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3:15 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 …
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Patent Ruling Impact  —  The Internet Phone Upstart Could Lose a Technology and a Future  —  Verizon has thrown a lifeline to rival Vonage Holdings, suggesting that the Internet phone provider could continue serving its customers despite a judge's ruling ordering it to stop using …
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.
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Jessica Hodgson / MarketWatch:
Apple probe will shake up whole music industry
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple Stokes a Digital Music Standards War
Discussion: Macsimum News and Slashdot
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
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.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Francisco, MKTW and DJ Draw Attention For Reporter's Role In Start-Up
Greg Sandoval / ZDNet:   Rewriting ethics rules for the new media
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
AFP & Google Settle Over Google News Copyright Case  —  The most significant copyright case against Google News, that filed by Agence France-Presse back in March 2005, has now ended.  Google has signed a licensing agreement with AFP that settles the suit.  News from the AFP here.
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Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Agence France-Presse, Google settle suit
Inquirer:
Intel to unveil new UMPC platform  —  Gates says jump, Otellini designs platform  —  INTEL WILL BE releasing a new ultra mobile PC platform at IDF Beijing, on April 18, according to slides published by HKEPC.  —  Whilst most have suggested the UMPC is a product which serves no readily discernible need …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and The Tech Report
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Intel poised to unveil new UMPC platform?
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.
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.
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.
Mike / Techdirt:
Rogers Traffic Shaping Making It Difficult For Users To Use Secure Email  —  from the nice-work dept  —  Canadian ISPs haven't been shy about using traffic shaping tools to try to slow down the use of things like BitTorrent.  This is a lot of what the network neutrality debate is about …
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Simon Carless / Gamasutra:
GameTap Reveals Sega Saturn License, Plans  —  Turner's GameTap subscription PC 'all you can eat' gaming service has now added Sega Saturn games to its service, with the debut of platform game Bug! as a special Easter-timed Easter Egg for its service.  —  The game is currently filed as 'Insect? …
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.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Mashable! and Threat Level
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Autonomy CEO says tags don't work  —  Mike Lynch, the CEO of Autonomy, the UK enterprise search company, was in town this week (video is coming).  I used to meet with Mr Lynch regularly when I was at the Financial Times, and when the dotcom boom was in full swing.
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.
Discussion: 3pointD.com and Live Maps
 
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Qualcomm:
QUALCOMM Files Arbitration Demand Against Nokia to Resolve Dispute …
Discussion: GigaOM, dailywireless.org and Nokia
Nick / Rough Type:
The real Web 2.0  —  While the Techmeme crowd oohs and aahs …
Discussion: Associated Press
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
iSuppli: Acer Gains on HP, Dell in Laptop Shipments
Discussion: The Tech Report and Neowin.net
Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
Using Even New PCs Is Ruined by a Tangle Of Trial Programs, Ads
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MediaMaster: Access Your Music Library Online
Discussion: Compiler
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Spinning into oblivion - the death of the music business, and the habits of a mouse
Discussion: Techdirt
Steven Schwankert / InfoWorld:
Google evades question about software similarities
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google: Master Of Closing The Loop?
Discussion: Screenwerk and SEO Book.com
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WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
LAST CTP BEFORE BETA 3  —  Late on Wednesday, as part …
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google's board objects to anticensorship proposal
Business Wire:
Hop-on Receives U.S. Design Patent on MP3 Phone
Discussion: Techdirt, Ars Technica and Engadget
Mike Olson Blog:
Unbreakable Linux: The untold story.  - April 4, 2007; 3:09:11 PM
Discussion: Open Sources and Jeremy's Blog
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac OS X may gain multi-sized icon interface
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and digg