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6:10 PM ET, April 6, 2007

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Judge puts halt on new Vonage customers  —  update ALEXANDRIA, Va.—A federal judge on Friday ordered Vonage not to accept any new customers while it continues to infringe on Verizon Communications patents covering some aspects of Internet phone calls.  —  In at least a temporary setback …
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Reuters:
Vonage lawyer: Ruling a 'bullet to the head'  —  Judge says Internet phone company can use patented technology for existing customers.  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) — Vonage Holdings Corp. cannot service new customers while it appeals a finding that it infringed Verizon Communications Inc. patents …
Discussion: The Browser, GigaOM, A VC and CrunchGear
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Judge imposes Vonage injunction  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A judge issued an injunction Friday that would bar Internet phone carrier Vonage from signing up new customers as punishment for infringing on patents held by Verizon Communications Inc. Vonage planned an immediate appeal.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Judge: no new customers for Vonage
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Patent Ruling Impact
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google launches 800GOOG411  —  Updated: Ever since Microsoft bought Tellme Networks, the big question is what would Google do in response?  It became a little clearer today when Google announced a free 411 service, which is a fraction of what TellMe-Microsoft has to offer.  More details here.
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Voice Local Search Launched
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
GOOGLE DOES FREE 411
Discussion: Startup Meme
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati CEO Search Confirmed  —  Technorati has retained New York-based James & Company to conduct a CEO search for the company.  For the last few weeks, the firm has been reaching out to potential candidates in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to gauge their interest in leading the nearly four year old company.
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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
Embracing Change  —  It's been a busy week at Technorati - new widgets, a report on the state of our company and, of course our all new State of the Live Web, which incorporates our original State of the Blogosphere.  Even after all that, there's still one more piece of news I'd like to share with you this week.
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Agence France-Presse, Google settle suit  —  NEW YORK - Agence France-Presse, a global news agency based in Paris, has settled its lawsuit against Google Inc. and will allow the Internet search leader to post news and photos from AFP journalists.  —  The deal, announced Friday …
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
VeriSign to raise domain fees  —  VeriSign on Thursday said it that it will increase the fees it charges for Internet domains ending in .com or .net.  —  Starting October 15, VeriSign will charge $6.42 for .com domains and $3.85 for .net domains, it said in a statement.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Wins .com Domain, Takes Down Scammer
Discussion: digg
Nopporn Wong-Anan / Reuters:
YouTube offers to help Thais block offending pages  —  BANGKOK (Reuters) - Video-sharing Web site YouTube will help Thailand block access to pages that contain clips offensive to its revered monarch instead of blacking out the whole site, a cabinet minister said on Friday.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Spinning into oblivion - the death of the music business, and the habits of a mouse  —  Record store owners Tony Sachs and Sal Nunziato wrote a touching editorial in the New York Times about the death of the retail record store, and the music business in general.  They started a record (CD) store in New York City in 1993.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
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Kate Kaye / ClickZ News Blog:
Bottom Slurping for Google Juice  —  Is a service affiliated with Google ad man Tim Armstrong helping to fuel Web bottom feeding?  OK, maybe I'm blowing it a bit out of proportion, but here's the deal:  —  Associated Content, co-founded by Armstrong, is essentially a marketplace connecting aspiring writers …
Peter Butler / Webware.com:
COOP FOR FIREFOX IMAGINES BROWSER-BASED SOCIAL NETWORKING  —  Earlier this week, Mozilla Labs made news with its announcement of a social-networking add-on called The Coop.  According to the official post on the Mozilla Labs blog, The Coop is "a Mozilla Labs project to experiment with adding social tools to the Web browser."
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Microsoft set to unlock EMI songs  —  The software giant is on the verge of a deal similar to Apple's with EMI to sell tracks without anti-piracy protection  —  Microsoft has hinted that it may be close to reaching a deal with EMI to sell songs without anti-piracy protection via its Zune platform.
Microsoft:
Embracing Real Life in Virtual Earth  —  Microsoft announces 21 winners of the Virtual Earth and SensorMap Request for Proposal programs with funding totaling US$1.1 million to help academic researchers innovate in advanced mapping and location-based search technologies.
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Google AdWords Contract Upheld (Again)—Feldman v. Google  —  Feldman v. Google, Inc., 2007 WL 966011 (E.D. Pa. March 29, 2007)  —  Yet another click fraud lawsuit, this time involving one of the 556 plaintiffs that opted out of the Google click fraud settlement.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bambi Francisco, the star reporter, and her conflicts  —  The WSJ and Zdnet have published oddly incomplete stories about Bambi Francisco, a reporter at Marketwatch, who they say "invested" in a side company called Vator.tv.  —  They suggest scandal, because she reported at Marketwatch about people who also invested in Vator.
Rob Beschizza / Wired News:
Hackers Dissect Apple TV to Create the Cheapest Mac Ever  —  Apple TV is dead, long live the Mac Nano.  Sort of.  —  Just two weeks after Apple released its streaming media box to the public, hackers successfully installed OS X, Apple's desktop operating system, on the $300 device, making it the cheapest PC Cupertino has ever sold.
 
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