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1:15 PM ET, October 18, 2006

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Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
Amateur 'video bloggers' under threat from EU broadcast rules  —  THE Government is seeking to prevent an EU directive that could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube.  —  The European Commission proposal would require websites …
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
Universal sues video-sharing websites  —  Universal Music, the world's largest record company, has launched the established media industry's first legal action against user-generated internet sites in the wake of its distribution deal last week with YouTube, the most popular video-sharing website.
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Reuters:
Microsoft CEO sees $7.5B for R&D in 2007  —  Steve Ballmer says No. 1 software maker, under pressure to stay competitive, will boost next year's research and development budget by $1.3 billion.  —  MADRID (Reuters) — Microsoft Corp will spend around $7.5 billion on research and development …
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran bans fast internet to cut west's influence  —  Iran's Islamic government has opened a new front in its drive to stifle domestic political dissent and combat the influence of western culture - by banning high-speed internet links.  —  In a blow to the country's estimated 5 million internet users …
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Ogle Earth and CrunchGear
Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Teams With QUALCOMM and Lucent Technologies to Extend Industry-Leading Push-To-Talk Services with QUALCOMM'S QChat Solution  — Technology to Enable High Performance Push-to-Talk (Walkie-Talkie) Calls On AND Between All Sprint Networks, Beginning in 2008
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
PayPerPost tests your ethics, & Edelman's fake blog for Wal-Mart  —  PayPerPost is a Florida start-up that lets bloggers get paid for writing about products and other companies.  —  It has just got $3 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture firm Draper Fisher Jurveston and others.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toy Quest intros Rip Roar Video Free PMP / PVR for kids  —  Joining the seemingly endless amount of toys that adults wish they had as children is a kid-friendly portable media player / PVR designed to keep 10-year olds satisfied while their teenage peers sport iPods.
Discussion: I4U News and CrunchGear
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
Back to the Drawing Board  —  Using Mouse-Made Sketches,  —  Retrievr Searches Flickr Photos  —  Text-powered search is so fundamental to life online that alternatives seem like far-flung fantasy.  —  Programmer Christian Langreiter, a 27-year-old Austrian, was hired by a European software company to make one alternative real.
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
T@lkster: A New Voice 2.0 Company  —  The preferred attack point for cellular VoIP plays today seems to be disintermediating mobile long distance from the handset.  For the last few weeks I've been playing with and alpha release of T@lkster, a new Voice 2.0 offering which does exactly that.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Realtime Community
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
EA clarifies Battlefield 2142's IGA spyware  —  Electronic Arts launched Battlefield 2142 yesterday and not too many people were happy to find spyware incorporated into the game.  EA is confused why players have an issue with the sheet describing advertising spyware in their copy of Battlefield 2142 …
Discussion: Blue's News and Game|Life
Curtis / You NEWB:
Blue Dragon bundles sell out in Japan  —  True this is only the case from apparently this one store, but Microsoft is probably loving to hear about this.  This Japanese blog is reporting that Japanese retailer Edigi sold out of all of the Blue Dragon Xbox 360 bundles they had, within five minutes.
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and Aeropause
Jane Wardell / Associated Press:
Music Companies Sue 8,000 More in Anti-Sharing Fight  —  The international record industry filed thousands more lawsuits around the world Tuesday against people it accuses of illegally sharing digital music.  —  The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry filed 8,000 cases in 17 countries …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 2.0 Review  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  Disclaimer: Alex's company AdaptiveBlue has a product called The blueorganizer, which is a Firefox extension.  —  In this post, we take a look at what the Firefox team is going to deliver in their upcoming major release: Firefox 2.0.
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and digg
terrasoftsolutions.com:
Terra Soft to Provide Linux for the Sony PLAYSTATION®3.  —  Terra Soft is proud to announce Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 for PLAYSTATION®3 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI).  —  Yellow Dog Linux v5.0, Terra Soft's next generation Linux operating system for Power will support PLAYSTATION 3 …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Windows virus worms onto some Apple iPods  —  update Apple Computer warned on Tuesday that some of its latest iPods have shipped with a Windows virus.  —  The company said that a small number of video iPods made after Sept. 12 included the RavMonE virus.  It said it has seen fewer …
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Apple's Xserve Xeon: Built to fall apart  —  A couple of weeks ago, Apple invited me to its campus to get a close-up look at Apple's Xserve Xeon.  It is a marvel of physical design, so much so that I find that it implausible that Xserve Xeon and Xserve G5 could have been designed by the same company.
 
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Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
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Reena Jana / Business Week:
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Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
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Spacegirl / Google Blogoscoped:
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