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4:20 PM ET, February 25, 2007


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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Software Exploited by Pirates Goes to Work for Hollywood  —  Hollywood studios are going into business with one of their biggest tormentors: the peer-to-peer pioneer BitTorrent.  —  On Monday, the company, whose technology unleashed a wave of illegal file-sharing on the Internet …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
BitTorrent Entertainment Network Debuts Monday  —  Former entertainment industry enemy and P2P renegade BitTorrent is now officially and definitively inside the Hollywood fold.  The company, well-known for the technology that fuels much of the so-called darknet, will launch on Monday …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Mathew /
BitTorrent service is built to fail  —  Far be it from me to question the motivations of Bram Cohen, the genius behind the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol, who has finally launched (NYT link) the long-awaited (or at least, much discussed) movie download service that BitTorrent has been working on with the major Hollywood studios.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak: Launches Video Store  —  BitTorrent will sell content from Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate, Palm Pictures, and their latest partner MGM.  All videos will be high quality, and encoded with the best possible codecs according …
Discussion: P2P Blog and digg
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
Millions of Videos, and Now a Way to Search Inside Them  —  THE World Wide Web is awash in digital video, but too often we can't find the videos we want or browse for what we might like.  —  That's a loss, because if we could search for Internet videos, they might become the content …
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Publisher Network's Trojan Horse  —  Google has a hefty lead in getting small publishers to put Google-powered ads on their websites.  There is no negotiated deal - advertisers agree to take whatever Google decides to give them.  Revenue share terms are not disclosed to these small publishers.
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Silicon Valley has become Media Valley - someone should tell NYC  —  Silicon Valley is rapidly turning into Media Valley—and New York, NY should look out—the capital of the media world is shifting about 3,000 miles westwards.  —  Some of Silicon Valley's largest companies are media companies …
Discussion: Publishing 2.0 and Digital Markets
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Hi-tech entrepreneurs mull build or sell  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. - As's mastermind, Mark Zuckerberg is sitting on a potential gold mine that could make him the next Silicon Valley whiz kid to strike it rich.  —  But the 22-year-old founder of the Internet's second largest social-networking site …
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
Darren / Digital Camera Reviews, Ratings …:
Olympus to Release DSLR/s on 5 March  —  The Eurpopean Olympus site has today published a teaser indicating that it is about to release a new DSLR (or more than one) on 5 March.  —  All the site really has is an image with an outline of three DSLRs (or is it the same camera outlined three times?).
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple To Get Into Ringtone Business  —  This video presents a fairly compelling case that Apple will be getting into the Ringtone business with the release of the iPhone.  Ringtone sales are big business, accounting for 10% of so of the global music market, and well over $1 billion per year in sales …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Spencer Kelly / BBC:
Mobile talk moves to Web 2.0  —  With a growing demand for a better browsing experience on our mobiles, there is, according to the industry, demand for Web 2.0 on the go.  —  While text blogging on a mobile is still seen as a minority sport, the explosion of camera and videophones now allows us …
New York Times:
In Big Buyout, Utility to Limit New Coal Plants  —  Under a proposed $45 billion buyout by a team of private equity firms, the TXU Corporation, a Texas utility that has long been the bane of environmental groups, will abandon plans to build 8 of 11 coal plants and commit to a broad menu …
Discussion: Fractals of Change and BookBlog
Darryl K. Taft /
Ubuntu Wants a Bigger Piece of Desktops, Servers  —  NEW YORK—The 2007 road map for the Ubuntu Linux operating system includes continuing its focus on the desktop, paying more attention to the server and garnering additional corporate support.  —  Speaking at Ubuntu user conference UbuCon …
Discussion: Channel 9
Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
A visit to Apple  —  When you start work at Google, you get to choose whether you want a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.  For many new employees who have never used a Mac (or who haven't used one for a long time), this choice represents a chance to try living in Mac OS X. Google provides …
Discussion: digg
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