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2:28 AM ET, July 13, 2007

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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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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Online Radio Is Saved; SoundExchange Will Not Enforce New Royalty Rates on Sunday  —  At today's Congressional hearing about the new rates for online radio that would essentially destroy it (as readers of this blog already know), SoundExchange, which was scheduled to receive the new royalty payments …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Rusty on Radio
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.
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
Shaken Internet Radio Channels Face Specter of New Fees Sunday  —  Sunday will be a day of reckoning for Internet radio stations.  —  The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stop an increase in royalty and broadcasting fees, jeopardizing the future of some stations.
Discussion: Lost Remote and Rusty on Radio
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
D-Day Sunday For Internet Radio As Court Rejects Royalties Appeal
Discussion: Listening Post and WinExtra
Cade Metz / The Register:   Court denies stay of Internet radio execution
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple patent applications hint at Wi-Fi iPods, new mice  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has revealed a raft of new patent applications submitted by Apple's lawyers, covering new technologies for iPods, Web pages, and mice.  —  Macsimum News spotted several patent applications …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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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
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft To Buy Facebook For $6 Billion?  —  Rumor is that Microsoft is looking to close a deal to buy Facebook for the amazing sum of six billion dollars.  Henry Blodget says that while he can't confirm it, he has definitely heard that Steve Ballmer is desperately trying to make a big splash play …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's 'Cloud OS' takes shape
Discussion: TechFold and One Microsoft Way
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Facebook, why now?  —  John Battelle asks a compelling question: why Facebook and why now?  —  Scott Rosenberg of Slate follows up with another point: that Facebook's friends definitions are all messed up.  —  Over on TechMeme everyone is talking about how Facebook's advertising isn't working.
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) …
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.
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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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Australia sues Google over sponsored links
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.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Debunking 5 Business Myths about Second Life  —  Recently Forbes featured a widely-cited article (reg. req.) on marketing in Second Life that was so spectacularly incorrect, it inspired me to whip up this reference guide, as the errors there keep cropping up elsewhere.
Gijs Hillenius / Inquirer:
Italian parliament bets house on SuSE Linux  —  Two-year switch to begin in September  —  ITALY'S parliament is about to undertake Europe's largest governmental migration yet to open sauce.  —  The IT department of the Italian parliament presented plans on Wednesday to begin migrating …
Discussion: CNET Blogs
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 …
Phone Scoop:
Motorola Adding a PEBL To The ROKR Lineup  —  After adding music to the RAZR, SLVR, and most recently the RIZR, a source has confirmed that Motorola will soon announce a PEBL style clamshell for music.  The ROKR U9 follows in the footsteps of the Z6 by taking on the ROKR model name and appears …
 
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BBC:
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Richard Baguley / wirelessinfo.com Blog:
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Reuters:
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Richard Baguley / wirelessinfo.com Blog:
Inside the iPhone field test mode
David Hirschman / Daily Feed:
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Old Swedish Lady Gets World's Fastest Internet Connection
Discussion: The Register and Threat Level
Andrew Keen / Los Angeles Times:
Is Google's data grinder dangerous?
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
FBI: Expect more spam prosecutions
Deborah Fallows / Pew Internet:
China's Online Population Explosion