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2:10 PM ET, May 26, 2007


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Declan McCullagh / CNET
Brain-eating zombies invade SF Apple store  —  A horde of decaying zombies invaded San Francisco's downtown Apple store on Friday evening, hunting for brains, terrifying the customers, and gnawing on iMacs.  —  I've placed some photos here.  I'm pleased to report that the zombies ultimately …
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Louise Story / New York Times:
The High Price of Creating Free Ads  —  From an advertiser's perspective, it sounds so easy: invite the public to create commercials for your brand, hold a contest to pick the best one and sit back while average Americans do the creative work.  —  But look at the videos H. J. Heinz is getting on YouTube.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Last.FM Too Slow: Users Create Their Own Facebook Application  — is a seriously popular music service (we've dubbed it a viral machine).  So users are wondering why they are yet to release a Facebook application - competitors like iLike and MOG are the first and fifth most popular applications, respectively.
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"
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Breaking DVD DRM is legal in Finland
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Why 1% of search market share is worth over $1 Billion  —  ComScore released their April 2007 search market share numbers showing that Google increased its market share lead to about 50%.  Yahoo has about 27%, Microsoft 10%, AOL 5%, and has 5%.  That got me thinking.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Experiments With Non-Yahoo Links On Home Page  —  The major Internet portals like Yahoo, AOL, MSN, Google, etc. do not place links on their home page that go anywhere except deeper into the properties.  Advertising is generally the only exception.  —  So it surprised us …
Images: What 'Star Wars' tech is real?  —  Droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are not merely movie stars: they've been inducted into the real-life Robot Hall of Fame at Carnegie Mellon University.  They're also, for trivia buffs, the only characters to appear in (and survive until the end of) all six Star Wars movies.
CNET   The enduring force of 'Star Wars'
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Used to Browse  —  It looks like someone at Apple has started more openly testing the Apple iPhone across web sites, including  —  One reader tipped us off that they had come across iPhone browser identification strings in the Apache logs of their eBay images.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Web 2.0 Button Generator  —  The stripe generator may have helped out those who are unable to place lines side by side, but that left a huge market gap: all those developers and designers who can't figure out how to make a button.  —  Never fear: MyCoolButton is a new Web 2. button generator …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
MedSignals' digital pill box charts your dosage  —  As the field of devices that let caregivers step away and give the elderly more independence expands, it was just a matter of time before digital pill boxes hit the mainstream.  The aptly-dubbed med-minder holds one's pills in separated compartments …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Coolest Gadgets
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 …
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.
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.
Jimmy Guterman / O'Reilly Radar:
Could Open Email Work for You?  —  Recently I had a case of walking pneumonia that quickly turned into flat-on-my-back pneumonia.  The only good thing that came out of it was that I spent a few days away from email.  When I returned, there were the better part of 1,000 missives waiting for me …
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 …
Joshua Greenbaum / Enterprise Anti-matter: 2.0: Criticism and a Refutation  —  Some say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but that's only for those who forget that a good rebuttal - or attempted rebuttal - is quite flattering as well.  Jason Wood, a fellow Enterprise Irregular and blogger …
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