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5:25 PM ET, May 26, 2007

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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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Last.FM Too Slow: Users Create Their Own Facebook Application  —  Last.fm 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.
Discussion: MediaCritiq, GigaOM and Business Week
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Initial Thoughts on the Facebook Platform  —  Earlier this week, there were a flurry of blog posts about the announcement of the Facebook platform.  I've taken a look at the platform and it does seem worthy of the praise that has been heaped on it thus far.  —  What Facebook has announced is their own version of a widget platform.
Discussion: VCMike's Blog and TechCrunch
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 Ask.com has 5%.  That got me thinking.
Discussion: comScore
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: Podcasting News
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Breaking DVD DRM is legal in Finland
Discussion: Techdirt and Gizmodo
Ben Goldacre / Bad Science:
Wi-Fi Wants To Kill Your Children  —  Won't somebody, please, think of the children?  Three weeks ago I received my favourite email of all time, from a science teacher.  "I've just had to ask a BBC Panorama film crew not to film in my school or in my class because of the bad science …
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 …
Ben Ames / PC World:
OLPC Seeks Educational Games for XO Laptop (PC World)  —  The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Project is asking software coders to develop free, open-source educational computer games for the XO laptop, continuing its push toward a September launch date.  —  OLPC on Thursday offered a laptop prize …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Used to Browse MacRumors.com?  —  It looks like someone at Apple has started more openly testing the Apple iPhone across web sites, including MacRumors.com.  —  One reader tipped us off that they had come across iPhone browser identification strings in the Apache logs of their eBay images.
Discussion: Blackfriars' Marketing and digg
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 …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
CNET News.com:
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.
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CNET News.com:   The enduring force of 'Star Wars'
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: Coolest Gadgets
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 …
Discussion: Fortune
Mark Schilling / Variety Asia Online:
Japanese government urges Internet regulation change  —  TOKYO — Seeking to promote Internet distribution of TV content, a government panel has recommended that regs be changed to allow webcasts without first getting permissions from all rights holders.  —  The panel, the Intellectual …
 
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Maps "Street View" to be launched at Where 2.0?
broadbandreports.com:
Software That Can See Who You Are  —  Is Microsoft becoming a PI?
Discussion: Digital Destiny
Joshua Greenbaum / Enterprise Anti-matter:
Salesforce.com/Siebel 2.0: Criticism and a Refutation
 Earlier Items: 
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Microsoft sues alleged stock scammers
Inside AdSense:
Make room for new video ad formats
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Digg API Visualization Contest Delivers Apollo Powered Applications
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Here Comes Zonbox - the $99 Zero-Emission, Linux Computer That's …