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11:00 AM ET, November 18, 2006

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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.
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Universal Sues MySpace for Copyright Infringement  —  Everybody fretted about Universal Music suing YouTube for copyright infringement given the threats lobbed in that direction by Chairman Doug Morris.  But Universal cut a deal with YouTube and that settled that.  —  The other company that got under Morris' skin was MySpace.
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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 …
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.
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Polite Hackers Kick It in Korea  —  SEOUL, South Korea — The first international hacker conference held in this most wired of nations would never be confused with its Western forebears.  Instead of jeans and T-shirts with clever slogans, attendees wore button-down shirts and pleated slacks …
Discussion: Slashdot
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."
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
RockYou's Past Catches Up  —  Netpickle, maker of the popular RockYou widgets, is in bit of a legal pickle.  Anti-phishing company Iconix, the former employer of Netpickle co-founders Lance Tokuda and Jia Shen, claims that the duo was working on a slideshow application for Myspace as part …
Discussion: Widgets Lab and PE HUB
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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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Hearst, McGrawHill Invest in Gather.com; Total Raise $10 Million
Discussion: Mashable!
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Gather Brings in Bushels of Money
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
AMD designs prototype PC for the living room  —  Advanced Micro Devices has created a prototype PC designed to go in the living room, a place where several companies have tried to go before but almost none has succeeded.  —  Resembling a stereo component, the computer is designed essentially …
Discussion: PVR Wire, Engadget and The Tech Report
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Patent troll going after AMD for infringement  —  "Those who can, do; those who can't, sue."  Although the original version of this phrase is (unfairly) used to describe teachers, we think that it does a nice job summing up the current state of the consumer electronics industry as well …
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
Mike / Techdirt:
MPAA Sues Firm For Loading Legally Owned DVDs Onto iPods  —  from the come-again?  dept  —  It really was just a few days ago that the entertainment industry folks were claiming that it was the consumer electronics industry that was trying to pervert "fair use," right?
Hrmpf / hrmpf.com:
Apple proposes 'blank' iPod/phone/MacBook just add buttons  —  The Ultimate Customisable iPod/MacBook/Tablet- add the controls and software and make it a phone or what ever you want.  —  Apple has just filed a new patent application for the adding of physical controls (like buttons or sliders etc) …
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iSkoot, not Skype launched on Symbian  —  There is a lot of chatter amongst VoIP bloggers about the launch of Symbian version of Skype, mostly inspired by this story in The Inquirer.  That is not exactly the case.  —  You see what happened was that iSkoot, a Cambridge …
Discussion: VoIP Blog, 21talks and jkOnTheRun
Dean Bubley / Dean Bubley's Disruptive Wireless:
3's conversion to the Internet faith.... No IMS... but also no wVoIP...  Filling in a few more details about the Hutchison 3 mobile broadband announcement....  - The company's CFO made a very public & emphatic U-turn, using terms like "tearing down the walls", and "in principle …
Discussion: The Tao of Mac and Open Gardens
 
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