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9:01 AM ET, May 27, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Time To Rethink Copyright Law  —  There was more posturing today in the big YouTube-Viacom copyright showdown that began around the time that Google acquired YouTube and started talking to big copyright holders about paying them to get their content legally onto the popular video site.
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Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
YouTube suit called threat to online communication  —  NEW YORK - A $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit challenging YouTube's ability to keep copyrighted material off its popular video-sharing site threatens how hundreds of millions of people exchange all kinds of information on the Internet, YouTube owner Google Inc. said.
BBC:
YouTube law fight ‘threatens net’  —  A one billion dollar lawsuit against YouTube threatens internet freedom, according to its owner Google.  —  Google's claim follows Viacom's move to sue the video sharing service for its inability to keep copyrighted material off its site.
Discussion: broadstuff, Mashable! and Memex 1.1
Natalie Weinstein / CNET News.com:
Google says Viacom's suit ‘threatens’ Net
Jackson West / Valleywag:
Viacom “threatens” freedom of expression, says Google
Discussion: Marksonland
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Open Source Facebook Platform  —  Sometime soon, perhaps this week, Facebook will turn the year-old Facebook Platform into an open source project, multiple sources have told us.  The immediate effect will be to allow any social network to become Facebook Platform compatible …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows chief talks ‘7’  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Since taking over the Windows development reins from Jim Allchin, Steven Sinofsky has chosen to fall almost completely off the public radar.  —  It's not that he hasn't been busy getting Vista Service Pack 1 out the door and starting work on Windows 7.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Communicating Windows 7  —  Typically when Microsoft ships a new OS (like Windows Vista), we immediately start talking about the next version-which begs two questions: 1) is Microsoft working on a new version of Windows, and if so, 2) why aren't you talking about it?
Financial Times:
Web 2.0 fails to produce cash  —  Many members of the Web 2.0 generation of internet companies have so far produced little in the way of revenue, despite bringing about some significant changes in online behaviour, according to some of the entrepreneurs and financiers behind the movement.
Discussion: JasonKolb.com and Giles Bowkett
David Runk / Associated Press:
Borders returns to Web retailing after 7 years  —  DETROIT - Borders Group is jumping back into online retailing with a Web site designed to evoke the feeling of browsing at a neighborhood bookstore, down to the popular shelves of staff picks that are familiar to its customers nationwide.
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Borders Returns To Web Retailing
Discussion: Bits and Electricpig.co.uk
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Kleiner's Pick for the Killer iPhone App  —  The location-based software from Pelago will allow smartphone users to find friends' picks for local restaurants, shops, and activities  —  Apple won't crank up the hype machine about all the new things an iPhone can do until its Worldwide Developers Conference …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Drops Allofmp3 Lawsuit; Pretends Mp3Sparks Doesn't Exist  —  from the maybe-if-we-ignore-our-problems... dept  —  It's been quite some time since we heard about Allofmp3, the Russian online music download store that offered extremely low prices on DRM-free downloads (you even got to pick your format).
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Declares Victory Over AllofMP3, Drops Lawsuit
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone for Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia  —  Apple has finally secured a distribution deal for iPhone in the Nordic nation states, with Sweden's largest mobile firm, TeliaSonera AB, moving to ship the device in seven countries there, starting “later this year”.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
VIA launches “open source” notebook  —  Do you own a small fabricating plant in Taiwan?  Do you have an engineering team of ten PhDs?  Do you want to make small laptops?  Has VIA got a deal for you.  The VIA OpenBook reference design is not actually a product — it's more of an idea.
louisgray.com:
Scooped: Who Brought the Story to Techmeme First?  —  When Gabe Rivera opened up search on Techmeme recently, the three-year-old site's archives became an extremely interesting playground to see trends, strong sources for news, simple ego-searching, tracking how companies have been viewed over time …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia Celebrates Memorial Day with New N95 NAM Firmware  —  S60 people, stop drooling over the E71 for a few minutes so that we can give you some important news.  Remember how we reported on the guy from Nokia stated that the new v20 firmware for the N95 NAM would be out in early June?
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
The Grey Lady gets jiggy with APIs  —  I don't know why, but when I saw a post about the New York Times — known for decades as The Grey Lady — working on releasing an open API, I couldn't help but picture an elderly woman in an evening gown trying to break-dance.
Discussion: TeleRead and UMBC ebiquity
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Samsung intros 256GB SSD that may reach MacBook Air
PR Newswire:
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Amanda Andrews / Times of London:
C4 hopes mobile gadget will save DAB
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Fuad Abazovic / Fudzilla:
Atom 330 dual core works at 1.6GHz
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to showcase social bookmarking at TechEd
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Advertisers to Consumers: We'll Text You
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Phone Giant in Germany Stirs a Furor
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Verizon and the City: Digital Package (and Delays) Appear to Be Near
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
In Move to Digital TV, Some Will Be Left Behind
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Private Equity Looming, Infineon CEO Resigns
Discussion: CNET News.com
Nickmac / Nick MacKechnie:
Microsoft IE 8 Beta 2 Coming! Are your websites ready?
Smashing Magazine:
Beautiful And Original Product Designs
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
FriendFeed Should Kill Those Who Accuse It of Murder
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Sometimes Crowds Aren't That Wise
 

 
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