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2:05 AM ET, May 23, 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
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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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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Guide
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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 …
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 …
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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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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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
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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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
'Electric Slide' Creator Calls Off Online Takedown Campaign  —  Agreement Ends Copyright Threats Over Non-Commercial Use of Popular Dance  —  San Francisco - The man who claims to have created "The Electric Slide" has agreed to call off his online video takedown campaign …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Tech_Space and Joho the Blog
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
'Electric Slide' creator backs down from DMCA claim
Discussion: Techdirt
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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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft funds questionable study attacking GPL 3 draft process
Discussion: Channel 9 and Slashdot
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Google Made 23andMe Do It  —  One downside of taking venture capital from a public company is that the deal can wind up in an 8-K filing.  At that point, startups have two basic choices: Ignore the filing and hope nobody notices, or grudgingly emerge from stealth mode.
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Nortel Strong Arms Open Source Vendor  —  What happens when a VoIP blog (yours truly) writes about the fact that a former Nortel subsidiary (Blade Network Technologies) went looking for a new phone system, chose an open-source Asterisk-based solution from Fonality instead of using Nortel's own PBX …
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.
Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Automatically upload a folder's photos to Flickr  —  I love Flickr, but I'm terrible at uploading pics to my Flickr account.  It's not that there aren't already a lot of great tools for getting photos into Flickr (there are); but I need a way to monitor my pictures folder to upload everything I dump in there.
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