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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Deny This, Last.fm  —  A couple of months ago Erick Schonfeld wrote a post titled “Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?” based on a source that has proved to be very reliable in the past.  All hell broke loose shortly thereafter.  —  Before posting Erick reached out to the RIAA …
Discussion: broadstuff and digg.com
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Craigslist Gets Restraining Order Against A.G.  —  After weeks of bluster about Craigslist, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster agreed today to a temporary order preventing him from bringing criminal charges against company executives.  —  “Until the court rules on the merits …
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Jim / craigslist blog:
Turning a Blind Eye  —  Noteable as this news cycle winds down has been the relative disinterest on the part of reporters and politicians in adult service ads featured in journalistic media, no matter how numerous or graphic they may be.  —  Here are 3 out of the tens of thousands of …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
McMaster's Final Humiliation: Federal Smack Down (Restraining Order Below)
Discussion: CNET News
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces Settlement of Legal Dispute with Another Former Zuckerberg Classmate  —  Facebook has just issued a Friday night press release announcing the settling of a trademark dispute with Think Computer Corporation, whose founder Aaron Greenspan created the houseSYSTEM student web portal …
Discussion: Facebook and All Facebook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Valuation Heading North Again.  Up To $10 Billion Now.  —  A few days ago, we reported that Facebook turned down an investment term sheet that placed their value at $8 billion.  But it was apparently the board seat the investors wanted and not the valuation that was the hold up.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Sky High: Russian Investment Group Offers As Much As $350 Million To Facebook
KwameJones's Open Salon Blog:
iPhone to get iTunes TV and Movies!  —  In a long awaited move (at least by me), it appears that Apple will begin to allow downloads of movies and tv shows through the iPhone.  This revelation, (again at least to me) comes by way of an advertisement in the new ad supported version of the app Twitterfon released on 5/15/09.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   URL for iTunes Video Downloads on the iPhone
Marcus Oscarsson / Times of London:
Pro-internet piracy party on course for EU seats  —  The Pirate Party, a single-issue Swedish group that campaigns to encourage internet copyright infringement, is on course to win several seats in the European parliament.  —  The pro-file-sharing party is Sweden's third biggest political group according …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Cartier sues Apple over trademark infringement  —  The iPhone has become a big target for legal-minded Americans looking to take a bite out of the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) pie.  But, most of the iPhone lawsuits to date have been filed by ordinary citizens, not big-name corporations like Cartier.
Jim Finkle / MediaFile:
YouTube can be dangerous place for porn seekers  —  YouTube is becoming a dangerous place to search for porn.  —  Anti-virus company PandaLabs reports on its research blog that hackers have riddled the site with links to malicious software.  The scheme works like this …
Discussion: PandaLabs, broadstuff and Lifehacker
Jeremy Muncy / WebProNews:
Do You know how #FollowFriday started?  —  Today is Friday, the most famed day of the week.  Why you ask?  It's the end of the workweek and the beginning of the weekend (for some).  But, for the Twitterverse, it's a day where you could see your follower count substantially climb as a result …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Copyright Meets a New Worthy Foe: The Real-Time Web  —  Copyright law wasn't written with today's content consumption in mind.  The way online video copyright functions is based on a reading of the 10-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act that equates video hosting sites with Internet service providers.
Discussion: P2P Blog
Sebastian Tonkin / Google Analytics Blog:
Share Your Google Analytics Data With Everyone  —  Almost everyone uses Google Analytics to calculate overall site traffic as a way to measure the value of their website.  —  Many users are clamoring for a simpler way to share their Analytics traffic data with their external stakeholders.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Digital Inspiration, Thanks:atul
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dear Palm: The Last Thing You Want To Do Right Now Is Screw Over App Developers  —  The Palm Pre comes out in a few weeks, and many are hoping that this is finally the smartphone out there that can capably compare to the iPhone.  Of course, one key to that is having a devoted developer community that makes the device more valuable.
Emery P. Dalesio / Associated Press:
Official: NC considers Apple for massive tax break  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are pushing to give Apple Inc. a multi-million dollar tax break should the company bring an East Coast computer server farm to the state — an estimated $1 billion investment …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Palm Pre tasks, memos, browser on display, automatic backup confirmed  —  Just in time for your weekend perusal, Palm Goon (which we half suspect might be a viral site from Palm itself) has uploaded three tours and a FAQ chock-full of new Pre / webOS screens and details …
Discussion: Palm Goon, PalmAddicts and Pre News
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
It's Made of 100% Cotton; Its Sales Are 99% Ironic  —  Something strange happened this week in Amazon.com's apparel section.  —  For a day or two, a black T-shirt featuring an image of three wolves baying at a full moon claimed the top slot at the online store's clothing bestseller list …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
One reason why StockTwits is growing: Those Twitter ads  —  Twitter's management seems to have mixed feelings about advertising.  But here's anecdotal evidence that those text ads it has been running lately are worth something.  —  StockTwits, a site for sharing stock-related tweets …
Discussion: Compete Blog
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Seesmic Adds Facebook Comments, Now I'm Looking For A Raft (Or A Boat)  —  A few minutes ago Seesmic rolled out the latest version of their desktop application which now includes Facebook comments, spell check, and Twitter spam reporting.  I've downloaded it and tested it out and while it's …
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Secret of Googlenomics: Data-Fueled Recipe Brews Profitability  —  In the midst of financial apocalypse, the gadflies and gurus of the global marketplace are gathered at the San Francisco Hilton for the annual meeting of the American Economics Association.  The mood is similar to a seismologist convention in the wake of the Big One.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
US Army to adopt Vista and Office 2007 by end of 2009  —  The US Army has promised to update its computer systems to Windows Vista and Office 2007 by the end of the year.  —  Even with Windows 7 and Office 2010 on the horizon, most companies have yet to make the change to the latest Microsoft software.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T also running dry of iPhones, offering refurbs [U]  —  With a little over three weeks to go before Apple's annual developers conference — the same forum used to introduce the iPhone 3G last year — AT&T is reportedly running out of current models and won't be restocking.  (Updated with AT&T's official stance)
Discussion: IntoMobile and iLounge
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
OpenTable Shares Slip in Second Day  —  After a 59% jump in its first day of trading, OpenTable saw its shares lose some ground Friday.  —  Bloomberg News  —  Magnus Bocker, president of Nasdaq OMX Group, left; Jeff Jordan, CEO of OpenTable, center; and Bob McCooey, senior vice president of Nasdaq OMX, on May 22 in New York.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Maps Now Suggests Alternate Routes  —  Sometimes there are many ways to get from point A to point B, whether you are walking or driving.  Until now, Google Maps' directions feature has given you the route they consider the best and allows you to drag and drop the route to change your path.
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Tech companies look for deals as values fall  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cheap valuations and glimmers of economic recovery are tempting cash-rich technology companies to seek acquisitions, and the second half of 2009 could see some steady dealmaking.  —  Having assessed the damage to their balance sheets …
 
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W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Cellular VoIP Network Launched In Syracuse
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SlingPlayer coming to Pre “at or near launch”?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Photo Scoop: Fotolia Takes A Massive $50 Million To $100 Million Round …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
No Recovery This Year: Cowen Says Online Ad Spend Will Fall 6 Percent
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
Learning, and Profiting, from Online Friendships
Discussion: Blogspotting
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Pentagon Seeks High School Hackers
Discussion: CircleID
 Earlier Items: 
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews:
Ron Conway: I'm not on Twitter or Facebook
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lawyer: RIAA must pay back all $100M it has collected
Discussion: Electronista, WinBeta and digg.com