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1:25 PM ET, May 24, 2007

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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Copying HD DVD and Blu-ray discs may become legal  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they've purchased, a concession by the movie industry that may quell criticism that DRM …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
HD DVD, Blu-ray "Managed Copy" coming later this year  —  The managed copy spec that will allow users to make copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray movies is finally nearing completion.  MPAA head honcho Dan Glickman recently said that the AACS support behind managed copy would be ready before the end of the year …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Direct2Dell:
Dell Offers Three Consumer Systems With Ubuntu 7.04  —  It's finally here.  Later today, Dell will offer U.S customers three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook.  These systems will be available at www.dell.com/open by 4pm CST today.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's Ubuntu Linux machines launching today
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Wal-Mart to begin selling Dell PCs  —  Dell plans to begin selling desktop PCs in Wal-Mart Stores in the next few weeks, the first move in a major departure from its decades-long sales strategy.  —  Wal-Mart plans to sell the Dimension E521 in more than 3,000 retail locations in the United States …
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Wal-Mart to Sell Dell Desktops in Stores this June  —  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Dell, Inc. announce that the two companies will partner to sell Dell Computer desktops in Wal-Mart stores nationwide, beginning June 10, 2007.  The agreement includes the launch to two Dell products offered …
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Flexible, full-color OLED  —  On May 24, Sony unveiled what it is calling the world's first flexible, full-color organic electroluminescent display (OLED) built on organic thin-film transistor (TFT) technology.  OLEDs typically use a glass substrate, but Sony developed new technology …
Discussion: CrunchGear and I4U News
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Mike Yamamoto / CNET News.com:
Sony debuts flexible TV screen  —  Like many other TV makers, Sony has been working on screens made with organic light-emitting diodes for some time to produce paper-thin displays as well as save energy.  But ratcheting up the competition even further, it just unveiled what it calls the world's first flexible version.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Closing the book on Apple's Mac mini  —  Even while at the top of its game, Apple Inc. can seemingly find faults with just about anything, including a bit of itself.  The Mac maker is constantly evaluating the market segments in which it wishes to participate and those which it does not.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Adsense For Video, Google Still Lagging  —  Google has announced a closed beta test of Adsense for Video.  —  According to the post on Inside Adsense, Adsense for Video consists of "in-stream" advertisements.  Publishers define at what point the advertisements will appear for each video.
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Google AdSense Launches In-Stream Video Ad Test
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Make-It-Yourself 'Star Wars'  —  Lucasfilm Will Post Clips  —  From Film Saga on the Web,  —  Inviting Fans to Edit at Will  —  George Lucas, creator of "Star Wars," has never hesitated to protect his intellectual property, which is why some call him "Lucas the Litigator."
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Novell and EFF Team Up to Reform Software Patents  —  Organizations Will Jointly Lobby Governments and International Organizations  —  Novell to Support EFF 'Patent Busting' Initiative  —  San Francisco (Open Source Business Conference) - Novell and the Electronic Frontier Foundation …
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft too busy to name Linux patents
Discussion: TechSpot News
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple and music labels accused of shortchanging artists  —  A fresh class action lawsuit charges Apple's iTunes, major online music shops, and top record labels with performing an end-run around a musician's permission and his royalty payments.  —  Dawg Music, a relatively small label run …
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Google patent app shows extensive Google plans for mobile search  —  A Google Patent application newly published on the United States Patent & Trademark Office website this morning appears to furnish extensive details on Google's plans for enhanced local searches via mobile devices.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
No such thing as a free download  —  It is difficult to grasp how successful the mobile phone industry has become.  People think of it as a sideshow compared to the internet, yet in terms of revenues generated from content, it is already far bigger.  Revenues from the web are about $25bn …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Search without boundaries  —  Posted by Franz Och, Research Scientist; Maureen Heymans, Software Engineer; and Jeff Chin, International Product Manager  —  One of our goals at Google is to provide access to all the world's information.  A big obstacle for that is the language barrier.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches 'Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR)'
Discussion: Profy.Com
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
2006 Online Ad Spending Hits Nearly $17 Billion  —  Online ad revenues continue their upward surge, hitting $16.9 billion in 2006, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau's annual revenue report, released today.  Search ads and dollars from consumer-aimed advertisers still dominate …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
DOG (Distrust/Disdain of Google) moves in  —  Fear Of Google.  FOG.  It's all over the blogs today.  I just got done reading my feeds and here's the posts that have FOG all over them:  —  Mary Jo Foley: Google is failing the Microsoft litmus test.  —  James Robertson: Is Google Big and Stupid Already?
 
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Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
Last Call For Bud.TV  —  Last year, Budweiser announced …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Stops "Did You Mean: He Invented"
Discussion: Infothought
BBC:
Game net distribution 'lift off'
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A Green cell phone
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Courts Notice That CAN SPAM Isn't Supposed To Be A Tool For Individuals
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The OpenCoffee Club Movement
Discussion: Argolon
NOVELL: Worldwide:
Novell Reports Completion of Independent Stock-Based Compensation Review
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What is Web 3.0?  —  My talk went well, and I did talk briefly …
Business Wire:
Jangl Upgrades a Billion Phones Instantly, Adds Ability to Call …
John R. Quain / New York Times:
Basics: Cellphone Banking Is Coming of Age
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: How to Make Your Cellphone Act Like a BlackBerry
 

 
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