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1:45 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
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft too busy to name Linux patents  —  OSBC First you get everyone riled claiming open source and Linux infringe on your patents, then you won't detail those patents.  Why?  The paperwork.  —  Yes, Microsoft cited administrative overhead for not detailing the 235 Microsoft patents …
Discussion: TechSpot News
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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."
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.
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 …
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?
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
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The OpenCoffee Club Movement  —  The OpenCoffee Club is "a place for people who love startups to hang out and meet" according to their recently launched social site on Ning.com.  From Cork to Capetown, Seattle to Sydney, and Paris to Palo Alto, people are getting together on a weekly basis …
Discussion: Argolon
 
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