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5:40 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.
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: p2pnet and Boing Boing
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sony seeks closure on MediaMax DRM fiasco by suing developer
Discussion: Inquirer
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Sony BMG sues CD vendor over rootkits
Discussion: TechSpot News and Profy.Com
zunescene.com:
Paid Zune Sharing: Patent Pending  —  A recently discovered Microsoft patent application titled "Off-line Economies for Digital Media" describes how Zune owners can get paid for sharing music.  The Zune MP3 player has a unique ability to transfer songs wirelessly from Zune to Zune.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple patent applications hint at Wi-Fi iPods, new mice
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
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: BetaNews
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Future Apple iPods, iPhones may talk to each other
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and MacDailyNews
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
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 …
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 News.com:
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 …
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 …
 
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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
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Stevie Smith / Monsters and Critics:
Microsoft movie downloads will harm DVD sales?
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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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Whole Foods CEO Caught In Embarrassing Message Board Brouhaha
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First Book Ever Written Using Mobile Phone is Published
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