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6:50 PM ET, June 1, 2007


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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.
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 …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
It's Official: Google Buys Feedburner
Discussion: CenterNetworks and UNEASYsilence
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
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Street Views: Creepy But Not Illegal  —  The blogosphere has been chewing on an intriguing new offering by Google's mapping service, Street Views, and debating whether the images created by the option violate privacy.  It all started when a woman pointed out that Street vVews, which …
Erica Ogg / CNET
MLB aims brushback pitch at Slingbox  —  news analysis One high-and-inside pitch can be harmless in baseball, but two in a row is a strongly worded message.  —  This week Major League Baseball lobbed its second brushback pitch at Slingbox, reiterating its stance that the young company is misusing its content.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
New AACS "fix" hacked in a day  —  The ongoing war between content producers and hackers over the AACS copy protection used in HD DVD and Blu-ray discs produced yet another skirmish last week, and as has been the case as of late, the hackers came out on top.
Anne Broache / CNET
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:, CBS' $280 million hedge for its radio biz?  —  Why did CBS decide to spend $280 million to buy, 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
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.
Social Media Analytics' Keibi Raises $6M  —  Last year Keibi Technologies' Paul Remer was General Counsel at photo social network Piczo.  He says that while users generated content Piczo was fantastic, it was hard to process.  So Remer launched a startup to help companies understand and manage their communities.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Web Strategy and Mashable!
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
A Tale Of Two Cultures  —  Last week I had the opportunity to present some very preliminary results from our Chinese eye tracking study to a Chinese audience at Search Engine Strategies Xiamen.  We're still going over the results and preparing a final report, the highlights of which I'll cover in this column in a few weeks.
Discussion: Insider Reports Feed
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.
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Venezuela's counter-revolution won't be televised... but it will be on YouTube  —  When YouTube CEO Chad Hurley told a Congressional committee that his company "advances democracy," perhaps this was the sort of thing he had in mind.  —  An opposition Venezuelan television station whose broadcast license …
Discussion: CNN, WebProNews and Slashdot
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Josh Friedman / Los Angeles Times:
Lions Gate is investigating 'Hostel' pre-release piracy
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CNN Launches New Beta Website
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