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9:00 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.
sonyericsson.com:
The W850 WALKMAN® phone - a cool slider made for music  —  London, UK- 18 May 2006 - The evolution of Sony Ericsson's successful Walkman® phone range takes another step forward today with the announcement of the UMTS enabled W850.  Sony Ericsson's first GSM/UMTS 'slider' …
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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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
ISP snooping plans take backseat  —  A prominent Republican in the U.S. Congress has backed away from plans to rewrite Internet privacy rules by requiring that logs of Americans' online activities be stored.  —  Wisconsin Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee …
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.
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.
Seo Book / Aaron Wall's SEO Book.com:
Blog Usability Interview with Kim Krause Berg  —  A while ago I contacted Kim Krause Berg for a usability review, but I threw a curve ball in on her.  I asked her how I could make this blog more usable.  I believe Kim is the first person who has ever offered blog usability review services.
Mike Nowak / ceci n'est pas:
E3 Crabtacular  —  Due to the "me too" nature of a lot of game publishers, pretty much every E3 has a very visible trend, like toon shading or World War 2 shooters.  The trend that was noticeable this year, to me, was crabs.  Yes, crabs.  It became very obvious right from the start during Sony's press conference.
Discussion: Kotaku
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: Gizmodo and TechSpot
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 …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Skype's Net Neutrality gamble: we'll be so big, they can't stop us  —  James Bilefield, head of Skype's European operations, has a plan for combating telecommunications companies eager to do away with Net Neutrality: get big.  As companies such as AT&T think about cashing in on a "tiered Internet …
Discussion: Realtime-VoIP
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 …
 
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Associated Press:
China Mobile says it's talking to Google
Discussion: Google Watch
James Galbraith / Macworld:
MacBook benchmarks in black and white
Mike / Techdirt:
Human Smut Scanners Needed At Photobucket And MySpace
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
Bloomberg:
Judge Rejects Call to Release AT& T Papers
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Samsung's Fuel-Cell Gambit
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Eric Weaver / Brand Dialogue:
Web 2.0/Marketing 2.0 Conference Listing
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Second Life Land Deal Goes Sour
Tracy Staedter / Discovery News:
Brainy Scarecrow Shoos Away Birds
Discussion: Engadget and THE RAW FEED
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to spell out Vista's needs
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo: Our ads are better
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Hands-on with Sony's UX50 handheld PC