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12:20 AM ET, April 24, 2007

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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Viacom Admits Error — Takes Steps to Protect Fair Use on YouTube  —  MoveOn.org, Brave New Films Dismiss Lawsuit Over Colbert Parody  —  Viacom Endorses Excerpting Video for "Creative, Newsworthy or Transformative Use"  —  San Francisco - Responding to Viacom's willingness to take steps …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Viacom: we goofed on Colbert parody takedown notice; case dismissed
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Honey, there's a guy in the yard using our Wi-Fi and he wants a decaf latte  —  While most Internet service providers don't allow users to share access on their wireless networks, Time Warner Cable, in cooperation with Spanish start-up Fon, is encouraging customers to set up their own residential hotspots.
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Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:   Wi-Fi-Sharing Communities Rise Up
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Fon Loops in Time-Warner in First US Deal
Discussion: VoIP Watch and CrunchGear
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Does London Have a Reason to Mesh?  —  London is officially jumping on the mesh Wi-Fi bandwagon today with operator The Cloud switching on the 127-node network built with BelAir Networks gear.  With some of the large-scale Wi-Fi networks like Taipei's slow to bring in a significant amount of users …
Discussion: BBC, broadstuff and dailywireless.org
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Sam Sethi / Vecosys:   London wifi free for a month
John Blau / InfoWorld:
Wi-Fi cloaks the City of London
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Gemma Simpson / CNET News.com:
Google beats Microsoft, Coke in brand stakes  —  Google has knocked Microsoft off the top spot and been named the most powerful global brand of 2007 in a recently published ranking.  —  It's the second year in a row a tech brand has beaten household names such as Coca-Cola, Marlboro and Toyota.
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Valleywag:   GOOGLE: The world's most cost-effective brand
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Participation Ladder and Its Impact on Marketing and PR  —  I'm back from a brief blogging hiatus.  This was my first extended break since I started this blog (Micro Persuasion turned three years old on April 19).  I read a lot and thought about where I want to take this site in the next two years.
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Free Press:
U.S. Drops Further in World Broadband Rankings  —  America Needs a National Broadband Policy, Not More Excuses  —  WASHINGTON — New broadband data released today by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that the United States now ranks 15th out of the 30 member nations …
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
Some handy Mail.app Smart Mailboxes  —  It took me a while, but ever since I've gotten my head around Smart Folders (and Smart Playlists and Smart Groups, etc.), I've started to think about the way I use my Mac a bit differently.  —  Clearly iTunes is the winner in this regard …
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Ten Years of FFXIII  —  We could be playing the latest numbered Final Fantsy sub-series for two generations.  —  Square Enix is all set to release its biggest DS title yet, Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings.  Japan's gaming press has been covering the gambit out of the game leading …
Discussion: Game | Life, Kotaku, Joystiq and Go Nintendo
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
TV news of the future?  —  Here's a mockup of how TV news may work in the future.  —  How I came up with this view...  I was drinking coffee, watching the morning news when a story about Virginia Tech came on MSNBC.  I really wanted to begin this week without more stories about how they're coping.
Anil Dash:
Cats Can Has Grammar  —  If you spend any time at all observing net culture, then you'll have been unable to miss the recent explosion in popularity of lolcats.  This relatively recent phenomenon is the convention of taking pictures of cute animals, most frequently cats, and overlaying absurdist captions on the images.
Discussion: Sour Duck
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Dojo Toolkit Now Works Offline … Less than a month ago Adobe launched Apollo, enabling developers to create web applications that work seamlessly irrespective of whether a user is connected to Internet or not.  Apollo was soon challenged by Dekoh, which was pretty much offering …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Newspaper Earnings Show Slowdown In Online Ad Growth  —  In reporting their respective Q1 earnings, newspaper companies have been able to point to at least one general bright spot over the past few quarters: online ad revenue increases, mostly from online classifieds.
~stevenf:
Announcing Coda 1.0  —  Finally, after a year and half of wanting to tell you, I can now actually tell you...  Coda 1.0 is officially released today!  —  What is Coda?  —  The easiest way to sum it up is this: One Window Web Development.  —  There are a lot of great products out there already …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Russinovich: Malware will thrive, even with Vista's UAC  —  Despite all the anti-malware roadblocks built into Windows Vista, a senior Microsoft official is lowering the security expectations, warning that viruses, password-stealing Trojans and rootkits will continue to thrive as malware authors adapt to the new operating system.
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Millions of MySpacers Rejoice: Photobucket Videos are Back  —  Aww, ain't that sweet - Photobucket and MySpace have gotten together and sorted out their problems.  Video embeds are working once more on MySpace pages, and I'm sure Photobucket will be much more careful in future when it comes to rolling out sponsored content.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Bring it on, iTunes: Amazon readying DRM-free music service  —  Amazon could be the next major name to dive into the world of unprotected music sales.  Various rumors have been picking up over the past couple of weeks that the online retailer was readying itself to launch an MP3 download store in May …
Paul Gillin / AdAge:
Feeling Anti-Social Media?  Relax!  It's Really Nothing New  —  Paul Gillin Says Marketers Shouldn't Fear Bottom-up Publicity  —  For marketers panicked by the prospect of managing social media, here are two words: calm down.  —  Social media are expanding the universe of people …
 
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Ross Rubin / Engadget:
Switched On: Windows Mobile success deserves a better successor
Theo Valich / Inquirer:
Hacked DX10 for Windows appears
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gartner: Wake up IT managers, you're mediocre (at best)
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
MySpace: Friending Is the New Ad
Consumerist:
LEAKS: Comcast Slideshow Details Plan To Charge For Previously Free Tech Calls
Thomas K. Arnold / Reuters:
Blu-ray burning its high-def DVD rival
Discussion: Engadget, Cathode Tan and digg
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
The how and when of Adobe and Microsoft's Rich Internet Application technologies
Discussion: Scobleizer
Josh / Redeye VC:
"Catch And Release" Business Models