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3:15 PM ET, July 12, 2007


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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.
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 …
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
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Sony BMG sues CD vendor over rootkits
Discussion: TechSpot News and Profy.Com
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
And if your playlist is Heavy Metal, you're just asking to get zapped
Discussion: Inquirer
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 …
Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
Whole Foods CEO Caught In Embarrassing Message Board Brouhaha
Discussion: The Stalwart
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
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 …
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Logitech MX Air Review  —  Logitech announced today the MX Air, its newest play at the home theater PC market.  The mouse brings a lot of new elements to the market and I'm happy to say that it performs quite nicely.  —  The device functions on two levels.
Discussion: Inquirer and CNET
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 …
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.
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.
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).
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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Stevie Smith / Monsters and Critics:
Microsoft movie downloads will harm DVD sales?  —  the fact of the matter is, downloads will not stop people from buying physical copies.  physical media is tempting.  I, and most other people, enjoy owning a copy of a dvd, a nice case, a booklet... if its worth it. and thats the real issue …
Discussion: Valleywag
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Outsource Your Brain for Science  —  A new project from the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Portsmouth (UK) and Johns Hopkins University (US) aims to harness the power of the human brain to identify and classify galaxies and stars.  On the Galaxy Zoo website …
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 …
Discussion: and The Browser
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Jimledbetter / The Browser:
And a 17-year-old shall lead them
Discussion: CNET
Katherine Conrad / Mercury News:
Google leases historic HP building
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft's 'Cloud OS' takes shape
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Sharon Springell / Computerworld:
Bootable disc eliminates viruses for safer banking
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
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
Analysis: E3 Conferences and the Status Quo
Paid Zune Sharing: Patent Pending
Discussion: Engadget, Channel 9 and Gizmodo
Roughly Drafted:
Leopard, Vista and the iPhone OS X Architecture
Discussion: Channel 9
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The GPL and Software as a Service
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Tailgate: Fully Transactional Web 2.0 Banners
Discussion: RIA pedia
ACCC home:
ACCC alleges misleading and deceptive conduct by Trading Post and Google
Stuart Dredge / Tech Digest:
Get set for Apple's Yellow Submarine Beatles iPod
Kemp Powers / Reuters:
Nintendo Wii may be scarce for holidays