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3:40 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.
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.
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 …
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Time to Write the FCC  —  Within the next month the Federal Communications Commission is very likely to issue final regulations governing the auction of valuable 700MHz spectrum, which, by law, must start at the beginning of 2008.  Now's the last chance to have a voice in this process and it's worth taking a minute to respond.
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, Joystiq and technabob
Will Greenwald / CNET
More than meets the eye: New, gadgety Transformers  —  The Transformers are hitting the big screen this July 4, and that means a whole lot of merchandising going on.  Among the hordes of Transformers toys are Hasbro's Real Gear Transformers, a series of toy electronics that turn into robots.
Associated Press:
The Google 'ick' factor … SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Google Inc. bills the latest twist on its online maps as "Street View," but it looks a bit like "Candid Camera" as you cruise through the panorama of pictures that captured fleeting moments in neighborhoods scattered across the country.
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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
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.
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. recently caught up with Alkio to discuss the security landscape, how governments should handle hackers, the need for a dot-bank domain name …
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.
Second Life Server Code to Stay Closed Longer  —  Many developers have been eagerly awaiting Linden Lab to make good on their stated intention to release the Second Life server code to the Open Source community for some time now.  According to Ginsu Yoon, Linden Lab's VP business affairs however …
Discussion: and Technovia
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
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 …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and Take2
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Slacker Snares $40 Million  —  If 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 …
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