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4:15 AM ET, July 7, 2007


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PRESS RELEASE: Swedish Police Shuts Down Pirate Bay - Again  —  Inskrivet av Nyhetsgruppen 6 juli, 2007  —  This Friday, it became known that the Swedish Police Board will shut down The Pirate Bay, the popular file sharing site, by classifying it as a child pornography site in the blocklist that Swedish Internet Providers respect.
Discussion: UNEASYsilence and Techdirt
Brokep / Copy me happy:
Swedish Police will CENSOR The Pirate Bay July 6  —  Working online gives you a lot of friends.  Some of those gives you heads up when something big is going on, and sometimes really big things happen.  —  A couple of hours ago I got one of those - The Swedish Police is going to put The Pirate Bay in it's child porn filter!
Discussion: and TorrentFreak
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
Swedish Police Attempt to Block The Pirate Bay  —  A press release from the Swedish Pirate Party is reporting that the Swedish police are attempting to block access to The Pirate Bay by reclassifying it as a child porn site.  ISPs would then be asked to voluntarily block access to all Swedish citizens.
Discussion: Geek News Central
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
AMD invests $7.5 million in Transmeta  —  Advanced Micro Devices announced Friday a $7.5 million investment in chip designer Transmeta, strengthening the bond between the two chip companies.  —  As part of the investment, AMD will receive preferred shares of Transmeta.
Discussion: The Tech Report
Bryan Gardiner / ExtremeTech:   AMD Invests in Transmeta
Scott Ferguson /   AMD Invests $7.5 Million in Transmeta
Robert Strohmeyer / Maximum PC:
2008: Year of the Linux Desktop  —  When Evans Data released its survey on Tuesday showing a sharp shift toward Linux (and away from Windows) among developers in North America, the Linux world went wild.  Wistful pengiun heads heralded the coming Open Source Age.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Aditya Agarwal / Facebook Blog:
Do we really need to write our own search engine?  —  We asked ourselves this question more than once while working on improvements to search in March 2006.  At the time, there were bigger search engines out there, including some good open source ones, that we could have used to power Facebook search results.
UPDATE: FTC Clears Microsoft's $6 Billion AQuantive Buyout  —  SEATTLE (AP)—Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) $6 billion acquisition of online advertising group aQuantive Inc. (AQNT) has cleared an antitrust regulatory hurdle, the companies said Friday.  —  The Federal Trade Commission mandates …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Xbox 360 move: What took so long?  —  The Xbox 360's "red ring of death" hardware failures were hardly news to video gamers.  So the natural question to ask, following yesterday's news, is why Microsoft waited so long to acknowledge and address the problem.
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Patrick Klepek / ExtremeTech:   Microsoft's Peter Moore on New Xbox 360 Warranties
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Video Ads: Every Startup Has A Different Solution  —  It may seem weird, but I've been eagerly awaiting the day when I see ads in my viral video. eMarketer expects online video advertising to nearly double in 2008 to $1.3 billion, but no one's really nailed a scalable ad platform for video.
Global Business News Online:
exclusive: rupert murdoch buys dow jones, owners of the wall street journal  —  Rupert Murdoch has succeeded with his $5 billion bid for Dow Jones.  Negotiations are now complete and a formal announcement is expected next week.  —  Rupert Murdoch has succeeded with his $5 billion bid for Dow Jones …
Peter Judge / CNET
Auction site sells security exploits  —  An eBay-like auction site that sells vulnerabilities will improve security by ensuring researchers get a fair price for their work, its founders say.  —  "The existing business model to reward researchers is a failure," said Herman Zampariolo …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Auction site opens up for exploits, vulnerabilities
Discussion: Bits and The Register
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Performance Issues for Yahoo  —  Yahoo's web sites experienced brief performance problems earlier today, with users in some areas experiencing more significant problems than others.  Yahoo is one of the world's busiest web sites (currently the number two Web destination for users of the Netcraft toolbar) …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why is Seth Godin not talking about the Squidoo problem?  —  A blogger asks why Seth isn't talking about Squidoo's massive SEO and porn problems.  They also speculate that I might be attacking Squidoo because they are competition for Mahalo.  —  For the record, everyone knows I attacking anything …
Rafe Needleman /
TWITTERGRAMS: TALKING TWEETS  —  Dave Winer has released a cool experiment into the world: Twittergram.  It's a voice version of Twitter (more coverage): You record a brief audio clip (200K max), and Twittergram puts it on a server and creates a Twitter post (a "tweet") that links to it.
Yazan Gable / Symantec Corp.:
Scammers make friends with charities  —  Symantec has observed an interesting trend in the world of Internet-based credit card fraud: fraudsters are donating money to charity.  How could this happen?  In the world of carding, where stolen credit card information is bought and sold …
Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Manchester Cathedral says Sony apology not enough and issues new digital rules  —  Manchester Cathedral is calling for all video games manufacturers to sign up to a new set of "sacred digital guidelines" to prevent future "virtual desecration" of religious buildings.
Discussion: Joystiq, and Kotaku
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life  —  There's been lots of talk about de-cluttering your physical workspace in the productoblogosphere lately, but virtual clutter can drag you down and create as much stress and anxiety as physical junk can.
Discussion: digg
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Discussion: digg
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Discussion: zedgeHeadz
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Kevin Massy / CNET
TomTom files patent for video-enabled GPS device
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Scientist Locates Chinese Sub On Google Earth
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Microsoft: 'Your Puny GPLv3 Can't Hold Us!'
Discussion: CNET
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Skinkers LiveStation: P2P live TV broadcasting service demoed
Discussion: broadstuff and The Gong Show
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
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Danny King / Bloomberg:
EBay Chief Spurs Growth on PayPal, Beats Google Unit
Discussion: Valleywag
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MediaDefender denies entrapment accusations with fake torrent site
Tony Macdonell / Teknision:
Adding Friends is a Full Time Job, and I am Tired of It!
Ryan Carrigg / Compete Blog:
Netflix's Watch Now Tops the Online On Demand Movie Market
Discussion: The Last Podcast and NewTeeVee
Lynn Tan / CNET
AMD: Barcelona based on customer input
Discussion: The Register
Eas / iPhone Unlocked:
iPhone Hacking News Update: iPhoneInterface Tool is Out!!
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Vodafone put off by Apple's demand for big iPhone slice