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11:45 PM ET, June 1, 2007

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Dick / Burning Questions:
It's True-gle!  —  Unlike the rumor that FeedBurner is nearly code-complete on a multiplayer Wii edition, the blog posts, phone calls and conjecture about our future as part of the Google family tree are now officially true.  —  FeedBurner has been acquired by Google.
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Adding more flare  —  Posted by Susan Wojcicki, VP, Product Management  —  As you know, we're constantly looking for ways to identify and offer new tools for content creators and website publishers.  Likewise, we constantly aim to give AdWords advertisers broader distribution to an even wider audience of users.
Reuters:
Google snaps up media distributor Feedburner  —  Terms of deal for RSS technology pioneer undisclosed; estimates range at about $100 million.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Google Inc. said Friday it is acquiring Feedburner Inc., bolstering the Internet advertising leader's capacity …
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Google buys RSS company FeedBurner
Discussion: Take2
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
ChoicePoint Settles With 44 States in Data Losses  —  Data broker ChoicePoint agreed Thursday to pay $500,000 to 44 states as part of a settlement stemming from a 2005 data breach at the Alpharetta, Ga.-based company.  The breach involved more than 160,000 records.
Discussion: Techdirt and BetaNews
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
ChoicePoint settles with AGs over data theft; Congress twiddles thumbs
Discussion: TechSpot News
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Slacker Snares $40 Million  —  If Last.fm was worth $280 million after raising just $5 million in venture capital, what about a social music company that's raised more than $50 million?  We may soon find out with Slacker Inc.  —  peHUB has learned that San Diego-based Slacker recently raised $40 million …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com and Mashable!
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
Apple spruces up Special Deals section as new Apple Outlet  —  As anyone with dilapidated hardware can tell you, we are perpetually on the lookout for a new machine.  The 800Mhz iBook G4 I'm writing on qualifies as a bit dilapidated in my mind.  My issue is that I have a hard time laying …
Discussion: MacUser
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AppleInsider:
Apple preps MacBook Pro updates, launches online outlet
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Studio CEO: Blockbuster, Best Buy to launch movie download services  —  Best Buy and Blockbuster are both set to enter the growing movie download business—at least that's what Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told a bunch of industry analysts during a conference call yesterday.
Discussion: Mashable!, Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and Engadget
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
CNN Launches New Beta Website  —  This morning, Steve pointed to me to the new beta version of the CNN.com website, which is now available for public testing.  You can view it here and take a guided tour of the new site here.  Following are a few things that jumped out at me:  —  Things I Like
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Spyjax: Your Browser History is Not Private!  —  This is a scary use of ajax: to view the browser history of all your site's visitors.  —  Spyjax exploits a simple feature of all browsers: changing the color of links for sites you've visited.  A piece of javascript on a webpage can view …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Last.fm, CBS' $280 million hedge for its radio biz?  —  Why did CBS decide to spend $280 million to buy Last.fm, a UK-based music community that faces many challengers, and other risks such as the rapidly transforming Internet streaming royalty structure?  A vexing question …
Discussion: Valleywag and Fred Destin
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Nielsen: Ratings drop nonexistent when DVRs are accounted for  —  The proliferation of DVRs has not only affected how many people are reached by television-based advertising, it has also noticeably affected the ratings.  A portion of a new study by Nielsen Media Research from 1,750 homes …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Appeals court ruling upholds Net phone taxes  —  A federal appeals court on Friday largely upheld a requirement that Internet phone companies like Vonage pay taxes into a fund to subsidize rural telephone service, but voice over Internet protocol representatives said the ruling isn't all bad.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Beware of that man between you and your Google Desktop  —  Last month, I wrote a piece about Robert Hansens Mr-T (Master Recon-Tool), a powerful tool that harvests data leaking out of Web browsers.  In the post, I talked about how these types of reconnaissance tools could be combined …
Kyle Pott / Lifehacker:
Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Ubuntu applications  —  Ubuntu 7.04 has quickly become the operating system of choice for millions of people around the world - whether they're Linux newcomers, Windows and Mac defectors or pony-tailed system administrators who wear watches displaying the time in binary.
Discussion: FON Blog and digg
AOL Beta:
AOL Local Search Beta  —  News & Updates  —  Welcome!  —  The AOL Local Search Beta allows you to find a local business or location with AOL Local by following three simple steps:  — Enter a query term, such as PIZZA, a business name or the type of business you're looking for, such as plumbers, in the search field.
Live Search's WebLog:
Live Search Books: Now with In-Copyright Content  —  Today we're delighted to announce the availability of in-copyright book content in the Beta version of Live Search Books!  —  For hundreds of years books have been the repositories for the world's most trusted, authoritative knowledge.
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Webcasters ask appeals court to delay 'Net radio royalty increase
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Shanon Cook / CNN:
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Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Ex-Apple Lawyer Denies SEC Backdating Claims in Court Filing
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Darren Waters / BBC:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Venezuela's counter-revolution won't be televised... but it will be on YouTube
Discussion: CNN, WebProNews and Slashdot
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iTunes 7.2 and the MP3 gotcha
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