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11:55 AM 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.
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).
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: Take2
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Google snaps up media distributor Feedburner
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 …
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 …
Haochi / Googlified:
SketchUp Update Blog  —  SketchUp now has its own blog!  The new blog is aimed to provide SketchUp users more up-to-date information than their traditional monthly email newsletter, SketchUpdate.  It will include pictures, videos, and links to interesting models in the 3D Warehouse …
 
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Amazing mystery of the new AACS key leak
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Man punished for using open Wi-Fi network
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google Gears: I've seen it all before
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
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Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
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Apple spruces up Special Deals section as new Apple Outlet
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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
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Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Ex-Apple Lawyer Denies SEC Backdating Claims in Court Filing
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