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4:00 PM ET, May 11, 2007

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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: Engadget
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Online Video No Threat To TV, YouTube Tells Congress; Cuban Stresses Need For Net Neutrality  —  Executives from YouTube and HDNet, appearing before a Congressional subcommittee on the future of video entertainment Thursday, agreed that online video is not a threat to TV, though for very different reasons, PC Magazine reports.
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Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Congress Stares Down YouTube, HDNet
Discussion: Epicenter
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicos take on YouTube, video's future
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.
BBC:
Google searches web's dark side  —  One in 10 web pages scrutinised by search giant Google contained malicious code that could infect a user's PC.  —  Researchers from the firm surveyed billions of sites, subjecting 4.5 million pages to "in-depth analysis".
Discussion: TechSpot News, JD on EP and Slashdot
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 and GigaOM
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
Discussion: MacDailyNews, Apple 2.0 and Slashdot
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Gmail Traffic Up 17% Since Opening Up, Still Early Adopter Appeal  —  On February 14, 2007 Google's Gmail opened up access to anyone worldwide.  Previously Gmail, which is still in beta, was only available by invitation from another Gmail user.  The market share of US visits to Gmail increased …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Gmail Users are Younger, Richer, Good in Bed
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.
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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Gets A Tag Line: "Search, Ads & Apps"
Discussion: Reuters and InsideGoogle
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 …
Valleywag:
Exclusive: The unmasking of Fake Steve Jobs  —  Soon after Valleywag began digging into the identity of Silicon Valley's most mysterious author — the anonymous satirist behind Fake Steve Jobs, a spoof diary of the narcissistic Apple founder — a plaintive email arrived.
Discussion: Apple 2.0
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 …
MarketingWeek:
T-MOBILE LOOKS SET TO WIN EURO DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS FOR THE IPHONE  —  T-Mobile has emerged as the frontrunner in the race to secure the exclusive European distribution rights for Apple's much-anticipated iPhone.  The hotly contested contract will be worth millions of pounds to the winning operator.
Bkp / The Pirate Bay:
User data stolen but not unsecured  —  Hi, we have some sad news, but don't be alarmed...  Some people (and yes, we know who) found a security hole on our web site (in fact, actually in this blog).  —  They have got a copy of the user database.  That is, your username and passwords.
Discussion: digg
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
From My Inbox: More Defense Of SEO  —  I spent about a half-hour today defending SEO privately in an email to someone questioning it.  Upon reflection, I thought those responses should go into a public post.  After all, the discussion involved Stephen Colbert, the great Jason Calacanis mystery project …
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Fancy Java in action: Iris photo editing
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Search In Pictures: Mazol Tov Gary, Psychedelic Google, Taylor Hicks At Yahoo
Discussion: Cartoon Barry Blog
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Week in review: Controversy from Cupertino to Capitol Hill
Microsoft:
Microsoft and SanDisk Join Forces to Create New Experience …
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Big Guns Jump on Open-Source Bandwagon for New Web Apps
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Michelle Thatcher / CNET News.com:
Sony VAIO TZ photos leaked
Nicole Lee / CNET News.com:
Alltel launches Jump Music
Market Wire:
Tesla Motors Secures $45 Million Series D Investment Round Led …
Discussion: alarm:clock and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
About those fake penalty notification emails
BetaNews:
Microsoft: Silverlight Demo Was in Jscript, Not C
Discussion: John Carroll and JD on EP
Carol Wilson / TELEPHONY Magazine:
IPTV lessons from China
Discussion: broadband help
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Clean tech VCs putting money on solar, not IPOs
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Slide largest widget maker on the Web?