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1:02 AM ET, May 16, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Truemors Launches  —  Truemors, Guy Kawasaki's new startup, opened to the public about an hour ago.  —  We covered them last week when we were able to get into the beta.  Truemors is a rumor reporting site.  Users text, email or call in a rumor and other users vote on it.  Popular rumors make it to the home page.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Truemors, the Twitter for rumors, smothered by spam  —  Guy Kawasaki's new company Truemors, has launched, and it is a sort of Twitter for rumors.  —  It is noteworthy, because its a raw experiment at letting anyone post anything and letting the top-voted post float to the top in a section called "greatest."
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Truemors: A Lesson For Web2.0 Startups — Celebrity Is Important.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Stan Schroeder / franticindustries:
Truemors - just like Reddit, only for rumors
Discussion: Pronet Advertising
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Intellectual Property Protection Act to make attemped infringement illegal  —  US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has proposed tightening the United States' intellectual property laws.  Titled the "Intellectual Property Protection Act," the proposed legislation would for the first time, criminalizes attempted copyright infringement.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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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.
Edward N. Albro / Today @ PC World:
Life in Prison Proposed for Some Copyright Pirates
Discussion: CNET News.com
Motorola:
Motorola Introduces RAZR2 — The Next-Generation RAZR  —  Sleeker Outside, More Powerful Inside, the Next Iconic Device Delivers the Ultimate Mobile Experience  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today invited the world to experience the evolution of the RAZR brand as it unveiled RAZR2, the ultimate iconic feature phone.
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Gizmodo:
Hands On: Video Tour of the Slimmer, Stronger Motorola RAZR 2
Discussion: Forever Geek
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Motorola RAZR 2 hands-on
Discussion: Gadgetell and digg
John Blau / InfoWorld:
Software piracy hits $40B worldwide, says study  —  (InfoWorld) - Efforts to curb software piracy in China are bearing fruit although the piracy rate remains high, costing vendors billions of dollars in lost revenue, according to a survey paid for by large vendors, including Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
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BBC:
No change in global piracy rates
Discussion: Associated Press
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Linus Torvalds Responds To Microsoft Patent Claims  —  The holder of the Linux trademark suggests Microsoft should name the patents it alleges have been violated so the claims can be tested in court.  —  Linus Torvalds, lead developer of the Linux kernel, has a sharp retort …
Billhilf / Port 25:
Clarifications  —  I have strong opinions.  Those of you who know me personally know that I am not one to herd think and that I speak up.  However, I need to comment on a recent story where I was quoted.  —  A few folks have emailed or called me about statements I said in the Bangkok Post …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Jeremy's Blog
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Microsoft to Declare War on Firefox, Linux, et al.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace To Acquire Flektor  —  MySpace will acquire Flektor, a just-launched service that allows users to create widgets from photos, video and text, according to two sources with knowledge of the deal.  This comes right after the news of MySpace's pending acquisition of Photobucket last week for $250-$300 million.
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBlog and MarketingVOX
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.2  —  On behalf of the entire WordPress team, I'm proud and excited to announce the immediate availability of version 2.2 "Getz" for download.  This version includes a number of new features, most notably Widgets integration, and over two hundred bug fixes.  It's named in honor of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.
Discussion: Blogging Pro and Photo Matt
Jason / Rails Envy:
Hi, I'm Ruby on Rails...  What do you get when you cross the Mac vs PC commercials and Rails Envy?  Ruby on Rails ads to get everyone hyped for Railsconf, that's what!  —  Gregg Pollack and Jason Seifer from RailsEnvy present:  —  Ruby on Rails vs Java — ad #1 of 4  —  Click here to view on YouTube
Discussion: Global Nerdy, CrunchGear and digg
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
New gang war raging on the Internet  —  It's like something out of the Sopranos.  Antivirus researchers at Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs have identified criminal gangs engaged in a turf battle online.  The primary groups are responsible for the Warezov and Zhelatin worms …
Jay Westerdal / DomainTools Blog:
Porn.com Sells for 9 Million  —  MXN Limited acquires Porn.com for $9 Million.  Terms of the transaction were not fully disclosed, but this is the second largest adult domain transactions behind sex.com.  It was not more then two months ago when I saw this domain at auction for 7 .5 Million and thought it was a bargain.
Discussion: LiewCF.com and digg
Geoff Price / MSDN Blogs:
Get converted  —  As previously announced, and as indicated by the lower frequency in blogcasting here, everyone at MacBU is exceedingly busy completing Office 2008, which is on track for release later this year.  This work is our primary focus, and is the largest undertaking in our ten year history as an independent team.
Kellie Marks / The Third Word:
AOL Acquires Third Screen Media  —  Leading Provider of Mobile Advertising Solutions Will Expand Advertising.com's Mobile Services for Advertisers and Publishers  —  DULLES, VA - May 15, 2007 - AOL announced today that it has acquired Third Screen Media, the leading mobile advertising network …
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
The Problem with Newsvine  —  I've always been an admirer of the concept and execution of the social news site Newsvine.  I wrote about it glowingly when it first came out.  Conceptually it always seemed like a good compromise between the chaos of sites like Digg and the top down nature of traditional newspaper websites.
Discussion: Library clips
 
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Discussion: Bloggers Blog and TechCrunch
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