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5:50 AM ET, May 26, 2007

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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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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
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Breaking DVD DRM is legal in Finland
Discussion: Techdirt and Gizmodo
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: Download Squad and Neowin.net
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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
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]
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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.
Discussion: Rough Type
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
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 …
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
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!
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.
CNET News.com:
The enduring force of 'Star Wars'  —  The 30th anniversary of the original film's theatrical release unleashes a gush of adoration and geekiness.  —  Three decades after the original film was released, the George Lucas creation is still influencing the tech community and pop culture.
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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
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 and CrunchNotes
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Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
The Top Ten Reasons Why PR Doesn't Work
Discussion: Web Strategy and Dave Donohue
Mauricio Freitas / Geekzone:
Google Calendar moves to mobile  —  Companies are realising that more mobile phones are in use today than computers.  And we see many mobile handsets will full Internet access capabilities being underutilised.  How many people you know are aware that it is possible to install a new application …
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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
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
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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Mark Schilling / Variety Asia Online:
Japanese government urges Internet regulation change
Eric Schine / Business Week:
Faking Out the Fakers  —  Faced with a tidal wave of counterfeit …
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The Death of the Small Guy
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Doc Searls is dead wrong on newspapers
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TED / uncov:
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 …
BBC:
Wi-fi and RFID used for tracking
Discussion: TechFold
Forbes:
Vivendi to launch multimedia site this year to rival YouTube, MySpace - report
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
RIM Plans Wi-Fi BlackBerry (PC World)
Discussion: Gizmodo and dailywireless.org
Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Nudity the Cause for Halo 2 Vista Delay
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Dell goes Ubuntu; "Windows tax" is $50 according to pricing
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Advertising's Brave New World
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