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12:05 PM ET, June 2, 2007

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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
For Pornographers, Internet's Virtues Turn to Vices  —  The Internet was supposed to be a tremendous boon for the pornography industry, creating a global market of images and videos accessible from the privacy of a home computer.  For a time it worked, with wider distribution and social acceptance driving a steady increase in sales.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Hasbro unveils Real Gear Transformers based on real life gadgets  —  Those of you not able to bust out your cardboard box Optimus Prime costume and make a scene at your local theaters next month when the new Transformers movie hits can at least comfort yourselves with the most amazing onslaught …
Discussion: TechEBlog and technabob
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Kevin Rose: Digg Expanding to Images, Restaurant and Product Reviews  —  Update: Now with video!  —  On Friday, Kevin Rose spoke via video link at TheNextWeb conference in Amsterdam, outlining Digg's plans for expansion.  The good news is that they plan to add images - one of the most demanded features.
Discussion: franticindustries and parislemon
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The Next Web Conference happened today in Amsterdam.  It was a one day event hosted by Scott Rafer of MyBlogLog fame and was a mix of presentations from startups and keynotes from various people in the industry.  Marc Canter from Broadband Mechanics and Jeff Clavier a VC from the valley assumed the role of …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Smart Mobs
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Hanging out in the Zoho data center  —  I am here in the Zoho data center.  I'm hanging out with Kris of Zooomr.  We're working on getting Zooomr back up.  I am entertaining the hoardes that are hanging out in the chat room.  —  He is working on getting Zooomr back up.  The machines are coming back up.
Discussion: Channel 9 and Zoli's Blog
Valleywag:
Stats: Yahoo's disappearing management team  —  When we checked Yahoo's management page, we noticed yet another missing face: Lars Rabbe, the Sunnyvale internet company's chief information officer.  Without much fanfare, he's moved over to Intuit, the financial software maker.
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 …
SecurityFocus:
Zero-day sales not "fair" — to researchers  —  Two years ago, Charles Miller found a remotely exploitable flaw in a common component of the Linux operating system, and as many enterprising vulnerability researchers are doing today, he decided to sell the information.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Hugo Chavez coming out with his own PC?  —  Hugo Chavez, the cartoonish, combative leader of Venezuela, wants to come out with his own PC that he will then distribute to citizens in the region, according to sources in the PC industry who have been contacted by Venezuelan officials.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Apple criticized for embedding names, e-mails in songs  —  It used to be that music fans believed cryptic messages about Satan or the death of a band member were hidden within rock albums.  —  Nowadays, the secrets buried in digital music are way too easy to find, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Will Sturgeon / ZDNet:
F-Secure CEO: There's more malware than ever  —  Kimmo Alkio, CEO of F-Secure, recently rejoined the antivirus vendor from fellow Finnish company Nokia. silicon.com recently caught up with Alkio to discuss the security landscape, how governments should handle hackers, the need for a dot-bank domain name …
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Google buys RSS company FeedBurner  —  Google has acquired another medium for its advertising engine by purchasing FeedBurner, a company that distributes syndicated content for blogs and other media Web sites, the companies said Friday.  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed …
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Google snaps up media distributor Feedburner
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Polls Launches Tonight: Marketing Research Paradise  —  Facebook just launched a new product tonight called Facebook Polls - look for a link in the bottom navigation area next to "Advertising" on any Facebook page.  —  This is an advertising product that is designed to generate revenue.
Discussion: parislemon
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 …
 
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Darius Wey / Pocket PC Thoughts:
Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 On Its Way
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Amazing mystery of the new AACS key leak
Haochi / Googlified:
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Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
Man punished for using open Wi-Fi network
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google Gears: I've seen it all before
Discussion: larry borsato
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
There Is A Rock Paper Scissors World Championship
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Spyjax: Your Browser History is Not Private!
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Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
Apple spruces up Special Deals section as new Apple Outlet
Discussion: MacUser
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Next-gen console sales healthy at HMV
Discussion: Joystiq
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
ChoicePoint Settles With 44 States in Data Losses
Discussion: Techdirt and BetaNews
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Webcasters ask appeals court to delay 'Net radio royalty increase
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Appeals court ruling upholds Net phone taxes
Shanon Cook / CNN:
Man builds a living out of LEGO
Discussion: MethodShop
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Ex-Apple Lawyer Denies SEC Backdating Claims in Court Filing
Discussion: MacUser and CNET News.com
 

 
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