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3:30 AM ET, May 18, 2007


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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Regarding yesterday's Apple news  —  Yesterday Engadget posted an incorrect story about an iPhone delay, and I wanted to go into greater detail about how this happened.  —  At 9:09am CDT yesterday a number of Apple employees received an email that appeared to be from Apple corporate reporting …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AppleGate  —  Ryan Block has formally responded to what is now being referred to as "AppleGate" in Silicon Valley.  Yesterday Engadget posted that the iPhone was going to be delayed several months, relying on what turned out to be a bogus email for the story.
Gizmodo:   Announcements: Engadget's Response to Applegate
News Flash: Apple iPhone receives FCC approval  —  Apple Inc. on Thursday received the official go-ahead on its first ever mobile handset, with the Federal Communications Commission giving the iPod maker the green light to commence sales of the device in the United States.
Bigvip / Gamerscore Blog:
Keeping Xbox LIVE Fair  —  One of the great things about LIVE and the unified community is that we work hard to create a level playing field for all gamers and have a no tolerance policy towards inappropriate behavior like hacking or cheating.  As part of our commitment to our members …
Microsoft Starts Banning 360s on LIVE - MS Confirms  —  >> With the amount of posts we see on our forums ... it's clear, Microsoft decided to start banning Xbox360 with modified firmwares today (both Hitachi-LG and Toshiba-Samsung drives).  —  While it's the same release date as Halo3 beta …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and digg
Search Engine Land:
Video Blending & Video Meta Search  —  There's nothing new about Google listing links to video content in its regular search results, including links to pages in Google-owned Google Video and YouTube.  However, Universal Search is changing things.  Instead of considering that content as part …
David Flynn / APC:
Vista will be the last version of Windows for Pentium 4 and Core Duo owners  —  It's the end of the line for 32-bit operating systems, Microsoft has proclaimed at its annual Windows Hardware Engineering conference  —  After the software giant has gotten over its hangover from partying …
Alex Heaton / Windows Vista Team Blog:
On 64-bit and Windows Client
Sony Reveals PS3 Slate, PSN Stats, PSP 'Refresh'  —  Sony has been talking in depth at its San Diego Gamers Day this week, and Lazard Capital Markets' Colin Sebastian has put some of the key announcements in perspective as part of his NPD game sales preview for April.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
PSP hardware refresh coming this year, says report
Discussion: digg
Paul Glazowski / Profy.Com:
Google Announces Universal Search  —  Most of us have used Google Search over the years, and it's safe to say most have been content to do so.  Until now.  Now we want more - without putting more effort in.  We don't only want the standard set of links displayed ten at a time.
Bproffitt / Linux Today Blog:
Rolling the Cheese  —  On the Internet, they say, no one knows you're a dog.  After the start of this week, I can safely add, no one knows you are sick as a dog, either.  —  Such was the fun going on in the global headquarters of Linux Today for the first half of this week …
Discussion: Channel 9 and digg
Feature: The Infinite Video Format War is Coming  —  Blu-Ray will dominate the industry in three years.  Or maybe it will be HD DVD.  The general consensus is that whoever wins doesn't really get a lasting victory, since they're both in the last physical video format ever.
Discussion: Christopher Null, Gadget Lab and digg
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Skype busts into casual gaming market  —  Skype wants to get into the lucritive casual gaming business and is aggressively courting game developers to generate a diverse range of content for the VoIP service.  Skype's Paul Amery announced the partnership with Easybits Software to create …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Google v. Perfect 10: Appeals court affirms that thumbnails are fair use  —  Google scored a partial victory yesterday in a case that is likely to have major implications for the evolution of copyright law online.  In a 2004 lawsuit, porn merchant Perfect 10 accused Google of infringing …
Brandon Sheffield / Gamasutra:
Q&A: Svensson On The Future Of Capcom  —  Capcom has been significantly busy in expanding its Western presence of late, revealing much of its 2007 line-up at an April press event, including new Phoenix Wright and Mega Man titles for DS, a return of Super Puzzle Fighter II for Xbox Live, and a Harvey Birdman title for PS2 and PSP.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Latest AACS revision defeated a week before release  —  Despite the best efforts of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Administration (AACS LA), content pirates remain one step ahead.  A new volume key used by high-def films scheduled for release next week has already been cracked.
Perry / evans ink:
Introducing local, meet social. social, meet vertical.  —  We've just launched the beta version of a brand spanking new site -  —  We think the site (and the technology and methodologies behind it) begin to lay the foundation to tackle two vexing problems in local search …
Bill Higgins /
the Uncanny Valley of user interface design  —  There's a theory called 'The Uncanny Valley' regarding humans' emotional response to human-like robots.  From The Wikipedia entry: … While most of us don't interact with human-like robots frequently enough to accept or reject this theory …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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Tim Arango / Fortune:
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Are You a Troll Whisperer?  —  Cory Doctorow's recent Information …
USA Today:
Satellite TV on the go: Really cool
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Anne Broache / CNET
Backers of stronger copyright laws form lobby group
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Half of the future Gates
Pete Putman / Popular Mechanics:
Top 10 HDTV Myths: Fact vs. Fiction, Hi-Def Style
Discussion: CNET and digg
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Samsung and LG.Philips announce super-thin OLEDs
Discussion: DigiTimes and Phone Scoop
FightinSunDevil / Gamerscore Blog:
Clearing the Air: In Support of HD DVD...
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent in Focus: TV-series are Hot
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Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The net is being carved up into information plantations

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Playboy magazine, down from a circulation of 5.6M in 1975 to 800K today, will stop publishing images of naked women in March 2016

Joe Pompeo / Politico:
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