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5:10 AM ET, May 23, 2007

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Financial Times:
Google's goal to organise your daily life  —  Google's ambition to maximise the personal information it holds on users is so great that the search engine envisages a day when it can tell people what jobs to take and how they might spend their days off.  —  Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pandora Goes Mobile, and Sonos, and More  —  Music streaming service Pandora has had its ups and downs over the last two years since launching.  People love to listen to their personalized radio stations that get more and more tailored as you tell it what you like and don't like.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will DRM-free tunes turbocharge music sales?
Discussion: broadstuff
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Music industry offers deal to small Webcasters  —  Facing an outcry over imminent royalty fee increases for Internet radio operators, the music industry body that lobbied for the changes has attempted a peace offering.  —  SoundExchange, the nonprofit group that collects the fees on behalf …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
SoundExchange offers olive branch to small webcasters over royalties
Discussion: Slashdot
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
The Future of Ask.com: Search?  How About Advertising  —  Allen Stern over at CenterNetworks has an interesting post today about Ask.com, in which he lays out his strategy for getting the search engine back on track.  That caught my eye because last night when looking over the latest search data …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Ask.com goes "all in"... and my strategy suggestions to help them fight the beast  —  Update: Josh at Read/WriteWeb dives into my suggestions and offers up some of his own.  —  Also, let me make one thing clear... Ask spending $100 million on this stupid "xxxx hates the algorithm" ad campaign is downright stupid.
Paul Sloan / Business 2.0:
The man who owns the Internet  —  Kevin Ham is the most powerful dotcom mogul you've never heard of, reports Business 2.0 Magazine.  Here's how the master of Web domains built a $300 million empire.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Kevin Ham leans forward, sits up tall, closes his eyes, and begins to type — into the air.
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Paul Sloan / The Key:
Yahoo Outsmarts Google in Cameroon Domain Play
Karen / Official Google Blog:
What's hot today?  —  For more than six years, we have compiled a regular list of popular searches called the Google Zeitgeist.  This has been our way to highlight the sorts of queries people type into the Google search box every day.  More recently, we unveiled Google Trends to show …
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Charles Douglas / The Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone to be available for prepaid users?  —  One thing we know about the Apple iPhone launch, is that we don't really know much.  Today we received a few screen shots that shed some light on one of the major questions regarding the sales of the iPhone — who will be eligible to buy this new dream gadget?
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Proof-of-concept virus gives insight into OpenOffice.org security failings  —  A group of malware developers have produced a proof-of-concept virus that uses OpenOffice macros.  The virus, which is embedded in a specially crafted OpenOffice Draw document, can execute scripts with user-level permissions …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Doubles Maximum Attachment Size to 20 MB  —  Gmail upgraded the maximum attachment size from 10 MB to 20 MB.  Gmail was quite forgiving and you could send more than 10 MB in some cases, but now it's possible to send at least 20 MB in one message.  —  Of course, few mail providers …
Between the Lines:
Media literacy in a media saturated world  —  The question of what becomes of journalism in the age of mass media, in which anyone with an Internet connection can be their own publisher and reach a potential audience of billions with a single click was the subject of a conversation …
Discussion: down the avenue and Scobleizer
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Tribler Combines YouTube, BitTorrent, and Last.fm  —  Ever wondered why the downloads charts of your average Torrent tracker site are so remarkably similar to box office and DVD sales?  Sure, everyone likes Spidey.  But the truth is that it's awfully hard to find niche content on P2P networks.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Pageflakes Targets Groups With Pagecasts  —  Personalized desktop startup Pageflakes has long offered collaborative desktop sharing, allowing users to share pages within a private group, edited by multiple people, or published to the world.  From Wednesday the service gets an overhaul complete …
Discussion: Webware.com, Mashable! and Scobleizer
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
PlentyOfFish Owner Has the Perfect Bait For a Huge Success  —  The headquarters of what may be, on a per-capita basis, the busiest, most profitable site on the entire World Wide Web is on the 16th floor of a brand-new Vancouver building with panoramic views of the nearby Canadian Rockies.
Discussion: The Paradigm Shift
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
House passes more tech-friendly antispyware bill  —  In their third effort to enact a federal law targeting spyware, members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved criminal penalties aimed at anyone implanting certain types of malicious software on computers.
Reuters:
Xbox 360 game add-ons charge ahead  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — New charges for online extras are sharply raising the price serious video gamers pay for Xbox 360 games, a profitable move by Microsoft, but one that could alienate some fans.  —  With more than 6 million users …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Eric Rice
 
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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Sony may sell 80-gig Playstation 3 in US
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Adaptive Blue Releases New Version of Blue Organizer
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Dave Sifry / Technorati:
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Mark Delany / Yodel Anecdotal:
One small step for email, one giant leap for Internet safety
Discussion: CNET News.com and CircleID
Michael E. Kanell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
CNN's online Pipeline will stream for free
Reuters:
Joost hires scouts to lure Hollywood programs
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Chris Brogan / KillerApp.Com:
CONSUMER : FEATURE  —  5 Million Channels and Nothing's On …
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Bradley S. Klapper / Associated Press:
U.S. May Be Target in Gambling Dispute
Josh Goldman / CrunchGear:
Creative Unleashes 2MP Auto-focusing, Plug-N-Play Webcam
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Brian Prince / eWEEK.com:
Proposed National Database Raises Privacy Concerns
Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Automatically upload a folder's photos to Flickr
Discussion: DailyTechRag and digg
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicians weigh renewal of Net access tax ban
PC World:
The 100 Best Products of 2007  —  Our editors rank the best PCs …
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Nortel Strong Arms Open Source Vendor
 

 
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Vice set to raise another $250M from TCV for 10% stake; will end up with one of A&E's channels

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Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
A year after getting acquired, Viki is looking to expand, starting with Bollywood

 
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