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10:40 PM ET, May 22, 2007

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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  —  Yahoo takes a lot of heat for always playing catch up to its cross-valley rival, Google (GOOG).  But Yahoo did do something back in 2004 that, while small, deserves some credit—it registered the domain name Yahoo.cm.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Message to Michael: Just Say, Well, No.  —  In what I can only describe as a sentimental-veering-toward-weepy riff on the ongoing saga of "Silicon Valley Bubble: The Sequel," TechCrunch blogger Michael Arrington waxes on about the need for a downturn to stop the madness.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Microsoft-funded study finds developers don't want GPL to cover patent deals  —  Microsoft is expending an awful lot of time and energy to try to derail the next version of the Free Software Foundation's General Public License (GPL).  —  On May 22, yet another in a long line …
Discussion: Compiler, BetaNews and Slashdot
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ZDNet:
Microsoft will not sue over Linux patents  —  Microsoft has said it has no immediate plans to sue after alleging patent infringements by open-source vendors.  —  In an official statement emailed to ZDNet UK, Microsoft confirmed that it would not litigate for now.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft funds questionable study attacking GPL 3 draft process
Discussion: Channel 9 and 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.
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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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Gets Trendy  —  Google today launched an improvement to their Trends service, Hot Trends, which lists the top 100 break out searches of each day.  These are not the top searches, but the ones that deviate the most from their normal search pattern.  —  Clicking on a trend leads …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Michigan man arrested for using cafe's free WiFi from his car  —  A Michigan man is being prosecuted for using a cafe's free WiFi... from his car.  Sam Peterson was arrested under a Michigan law barring access to anyone else's network without authorization, according to Michigan TV station WOOD.
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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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   SoundExchange offers olive branch to small webcasters over royalties
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.
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Peter Kaplan / Reuters:   U.S. House approves less stringent anti-spyware bill
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?
USA Today:
AT&T eager to wield its iWeapon  —  The Apple iPhone, due out next month, has been breathlessly hailed as offering consumers the ultimate wireless experience.  —  It also could give AT&T, its exclusive U.S. distributor, the ultimate experience for a wireless carrier: an easy way to handcuff rivals and steal customers.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pandora Goes Mobile, and Sonos, and More
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Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Automatically upload a folder's photos to Flickr
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Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Ritek to start mass producing BD-RE discs
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot News
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Tribler Combines YouTube, BitTorrent, and Last.fm
Discussion: Mashable! and Digital Alchemy
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft trademarks logo for on-demand IPTV service
PC World:
The 100 Best Products of 2007  —  Our editors rank the best PCs …
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Verizon Launches FiOS TV 2.0
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Virtual World Gold Rush?
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Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
AMD Claims Manufacturing is on Time and on Schedule
Discussion: The Tech Report
PC World:
DRM-Free Music Giant EMI Agrees to Takeover
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Symantec-eBay piracy suit settled
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First OpenOffice virus emerges
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