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7:05 PM ET, February 23, 2007

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
MP3 Patents in Upheaval After Verdict  —  Microsoft was ordered by a federal jury yesterday to pay $1.52 billion in a patent dispute over the MP3 format, the technology at the heart of the digital music boom.  If upheld on appeal, it would be the largest patent judgment on record.
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft takes $1.52 billion hit in MP3 patent case
Discussion: Mike Davidson
Richard Waters / Financial Times:   Alcatel-Lucent wins $1.5bn Microsoft suit
Om Malik / GigaOM:   IPTV & the ALU, Microsoft soap opera
adCenter Blog:
Advertisers may see high CPC and spend amounts  —  Some of our adCenter advertisers are seeing high cost-per-click (CPC) and spend amounts in their accounts.  I will update this post with more information as soon as I have it, but I wanted to let you know that this issue is now resolved …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Microsoft adCenter CPC Costs Spike: Known Bug  —  Fixed: The adCenter representative has notified us via the two forums and the adCenter blog that the overcharging has been fixed and that they are now working up a plan to reimburse advertisers.  —  Update: This is a very serious issue.
Discussion: WebProNews
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Major Microsoft adCenter Bug Costs Millions
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype petitions FCC for open cellular access  —  Skype petitioned the Federal Communications Commission earlier this week to force U.S. mobile operators to loosen controls on what kinds of hardware and software can be connected to their networks.  —  In a document dated February 20 …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Closed Skype wants open networks
BBC:
Emotion robots learn from people  —  Making robots that interact with people emotionally is the goal of a European project led by British scientists.  —  Feelix Growing is a research project involving six countries, and 25 roboticists, developmental psychologists and neuroscientists.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, Joe Duck and CrunchGear
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Google Apps Doesn't Compete  —  The blogosphere has been abuzz with gushing commentary about Google Apps.  Some of it is about how Google is now taking on Microsoft head to head.  This couldn't be more wrong.  —  Google Apps is a completely different beast than Office even though …
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Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Are Google Apps' Customers For Real?
Discussion: PC World: Techlog
Josh Bernoff / Charlene Li's Blog:
Audible Magic copyright checking at YouTube — what took so long?  —  I've been talking occasionally with Audible Magic's CEO, Vance Ikezoye, for about four years now.  The company makes software for identifying copyrighted content, and it has a track record.
Discussion: SearchViews, VentureBeat and Phil Morle
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
We tried to get it done, but the filter team kept getting distracted …
Discussion: LeeAnn Prescott
Stace / Unwired View:
Netvibes2Go - All Mobile Net in One Place  —  I have almost never used Mobile Internet services on my cellphone.  With the dismal navigation interfaces on the phones, Mobile Internet was just too hard for me.  Until I tried Netvibes2Go.  Now I use it almost every day.
Discussion: GigaOM
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Will you trust Google with your data?  —  IN FOCUS » See more posts on: Google Office  —  Update below: Phil Wainewright raises an interesting beef in his post on SaaS data worries.  In a nutshell, Phil says it's strange that people are trotting out the "your data may not be safe" argument when talking about Google Office.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Why Microsoft will not fall into the Innovators Dilemma
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Erick Schonfeld / Business 2.0:
Web TV's top-rated acts  —  Two-minute YouTube clips were just the start.  As television comes to the Internet, dozens of companies are gunning to become the networks of tomorrow, reports Business 2.0 Magazine.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Wayne's World, it's not.
Discussion: The Next Net
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yahoo gets a copy of Eric's Plan B  —  Like many shareholders of Yahoo — whose stock has climbed somewhat in the past few months, but is still well below where it was at the beginning of last year — blogger and management consultant Eric Jackson has been less than pleased with the company's performance over the past year or so.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Internet Explorer loses ground to Firefox, Safari in US; holds its ground worldwide  —  Safari is either making huge gains or holding steady in the browser wars; it all depends on whose stats you use.  The same can be said of Firefox, while Internet Explorer is losing ground in the US but holding steady worldwide.
Discussion: Apple Gazette, Channel 9 and digg
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Broadband over powerlines: It may take awhile  —  Broadband over powerline technology may be coming to your home, but first electric companies need to read your meter in real time.  —  That's the takeaway from a roundtable that focused Current Communications, a startup that is selling electric utilities …
Discussion: WebProNews
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Just Behave: Marissa Mayer on Personalized Search  —  It was almost 3 weeks ago today that Google posted on their corporate blog about some changes to the personalized search sign-up process.  Danny covered this development quite nicely in a very comprehensive post, looking at the specifics …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
A social site where Webcams rule  —  Remember JenniCam?  If not, here's a refresher: it was a seven-year experiment in Internet voyeurism, featuring a girl and her always-on Webcam.  —  Now, imagine hundreds of similar live video feeds of strangers—Jenni's and Johnny's alike …
Google Blogoscoped:
Inside Google China  —  [Google China is headquarted in Beijing, but also has a Shanghai office.  Most of these images are from China.  All images by Keso with some rights reserved.] … Inside Google China by Philipp Lenssen |
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
scee.presscentre.com:
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Announces Hardware Specification of PLAYSTATION®3 for Europe  —  Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) to be launched in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 would utilise a new hardware specification.
 
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