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10:20 PM ET, March 13, 2007

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Reuters:
Viacom in $1 bln copyright suit vs Google, YouTube  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. said on Tuesday it filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Google Inc. and its Internet video sharing site YouTube over unauthorized use of its copyrighted entertainment.
Associated Press:
Viacom sues Google, YouTube for $1 billion  —  Media conglomerate claims massive intentional copyright infringement  —  NEW YORK - MTV owner Viacom Inc. said Tuesday it has sued YouTube and its corporate parent Google Inc. in federal court for alleged copyright infringement and is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Viacom sues 'GooTube' for $1 billion  —  Parent of MTV, Comedy Central hits Google with first major copyright infringement suit.  Will other media firms follow?  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Viacom sued Google and its online video subsidiary YouTube for $1 billion Tuesday …
Google Watch:
18 Reasons why Google and YouTube are Guilty of Copyright Infringement  —  Why are you still sitting at your desk?  Viacom sued YouTube and you should be running around like Mark Cuban with his head cut off.  —  Below, Viacom's argument as presented in their official complaint, filed in New York federal district court.
Discussion: Between the Lines and NewTeeVee
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Are You Kidding?  A Billion Dollars?  —  Viacom sued YouTube in U.S. District Court today for more than $1 billion in damages.  —  According to U.S. copyright law, when a copyright owner's claim of willful infringement is upheld, the court can award damages of up to $150,000.
Discussion: Reel Pop
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Viacom sues YouTube for $1 billion  —  The ever delightful Mike Masnick over on Techdirt pointed out that young companies innovate, and old timers litigate.  One is reminded of his words when reading about Viacom's decision to YouTube-Google and seek a billion dollars in damages for copyright infringement.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   OK, we ask for a billion; just don't do that Dr. Evil thing in court
Carlo / Techdirt:
Viacom Chooses The Nuclear Option For YouTube
Discussion: Social Media Club
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
SEO: Real Skills That Can Protect Your Traffic  —  Maybe SEO isn't rocket science, but the wrong SEO decision (say knowing the difference between a 301 and a 302 redirect) could be costly.  That's illustrated in a Wall Street Journal article today on news search engine Topix and SEO issues in general.
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Skrentablog:
Kafka-esque!  —  I'm in the Wall Street Journal today …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
Carolyn April / redmondmag.com:
Cracking Open the Door to Open Source  —  Microsoft veers toward the light in its new approach to open source.  —  When Bill Hilf came from IBM Corp. to join Microsoft three years ago, the company's stance on open source vacillated wildly.  It would swing from outright indifference to overt nastiness.
Discussion: Channel 9 and Slashdot
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Exclusive: MySpace News Pics  —  MySpace News is for real.  —  A leaked document from MySpace's parent company, Fox Interactive Media, confirms the existence of its rumored Digg-style news aggregation portal.  —  The leaked sales document outlines the structure and taxonomy of the forthcoming site …
Josh / Redeye VC:
Failing Cheaper  —  Ask most successful entrepreneurs how they came up with the idea for their business, and you'd likely learn that what they initially set out to do is very different from the company that you're familiar with.  PayPal started out as a service to beam money through Palm Pilots …
Derek Slater / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
American Studios' Secret Plan to Lock Down European TV Devices  —  Hollywood's desire to force DRM on TV fans doesn't stop at the U.S. border — an international consortium of television and technology companies is devising draconian anti-consumer restrictions for the next generation of TVs …
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
Alice / Wonderland:
SXSW: Will Wright Keynote  —  Will Wright is an incredible speaker.  He's lighting fast, but not so fast you can't follow, even when he tosses words like paradoxical, procedural and philosophical into the mix, and often in the same sentence.  He pulls stories and analogies from all sorts …
Discussion: Kotaku and Boing Boing
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Bud.TV going flat as visits decline  —  Bud.TV may be leaving a sour aftertaste for Anheuser-Busch.  —  The beermaker's new 24/7 branded digital entertainment network has seen the fizz from its Super Bowl kickoff evaporate quickly, averaging just 253,000 visitors in February, its first month online …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, PaidContent and Reel Pop
Kim Tae-gyu / KoreaTimes:
Acoustic Wave Prevents Game Addiction  —  A Korean venture start-up has developed an inaudible sound sequence, which it claims can prevent obsessive use of online games, thus giving hope to game addicts.  —  Xtive on Monday said the sound sequence is based on subliminal effects.
Business Wire:
Nintendo's Wii to Leverage Multiplayer Technology from IGN Entertainment's GameSpy  —  Leader in Multiplayer Technology Enables Exclusive Community Functionality for Nintendo's Hit Console  —  LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—GameSpy, a unit of Fox Interactive Media, announced today …
MediaShift:
STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIA 2007  —  Project for Excellence in Journalism Dissects 38 Sites; Blogger Index Coming  —  BY MARK GLASER, 10:50AM  —  Each year since 2004 the Project for Excellence in Journalism has dropped the bomb of knowledge on the media world in the form of the State of the News Media report.
Discussion: The Media Age and The Praized Blog
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Suffers Latest Blow As NIST Bans Windows Vista  —  Tech staffers at NIST, a part of the Department of Commerce charged with promulgating technology standards, are scheduled to meet next month to discuss their concerns about the new operating system.
 
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