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3:55 PM ET, November 18, 2006

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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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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Universal Music Sues MySpace for Copyright Infringement  —  The Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit yesterday against MySpace, the popular social networking Web site, for allowing users to upload and download songs and music videos.
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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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
Economist:
Going pro  —  More people are quitting their day jobs to blog for a living  —  ON HER blog, called Dooce, Heather Armstrong chronicles her life as a disenchanted Mormon in Salt Lake City, her former career as a high-flying web designer in Los Angeles, her pregnancy and postpartum depression, and so on.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
More Bloggers Turn Pro, But They Better Diversify  —  The Economist has a brief article up about some high bloggers that have quit their day jobs to turn pro.  Before you join them consider that there is simply not enough advertising revenue to go around.  There are lots of people - including start-ups - that covet the same pie.
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.
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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 …
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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.
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.
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?
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 …
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