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Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Court Rules Against Mom in Download Suit  —  WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court late Friday upheld the music industry's $22,500 judgment against a Chicago mother caught illegally distributing songs over the Internet.  —  The court rejected her defense that she was innocently sampling music …
Discussion: Geek News Central …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
NBA to create huge digital archive  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—If you're a rabid basketball fan who's wished you could get your hands on video of that one memorable shot by Michael Jordan from the Chicago Bulls play-off game you went to in 1989, the National Basketball Association may soon be able to help you out.
Nick / Rough Type:
Buying eyeballs  —  Thanks to a link from John Battelle, I came across a fascinating little article about an appearance by Bill Gates on Indian television earlier this week.  Noting that Google's "business model is based on advertisements from which they make a lot of money" and that …
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Get Paid to Search: Now MSN's Talking  —  Finally, an idea from Microsoft (or at least from Mr. Gates) that might actually cause some tremors in the paid search world.  Instead of keeping all that super-high-margin search revenue for itself—the way Google does—Microsoft is apparently thinking …
Discussion: Techdirt and Clickety Clack
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Live Tracking of Mobile Phones Prompts Court Fights on Privacy  —  Most Americans carry cellphones, but many may not know that government agencies can track their movements through the signals emanating from the handset.  —  In recent years, law enforcement officials have turned …
Discussion: A VC and
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Yahoo's First Hack Day: What a Blast!  —  Earlier today, I wrote that I was hacking on a project and didn't have a lot of time to write.  Now I've got a bit of time to tell the rest of the story.  —  Today was our first annual Hack Day in the Search and Marketplace Group (SMG).
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
EEye to enter antivirus business  —  A beta version of the software will be made available to Blink users in early in 2006  —  Security vendor eEye Digital Security (Profile, Products, Articles) Inc. plans to add antivirus capabilities to its Blink intrusion prevention product …
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash
Asa Dotzler:
firefox 1.5 versus internet explorer 6  —  I've seen a number of articles comparing the currently available Firefox 1.5 with the still not available and probably not released for some time Internet Explorer 7.  What's wrong with this picture?  Firefox 1.5 should be compared against the competition …
Peter / Reuters:
World's poorest don't want '$100 laptop': Intel  —  COLOMBO (Reuters) - Potential computer users in the developing world will not want a basic $100 hand-cranked laptop due to be rolled out to millions, chip-maker Intel Corp. (Nasdaq:INTC - news) chairman Craig Barrett said on Friday.
Discussion: MAKE: Blog
Mark Boslet /
Advertisers Welcome Possible Microsoft-AOL Deal  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. (Dow Jones)-Internet advertisers say they welcome the added competition a Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) pact with Time Warner Inc.'s (TWX) AOL Web site might bring the market.  —  But they don't appear likely to shift large amounts advertising …
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Comcast Seeks Edge In Phone Service  —  Comcast Corp. next week plans to roll out Internet phone service in Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland to try to steal customers from Verizon Communications Inc.  —  U.S. cable and phone companies are increasingly competing directly by trying …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Rudy De Waele /
Women in Mobile 04 - Helen Keegan  —  Helen has been working in mobile since the early days; she's one of the first women I noticed when I started mingling in online discussion groups and forums related to mobile back in 2001.  I am happy to have her here in the "Women in Mobile" series.
Rob Bushway / Tablet PC MVP:
Working with 4 tablet pcs  —  I present all 4 four tablet PCs to my customer tomorrow for him to review.  What am I presenting him?  —  HP TC1100  —  Gateway M280  —  Motion LE1600 (with docking station)  —  Toshiba M200  —  I don't have the Thinkpad tablet yet - I decided to hold off and see which way he was heading.
Washington Post:
Smartbomb  —  The Quest for Art, Entertainment, and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution  —  After immersing themselves in the video game culture by attending gaming conventions, interviewing its inventors and entrepreneurs, along with researching the history of the industry and its influence …
Discussion: Kotaku
Jeff Clavier / Software Only:
Social Media Consolidation Act 8: Yahoo takes out  —  First, I apologize for my complete silence over the past week or so, but I have been completely swamped by a number of things - that I can't talk about yet, and I have just returned from Paris where I spoke at the excellent Les Blogs 2.0 organized by my buddy Loic.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Xbox 360 DRM makes your rip your CDs again  —  Microsoft's new Xbox 360 has a dumbass DRM countermeasure: it won't let you store MP3s on its hard-drive unless you rip your CDs again using your Xbox.  My CDs are in a storage locker on a different continent — there goes the whole Xbox-as-Media-Center thing.

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