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5:10 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 …
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.
Anne Broache / CNET
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 …
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Fortune iMeme: Building New Internet Platforms; Facebook Has 1000s Of Third Party Apps  —  I'm at the opening session of the Fortune iMeme conference at the Ritz-Carlton of San Francisco, where the hotel has no parking left.  But I am sitting on a cushy Aeron chair - someone from Herman Miller came …
Jimledbetter / The Browser:
And a 17-year-old shall lead them
Discussion: CNET
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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: p2pnet and Boing Boing
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.
Discussion: Inquirer
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.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
And if your playlist is Heavy Metal, you're just asking to get zapped
Discussion: Inquirer
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
Don Reisinger / CNET
How E3 changes the video game industry each year  —  As someone who owns an NES, SNES, Genesis, 3D0, every version of the Gameboy, PSP, DS, PlayStation, Dreamcast, Saturn, Xbox, GameCube, Nintendo 64, PlayStation 2 and 3, Xbox 360 and Wii (phew!), I was always a big fan of games and the news that used to come in May at E3.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Yahoo! Search Blog:
May I Suggest...  ...A faster way to find what you're looking for.  Introducing Search Suggest on  —  It works like this: When you do a search on Yahoo!, you'll automatically be given suggestions based on what you have typed - as you're typing.  So, not only does this limit …
Josh Lowensohn /
Discussion: CNET
Matt / Burning Questions:
FeedBurner Integration for Blogspot Blogs  —  Hot on the heels of last week's much-ballyhooed free FeedBurner for everyone, we are very excited to announce the immediate availability of one-click redirection for Blogger Blogspot blogs (note our fine use of both alliteration and first syllable congruence).
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The GPL and Software as a Service  —  Linux Magazine's article The GPL Has No (Networked) Future recognizes a point that I've been making for years: that free software license requirements to release source code are all triggered by the act of distribution, and that web applications …
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft's 'Cloud OS' takes shape  —  DENVER—Microsoft is in the early stages of a plan that will see virtually its entire lineup of underlying Internet services opened up to developers, the software maker made clear this week.  —  In addition to making available its existing services …
Discussion: TechFold and One Microsoft Way
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Warner streams entire catalog of music for free on imeem  —  Warner Music Group is offering its entire music and video catalog for free streaming on imeem, a Web site focused on letting users share music playlists.  —  The music is currently live on the San Francisco startup's Web site, the company told VentureBeat Wednesday evening.
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft's Bach sold stock as Xbox woes surfaced  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The Microsoft Corp. executive in charge of the Xbox video-game console sold $6.2 million worth of company stock during a period when technical issues with the product were becoming a major concern, according to regulatory filings.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Future Apple iPods, iPhones may talk to each other
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Stevie Smith / Monsters and Critics:
Microsoft movie downloads will harm DVD sales?
Discussion: Valleywag
Katherine Conrad / Mercury News:
Google leases historic HP building
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Bootable disc eliminates viruses for safer banking
Stoney deGeyter / Search Engine Land:
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Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
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 Earlier Items: 
Gerry Block / IGN:
E3 2007: Nyko Wii Party Station
Apple patenting Zune-like sharing, wireless buying
Canada NewsWire Group:
First Book Ever Written Using Mobile Phone is Published
Discussion: Pocket Picks, EMAC and
Scott Ferguson /
IBM Releases AIX 6 Beta to the Masses
Paid Zune Sharing: Patent Pending
Discussion: Engadget, Channel 9 and Gizmodo
Chris Williams / The Register:
BBC Trust to hear open sourcers' iPlayer gripes
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Tailgate: Fully Transactional Web 2.0 Banners
Discussion: Download Squad and RIA pedia
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