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5:50 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.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft To Buy Facebook For $6 Billion?
Discussion: All Facebook
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 …
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Apple patent involves media data exchange and portable electronic devices
Discussion: BetaNews
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Future Apple iPods, iPhones may talk to each other
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and MacDailyNews
Tom Krazit / CNET   Apple patent applications hint at Wi-Fi iPods, new mice
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.
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
Discussion: Inquirer
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Sony BMG sues CD vendor over rootkits
Discussion: TechSpot News and Profy.Com
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) …
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
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 …
Chris Williams / The Register:
BBC Trust to hear open sourcers' iPlayer gripes  —  Exclusive The BBC Trust has asked to meet open source advocates to discuss their complaints over the corporation's Windows-only on demand broadband TV service, iPlayer.  —  The development came less than 48 hours after a meeting between …
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
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 …
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Eric / Blogger in Draft:
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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
FBI: Expect more spam prosecutions
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
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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
Sharon Springell / Computerworld:
Bootable disc eliminates viruses for safer banking
Stoney deGeyter / Search Engine Land:
Can Small Businesses Really Afford SEO?
Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
Whole Foods CEO Caught In Embarrassing Message Board Brouhaha
Discussion: The Stalwart
 Earlier Items: 
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Gerry Block / IGN:
E3 2007: Nyko Wii Party Station
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft's Bach sold stock as Xbox woes surfaced
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
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The GPL and Software as a Service
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Warner streams entire catalog of music for free on imeem