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11:05 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: p2pnet, 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:, TorrentFreak and digg
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
Swedish Police Attempt to Block The Pirate Bay
Discussion: Geek News Central
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Pownce Invites For Sale On eBay  —  Proving that everything has a market, invites to Kevin Rose's P2P service Pownce are up for sale on eBay.  —  Bidding on Pownce invites start at 1c with buy it now prices at $5.  —  It wasn't that long ago when Gmail invites were available for sale on eBay …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Rafe Needleman /
POWNCE INVITES FOR SALE  —  I don't know if this is wrong or just weird.  A few people have put Pownce invites up on eBay (buy-it-now price is $9.95).  Let me remind everyone: it's a free service.  And it's in alpha testing.  Just wait for it to evolve a bit and open up to more people.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dave Winer's TwitterGram  —  Dave Winer likes to throw web services and his own software in a blender and see what comes out, and his new TwitterGram project is a perfect example.  In this case, he's married the Twitter API to his own service that allows people to upload short audio messages to their Twitter accounts.
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.
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
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Linux Rolls On  —  Know some of you saw this in last week's post …
Discussion: digg
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 …
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.
Discussion: and Web Strategy
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
My iPhone Test Drive  —  Ok, so shame on me for writing so much about the iPhone without actually having used it, but I fixed that today by spending a couple of hours in an Apple store playing with the iPhone.  Granted this is much more limited than the experience of long-term use …
IT Conversations:
Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators  —  [runtime: 00:46:05, 21.1 mb, recorded 2007-07-05]  —  Who's linking to this?  —  As director of web publishing for Nature Publishing Group, Timo Hannay is applying web 2.0 principles to the realm of science.  His projects include: Connotea …
Discussion: Jon Udell
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
Online Music: 90+ Essential Music and Audio Websites  —  Online music has always been popular, and now social networks, peer recommendations and personalized radio stations are helping fans find bands faster than ever before.  Here are more than 90 sites for musicians, fans, and everyone who enjoys music.
Discussion: digg
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
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 and
Bryan Gardiner / ExtremeTech:   AMD Invests in Transmeta
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
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Technorati's Troubles  —  Blog search-engine startup Technorati's …
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Scott Carney / Wired News:
A Handwritten Daily Paper in India Faces the Digital Future
Discussion: Buzzworthy and MarketingVOX
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Becomes the People Search Engine
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Splitting up with your cell phone carrier
Discussion: zedgeHeadz
CD sales drop, digital music jumps in 1st half '07
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Performance Issues for Yahoo
Anne Broache / CNET
Feds snub open source for 'smart' radios
Discussion: Open Source and Slashdot
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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
Discussion: Ogle Earth
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Microsoft: 'Your Puny GPLv3 Can't Hold Us!'
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Skinkers LiveStation: P2P live TV broadcasting service demoed
Discussion: broadstuff and The Gong Show
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Zantaz's $375M payday, and its unfortunate back-story
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Danny King / Bloomberg:
EBay Chief Spurs Growth on PayPal, Beats Google Unit
Discussion: Valleywag

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