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2:25 AM ET, March 14, 2007

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Viacom:
Viacom Files Federal Copyright Infringement Complaint Against YouTube And Google  —  Suit Seeks Court Ruling To Require YouTube And Google To Comply With Copyright Laws And Pay $1 Billion In Damages  —  Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) today announced that it has sued YouTube and Google …
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Viacom Sues Google for $1 Billion.  Big Whoop.  —  So Viacom took the predictable next step in the GooTube pissing match and sued Google for $1 billion.  Why is this irrelevant?  — Because if Google takes the next logical step and goes through the motions of fighting the lawsuit, the companies will be in court for years.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
You Go Viacom !  —  Not a stretch where I would come out on this, but it never ceases to amaze and amuse me how liltle understanding of the content business, or the business world in general that many in the blogosphere have.  —  Let me provide a simple scenario for you.  —  HBO.
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.
Reuters:
Viacom in $1 bln copyright suit vs Google, YouTube
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Are You Kidding? A Billion Dollars?
Discussion: CNET News.com and Reel Pop
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Viacom sues YouTube for $1 billion
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
YouTube's fate rests on decade-old copyright law
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Viacom Sues Google-YouTube: Wants More Than $1 Billion In Damages, Injunction
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
OK, we ask for a billion; just don't do that Dr. Evil thing in court
Discussion: John Furrier
Chris Williams / The Register:
Last.fm puts video through the scrobbler  —  Last.fm, the popular music website, is to apply its social recommendation technology to video, as it prepares to do battle with Pandora for the internet radio station market.  —  Last.fm is working on a music video equivalent to its Audioscrobbler software …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
Report: Last.fm to Offer Related Music Videos
Discussion: Fast Company Now
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 …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Broadband Instruments Slacker Offers Satellite, Wi-Fi Connectivity  —  I met with Broadband Instruments for some exclusive details on their Slacker music ecosystem, consisting of a service online service and a portable device that grabs new content from Wi-Fi networks and a different type of satellites than XM and Sirius use.
Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Slacker.com Needs to Get Off its Ass and Work
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 …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A MODEST PROPOSAL TO YHOO AND MSFT: SPIN OUT A SEARCH COMPANY  —  One of the longer bomb predictions made by a number of analysts and pundits in the past 12 months has been the following: Microsoft will take its pile of cash and massive market valuation and buy Yahoo.  Hell, I even suggested it.
Discussion: GigaOM and WebMetricsGuru
Drew Clark / GigaOM:
Is Google Changing Its Position on Net Neutrality?  —  Is Google, the foremost corporate advocate of net neutrality, doing a big fake?  Have they succeeded in making everyone believe they will stand up to the Bell companies, even as the company cuts deals to become the preferred provider on a carrier's network?
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 …
Skrentablog:
Kafka-esque!  —  I'm in the Wall Street Journal today, with a story about our purchase of Topix.com for $1M and the SEO issues related to moving the domain.  —  The story has caused a bit of blog buzz, given the quoted price for the domain and the open acknowledgement of the SEO concern for us.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Apple megapatch plugs 45 security holes  —  Apple on Tuesday issued a security update for its Mac OS X to plug 45 security holes, including several zero-day vulnerabilities.  —  The megapatch is the seventh Apple security patch release in three months.  It deals with vulnerabilities …
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
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.
 
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