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1:20 AM ET, May 14, 2007


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Roger Parloff / Fortune:
Microsoft takes on the free world  —  Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents.  It wants royalties from distributors and users.  Users like you, maybe.  Fortune's Roger Parloff reports.
Ina Fried / CNET
Report: Microsoft says open source violates 235 patents  —  Microsoft claims that free and open-source software violates more than 230 of its patents, according to a magazine report published Sunday.  —  In an interview with Fortune, Microsoft top lawyer Brad Smith alleges …
David Dalka:
MyBlogLog to Rebrand and Make Significant Changes  —  At SOBcon yesterday in Chicago, Robyn Tippins, who was recently hired as the MyBlogLog community manager, spoke about several major upcoming changes with MyBlogLog.  —  There are several changes in the works:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Finally Upgrade MyBlogLog  —  MyBlogLog, the ubiquitous blog widget that shows pictures of recent visitors to a site, was one of the "instant" success stories of 2006 - Yahoo acquired the company before most people even had a chance to hear about it.  —  Like many blogs, we had the MyBlogLog widget on TechCrunch for months.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
We need better statistics...  Almost every entrepreneur I talk to lately whines privately about the stats they see on places like, Comscore, and Alexa.  Today Tom Conrad of Pandora told me that they are extremely low.  He says his service requires registration …
Give Hammer a break  —  The collective response to Michael Arrington including MC Hammer on his TechCrunch 20 review panel is pretty lame, IMO.  —  Commenters should keep in mind that this is a real guy they're talking about.  Have some friggin courtesy.  I've actually met the guy at a party …
Discussion: Digital Markets and Ego Food
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllFreeCalls Back From DeadPool, Now Called Yak4Ever  —  AllFreeCalls Back From DeadPool, Free Calls Are Here Again  —  When AllFreeCalls shut down in February as a result of litigation, most people thought it was gone for good.  The service, which allows people to call overseas for free …
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
We did it, Yak4ever goes live  —  Its been a long time coming.  This guy had us on a deathwatch and Mike even put us in the "deadpool"  —  We said we would be back and we knew we would be back it just took a lot longer than we had ever imagined.  —  So how does it work
Discussion: SMS Text News
CBS News Acquiring Wallstrip, New Headache in Eeking Out Online Profits  —  Wallstrip - the Wall Street web video program featuring Lindsay Campbell trying to make the Nasdaq hilarious - is being snapped up by CBS News, we're told, for something in the $5 million range.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
RFID being tapped to stifle exam cheaters  —  Cheating has been around for as long as there have been exams, and modern-day cheaters have a whole host of electronic tools to help them in their nefarious activities.  The other side hasn't stood still, however: the UK-based Edexcel examination board …
Discussion: The RFID Weblog
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Mashup litmus test for Web 2.0 start-ups  —  Social music darling announced this week that they are going to start a video service any minute now.  Some folks apparently couldn't wait and just developed their own mashups in the mean time.  —  Take Lasttube for example.
Wedding Announcements: Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki  —  Since nobody else has posted an announcement, it falls to Valleywag: Sergey Brin, the Google founder and the richest eligible bachelor in the US, and Anne Wojcicki, the down-to-earth biotech specialist he's been dating, were married last weekend.
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
Music Radio on the Internet Faces Thorny Royalty Issues  —  Since closed its box of digital musical delights this month to users outside the United States, the complaints have been pouring in from Dubai to Patagonia.  —  It is "a step back to the dark ages in the music world!" fumed Mario from Mexico City.
Liz Foreman / Lost Remote:
Offshoring journalism: A job list  —  Note: A draft of this post has been sitting on my desktop for a few months, but in light of even more journalism offshoring news, I thought I'd polish this up and hit the publish button.  —  This interesting article on Poynter has me thinking.
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Thriving Office for the Non-Thriving Office
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Flash! Vermont Legislature Passes E-State Bill
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Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Tilting at a Digital Future