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4:40 PM ET, May 18, 2006

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
EFF: Breaking News:
EFF Can Use Critical AT&T Documents in Surveillance Lawsuit  —  Evidence For Illegal Spying Case Will Remain Under Seal for Now  —  San Francisco - A federal judge in San Francisco ruled today that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) can use critical evidence in its class-action lawsuit …
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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
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Hands-on with Sony's UX50 handheld PC  —  Sony took the wraps off its Vaio UX50 ultracompact PC at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday and our colleague Martyn Williams was blessed with the chance to try out the ever-so-cool looking device.  Read on for his verdict.
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.
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to spell out Vista's needs  —  After months of providing only basic guidance about the kind of PC hardware needed to run Windows Vista, Microsoft is ready to get a bit more specific.  —  On Thursday, the company is expected to give details of two marketing programs that computer makers …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Incremental Blogger
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Samsung's Fuel-Cell Gambit  —  The South Korean outfit is backing a project to build handsets powered by fuel cells instead of conventional batteries  —  Samsung may soon be tapping a new power source for its cell phones.  The South Korean handset maker on May 18 is announcing plans …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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 …
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 …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Gregg Keizer / InformationWeek:
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Fast, one wire network (IP over FireWire)
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
M2Z's Wireless Broadband Utopia
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Gentlemen Prefer PDFs
Times of London:
Holding the watchdog blogs to account
Discussion: unmediated
Michael Graves / the Infrablog:
Introducing the VeriSign Personal Identity Provider (PIP)