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10:00 AM ET, February 23, 2007

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Hearst Corporation:
HEARST ANNOUNCES PLAN TO LAUNCH "NEWS READER" PRODUCT AT THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER AND IDENTIFY POTENTIAL USES ACROSS HEARST BRANDS  —  Software Offers Consumers a Superior Onscreen Reading Experience  —  In a continuing effort to expand the reach of its content, Hearst Corporation today announced …
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Microsoft announces more Digital Readers, but why?  —  Microsoft just announced more reader applications similar to the Times Reader: using the same technology, you can now read the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Forbes, and the Daily Mail tabloid from the UK.  From the main press release …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why do a reader only for one publication?  (Adobe vs. Microsoft for developers)
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Newspaper software: pretty but dumb
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft hit with $1.5 billion patent verdict  —  A federal jury in San Diego has ordered Microsoft to pay $1.5 billion to Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute over MP3 audio technology used in Windows.  —  In its verdict, the jury assessed damages based on each Windows PC sold since May 2003.
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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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Furdlog
BBC:
Microsoft faces $1.5bn MP3 payout
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Cory Doctorow / Salon:
Steve Jobs' iTunes dance  —  Now the Apple CEO says he would gladly sell songs without digital restrictions, if the record companies let him.  That's hardly a brave defiance, and besides, I don't believe him.  —  In early February, Apple CEO Steve Jobs published an extraordinary memo …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Forget party schools: The RIAA lists the top piracy schools in the US  —  Ohio University, Purdue University, and the University of Nebraska have made it to the top of a list, but it may not be something the universities want to brag about.  The RIAA recently named the top 25 music-pirating schools …
Discussion: TechSpot News and Ministry of Tech
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
RIAA lists top 25 universities handing out piracy notices
Discussion: digg
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Boycotting MyBlogLog  —  In the next few minutes, I'll be removing links to MyBlogLog and taking the JavaScript off the site.  Why?  Yahoo and MBL have decided to ban Jeremy Schoemoney from the service for exposing some security flaws in the product.  —  While MBL claims that's not the case...
Discussion: Shoemoney and WebProNews
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
RIAA Fights Back, Threatens Open Wi-Fi  —  Debbie Foster was sued by RIAA member company Capitol Records for allegedly sharing copyrighted material on a P2P file sharing network.  However, the alleged infringement was apparently committed by someone else with access to her ISP account.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:   RIAA declares war on open WiFi
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Traffic measuring continued: Why Compete doesn't work, and why Quantcast does  —  It sucks when your Web site's traffic isn't being measured correctly.  —  It also sucks when you're trying to measure the significance of someone else's site, and are getting conflicting signals.
Discussion: Mark Evans and WebMetricsGuru
Business 2.0:
The Next Net 25  —  Business 2.0 Magazine's guide to the hottest Web 2.0 companies - and the powerful trends driving them - in this make-or-break year.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Twelve months have passed since we introduced the first Next Net 25 - our picks for the Web 2.0 wannabes most likely to break out of the pack.
GameDaily:
Merrill Lynch: 30% of U.S. Households to Own Wii by 2011  —  As the Wii continues to sell quite well month after month, analysts are becoming convinced that it's no fad.  A new forecast from Merrill Lynch suggests that Nintendo's console will occupy around 30 percent of U.S. households by 2011, and even more in Japan.
Discussion: Gizmodo, GigaGamez and digg
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft tests "pay-as-you-go" software  —  Microsoft has been quietly testing a new "pay-as-you-go" software rental service in South Africa, Mexico, and Romania.  The service allows users to pay a monthly fee of around $15 for the use of Office 2003.  —  The program is a pilot project …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Will you trust Google with your data?  —  IN FOCUS » See more posts on: Google Office  —  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.
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
London Mashup: What's Next, Web 3.0?  —  Written by David Lenehan of Polldaddy and edited by Richard MacManus.  David also covered the Future of Web Apps event [1, 2] in London this week.  Photos from Route79, via Flickr.  —  I went down to the Mashup event in London tonight, which was organized by Vecosys and eTribes.
Discussion: Raw and Vecosys
MacScoop:
Tons of Mac hardware releases for Q2, black iMac on the way?  —  While the release of Microsoft's Vista earlier this month is said to be seriously challenging Apple on its recent PC market share catch-up, tipsters well placed at Apple informed MacScoop that the company is preparing …
 
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Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
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Eating Crow: Google Paints Bullseye on Microsoft
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
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There is no YouTube Filter; It's AudibleMagic
Discussion: Mercury News
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
George Lucas Declares Trademark War On Digg
PR Newswire:
Tellme Brings World's Largest Voice Platform to the Mobile Screen …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft's Vista-Live Strategy Already Impacting Google
Andy Merrett / The Blog Herald:
Shiny's annual gadget awards: LG scores a hatrick
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Insider Pages Acquisition May Be Announced Next Week
Mark Fletcher / Startupping:
Best and Worst Decisions (Part 2)
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Flickr shows a little too much skin