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1:35 PM ET, July 13, 2007


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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Pandora CEO: 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 on Monday morning …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
SoundExchange offers temporary reprieve on 'Net radio royalty increase  —  In the wake of an appeals court's decision not to delay the imposition of a new, expensive royalty scheme, Internet radio broadcasters got an unexpected bit of good news from an unlikely source.
Discussion: Wired News, Tech_Space and Mashable!
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Webcasting Reprieved At Last Minute  —  New royalty rates for webcasting go into effect on Sunday, but SoundExchange will not immediately attempt to collect them from members of the Copyright Royalty Board. … In punishment terms, it's a stay of execution, not a pardon.
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
Shaken Internet Radio Stations Face Specter of New Fees Sunday
Discussion: Lost Remote and Rusty on Radio
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
SoundExchange: The New Webcaster Royalty Rates Are "Etched In Stone"
Discussion: Techdirt and Rusty on Radio
Ellie Gibson /
E3: David Reeves Talks PS3  —  The Euro bundle, the new PSP and the fight to be market leader. … Now you've made the announcement about the PS3 bundle for Europe, what kind of reaction are you expecting?  —  David Reeves: I think people will say to us …
Ellie Gibson /
E3: No more 60GB PlayStation 3 in US after July, says Reeves  —  'All they're doing is taking their stock and marking the price down'  —  SCEE president David Reeves has told that the 60GB PlayStation 3 will no longer be available in the US after stock sells out - which he predicts will occur by the end of the month.
Mythbusting: Why Facebook isn't the reincarnation of Google  —  Why Facebook isn't the reincarnation of Google … NICK DENTON — People assume that Facebook will find some way to make money besides traditional advertising, which is clearly not working.  And why do they assume that?
Discussion: Scripting News and Googling Google
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Facebook Backlash: What If They Can't Sell Any Ads?  (Updated)  —  There's a growing counter theory to the snowballing buzz on Facebook.  The contrary view is that the company, rather than having a potential value in the billions, might really be worth next to nothing.
Discussion: and Media Biz
Google takes swipe at Viacom  —  Google on Friday mocked media conglomerate Viacom, which is suing the search giant for $1 billion for "massive copyright infringement" by its video-sharing site YouTube.  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking with reporters at a hotel bar …
Discussion: IP Democracy and WebProNews
DealBook / New York Times:
Sun Valley: Late Night With Eric Schmidt  —  Thursday night at the Allen & Company conference at Sun Valley, the mogul-cracy was in full frolic by the time DealBook and his fellow press buddies got back from dinner.  The juxtapositions were fascinating to us geeks who have been peering in on the event.
Discussion: Valleywag
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
About 25 percent of iPhone buyers are 'switchers' to AT&T - firm  —  About one quarter of consumers adopting Apple's heavily-hyped iPhone handset are 'switchers' to AT&T from other carriers, financial firm American Technology Research reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:   The iPhone Made People Switch To AT&T
Robert Andrews /
Tiscali 'To Acquire' Pipex's Broadband Business For $420 Million  —  Italian broadband, IPTV and telephony provider Tiscali is expected to acquire a part of one of Britain's oldest ISPs, Pipex, today in a deal worth almost £210 ($420) million.  Tiscali shares were suspended in Milan during the morning pending an announcement.
Discussion: Inquirer
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:   Tiscali buys Pipex's £210m broadband arm
comScore Releases Worldwide Rankings of Top Web Properties 772 Million People Online Worldwide in May  —  Online Retail and E-Commerce Sites Boosted by Holiday Spending  —  comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study of global Internet traffic for the month of May …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Worldwide online population: 772 million
Scott / Self Made Minds:
AdSense for mobile launches in Beta  —  Just a quick update rather than a post, a feature high up on the request list for some has now come to fruition.  I received an email tonight to say that I was invited to test out Adsense for Mobile.  —  What is Adsense for mobile? v11.1:
One Man's Quest for $10 DSL: Revolutions  —  Okay, this is the final chapter of the process, as I now have it ordered.  Whether it will work is another story, but we'll talk about that once the activation date for the DSL has passed.  For the other parts of the story, look here:
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Man's quest for $10 AT&T DSL ends in success... kind of
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Intel Joins One Laptop per Child  —  Intel said today they will be working with One Laptop per Child (OLPC) to bring technology to the developing world and that they will also be joining the board of OLPC.  —  OLPC is a non-profit whose goal is to bring learning opportunities to the most remote …
USA Today:
iPhone buyers have no regrets  —  Early iPhone owners are overwhelmingly happy with their devices, a survey out Friday says, and Apple (AAPL) and AT&T (T) are luring customers from rivals as a result.  —  In one of the first such studies, 90% of 200 owners said they were "extremely" or "very" satisfied with their phone.
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
NetBooks targeting small business with on demand suite  —  In his bio, Ridgely Evers notes that he has been the CEO of four Internet-related companies and that he conceived, designed, led the development, and drove the launch of Intuit's QuickBooks small business accounting program.
Discussion: Inquirer and AccMan
Wheaties for Your Wallet:
Your bank has a REST API now (shhh! — don't tell them)  —  I'm very happy to announce the launch of the Wesabe API.  This is a new release for us, and a new way of using Wesabe — as a tool for getting your data out of your banks and credit cards, and into whatever form or program is going to most help you manage your money.
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
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Now That It's Getting A Cut, Warner Says Imeem's Not So Bad
Discussion: Business Wire
Aaron O. Patrick / Wall Street Journal:
Financial Times, CNBC May Share Resources
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Media Defender Buys Preparing for their Next Scam?
Discussion: p2pnet, and digg
BBC to hear open source concerns
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Promotion Is Not Just Another Brick in the Wall
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get An Invite To Any Private Beta
Discussion: and Mark Evans
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Researcher: Optimal copyright term is 14 years
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