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5:10 PM ET, May 31, 2007

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BBC:
Online and offline worlds merge  —  Google has launched a tool designed to make it easier for computer users to use online applications offline.  —  One of the key limitations of web services such as e-mail, word processing and calendars, is that they require a net connection to function.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Interview about Google Gears
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
Paul O'Flaherty / O'Flaherty:
Google Gears and Sync Errors
John Paczkowski / D5:
VIDEO: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Highlight Reel  —  A selection of rip-roaring laughs and jokes from the joint interview between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the D5 conference.  —  The complete Steve Jobs and Bill Gates interview videos:  — Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Prologue
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John Paczkowski / D5:
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs … The great Silicon Valley soap opera has come full circle.  Not since Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously interviewed Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates as a possible suitor during the "Macintosh Dating Game" back in 1984 have the two men appeared in a joint bill.
Reuters:
Jobs and Gates share the spotlight
Discussion: Computerworld
Charles Jade / Ars Technica:
Steve and Bill reminisce at D: All Things Digital
Discussion: D: Notebook
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Bombshell from RealNetworks: Rip/Save/Burn "All" Online Video Fomats with New Player...Clips from YouTube and Yahoo Are Easily Downloaded  —  Just a few minutes ago at the "D" conference in Carlsbad, California, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser made a bombshell announcement about a new product from RealNetworks.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
NEWS: Real Networks Takes YouTube (and other Flash) videos offline  —  Real Networks new Real Player now will take YouTube videos offline.  Here's an interview I did with Real's Vice President, Jeff Chasen where he gave me a demo of the new player (coming soon, I'll let you know where it's up).
Donald Bell / CNET News.com:
New RealPlayer allows YouTube video download
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Real Makes Its Video Move: Downloads
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo's Q1 Call: Series3 Lite, Comcast Rollout, Down Under  —  As I've mentioned before, I'm not a financial guy — it just doesn't interest me and early on I decided not to buy or sell TiVo stock given the leaks and embargoed info that comes my way.  Forbes seems to think TiVo posted a …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
TiVo prepping a "mass appeal" HD DVR priced below Series 3  —  Everyone knows that true DVR nirvana requires support for sweet, sweet HD video.  Yet while the cost of HDTVs has dropped sharply in the last 5 years, the cost of getting an HD TiVo up and running has not.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Jaime Schopflin / emigroup.com:
EMI Music, Google and YouTube strike milestone partnership  —  Fans to have on-demand access to videos from EMI Music's roster of artists on YouTube  —  EMI Music - one of the world's leading global music companies, Google and YouTube, the leader in online video - today announced …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
YouTube, EMI sign breakthrough licensing pact  —  update Google struck a deal with EMI Group on Thursday that will allow it to show the record label's collection of music videos and artist performances on YouTube.  —  In addition, EMI said it will work with YouTube parent company Google …
Linux-Watch.com:
Highly flexible Fedora 7 Linux arrives  —  On May 31, Red Hat's sponsored and community supported open source Fedora Project released the latest version of its distribution: Fedora 7.  Besides being a cutting edge Linux distribution, it features a new build capability that enables users to create their own custom distributions.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Fedora 7 released
Discussion: Compiler
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Mass deletion sparks LiveJournal revolt  —  Thousands of LiveJournal customers are rebelling against the company's recent decision to censor hundreds of sex-themed discussion groups, a broad swath that has led to the removal of literary critiques and fan-written fiction about Harry Potter.
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Between the Lines:
D5: YouTubers and Viacom CEO weigh in on copyrights  —  Before coming on stage at the D conference, a cute video about the making of YouTube was shown, where co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are talking about coming up with a business idea while they are eating huge burritos, and how they wish their friends could watch them eat.
Discussion: D5, The Next Net and Webware.com
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
'Spam King' suspect seized  —  Feds say arrest may lead to sharp drop in illegal e-mail  —  The Seattle man is accused of illegally clogging the planet's inboxes with billions of illegal e-mails using hijacked computer networks.  —  You've probably heard from him, federal authorities say.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia outs midrange 6500 in slider and candybar flavors  —  It may not be the biggest news today out of Espoo, but Nokia has brought out a pair of very capable midrange handsets — so capable, in fact, that we're kinda surprised Nokia is voluntarily using the term "midrange" to describe them.
Tina Wood / Channel 10:
Microsoft Data Centers - getting bigger and better  —  I sit down with Michael Manos the senior director of Data Center Services here at Microsoft.  Microsoft is building some massive facilities in various places around the world.  It houses everything from Live to Hotmail.  Can you imagine a building 1.3 miles big?
Alyssa / Official Google Checkout Blog:
Look, Ma — no wires!  —  Since launching Checkout last summer, we've been working hard to extend it to new merchants and buyers.  Last month, for example, we took a big step forward by making Checkout available to merchants in the UK.  Now we're taking our first step toward making Checkout available on a whole new platform: mobile.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Will music industry dance again to Apple's tune?  —  news analysis Apple has plunged into uncharted waters by stripping security software off some of its music.  —  Never before has Apple sold songs without attaching antipiracy software—the digital rights management systems that prevent file sharing and are hated by many music fans.
 
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Brian Prince / eWEEK.com:
F-Secure Patches Flaws in Products
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The New Portals: It's the Bread, Not the Peanut Butter
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Court Rules Against Linden Lab Terms of Service
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Mahalo Is Hawaiian for Useless
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Toby Lewis / Business Week:
Mobile Game Tunes Need Some Oomph
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Studies: music industry overstating threat of P2P piracy
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
Lenovo Debuts Thinkpad X61 Tablet PCs
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Ad-Sales Plan Gets Breath of Air From Oxygen
Associated Press:
Maxis unveils cell phone money transfer
George Ou:
Why HD movie downloads are a big lie
Discussion: Technovia
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
AP steps up online copyright protection
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