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10:40 AM ET, June 11, 2007


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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Why I disagree with Privacy International  —  Sigh.  Google as a company takes privacy very seriously.  I personally feel strongly about protecting our users' privacy.  So I'm frustrated by a recent study that Privacy International did, and I want to know if I'm off-base in my reaction.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Bad On Privacy?  Maybe It's Privacy International's Report That Sucks  —  It's a bad privacy day for Google, with Privacy International first accusing the company of having the worst privacy performance of any internet service company in a study it has just released and then accusing Google …
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Google is WRONG On Consumer Privacy  —  Matt Cutts comes to the Google rescue, again.  This time, however, he seeks to rehabilitate Google before the world's citizens rather than before the Internet's Webmasters.  Cutts tackles not cheery "Gadgets, Google and SEO" today, but an ominous "Big Brother" Google.
BBC:   Google ranked 'worst' on privacy
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Seeks a Deal to Make Movies Available for Rent Via iTunes Service  —  Apple Inc. is in talks with the Hollywood studios to make new movies available for rental for its iTunes service, according to two studio executives familiar with the matter.  —  The rental service is being pitched aggressively …
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Hollywood studios in video talks with Apple  —  Apple is in advanced talks with Hollywood's largest movie studios about launching an online film rental service to challenge cable and satellite TV operators.  —  The service could be significant for Apple.  If it signs enough studios …
Los Angeles Times:
Movie studios fear the sequel to iPod  —  They see risk that new Apple TV signals effort to control distribution.  —  Some movie fans hope Apple TV will do for Internet video what the iPod did for digital music.  —  That's precisely what some Hollywood executives are afraid of.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Apple plots a DVD player for the broadband era
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:   Apple gets head start in online rental
Erik Kennedy / Ars Technica:   Apple reportedly working on downloadable movie rentals
Jay Fortner / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Apollo is now Adobe AIR  —  Adobe has just unveiled the official name of its much talked about Adobe Apollo product: Adobe Integrated Runtime, or Adobe AIR for short.  Adobe is also announcing a beta version of the runtime, which will include Ajax and HTML support.
Adobe Labs:
Adobe Flex  —  Adobe® Flex™ 3 is a cross platform, open source framework for creating rich Internet applications that run identically in all major browsers and operating systems.  —  This page provides a summary of the Flex-related prerelease products, experimental technologies …
Discussion: PC World, RIA pedia and Computerworld
Wall Street Journal:
GE, Microsoft Discussed Buying Dow Jones  —  General Electric Co. and Microsoft Corp. were in discussions in recent weeks to combine Dow Jones & Co. with some portions of GE's NBC Universal, parrying a bid by News Corp., but the two sides couldn't reach an agreement, according to people briefed on the discussions.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
NBC Studied Dow Jones Bid With Microsoft  —  General Electric's NBC unit and Microsoft explored making a joint bid for Dow Jones but decided against it a week ago, a person close to NBC and Microsoft said yesterday.  —  No rival has yet stepped up to compete with Rupert Murdoch's $5 billion bid …
Discussion: BloggingStocks and parislemon
Exact Keynote Transcript for WWDC07 [UPDATED]  —  In a last minute find, I happened across a German site that has an outline of tomorrow's play by play of Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote.  The text has some issues when I performed the translation but I've copied it in the "Full Story" section and made some changes to make it easier to read.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Intensifies Microsoft Fight  —  Google Inc. has told state and federal antitrust authorities that Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating-system software puts rivals at a disadvantage in violation of Microsoft's antitrust settlement.  —  Google's complaints center on desktop search …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google launches antitrust complaint against Vista's desktop search
Microsoft, Games for Change Team Up to Encourage Global Problem-Solving Through Digital Gaming  —  Inventive partnership signals new momentum behind concept of games as social change agent.  —  Microsoft Corp. and Games for Change (G4C) today announced a joint commitment to explore new ways …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Hollywood's YouTube frustration grows  —  news analysis Google and its YouTube subsidiary are trying Hollywood's patience.  —  The search engine has made significant progress in recent weeks signing content partnership deals for YouTube.  But a growing number of studio executives …
Helen Chernikoff / Reuters:
Desk jockeys can cool off or heat up with C2 device  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. wants to let cooler heads prevail when it comes to the often-heated issue of how hot or cold offices should be.  —  Herman Miller is launching a $300 desktop heating …
Google Blogoscoped:
Aye YouTube on iGoogle  —  What's happening?  —  From YouTube's blog:  —  Aye YouTube on iGoogle  —  Interested in being able to watch YouTube videos from your iGoogle homepage( How about the ability to search YouTube from this very same gadget?  If you don't yet have an iGoogle homepage it's easy to get started.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Wi-Fi memory cards coming to cameras  —  Think of it as point, shoot and post.  —  In the fall, start-up Eye-Fi plans to release Secure Digital memory cards with integrated Wi-Fi chips.  With the card, digital cameras will be able to automatically send photos to home PCs or to photo-sharing Web sites.
Discussion: Vecosys
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