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11:40 PM ET, June 15, 2007

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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Record exec to academic: stop criticizing us or I'll tell your university  —  Andrew Dubber, who is on faculty at the University of Central England, blogged a link to a story critical of RIAA lawsuits.  Paul Birch, a British record exec who sits on the boards of the BPI and IFPI …
Discussion: TorrentFreak and digg
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Record Exec: Experts Cannot Criticize Our Strategies  —  from the say-what?  dept  —  If you want to see just how confused recording industry execs are these days, go read this exchange between Andrew Dubber and Paul Birch (via Boing Boing).  Dubber is a lecturer at the University …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
New Music Strategies:
An IFPI & BPI Board Member Writes...  In the context of a blog about the online music world, I thought you might be interested in an email exchange I've had this evening with a board member of both the IFPI and the BPI.  —  I've had an email conversation with Paul Birch of Revolver Records this evening.
p2pnet:
IFPI board member threatens blogger
Discussion: I, Platform
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:   An open response to an IFPI board member
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook's app feeding frenzy  —  NEW YORK—At Wednesday night's Facebook Developer Meetup, the mood could be summed up by the appearance of a clean-cut young entrepreneur who had written "I NEED AN APP" in thick black marker on his name tag.  —  His Web endeavor hadn't even gone live yet …
CNET News.com:   Waste your workday away with Facebook Platform apps
Om Malik / GigaOM:
CellCarriers fear mobile VoIP planet  —  Why is T-Mobile UK blocking calls to mobile VoIP start-up Truphone?  —  Mobile carriers are scared of one thing: becoming dumb pipes whose only utility is to carry voice and text.  And it is one of the reasons why they are fighting tooth and nail …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Reuters:   Orange France sold over 250,000 Unik phones
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
T-Mobile-UK To VoIP- "My Aim Is Tru (phone)"
Discussion: Darla Mack and LucaFiligheddu.com
Claude Brodesser-Akner / AdAge:
Michael Moore's 'Sicko' Leaked Onto Web  —  Every Movie Marketer's Worst Nightmare Becomes Grim Reality for Weinstein Company  —  LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) — Michael Moore's new documentary "Sicko" has been pirated and is now widely available for download on peer-to-peer content sites like www.thepiratebay.org.
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Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Pirates nab Michael Moore's yet-to-be released doc
Discussion: Techdirt
Avvo Blog:
Defending Avvo's Right to Provide Information and Guidance to Consumers  —  I would like to respond to the class action lawsuit filed against Avvo today.  —  Avvo.com is designed to give consumers information and guidance to choose the right attorney.  There is very little guidance available …
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Ben Popken / Consumerist:
Backend: Dell Demands Takedown Of Our "22 Confessions Of A Former Dell Sales Manager"  —  subject Posting by former Dell employee  —  Please remove the posting located at the following link:  —  http://consumerist.com/consumer/ insiders/22-confessions-of-a-former- dell-sales-manager-268831.php
Chris Remo / shacknews.com:
Valve Confirms Episode Two, Team Fortress 2 Launch Date  —  Last night, Valve representatives confirmed to Shacknews that the studio's upcoming trio of Source-powered games will ship for all announced platforms on October 9, 2007.  The suite, sold at retail and through Valve's Steam download service …
The Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone launch deets  —  Have you been sitting at home alone, trying to figure out what the heck is going to happen June 29th?  Should you camp out in the store and then hijack the FedEx delivery guy?  Probably not.  But we do have some exciting bits of information surrounding the day the iPhone will be released.
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
BlogHer, site for female bloggers, said to get money from Venrock  —  BlogHer, a site that aims to popularize blogs by women, has raised its first round of capital from Silicon Valley firm, Venrock.  —  We're not sure of the amount.  The company has declined comment, [as has Venrock] …
Wall Street Journal:
Pearson Weighs Dow Jones Bid  —  Financial Times publisher Pearson PLC has been trying in recent weeks to recruit partners to pursue a possible bid for Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  A formal offer is viewed as a long shot, according to these people.
The Boy Genius Report:
Sidekick RAZR, and Sidekick Slide surface  —  Yeah, we know it's madness out there right now with information floating up more ways than a spilled oil tanker, but wouldn't you rather hear everything, than hear nothing?  We hope so, because one of our main guys has delivered a Sidekick knock out punch, so to speak!
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Internet Crime Complaint Center:
The Internet Crime Complaint Center Hits 1 Million!  —  Fairmont, WV - The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has logged its 1 millionth consumer complaint about alleged online fraud or cyber crime.  The 1 millionth complaint hit the IC3 system on June 11th, 2007 at 01:26 PM.
Discussion: Computerworld and BetaNews
 
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Tony Pierce / LAist:
LA DirecTV Customers Can Now Get NY's WNBC, Experience NBC's …
Discussion: Digital Trends and digg
Tom Robertson / Microsoft Corporation:
Choice  —  Users Get to Decide their Document Formats
Discussion: CNET News.com
USA Today:
Free 411 service goes after rivals for license fees
Mike Weiss / San Francisco Chronicle:
How victim snared ID thief
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New bill would create family tier, extend indecency standards to cable
Discussion: Slashdot
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Screenshots! Mac OS X Leopard
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Yahoo! fixes bug that gave free rein to user accounts
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Poll: 9 percent of cell phone users want iPhone
Discussion: Gear Live
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Firefox is on Steve Jobs' hit list!
Discussion: Windows Connected and BetaNews
Darren Murph / Engadget:
VRX's triple-screen racing simulator uses Xbox 360 Elite
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News.com
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Canada Is Hollywood's Fastest Growing Market. …
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Web angel investor on the lookout for another big winner
Paul Sweeting / ContentAgenda.com:
MPAA, others call for new anti-piracy laws
Discussion: Techdirt and Consumerist
Sydney Morning Herald:
iPods to blame for total eclipse of the art, says Hockney
 

 
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