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10:40 PM ET, November 17, 2006

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MyBlogLog to be Acquired by Yahoo!  —  In the second social media acquisition by Yahoo! story in the last 12 hours, news has emerged that Yahoo! has agreed to acquire MyBlogLog.  MyBlogLog is a blog community and analytics tool used here on TechCrunch (see sidebar) and many other blogs around the web.
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Valleywag:
Yahoo swoops in … Yahoo swoops in  —  Yahoo's back on the acquisition path.  In addition to the acquisition of Bix, the internet corp has agreed to buy MyBlogLog, a social network for weblog visitors, for about $10m.  The startup had been seeking venture funding, but attracted the attention …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Yahoo goes on a startup shopping binge  —  First Yahoo says it acquired Bix, then news of a deal to acquire MyBlogLog for $10 million, and now Yahoo confims it has acquired Swedish mobile company Kenet Works.  A Yahoo spokesperson in London confirmed the purchase of Kenet Works and wrote in an email:
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Buys Site for Staging Online Contests
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft  —  Microsoft CEO says Linux "uses our intellectual property"  —  In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Thursday declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
UMG Sues MySpace Claiming Copyright Infringement: News Corp. Unit Says In Compliance  —  Universal Music Group continues to play hard ball in the digital realm ... With negotiations at a standstill today the Vivendi subsidiary filed suit in federal court claiming News Corp.'s MySpace is allowing …
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Universal Music sues MySpace over music copyrights  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, said on Friday it filed a lawsuit against popular social networking site MySpace for infringing copyrights of thousands of its artists' works.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Guardian:
Cracked it!  —  Three million Britons have been issued with the new hi-tech passport, designed to frustrate terrorists and fraudsters.  So why did Steve Boggan and a friendly computer expert find it so easy to break the security codes?  —  Six months ago, with the help of a rather scary computer expert …
Business Wire:
Hearst, The McGraw-Hill Companies and Pilot House Invest $10 Million in Gather.com, the Leader in Social Media for Grown-Ups  —  Traditional Media Companies Move to Leverage Power of Social Media  —  BOSTON, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Gather.com™, the place for engaged …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Gather Brings in Bushels of Money
Associated Press:   McGraw-Hill, Hearst Invest in Gather.com
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Movie Studios Sue to Stop Loading of DVDs onto iPods  —  The MPAA studios are at it again, snatching away our fair use rights, so they can sell them back to us for an "additional fee."  —  In a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, Paramount Pictures v. Load 'N Go Video …
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Skype soft-launches Skype for Symbian  —  Runs on the Nokia N73  —  OBSCURED BY all the razzmatazz surrounding the launch of 3's X-Series handsets, is the fact that on December 1st when 3 goes live with its new service, there will be a version of Skype for Symbian.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
iSkoot, not Skype launched on Symbian
Jennifer Tan / Reuters:
Sony Ericsson to unveil RAZR rival early '07: source  —  SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sony Ericsson, the world's fourth-largest handset maker, plans to launch an ultra-slim, high-end Walkman camera phone in early 2007 to take on Motorola's blockbuster RAZR, an industry source told Reuters.
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
'Pump-and-Dump' Spam Surge Linked to Russian Bot Herders  —  The recent surge in e-mail spam hawking penny stocks and penis enlargement pills is the handiwork of Russian hackers running a botnet powered by tens of thousands of hijacked computers.  —  Internet security researchers …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Gamers line up for coveted PlayStation 3  —  NEW YORK - Die-hard gamers and entrepreneurs prepared to shell out $500 or more for the new PlayStation 3 console that goes on sale Friday, many of them after waiting in line for days despite the likelihood they'd go home empty-handed.
Discussion: Associated Press, Kotaku and KMTR-TV
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Marcus Kabel / timesdaily.com:
Edwards acknowledges staff asked Wal-Mart for Playstation 3  —  Last Updated:November 16.  —  Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards acknowledged Thursday that amid his criticism of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a volunteer member of his staff asked the world's largest retailer for help obtaining …
Mike / Techdirt:
3 Realizes Its Customers Aren't Nuts; But Still Can't Let Go Of Full Control  —  from the so-that's-how-it-works,-huh?  dept  —  There are two really interesting things that came out of today's announcement by UK-based wireless operator 3 today that they were going to focus much more heavily …
Discussion: Light Reading
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Gizmodo:
Solar Powered Cellphone Prototype: Cloudy Locales Need Not Apply  —  Japan and South Korea get the coolest toys (I do believe that fact is codified in several international treaties) and this solar powered cellphone is but yet another example of this.  Originally likened to a mini Nintendo GameBoy SP …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digital World
Tim Wu / Slate:
Jay-Z Versus the Sample Troll  —  THE SHADY ONE-MAN CORPORATION THAT'S DESTROYING HIP-HOP.  —  Last week, a mysterious company, Bridgeport Music Inc., sued hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, accusing him of breaking the law when he recorded his 2003 single "Justify My Thug."
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
New World Numbers: The Trouble with Two Million  —  While the world keeps roiling in the wake of the CopyBot controversy, the world keeps growing at astounding rates.  In the last installment of her New World Numbers series— posted less than a month ago!— demographitrix Tateru Nino contemplated the meaning of a million.
Forbes:
Yahoo's Rising Star  —  When Sue Decker joined Yahoo! as its chief financial officer in June 2000, both the company and the tech bubble that had lifted it up were deflating quickly.  —  Yahoo!'s (nasdaq: YHOO - news - people ) stock was already at half of its all-time high of $120; the Nasdaq was three month past its inflated peak.
Discussion: Valleywag and PaidContent
 
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