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7:15 PM ET, May 18, 2006

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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Record Labels Sue XM Radio  —  As has been widely reported, the four major record labels have filed a copyright infringement suit against XM Radio, based on the recording capabilities included in certain recently-introduced XM receivers, such as the Pioneer Inno and Samsung Helix.
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Megan Pollock / hrrc.org:
RECORD LABELS BREAK COMPACTS WITH CONSUMERS, CONGRESS AND COURTS  —  Suit Against XM Trashes Labels' AHRA and Grokster Assurances  —  Washington, May 17, 2006 - The industry that advised consumers, the Congress and the courts that it would not abuse the legal tools it sought from them has done just that …
BBC:
Satellite radio in recordings row  —  US satellite radio firm XM is being sued by record labels over a gadget that lets listeners record songs.  —  The recording industry said XM's Inno device, which stores music and divides it into tracks, infringes copyright.
Washington Post:
Google's Goal: A Worldwide Web of Books  —  It's odd to hear Vinton Cerf, regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Internet, to gush over ink-on-paper books.  —  The electronic pioneer and computer scientist, who now works as Google's chief Internet evangelist, is also a bibliophile …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Yahoo! unveils video sharing site, Finance redesign at analyst day  —  Yahoo! presented its business strategy to analysts yesterday and gave the world a sneak peek at what's to come.  A new advertising system is code complete and currently undergoing some testing and, if all goes well, will be rolled out later this year.
Parallax:
First Encounters of the Blogger Kind  —  As you all know, I've been at the SAPPHIRE conference as an officially sanctioned "from the floor" blogger.  This experience has been unbelievable in more ways than I can articulate and I will be trickling out thoughts and articles about what I have learned over the next few days.
CNET News.com:
Dell opts for AMD's Opteron  —  update Dell has agreed to use Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron chip in multiprocessor servers by the end of the year, ending a long-standing policy of sticking exclusively with Intel.  —  The PC maker made the move public in its first-quarter earnings press release on Thursday.
Bloomberg:
Google in Brazil May Face Criminal Probe Over Orkut (Update1)  —  May 17 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., the owner of Brazil's most-used online community site, may face a criminal probe for distribution of child pornography and racist materials by its users, lawyers for the attorney general said.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Hardware firms oppose Net neutrality laws  —  The political debate in Washington over the concept known as Net neutrality just became a lot more complicated.  —  Some of the largest hardware makers in the world, including 3M, Cisco, Corning and Qualcomm, sent a letter to Congress …
sonyericsson.com:
Elegant Z550 clamshell delivers quality 1.3 Megapixel camera and crisp colour screen  —  London, UK - 18 May 2006 - Mobile phoners looking for quality, style and good looks will love Sony Ericsson's Z550, announced today.  Finished in a combination of premium brushed metal and high gloss material …
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sonyericsson.com:
Sony Ericsson introduces the Z710 - an elegant camera clamshell …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
DailyTech:
Pioneer Blu-Ray PC Recorder Now For Sale  —  $1000 burning a hole in your pocket?  —  For those who cannot wait to get on the Blu-ray train, Pioneer's BDR-101A PC Blu-ray recorder is just starting to trickle into the retail channel.  Tiger Direct has just listed the BDR-101A for sale at a mere $999.99.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and TechSpot
Bloomberg:
Judge Rejects Call to Release AT& T Papers  —  Justice Dept. Cites National Security; Privacy Group Says Documents Prove NSA Link  —  A federal judge yesterday rejected a privacy group's request to release documents that it claims show AT&T Inc. helped the National Security Agency spy …
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EFF: Breaking News:
EFF Can Use Critical AT&T Documents in Surveillance Lawsuit
Discussion: Google Watch
Shiny Media / Tech Digest:
LG launches two new plasmas  —  LG has expanded its line up of HD Ready plasma TVs with the new PY2R series and more affordable 42PC1D.  The PY2R series, available in 50" or 60" sizes, have already won design awards from iF Design and Red Dot although it's a little hard to tell exactly why from the pic …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digital Lifestyle …
Thomas J. Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Going Wireless Most Places You Go  —  Wi-Fi, the wireless networking technology that can create an invisible field of Internet access over a limited area, has revolutionized the world of mobile computing.  But while Wi-Fi is serving up Internet access in a growing patchwork of places like coffeehouses and …
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Second Life Land Deal Goes Sour  —  In what might be a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, a Pennsylvania lawyer is suing the publisher of the rapidly growing online world Second Life, alleging the company unfairly confiscated tens of thousands of dollars worth of his virtual land and other property.
Mike / Techdirt:
Human Smut Scanners Needed At Photobucket And MySpace  —  We were just talking about digital working class jobs and how web filters suck — so is it any surprise that some companies are now rapidly trying to hire human smut scanners to spend their days staring at photo after photo to try to catch "bad" pictures quickly?
Discussion: Vecosys
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo: Our ads are better  —  Yahoo's new ad system is designed to let marketers target prospective consumers not only by the search terms the people use, but also by their demographics, location and what they do on other areas of the Yahoo network, executives said.
Eric Weaver / Brand Dialogue:
Web 2.0/Marketing 2.0 Conference Listing  —  Time and time again, my Newsfire RSS reader tells me of conference after conference that I've MISSED the opportunity to attend, because I didn't know about them until after I had already booked client stuff.  My wife has been shocked by the stream …
 
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Where's J Allard? Working at Wal-Mart
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James Galbraith / Macworld:
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Discussion: PC World's Techlog and Gizmodo
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Mark Fletcher presentation at Startup SIG
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
'Bringing it home stats'
Discussion: Kotaku and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feeds 2.0: A little like Searchfox
Gregg Keizer / InformationWeek:
Apple Fixes Firmware, Leaves Users Confused
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Apple Core
Carlo / Techdirt:
Poker Rootkit Is Hackers' Ace Up Their Sleeve
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Samsung's Fuel-Cell Gambit
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 Earlier Items: 
Tracy Staedter / Discovery News:
Brainy Scarecrow Shoos Away Birds
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Fast, one wire network (IP over FireWire)
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to spell out Vista's needs
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Selling Life Jackets on the Titanic: How TiVo Is Cashing In on the Interactive Age
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
Adam Lashinsky / CNN:
Return of the bubble: IPOs behaving badly
Michael Geist:
Canadian Privacy Community Speaks Out on Copyright Reform
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Hands-on with Sony's UX50 handheld PC
Michael Graves / the Infrablog:
Introducing the VeriSign Personal Identity Provider (PIP)