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9:50 PM ET, July 12, 2007

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Facebook, why now?  —  John Battelle asks a compelling question: why Facebook and why now?  —  Scott Rosenberg of Slate follows up with another point: that Facebook's friends definitions are all messed up.  —  Over on TechMeme everyone is talking about how Facebook's advertising isn't working.
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft To Buy Facebook For $6 Billion?  —  Rumor is that Microsoft is looking to close a deal to buy Facebook for the amazing sum of six billion dollars.  Henry Blodget says that while he can't confirm it, he has definitely heard that Steve Ballmer is desperately trying to make a big splash play …
Luke / Reach Students blog:
Facebook advertising brings poor results  —  Facebook is the website du jour, but in Reach Students' experience it delivers appalling ad clickthroughs.  —  We've run four targeted campaigns this year using its flyer ads, and each time the results have been disappointing.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's 'Cloud OS' takes shape
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Court rejects Webcasters' plea for relief  —  A federal appeals court has declined to grant a petition by Webcasters to delay the onset of new royalty fees that they argue could imperil their offerings.  —  In a one-page order filed late Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Court declines to postpone Internet radio royalty hike  —  Internet radio broadcasters' best hope to avoid the onset of higher royalties beginning Sunday, July 15, fell by the wayside as the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit denied a motion to postpone the onset of the new royalty regime.
Cade Metz / The Register:   Court denies stay of Internet radio execution
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Apple patent involves media data exchange and portable electronic devices  —  An Apple patent (20070161402) is for media data exchange, transfer or delivery for portable electronic devices.  It would seem to indicate wireless data sharing features between iPods, iPhones and perhaps other devices Apple has in the works.
Discussion: iLounge and BetaNews
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple patent applications hint at Wi-Fi iPods, new mice  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has revealed a raft of new patent applications submitted by Apple's lawyers, covering new technologies for iPods, Web pages, and mice.  —  Macsimum News spotted several patent applications …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Future Apple iPods, iPhones may talk to each other
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and MacDailyNews
Associated Press:
Sony BMG sues CD software firm  —  Sony BMG Music Entertainment is suing a company that developed antipiracy software for CDs, claiming the technology was defective and cost the record company millions of dollars to settle consumer complaints and government investigations.
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Virtual Earth:
Mobile Search V2 released - Improved Navigation, Cache, Movie Searching, GPS, Traffic reporting and more!  —  The Mobile Search team has released V2 of the rich client application for Windows Mobile, as well as a major update to the browser based interface.  Whether you have a J2ME (Java) …
Discussion: Webware.com, LiveSide and TechSpot News
Mike / CUPS:
Article #475: CUPS Purchased by Apple Inc.  —  In February of 2007, Apple Inc. acquired ownership the CUPS source code and hired me (Michael R Sweet), the creator of CUPS.  —  CUPS will still be released under the existing GPL2/LGPL2 licensing terms, and I will continue to develop and support CUPS at Apple.
Wall Street Journal:
Whole Foods Is Hot, Wild Oats a Dud — So Said 'Rahodeb'  —  Then Again, Yahoo Poster  —  Was a Whole Foods Staffer,  —  The CEO to Be Precise  —  In January 2005, someone using the name "Rahodeb" went online to a Yahoo stock-market forum and posted this opinion: No company …
Deborah Fallows / Pew Internet:
China's Online Population Explosion  —  There are now an estimated 137 million internet users in China, second in number only to the United States, where estimates of the current internet population range from 165 million to 210 million.  The growth rate of China's internet user population …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
A Sigh of Relief for Blockbuster: Few People Copy DVDs  —  It turns out that not every new bit of technology is a nightmare for Hollywood.  There are more than 50 programs available that people can use to defeat the copy protection on DVDs.  So some fear that Blockbuster and Netflix are turning …
Discussion: TechSpot News and Compiler
Gijs Hillenius / Inquirer:
Italian parliament bets house on SuSE Linux  —  Two-year switch to begin in September  —  ITALY'S parliament is about to undertake Europe's largest governmental migration yet to open sauce.  —  The IT department of the Italian parliament presented plans on Wednesday to begin migrating …
Discussion: CNET Blogs
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
FBI: Expect more spam prosecutions  —  (InfoWorld) - U.S. Internet users should expect a growing number of prosecutions for sending spam and related activities, such as creating botnets, officials with two U.S. law enforcement organizations said Thursday.  —  The U.S. Federal Bureau …
 
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Richard Baguley / wirelessinfo.com Blog:
Apple says iPhone battery issue is a bug
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German iPhone gets 1,000 enquiries daily: report
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Inside the iPhone field test mode
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AWKWARD PICTURES WINS FIRST YOUTUBE 'SKETCHIES' CONTEST
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Old Swedish Lady Gets World's Fastest Internet Connection
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Debunking 5 Business Myths about Second Life
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Site Plans to Sell Hacks to Highest Bidder
Gerry Block / IGN:
E3 2007: Nyko Wii Party Station
zunescene.com:
Paid Zune Sharing: Patent Pending
Chris Williams / The Register:
BBC Trust to hear open sourcers' iPlayer gripes
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Warner streams entire catalog of music for free on imeem
 

 
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