digg
Ranchero Software:
NetNewsWire 3.0a8 Change Notes
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Malware piggybacks on Windows updates
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
U.S. piracy crackdown nets 50th conviction
Discussion: Neowin.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will iPhone spark wireless wars?
Stephen Totilo / MTV:
'Halo 3' Sneak Peek: Three Things Every Beta Player Must Do
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Aero and battery life
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Instant messaging: feature or product?
Discussion: Webware.com
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Bernoff / Groundswell:
Test-driving Telepresence
Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
Ask Mobile GPS: The Next Level of Local
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The Fake Steve Jobs is....
Discussion: MacDailyNews
BBC:
Students create 'sensual' phones
Los Angeles Times:
In consoles, the game isn't going Sony's way
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Orgoo - The Web Email/IM Replacement
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechFold
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The iPhone's on eBay already
San Jose Mercury / San Jose Mercury News Video:
Our debut show and a visit to Yahoo's Brickhouse
 

 
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