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11:45 PM ET, May 25, 2007

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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
European officials question Google's privacy policy  —  A European Commission advisory group has raised concerns about how Google uses and manages users' search data.  —  A privacy advisory group composed of representatives from all of the European Union countries sent Google …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Constant Brand / Associated Press:   EU data-privacy officials probing Google
BBC:
Google queried on privacy policy
Discussion: Digital Daily and Financial Times
Paul Meller / InfoWorld:   Euro data protection chief backs Google
Mikko / Oikeuden edessä:
Finnish court rules CSS protection used in DVDs "ineffective"  —  Below is the press release we sent and here's more detailed analysis of the case and its potential implications.  —  Helsinki May 25, 2007  —  Turre Legal  —  Free for publication immediately  —  Finnish court rules CSS protection used in DVDs "ineffective"
Discussion: Techdirt, Gizmodo and Slashdot
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Finland court: Breaking "ineffective" copy protection is permissible  —  The Helsinki District Court has dealt another blow to CSS, the copy-protection scheme used in commercial DVDs.  In a ruling issued today, the court found that CSS is "ineffective" as a form of DRM and that the two defendants cited …
Discussion: TechSpot News
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Apple Rises After IPhone Media Report  —  Apple Shares Rise Following Media Report That IPhone Will Be Launched June 20  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Apple Inc. rose Friday after a media report stated the company's much-anticipated iPhone will be released June 20.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone release on June 20th? [Updated]
Discussion: Engadget, Apple Gazette and digg
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Apple confirms MySpace ban in retail stores  —  In New York City, you can go to the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in midtown 24 hours a day, seven days a week and browse the Web from the Macs on display.  But due to a new Apple regulation, you can no longer access MySpace.com.
Woodrow / The Ponderings of Woodrow:
Josh Greenbaum's Misbegotten Prognostications  —  Josh Greenbaum is a curmudgeon (and a fellow Enterprise Irregular).  I don't think I'm speaking out of school here, in fact I would hasten to say he probably wears that badge with pride.  Like many curmudgeons, much of his perspective …
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Joshua Greenbaum / Enterprise Anti-matter:
Salesforce.com/Siebel 2.0: Criticism and a Refutation
BBC:
Wi-fi and RFID used for tracking  —  Wireless tracking systems could be used to protect patients in hospitals and students on campuses, backers of the technology said.  —  The combination of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and wi-fi allows real-time tracking of objects or people inside a wireless network.
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Nancy Gohring / PC World:
RIM Plans Wi-Fi BlackBerry (PC World)
Discussion: Gizmodo and dailywireless.org
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Google Calendar Gets Mobile  —  If there was an award for "Best Google Service That Not That Many People Think About When They Think About Google," it might well go to Google Calendar.  It's just plain well done, with a slick and simple interface and plenty of features.
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Microsoft sues alleged stock scammers  —  (InfoWorld) - Hoping to tackle the growing problem of pump-and-dump stock scams Microsoft has quietly filed lawsuits against at least three alleged perpetrators who it says used its MSN Hotmail networks to promote stocks.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Exclusive Pix+Vid: New NETGEAR Skype Wifi Phone  —  As I've written before, (guest) blogging has its priveleges.  While at NETGEAR's HQ last week interviewing employees for the blog, the company's CEO, Patrick Lo, walked in and pulled from his pocket the still-in-development 2nd-generation WiFi Skype Phone!
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Here Comes Zonbox - the $99 Zero-Emission, Linux Computer That's "as simple to use as a Mac"  —  The revolutionary Zonbox - the $99, ultra low-power, zero-emission Linux computer from Zonbu, is sure to be all the rage when it's launched next month.  The computer is a fanless 1.2MHz platform …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Doc Searls is dead wrong on newspapers  —  I have a lot of respect for Doc Searls — he's been at this whole blogging/social media thing a lot longer than I have, and he is a thoughtful and sincere guy.  He also sent me a high-res copy of some of his sunset photos after I saw them on his blog, and for that I am grateful.
Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Nudity the Cause for Halo 2 Vista Delay  —  UPDATE - Microsoft reps have told Next-Gen the real reason for the Halo 2 Vista delay: partial nudity—specifically someone's backside in the game's map editor, the Entertainment Software Rating Board added today.  —  In an e-mail statement sent …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Opens Up Its 'Platform' To Everyone  —  "Facebook is the anti-MySpace" and "Facebook is a new type of "Web 2.0" portal" are some of the things that were and are being said yesterday and today about the social network's new "Facebook Platform" initiative.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Intel: Software needs to heed Moore's Law  —  SAN FRANCISCO—After years of delivering faster and faster chips that can easily boost the performance of most desktop software, Intel says the free ride is over.  —  Already, chipmakers like Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are delivering processors …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Ben Ames / PC World:
OLPC Seeks Educational Games for XO Laptop  —  "Game Jam" contest on June 8 will challenge developers to produce fun, educational software for the OLPC.  —  The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Project is asking software coders to develop free, open-source educational computer games for the XO laptop …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Joystiq
Inside AdSense:
Make room for new video ad formats  —  This week marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of click-to-play video ads.  To that end, we thought it'd be fitting to introduce three new members of our click-to-play video ads family: the 728x90 Leaderboard, the 120x600 Skyscraper, and the 160x600 Wide Skyscraper.
Discussion: Googlified and Digital Inspiration
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
The Death of the Small Guy  —  There is a powerful process at work in internet retailing that I call normalization.  By this, I am referring to the tendency of markets to gravitate to a state where the profits go to the companies that deserve them while inferior companies fail.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Dell goes Ubuntu; "Windows tax" is $50 according to pricing  —  When Dell put up its IdeaStorm community-feedback site, the company was surprised by the strong response in favor of shipping personal computers with Linux.  The PC company then announced that it would offer Ubuntu Linux on select systems …
Discussion: Techdirt and TechSpot News
 
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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Gates and Jobs to share the stage
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Apple fixes 17 Mac OS X flaws
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comScore Releases April U.S. Search Engine Rankings
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E-Mail Reply to All: 'Leave Me Alone'
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Yoono: Yooseless  —  I woke up this morning and thought …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Valleywag
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The audience network  —  CBS continues to extend its notion …
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Top 5 (or 6) reasons PR doesn't work. if you're a geek.
Forbes:
Vivendi to launch multimedia site this year to rival YouTube, MySpace - report
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Google-Proof PR?  —  Sue Scheff's business, Parents Universal …
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Sony sued over Blu-ray
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Advertising's Brave New World
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