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11:15 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.
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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
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 …
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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
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 …
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
DailyTechTalk:
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.
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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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What Does Apple's Steve Jobs Have Up His Sleeve?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and MacRumors
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.
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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
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.
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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, Computerworld and RIA pedia
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 …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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 …
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
CNN:
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: GamePolitics.com
 
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Yvonne Wingett / Arizona Republic:
Gilbert library to be first to drop Dewey Decimal
Discussion: Gadgetopia
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS POWERFUL NOTEBOOKS IN BOLD COLORS
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
First Public View Of Powerset Results
Lia Miller / New York Times:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Dog or a Cat? New Tests to Fool Automated Spammers
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
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Microsoft:
Microsoft, Games for Change Team Up to Encourage Global Problem …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Wi-Fi memory cards coming to cameras
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
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Gizmodo:
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Tumri Advertiser Launched - Aims to be Adsense 2.0
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Dell Quells Critics With Web 2.0 Tack
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Matt / mattwaite.com:
Why (some) journalists should learn (some) code
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
A Few Details of the iPhone Galvanize the Apple Cadre
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