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12:25 PM ET, September 13, 2007

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Bradley Horowitz / Yodel Anecdotal:
Hacks come to life  —  By now, hopefully you're familiar with our Hack@Yahoo! program, where developers build cool tools or functionality on top of Yahoo! products.  Maybe you attended or read about our "Open Hack Day" last September (does a free Beck concert on the Yahoo! lawn ring a bell?).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hacks Make Their Way Into Yahoo Products
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Christopher Phin / MacFormat:
Mum is no longer the word  —  OK, folks, what does this cryptic invite mean?  Suggestions in the comments!  —  Just to quell any conspiracy theories, the blanked out text is just the RSVP email address and phone number; we thought it only polite to hide them.
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple invite brings UK hacks out in iPhone fever  —  Editors' Blog UK hacks have begun receiving invites to an Apple event scheduled to be held at the Mac maker's Regent Street, London store on 18 September.  Headed "Mum is no longer the word", the email has already got journos forecasting the UK debut of the iPhone.
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Fair Use Worth More to Economy Than Copyright, CCIA Says  —  Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account for more than $4.5 trillion in annual revenue for the United States, according to the Computer and Communications Industry Association.  —  Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account …
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Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Does copyright create $2.2 trillion in value? No, but fair use does
Discussion: Techdirt
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
MySpace, 'thirtysomething' Team Pair Up For New 'Network-Quality' Series; Rival Social Net?  —  Another Hollywood broadband endeavor ... Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, creators of thirtysomething and My So-Called Life, are bringing new series quarterlife online via MySpace (NYSE: NWS).
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Founders' Ultimate Perk: A NASA Runway  —  In the annals of perks enjoyed by America's corporate executives, the founders of Google may have set a new standard: an uncrowded, federally managed runway for their private jet that is only a few minutes' drive from their offices.
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Eons Announces Big Layoffs as Company Refocuses on Social Networking: "It Was Kind of Like Survivor."  —  Robert Buderi wrote:  —  It was a dramatic, sobering, but ultimately healthy and air-clearing scene on Monday when Eons founder Jeff Taylor called together his remaining staff and engaged …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Apparently Old People Aren't Dying To Use Eons
Reuters:
Apple calls on UK press as iPhone talk swirls  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Apple Inc is calling a London news conference next Tuesday as speculation mounts that the consumer electronics guru will unveil long-awaited plans to bring its iconic iPhone cell phones to Europe.
Discussion: Compiler and Mobility Site
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone now software unlocked in 32 countries and 69 carriers  —  With the European and Asian iPhone rollouts still months away, is it any wonder to find the little guy venturing out on the mean, GSM streets all on his own?  According to that list above compiled by the iPhone Dev Team …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Revver Pays $1 Million to Independent Video Content Producers  —  OK, it might not be time to quit the day job, but cash is starting to flow to independent content creators through advertising splits with video sharing sites.  —  Revver, one of the first sites to share revenue …
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Revver Reaches One Year, $1 Million
David Ljunggren / Reuters:
Google map could break privacy law  —  OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Street View feature of Google Maps, with its close-up views of city streets and recognizable shots of people, could violate a Canadian law protecting individual privacy, officials said on Wednesday.
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Carly Weeks / National Post:
Google's detailed streetscapes raise privacy concerns
Discussion: WebProNews
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Want to 'converse' with advertisers?  Me neither  —  reporter's notebook SAN FRANCISCO—I admit it; I'm cynical when it comes to advertising and marketing.  I believe that the sole purpose of advertising is to convince me to part with my well-earned and limited supply of money and persuade …
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Company vows to deliver big cuts in data center costs  —  XSIGO REDUCES CABLE EXPENSES, ENERGY NEEDS  —  A company backed by Kleiner Perkins emerged from three years of secrecy Wednesday, unveiling technology designed to dramatically reduce the costs of running large data centers.
Mark Ward / BBC:
Online worlds to be AI incubators  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Online worlds such as Second Life will soon become training grounds for artificial intelligences.  —  Researchers at US firm Novamente have created software that learns by controlling avatars in virtual worlds.
Discussion: Wikinomics
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent  —  Microsoft has begun patching files on Windows XP and Vista without users' knowledge, even when the users have turned off auto-updates.  —  Many companies require testing of patches before they are widely installed, and businesses …
PC World:
Sony Drops DVD for Blu-ray Disc  —  Sony Corp. is increasing its bet on Blu-ray Disc and plans to ditch DVD and use the high-definition video disc format in all future digital video recorders in Japan, the company said Wednesday.  —  The announcement was made at the same time as Sony …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Some Details About Google Related Genome Start-up, 23andMe
Discussion: VentureBeat and Forbes
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Exploit code appears for Microsoft Agent bug
Louis Hau / Forbes:
Q&A: CBS Interactive's Quincy Smith
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
O2 finds Apple revenue-sharing to its taste
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Study: 4.68 million UMPC units by 2012
Amy-Mae Elliott / Latest News:
Motorola TLKR range of "stylish" walkie talkies
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Project E helps you communicate, make friends
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More-Efficient Phone Displays
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Web Video's Audience Likes 2.7 Minutes at a Time
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Sun Opens a Door, Sells Windows
Reuters:
Court stays ban on handset imports
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Viral marketing, randomness and the difficulty of controlling growth in social media
Discussion: Futuristic Play
Times of London:
Facebook shrugs off privacy fears with plan for targeted advertising
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Does Social Media Make You Dumb?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will The Ad Slowdown Reach The Web?
Mariko Sanchanta / Financial Times:
Nintendo's Wii takes console lead
 

 
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