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11:30 AM ET, April 17, 2009

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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty  —  While only a few weeks ago, it seems like an eternity since the trial of The Pirate Bay Four ended and the court retired to consider its verdict.  The prosecution claimed that the four defendants were 'assisting in making copyright content available …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Pirate Bay Loses A Lawsuit; Entertainment Industry Loses An Opportunity  —  Well, the verdict has come down in the trial against The Pirate Bay in Sweden, and it appears The Pirate Bay has been found guilty and each of the defendants has been sentenced to a year in jail and told to pay $3.6 million in damages …
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The Pirate Bay Guilty; Jail for File-Sharing Foursome  —  Oscar Swartz reports.  —  Four men connected to The Pirate Bay, the world's most notorious file sharing site, were convicted by a Swedish court Friday of contributory copyright infringement, and each sentenced to a year in prison.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Court Says File-Sharing Site Violated Copyright  —  PARIS — A court in Sweden on Friday convicted four men linked to the notorious Internet file-sharing service The Pirate Bay of violating copyright law, handing the music and movie industries a high-profile victory in their campaign to curb online piracy.
Discussion: Music Ally, p2pnet and Technology Live
Darren Waters / dot.life blog:
Pirate Bay beached but not sunk  —  From Hollywood to Stockholm via London, the movie and music industries will be breathing a sigh of relief, albeit one which will only last a short while.  —  The Pirate Bay has been, as far as the professional creative industries are concerned …
Erik Palm / CNET News:
Copyright holders cheer Pirate Bay verdict  —  Both copyright holders and some Pirate Bay supporters see possibilities in the verdict handed down Friday in the Pirate Bay file-sharing case.  —  The large penalty—$3.6 million in damages to be paid to the copyright holders …
CNN:
Four jailed in landmark Pirate Bay case
Discussion: Engadget
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   The Pirate Bay verdict: guilty, with jail time
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Pirate Bay four found guilty
The Local:
Pirate Bay guilty
Discussion: Music Ally and Gizmodo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kutcher Plays His Pied Piper Flute And Gets A Million Twitter Followers  —  The first man in space.  The first man on the moon.  The first man with a million Twitter followers.  Yes, this is one of those great achievements in human history.  Congratulations Ashton Kutcher.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Twitter's big day today?  Here comes Oprah  —  The official answer is in about Twitter Chief Executive Evan Williams' teasing tweet Thursday about Friday being a “very big day”: @Oprah.  —  Oprah issued her first tweet came Friday, the same day Williams and Twitter's top celebrity, Ashton Kutcher, will join her on the show.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Should Twitter Remove Its Follower Count?
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Sidekick LX 2009 is a Lean, Mean Twittering Machine (With a Better Screen)  —  T-Mobile's new Sidekick LX 2009 isn't a radical new departure from past models, but it brings a beautiful, 3.2-inch, 854x480 screen to the table along with Twitter integration.  It's also the slimmest Sidekick to date.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Snow Day, Employee Arrest At Fox/MySpace  —  Los Angeles tech companies may not be able to stand up to their northern California neighbors when it comes to technology clout, but they sure do seem to have a more interesting and varied work life.  While Silicon Valley based Facebook …
Discussion: AppScout and The Equity Kicker, Thanks:atul
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Documents: FBI Spyware Has Been Snaring Extortionists and Hackers for Years  —  A sophisticated FBI-produced spyware program has played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in federal investigations into extortion plots, terrorist threats and hacker attacks in cases stretching back at least seven years, newly declassified documents show.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Take-Two's ‘Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars’ Bellyflops  —  Take-Two's (TTWO) Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is dying on the shelves.  —  We noted earlier this week that analysts were split on how well the game would do when the NPD Group reported US videogame sales for March.
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
U.S. video games sales fall 17 pct in March: NPD  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Overall U.S. video game sales fell 17 percent in March to $1.43 billion, research group NPD said on Thursday, a revealing figure for an industry that had so far shown resilience in the economic downturn.
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Hiroshi Suzuki / Bloomberg:   Nintendo Shares Fall After U.S. Wii Sales Drop for First Time in 14 Months
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
A Look Back At Some Prescient Predictions On Copyright  —  Via Michael Scott, we are alerted to a blog post by Thomas O'Toole, where he looks at two separate papers from the pre-DMCA era, both presenting incredibly accurate predictions of what was about to happen in the world of copyright and content.
Renai LeMay / CNET News:
Ubuntu 9.04's final test version released  —  The Ubuntu project has published a release candidate, or final testing version, for the upcoming 9.04 version of its popular Linux distribution.  —  “We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable and suitable for testing by any user …
Discussion: Download Squad
Variety:
Best Buy plans downloads  —  Co. hatching digital movie biz  —  Stung by falling DVD sales, Best Buy is on the verge of launching a digital movie service that could debut as early as this summer, according to studio insiders.  —  The chain is in talks with CinemaNow and other online movie services …
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget HD
Geoff Smith / Traditional Media:
Reach TV viewers through more than one screen  —  Google TV Ads makes it easy for advertisers of all sizes to reach customers watching television.  These days, many full-length television programs are also available for Internet users to watch online.  These programs may appear in various places …
Agence France Presse:
Sony Ericsson to cut 2,000 jobs after losses  —  Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson on Friday said it would cut 2,000 more jobs after it swung to a loss of 293 million euros (384 million dollars) in the first quarter of the year.  —  The group, which experienced losses in the third …
 
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google CEO Schmidt Wants A Twitter Search Deal
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Guardian:
Gordon Brown backs broadband for all
Discussion: The Register
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
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