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10:05 AM ET, June 3, 2007


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Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
New Imagery for Google Earth - June 2nd!  —  [UPDATED several times]  —  Google has just released new imagery for Google Earth (exit GE and re-load it if you had it turned on over night).  Most of the UK is now in high resolution.  It appears there are many new strips …
RevDanCatt / geobloggers:
Flickr, KML, and a stroll down memory lane.  —  It was just under 2 years ago that I first got my hands on Google Earth, which at the time was called Keyhole.  I'd been running as a site to add geotags to Flickr photos and then plotting them on Google Maps for a few months.
Discussion: Ogle Earth
Rafat Ali /
Amp'd Bankruptcy Filing: Verizon Wireless Largest Creditor With $33 Million  —  Amp'd Mobile's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware has a wealth of info on the company's creditors, and a list of shareholders of the company (we broke the story first here).
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Kevin Rose: Digg Expanding to Images, Restaurant and Product Reviews  —  Update: Now with video!  —  See also: 7 Ways to Stick it to the RIAA  —  On Friday, Kevin Rose spoke via video link at TheNextWeb conference in Amsterdam, outlining Digg's plans for expansion.
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 …
Roy Mark /
Court Rules VoIP Providers Must Pay USF Fees  —  Internet telephone companies like Vonage must contribute to the Universal Service Fund (USF), a federal appeals court ruled Friday afternoon.  If VoIP providers follow the lead of local, long-distance and wireless services that already pay into the USF …
Discussion: VoIP Blog
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.
G. Pascal Zachary / New York Times:
Genius and Misfit Aren't Synonyms, or Are They?  —  THE story of the college dropout who became the world's richest man still has the power to inspire us.  It affirms our deeply engrained view that rejecting the received wisdom (do my own thing!) is a path to creativity and wealth.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Inside the Black Box  —  THESE days, Google seems to be doing everything, everywhere.  It takes pictures of your house from outer space, copies rare Sanskrit books in India, charms its way onto Madison Avenue, picks fights with Hollywood and tries to undercut Microsoft's software dominance.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
TiVo Warns Investors New Open Source License Could Hurt Business  —  Under Linux's GPLv3, expected this summer, TiVo would no longer be able to implement measures it says are essential to protecting copyrighted material.  —  Novell isn't the only company that could be hurt by new license terms likely …
Discussion: TiVo Lovers, and Slashdot
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.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Essay: Usenet, the Original Piracy Hotbed  —  So you think piracy is primarily taking place on BitTorrent, eMule and Gnutella?  Think again.  There is a whole parallel universe out there with people trading huge amounts of DVDs, TV shows, warez and porn.  Three terabytes of new content every single day, to be precise.
Discussion: GigaOM
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, IntoMobile and technabob
Will Greenwald / CNET   More than meets the eye: New, gadgety Transformers
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
My Soul, and 10 Other Things that Google Owns  —  The headlines just don't stop for Google.  But with the now complete acquisition of Feedburner, are there any parts of our online lives that don't reside somewhere within the Googleplex?  Through acquisitions and a few thousands …
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