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7:05 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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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 …
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: Rough Type
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOD GOD, MUST IT TO COME TO THIS? IT MUST.
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 …
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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.
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.
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
Discussion: StartupSquad
Associated Press:   McGraw-Hill, Hearst Invest in Gather.com
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: 21talks, VoIP Blog and jkOnTheRun
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Dean Bubley / Dean Bubley's Disruptive Wireless:
3's conversion to the Internet faith.... No IMS... but also no wVoIP...
Discussion: The Tao of Mac and Open Gardens
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 …
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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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: PE HUB and Widgets Lab
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
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
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 and The Tech Report
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
One for Valleywag: Duncan Riley leaves B5 Media  —  I was just over at Robyn Tippins blog.  She blogs for B5 Media and reports that Duncan Riley, vice president of development for B5 Media has left B5.  —  Amazing that there's nothing about this on Jeremy Wright's blog (he's one of the founders of B5).
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.
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Kotaku:
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Marcus Kabel / timesdaily.com:
Edwards acknowledges staff asked Wal-Mart for Playstation 3