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6:20 PM ET, May 25, 2007


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Constant Brand / Associated Press:
EU data-privacy officials probing Google  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium - An independent European Union panel is investigating whether Google Inc.'s Internet search engine abides by European privacy rules, which tend to be stricter than those in the United States.  —  EU spokesman Pietro Petrucci …
Paul Meller / InfoWorld:   Euro data protection chief backs Google
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Calendar for mobile devices  —  Posted by Devesh Parekh, Software Engineer, Google Calendar team  —  We realize that more people in the world have mobile phones than have computers, and people take their cell phones with them everywhere.  Since one of our main goals on the Calendar team …
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.
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Top 5 (or 6) reasons PR doesn't work. if you're a geek.  —  DISCLAIMER 1: some of my best friends work in PR. really. me too.  —  DISCLAIMER 2: i started out as an engineer, then an entrepreneur, then an internet marketer. i probably still suck at all of them, but since 2001 i've done …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
The Top Ten Reasons Why PR Doesn't Work
Discussion: Web Strategy and Dave Donohue
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone release on June 20th?  [Updated]  —  A number of reader reports and a Google Groups message board posting indicate that CNBC is reporting that the iPhone will be released on the 20th of June. … According to CNBC, the iPhone will be "in stores" on that date.
Discussion: Engadget, Apple Gazette and digg
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Apple Rises After IPhone Media Report
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Datamonitor / Computer Business Review:
Gates and Jobs to share the stage  —  Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Apple chief Steve Jobs will make a rare joint appearance to wax lyrical about their visions of future technologies at the D: All Things Digital conference, which is to be held in Carlsbad, California.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Slashdot: Apple
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.
Brendan Sinclair / CNET
Sony sued over Blu-ray  —  Given its global position as an electronics giant, Sony is quite familiar with patent law and the potential penalties for infringement.  —  Barely three months ago, Sony paid $97 million in damages and interest to Immersion Corporation in a dispute over the rumble functions in Sony's Dual Shock controllers.
Discussion: Macsimum News, Engadget and Slashdot
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Adderton: "I'm Still CEO"  —  Reports of Peter Adderton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.  In an exclusive interview with peHUB, the Amp'd Mobile CEO says that he remains in charge of the company, despite numerous blog reports suggesting otherwise (see here, here, here and my piece from this morning).
comScore Releases April U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly qSearch analysis of activity across competitive search engines.  In April 2007, Google Sites captured 49.7 percent of the U.S. search market, gaining 1.4 share points from the previous month.
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
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Advertising's Brave New World  —  Different Lineup of Players  —  Emerges With Online's Rise  —  For decades, advertising has been a relatively simple process dominated by a clubby world.  Long-established advertising and media-buying agencies, most owned by half a dozen global giants …
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Final Days of Google  —  Back in the 1990s Bill Gates said the company that would eventually beat Microsoft probably had yet to be founded, by which he meant that Microsoft was in such a strong position that only something truly disruptive — a whole new business — would have a chance to unseat Redmond.
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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
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.
Discussion: TechFold
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Legalized Blu-ray, HD DVD Copying Coming Soon  —  Managed copy in the works for HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc  —  One of the biggest arguments against digital rights management (DRM) is that it restricts users from doing what they wish with the media for which they've paid.
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!
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
E-Mail Reply to All: 'Leave Me Alone'
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Vivendi to launch multimedia site this year to rival YouTube, MySpace - report
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Google-Proof PR?  —  Sue Scheff's business, Parents Universal …
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