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12:30 PM ET, May 11, 2007

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Facebook to Offer Free Classifieds  —  Facebook, the social networking Web site, is adding free classified ad listings, putting it into competition with dozens of established companies like Craigslist and many newspapers.  —  Facebook, which has 22 million active users …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Facebook Classified Ad Offering Deals Another Blow To Newspapers  —  It's sure rough trying to charge for a service that other businesses are offering for free.  Just ask any newspaper exec. With 20/20 hindsight, it seems inevitable that the web would be the perfect platform for free classified ads …
Discussion: Like It Matters
Mark Evans:
Another Blow for Newspapers?  —  Everyone knows Facebook has become a social networking phenomena but can the company's influence migrate into other areas.  We'll soon find out as Facebook is adding free classified ads.  For anyone looking to reach an audience of 22 million active users …
Discussion: Blonde 2.0 and 901am
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:   NOT 'Another Blow for Newspapers'
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
It's the social part that is the killer
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Jobs addresses backdating, environment at shareholder meeting  —  At Apple's annual shareholders meeting in Cupertino on Thursday, Steve Jobs and other company executives heard criticism about the company's stock-options scandal and the recently announced delay of of the forthcoming Leopard version …
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Roughly Drafted:
Answers from Steve Jobs at Apple's Shareholder Meeting  —  Those comments didn't stop Greenpeace representatives from using the meeting as an opportunity to advertise the groups anti-Apple campaign.  Among the activists sent by Greenpeace was Iza Kruszewska, one of the key architects …
Discussion: Apple 2.0, MacDailyNews and Slashdot
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple hints at video rentals through iTunes
Discussion: CrunchGear, parislemon and Digg
Debra Sherman / Reuters:
iPods can make pacemakers malfunction - study  —  iPods can cause cardiac implantable pacemakers to malfunction by interfering with the electromagnetic equipment monitoring the heart, according to a study presented by a 17-year-old high school student to a meeting of heart specialists on Thursday.
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Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
iPod makes pacemakers skip a beat
Discussion: CrunchGear and Techcrunch
Ryan Block / Engadget:   iPods now linked to pacemaker malfunction?
Billboard:
Exclusive: McCartney Goes Digital, Beatles 'Virtually Settled'  —  Brian Garrity, N.Y. and Paul Sexton, London  —  Paul McCartney's new album, "Memory Almost Full," will be his first solo release available for download and streaming on PCs and mobile phones.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Apple, others draw legal threat over media players  —  update A California company that makes technology designed to prevent ripping of digital audio streams has accused Apple, Microsoft, RealNetworks and Adobe Systems of violating federal copyright law by "actively avoiding" use of its products.
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Peter Cohen / PC World:
iPod, iTunes Cited in Cease and Desist For Apple
Discussion: Techdirt
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
HBO Exec Wants to Rename DRM  —  People have had lots of objections to Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology — centering mainly on its clumsiness and the futility of its anti-infringement rationale — but until recently nobody had complained that the term "Digital Rights Management" was insufficiently Orwellian.
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Latest Idea To Fix DRM: Give It A New Name
Discussion: Epicenter
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Vonage Says It May Have Way Around Disputed Patents (Update5)  —  Vonage Holdings Corp. said it may have technology that could rescue its Internet-phone service, after a jury found the company infringed patents that allow customers to call standard telephones.
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
At Vonage, Sales Increase as Litigation Clouds Future
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Out of Chaos, Order.  Or So Google Says.  —  Over the years, Google has carefully cultivated the image of a zany company in which innovation and new products — lots of new products — emerge from a bit of chaos.  —  Now Google is trying to put some order into that chaos — or at least appear to do so.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Google Press Meeting Part 1 - Acquisitions
Business Wire:
MySpace Launches Take Down Stay Down Copyright Protection  —  Leading Lifestyle Portal Launches Ground-breaking Tool to Prevent Users from Reposting Unauthorized Copyrighted Content  —  LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—MySpace, the world's leading lifestyle portal, today announced the launch …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Orbitz, the worst IPO of 2007?  —  We're not even halfway through 2007 and I'm ready to make a nomination for worst IPO candidate of the year: Orbitz.  —  You may recall that Orbitz - the online travel site founded by five major airlines in 2000 - went public at $26 a share in 2003.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch20 Conference: Caterina Fake, MC Hammer & Rajeev Motwani Join Expert Panel  —  I'm excited to announce the next three experts for the TechCrunch20 Conference in San Francisco this September.  Caterina Fake, MC Hammer and Rajeev Motwani join the previously announced experts.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Congress gets earful on net neutrality, CableCARD, YouTube from video execs  —  Ah, elected representatives, where would we be without you and your endless hearings?  —  Today's hearing of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet gathered Mark Cuban, Blake Krikorian of Sling Media …
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicos take on YouTube, video's future
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
See Who's Reading Your LinkedIn Profile  —  LinkedIn added a new feature this week called "Who's Viewed My Profile" that shows the last twenty people who've looked at your profile and the company or industry they are in.  —  In the last week, visitors to my profile included a student …
Erik Larkin / PC World:
Google Shareholders Vote Against Anti-Censorship Proposal  —  The failed shareholder proposal would have stopped Google from engaging in self-censorship.  —  A majority of Google shareholders today voted against an anti-censorship proposal that took aim at the way the search giant conducts …
 
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Carol Wilson / TELEPHONY Magazine:
IPTV lessons from China
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Associated Press:
Thailand Drops Plan to Sue Google
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Clean tech VCs putting money on solar, not IPOs
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
From My Inbox: More Defense Of SEO
eMarketer:
Online Ad Spending Up in UK
Discussion: MarketingVOX and BizReport
Business Week:
Municipal Wi-Fi: A Failure To Communicate
Discussion: IP Democracy
Joe Leo / PBCentral.com:
Apple Store mini: Now Open at a Best Buy Store Near You
 Earlier Items: 
DesktopLinux.com:
Red Hat shows its Global Desktop cards
Discussion: Compiler
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
From Intel and A.M.D., Rival Boasts of Technology
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Famous Landmarks Get the Flickr Treatment in Yahoo! Search
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Top 5 TiVo Hacks (for non-hackers)
Discussion: flashpoint, Gizmodo and digg
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily:
OPENTEAMS OFFERS WIKIS WITH STRUCTURE
Discussion: Office Tweaks
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Slide largest widget maker on the Web?