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1:05 PM 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.
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   Google is WRONG On Consumer Privacy
Google ranked 'worst' on privacy
Discussion: Profy.Com
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Bad On Privacy?  Maybe It's Privacy International's Report That Sucks
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:
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Seeks a Deal to Make Movies Available for Rent Via iTunes Service
Greg Sandoval / CNET
MPAA accuses TorrentSpy of concealing evidence  —  The movie studios may have discovered a new and powerful weapon in its war on copyright infringement.  —  The courts have for the first time found that the electronic trail briefly left in a computer server's Random Access Memory (RAM) …
Discussion: TechSpot News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Court Tells TorrentSpy It Needs To Spy On Users
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 …
Brad Hamilton / New York Post:
QUEENS POL BLASTS GOOGLE AS A TERROR RISK  —  A Queens lawmaker is calling on Google to sharpen its focus on security by blurring satellite images of sensitive locations.  —  Assemblyman Mike Gianaris fired off a letter on June 5 to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, asking his company …
Discussion: WebProNews and New York Sun
ComputerworldUK: opts for open source MySQL database  —  Scalebale system incorporates up to 20 database servers  —  Europe's largest online hotel reservation site has selected the MySQL open source database to process tens of thousands of online bookings a day.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:   Doubt no more than mySQL is enterprise class
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 …
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 …
Computex 2007: Philips Takes on AppleTV  —  The AppleTV may have already been hacked to pieces, making it a lot more convenient to us with downloaded files than it is out of the box.  However, for those overly zealous Mac haters, or just those that don't like the idea of having to crack open …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo, Engadget and Gadget Lab
Church wants cash for 'sick' game … LONDON, England (CNN) — Entertainment giant Sony has been branded irresponsible for using a cathedral from a city plagued by gun crime in a violent video game.  —  The Church of England says the company did not seek permission to use the Manchester Cathedral …
Discussion: CrunchGear and
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Awaiting Real Sales From Virtual Shoppers  —  THE seven million or so inhabitants of Second Life, the three-dimensional online world, have spent millions of dollars on digital makeovers, clothing and other goods and services for their avatars.  —  But will the game's players buy anything for themselves?
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.
Xbox 360 Games for Change Challenge  —  New York—Microsoft and Games for Change (G4C) announced a joint commitment to explore new ways to bring together the world of digital gaming with the world of social change at the fourth annual Games for Change Festival at Parsons The New School for Design.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Dog or a Cat?  New Tests to Fool Automated Spammers  —  On the Internet, nobody knows you're a human — until you fill out a captcha.  —  Captchas are the puzzles on many Web sites that present a string of distorted letters and numbers.  These are supposed to be easy for people to read and retype …
Discussion: Slashdot
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's .Mac getting a Google overhaul?  —  Man, is there a Steve Jobs keynote today or something?  Oh, right, the WWDC hype machine is in town.  As such, we've got another tasty rumor to tide you over until things kick off later today.  MacScoop has it that Apple's .Mac is about to get a helpful hand …
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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Marketers Are Joining the Varsity
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Discussion: CrunchGear
Munir Kotadia / CNET
OpenOffice worm Badbunny hops across operating systems
Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:
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China's Sina, Google team up on China services
Dikky Sinn / Associated Press:
Yahoo weighs in on free speech in China
Chris Kohler / Wired News:
Triumph of the Wii: How Fun Won Out in the Console Wars
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Discussion: CNET and Gizmodo
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Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Me.dium Secures $15M Series B - The Dawn of Collaborative Browsing?
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Google Blogoscoped:
Aye YouTube on iGoogle
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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