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6:40 PM ET, July 12, 2007

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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
FACEBOOK: $6 BILLION?  NAH.  —  Look.  If you're Facebook, why on earth would you sell to Microsoft for $6 billion if you didn't sell to Yahoo for $1 Billion last year?  You just wouldn't.  You don't NEED anyone right now.  Do you?  Mark and his senior team has probably already been …
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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.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft To Buy Facebook For $6 Billion?
Discussion: Digital Daily and All Facebook
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Facebook, why now?  —  John Battelle asks a compelling question …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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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Electronista:
Apple patenting Zune-like sharing, wireless buying  —  Apple may be ready to not only bring wireless file sharing to the iPhone and iPod but could affect Microsoft's Zune as well, according to the details of a newly publicized patent.  The filing would allow fully mobile devices such as cellphones …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Future Apple iPods, iPhones may talk to each other
Discussion: Engadget and MacDailyNews
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple patent applications hint at Wi-Fi iPods, new mice
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.
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.
Discussion: DailyTech, p2pnet and Boing Boing
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sony seeks closure on MediaMax DRM fiasco by suing developer  —  Although Sony's rootkit fiasco was arguably the most harmful bit of DRM to ever come from Big Content, the MediaMax copy protection software deployed on other Sony discs also caused problems for consumers.
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.
Caitlin Moran / Times of London:
Google faces landmark lawsuit over sponsored links  —  A consumer watchdog is taking legal action against Google over the way it sells and displays its sponsored links, in a case that could "send shudders down the industry".  —  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) …
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
And if your playlist is Heavy Metal, you're just asking to get zapped
Discussion: Inquirer
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
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
YAHOO PLAYS CATCH-UP WITH NEW SUGGESTION FEATURE  —  Yahoo's search has been updated with a "suggest" feature that brings up search queries it thinks you're looking for based upon what you type.  Previously, the only way to get Yahoo search suggestions was with Yahoo's Firefox toolbar.
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Yoomba introduces VoIP and IM directly into your email  —  Updated  —  Yoomba, a Menlo Park-based company founded in Israel, lets you send and receive VoIP calls and instant messages from your existing e-mail service.  —  It's a download but requires no sign-up — and so avoids you having …
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Site Plans to Sell Hacks to Highest Bidder  —  A Swiss Internet start-up is raising the ire and eyebrows of the computer security community with the launch of an online auction house where software vulnerabilities are sold to the highest bidder.  —  The founders of WabiSabiLabi.com …
 
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David Hirschman / Daily Feed:
AWKWARD PICTURES WINS FIRST YOUTUBE 'SKETCHIES' CONTEST
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Microsoft movie downloads will harm DVD sales?
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Microsoft's 'Cloud OS' takes shape
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Microsoft's Bach sold stock as Xbox woes surfaced
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Paid Zune Sharing: Patent Pending
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