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9:45 AM ET, October 21, 2006

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Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Removes 30,000 Files Amid Japanese Copyright Concerns  —  A WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE NEWS ROUNDUP  —  TOKYO — The popular U.S.-based video-sharing Web site YouTube has deleted nearly 30,000 files over copyright concerns after being asked by a group representing Japan's entertainment industry.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Boy Scouts shill for MPAA with copyright merit badge  —  The Los Angeles Council of the Boy Scouts of America will offer rewards to Scouts who absorb a brainwashing regime written by the MPAA.  The merit badge patch in "respecting copyright" will almost certainly not include any training on fair use …
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Associated Press:
Be loyal, kind and don't steal movies  —  LOS ANGELES — A Boy Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, etc., etc.  He is also respectful of copyrights.  —  Boy Scouts in the Los Angeles area will now be able to earn a merit patch for learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies and music.
Discussion: Slashdot
Mike / Techdirt:
The Boy Scouts Now Have An MPAA Merit Badge In Misleading Arguments  —  from the lucky-them dept  —  Chris writes in to let us know that the MPAA's latest effort in brainwashing kids to their one sided argument is that they've convinced the Boy Scouts of America to offer a merit badge for …
The Older Gamers Paradise:
Hands On The Zune  —  Today, I had an opportunity to listen to a few songs and a radio station on the Zune here at the Microsoft Campus in Seattle.  —  All Zune colors were present, brown, white (or off-white) and black.  The brown design was by far my favorite color of the three.
Ross / Zimbra - Blog:
IE 7 vs IE 6  —  Back in April I wrote an entry complaining about IE's performance as a Web 2.0 platform: … I am happy to say that I was wrong.  —  Microsoft's IE team has clearly been hard at work on improving their browser's memory management and JavaScript performance.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Internet video business challenges  —  I'm going to be going to see John Battelle this afternoon (he runs the blogging advertising network, Federated Media) and I'm going to ask him about the challenges of making an Internet content business work.  —  Here's the trouble.
Steve Hargreaves / CNN:
Security analysts: Mac attacks rare but may rise  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Apple computers have long been prized for being relatively virus-free.  But as more people use Apple products, experts say the company is increasingly becoming a target for cyber pranksters and criminals writing viruses and other forms of malware.
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Lokeuei / MSDN Blogs:
No Photoshop?  No worry.  —  There's Paint.NET :) Yes that's right, almost 100% written in MANAGED CODE.  I remember using this application when it was released as version 1 on my Windows XP.  Although a novel idea at that time, the performance was very sluggish.  Perhaps written without optimizing the .NET code.
Sam Kennedy / 1up.com:
Phil Harrison Talks Downloadable PS1 Games on PS3  —  New details on how backwards compatible games will work.  —  Following today's PS3 press conference in which Sony demonstrated its online PlayStation Store, 1UP was able to speak with Sony's Phil Harrison regarding the PS1 and PS2 titles …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Loma Linda .... Fiber Town, USA  —  Loma Linda, a town of 20,000 residents wedged between Riverside and San Bernadino in Southern California, says it was the first city in the U.S. to mandate a building code for residential and commercial structures to include fiber optics.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires SpaceShipOne?  —  Categorize this as another unsubstantiated Google rumor, but the word on the street is that Google has acquired SpaceShipOne and is putting it inside building 43 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.  No word on the purchase price …
Tom Siebert / MediaPost Publications:
Edelman Reveals Two More Wal-Mart 'Flogs'  —  PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM EDELMAN, WHICH last week pledged to be more transparent in its involvement with client-related blogs, Thursday revealed it is behind two more 'flogs,' or fake blogs, created on behalf of Wal-Mart.
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The Ask.com Blog:
Keep Ask.com As Your Steady with IE 7 and Firefox  —  Relationships.  Can anyone get by without 'em?  Take Ask.com, for instance.  We cherish our time with you.  We want to keep what you and we have going strong.  —  That's why we've made it easy to add Ask.com as your default search …
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Courts Can't Figure Out if Buying Keywords Constitutes Trademark Use—Buying for the Home v. Humble Abode  —  Buying for the Home, LLC v. Humble Abode, LLC, 03-CV-2783 (JAP) (D.N.J. Oct. 20, 2006)  —  2006 has been a bit of a jurisprudential disaster on the question of whether buying/selling …
Discussion: SEO by the SEA
Cesar Menendez / Zune Insider Blog:
BATTERY LIFE  —  Ok, I've got some battery life numbers to share:  —  Zune has a battery life of up to 13 hours, when listening to music.  Oh. . . and that's with the wireless turned on.  When you turn the wireless off, Zune has up to 14 hours of battery life when listening to music …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and MSTechToday
David Pescovitz / Boing Boing:
Complete Works of Charles Darwin now online for free  —  Yesterday, the Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online officially launched, bringing 50,000 pages of searchable text and 40,000 images to the public for free.  Presented by the University of Cambridge and other collaborators …
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Sony May Not Meet PlayStation 3 Shipment Targets (Update2)  —  Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) — Sony Corp., which slashed its profit forecast yesterday, said it may not reach this year's shipment target for the PlayStation 3 game console because of a parts shortage in the Blu-ray high-definition disc drive.
Discussion: Things That, Joystiq, Siliconera and Gizmodo
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Sony's BDP-S1 Blu-ray player delayed again...again
Discussion: You NEWB
 
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360 100 GB HD Bogus, Says Germany's Herr Nelson
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Intel's Santa Rosa platform officially dubbed Centrino Pro
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony kicks out 007 Edition VAIO TX / DSC-T50B Cybershot
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Mike / Techdirt:
News.com Editor Explains Why Google Is Immoral
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
The real reason that Google bought YouTube?
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Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
ASP.NET AJAX Beta 1 Released
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SL Adds Web to Beta Profiles, Login Screen
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Sony Delays Sale of LocationFree TV Box
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Scrybe - the online productivity suite I'm dying to try