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1:15 AM ET, May 18, 2009

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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Social Publishing Site Scribd Adds E-Commerce; 80 Percent Revenues To Publishers  —  Document-sharing site Scribd will begin beta tests of an e-commerce platform today in an effort to tap into publishers' increasing interest in charging consumers directly for digital content.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Site Lets Writers Sell Digital Copies  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Turning itself into a kind of electronic vanity publisher, Scribd, an Internet start-up here, will introduce on Monday a way for anyone to upload a document to the Web and charge for it.  —  The Scribd Web site is the most popular …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Dammit, I'm A Journalist, Not A Blogger: Time For Online Journalists To Unite?  —  The public relations war of newspapers against both Google and blogs shows no signs of ebbing.  Today, we get a proposal that newspapers deserve special laws to protect them.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
J Allard and Microsoft group try to get patent on a ‘magic wand’  —  Attention Harry Potter, we'll be needing some prior art.  —  We've been hearing rumors and reading speculation lately about what Microsoft executive J Allard has been doing.  Apart from reports about a possible Zune/Xbox linkup …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
BillMyParents makes it easy for kids to spend parents' money  —  There's a cute new payment service just launching: BillMyParents.  It's a way that kids ("tweens," according to the founder) can shop in online stores and easily spend their parents' money—if their parents later agree to buy them the stuff they want.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jump Into The Stream  —  Once again, the Internet is shifting before our eyes.  Information is increasingly being distributed and presented in real-time streams instead of dedicated Web pages.  The shift is palpable, even if it is only in its early stages.  Web companies large and small are embracing this stream.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Cellphone Makers Hope for a Blockbuster Summer  —  The hype machine started months ago.  Opening weekends are upon us.  High up in executive suites, the hope is that this summer's new releases will cause lines to snake around the block.  —  The cellphone industry looks a lot like the movie industry nowadays.
Discussion: PreCentral.net
Jim / craigslist blog:
Target Practice  —  South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster today announced that our recent improvements, which go far beyond measures he himself personally endorsed with his own signature six months ago, not only aren't good enough, but actually require a criminal investigation:
Discussion: Pulse2
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD taunts Intel, hoists EU flag  —  Advanced Micro Devices is flying the European Union flag on its home page.  A little gloating going on?  —  And if the image doesn't convey the message, the caption does: “European Commission finds Intel guilty of breaking antitrust laws, harming consumers.”
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PC World:
Intel Could Face Civil Charges in Europe
Discussion: Pulse2 and CNET News
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell says Windows 7 price is possible barrier  —  Windows 7 pricing is potentially an obstacle to Windows 7 adoption for some users, though in just about every other aspect the operating system is beating Vista, according to a Dell marketing executive.  —  “If there's one thing …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Would Bill Gates have aired Laptop Hunters?  —  I got a thoughtful message last week from Jim Neal, a retired advertising and PR guy who owns a little Apple (AAPL) stock and spends a lot of time following its ups and downs.  —  Lately he's been trying to make sense of Microsoft's (MSFT) …
Jessica Hall / Reuters:
Wal-Mart targets electronics customers: report  —  PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is revamping the electronics departments in its stores to attract customers who previously shopped at the now defunct Circuit City Stores Inc, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Mobile Dev team: ‘Windows Mobile 6.5 is done’  —  The Windows Mobile development team announced via Twitter on May 14 that Windows Mobile 6.5 is “done.”  —  I'm guessing “done” means the latest mobile operating system has been released to manufacturing.
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
Andy Samberg Sticks to YouTube to Promote the MTV Movie Awards  —  Does Andy Samberg now make it a condition of any new role that he be allowed to distribute clips of it on YouTube?  That's the only explanation I can think of for why MTV is allowing him, along with collaborators Jorma Taccone …
Andrew Goodman / Traffick:
A Hitwise Report Does Not a Financial Report Make  —  The recent Hitwise report as related by analyst Heather Hopkins should have been vital reading to anyone into digital marketing or search technology.  Paid search clicks, the cash cow that almost entirely drives the industry leader …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft hosting top CEOs  —  This week continues what has become a spring tradition in Redmond — the Microsoft CEO Summit, in which the company's top executives confab for three days with bigwigs from large corporations around the world.  —  Microsoft is traditionally pretty quiet …
 
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