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8:10 AM ET, May 16, 2007

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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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Fox Interactive keeps on buying
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."
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0 and alarm:clock
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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.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Warner Music sues social network site for piracy  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warner Music Group Corp. sued Imeem Inc., a music-based social networking Web site, on Tuesday for infringing the copyright of its artists including Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day.
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Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Warner Music sues social networking site imeem over copyright
Discussion: Mashable! and CenterNetworks
Louise Story / New York Times:
MySpace Gives Details of Its Plan to Reveal Known Sex Offenders  —  MySpace, an online social network popular with teenagers, said in two statements yesterday that it was prepared to work with state attorneys general who have requested the identities of MySpace members who are known sex offenders.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace responds to states' request for sex offender data
Discussion: Techdirt
Geoff Price / Mac Mojo:
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.
UMPCPortal feed.:
UMPC News : Fujitsu UMPC news from WinHEC.  Announcement imminent.  Images and specs released.  —  Thanks to our friends over at Winfuture, who are in attendance at WinHEC, we're getting news coming through about the Fujitsu UMPC.  First off there's three lovely images.  —  Full size images in the Gallery.
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, 901am and digg
Valleywag:
The Question: Is 30 too old to start a company?  —  Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures noted, to the dismay of some of his older readers, that almost all the entrepreneurs he'd backed were in their thirties.  Steven Levy, in his feature this week on young entrepreneurs …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and SYNTAGMA
Gizmodo:
Hands On: Video Tour of the Slimmer, Stronger Motorola RAZR 2  —  We got our greasy paws on the Motorola RAZR 2 at the big dog and pony show today, noticing the pretty and hugely popular cellphone plays it safe.  Notice in this hands-on video that Motorola hasn't changed that iconic form factor …
Discussion: Forever Geek
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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 …
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
Google's Potential Vulnerability - An Open Ad Network  —  Robert Scoble recently wrote an interesting post, about FOG - Fear of Google (an acronym coined by CEO of eMarketer Geoff Ramsey).  I observed this phenomenon strongly first hand at the Web 2.0 Expo and shared my thoughts on it in the R/WW post Thoughts from the Web 2.0 Expo.
Discussion: Profitable Signals
News Releases:
XM Radio Suspends Opie & Anthony  —  WASHINGTON and NEW YORK, May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — XM Radio announced today that the company has suspended Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia, hosts of "The Opie & Anthony Show" and ceased broadcast of the show for 30 days, effective immediately.
Roland Tanglao / Roland Tanglao's Weblog:
SMS is dead - Twitter proves it  —  SMS sucks and twitter proves it.  When a well funded startup like Twitter which is full of smart people can't get SMS to scale, then something is wrong.  And the something that is wrong is wait for it .... the carriers.  The carriers control SMS which is why it sucks.
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B.Mann Consulting:
Twitter is Jabber, Part II
Discussion: Scobleizer and Bloggers Blog
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Here come Virtual World Intranets... Seriously  —  Online worlds on the Internet?  That's so last month ago.  Judging by recent initiatives from Sun and IBM, the latest trend is a corporate-controlled, business-centric virtual world architected for internal use only- call it the intranet metaverse.
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Streaming Media East Roundup  —  Can't make it to New York this week for Streaming Media East?  Don't worry, blogs about video and videobloggers are on the scene, so no there's no need to navigate Midtown Manhattan wearing a nametag.  —  Beet.TV has been dubbed the "official vlog" for Streaming Media East.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Patent Armageddon is here  —  The terrific Fortune magazine story about Microsoft threatening free software groups with patent lawsuits has one thing wrong.  —  Patent Armageddon isn't coming, as the magazine suggests.  —  It has already begun, and I'm starting to wonder if we should chuck …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
By the numbers: piracy rate in China down 10 percent  —  The software piracy rate in China dropped four percentage points in 2006 from a year prior, according to a new report released by the Business Software Alliance and IDC, and showed an overall decline of 10 percentage points since 2003.
Discussion: Download Squad
 
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PC World:
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
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Emma Trotter / The Stanford Daily Online:
Panel discusses future of the newspaper
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Linda A. Epstein / Tablet PC 2:
Tablet and Touch Technology on display in Bill Gates Keynote at WinHEC 2007
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Billhilf / Port 25:
Clarifications
Discussion: Scobleizer and Jeremy's Blog
panasonic.com:
PANASONIC INTRODUCES NEXT GENERATION BLU-RAY DISC PLAYER
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
New gang war raging on the Internet
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Outrageous  —  Stephen Walli wrote, "Disclaimer: Microsoft is a client.
Discussion: larry borsato
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Customers: satellite TV is the best of a bad bunch
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Intellectual Property Protection Act to make attemped infringement illegal
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
The Problem with Newsvine
Discussion: MediaVidea and Library clips
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