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2:50 PM ET, November 18, 2006

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Business Wire:
MySpace to Launch Enhanced Copyright Protection Tool  —  World's Leading Lifestyle Portal To Give Copyright Holders Easier, Faster Capacity to Protect Content  —  Tool Being Tested with FOX and MLB Advanced Media  —  LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—MySpace.com, the world's leading lifestyle portal …
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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.
Discussion: Publishing 2.0 and Rough Type
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.
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 …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Video Game Console's Debut Sparks Violence  —  First-Day Sales of PlayStation 3 Met With Shooting, Pepper Spray  —  Armed thugs yesterday robbed a line of people waiting to buy the PlayStation 3 in Putnam, Conn., and a man who refused to hand over his money was shot in the chest.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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Kotaku:
Video of Man Faceplanting into Flagpole
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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
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.
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
WebmasterWorld PubCon Vegas 2006 Recap  —  I am back from the PubCon Vegas conference.  It was the best PubCon ever, in my opinion, Brett totally did an awesome job, even without his wife not being able to come (we noticed).  This conference is much more laid back than the SES conferences, but that is what makes it special.
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Updating a Brand-New Product  —  Now that Windows Vista has released to manufacturing, you might think that there is no opportunity for the product to get better before you get to use it.  Pre-Internet and before Windows Update, that was generally the case.  But things are different today.
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."
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: Engadget, PVR Wire 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 …
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?
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 and 21talks
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Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Skype Goes Truly Mobile....
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
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) …
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