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5:40 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 …
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 …
Wal-Mart Facts:
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 …
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sarbanes-Oxley Audit Rules To Ease; Bad For IT Spending; Good For Corporate Earnings  —  One of the under-appreciated drivers of IT spending in the last few years has been Sarbanes-Oxley.  While there is much complaining in Corporate America about the costs of compliance …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Todd Watson
Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
Who Are The Losers In SEC's SarbOx Rule Change?
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 by 4pm CST today.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's Ubuntu Linux machines launching today  —  There's still no press release but those three Dell's running Ubuntu are just minutes away from donning their direct-sales wings according to Dell's official Direct2Dell site.  Just like we heard, the three rigs available for the Linux pre-load include …
Discussion: Compiler, Channel 9 and Forever Geek
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 researchers developed new technology …
Mike Yamamoto / CNET
Sony debuts flexible TV screen
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Why Are CC Numbers Still So Easy To Find?  —  Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton gives the full-disclosure treatment to the widely known and surprisingly simple technique for finding treasure-troves of credit card numbers online.  He points out how the credit-card companies …
Discussion: Consumerist
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.
The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Kaiser Unboxing  —  Remember the exciting news from last evening?  Here it is!  As you can imagine, we've seen our share of devices here at BGR, and I personally have combed through almost all.  Let's start it off like this...the HTC Kaiser is the best darn Pocket PC I have ever used!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM alliance will take the fight with Intel down to 32nm  —  IBM has announced that its Common Platform partners have signed on to extend their chip fabrication technology development agreements through 2010.  So IBM, Chartered, Samsung, Infineon, and Freescale will all be working together …
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  From Cork to Capetown, Seattle to Sydney, and Paris to Palo Alto, people are getting together on a weekly basis …
Discussion: AccMan, seattleduck and digg
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 …
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