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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Microsoft: Free and open source software violates 235 Microsoft patents
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch: Open Source: Microsoft's Patent FUD Campaign
Dennis Crouch / Patent Law Blog: Microsoft: FOSS Infringes Our Patents
Ilya Lichtenstein / Neomeme: Microsoft vs. Open Source Battle Intensifies
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: Microsoft about to enter into patent war?
Noel Le / IPcentral Weblog: Microsoft Patent Strategies
Alexander Muse / Texas Startup Blog: Microsoft may hasten patent reform in the U.S.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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 …
Emil Protalinski / Neowin.net: Microsoft claims Linux violates 235 patents
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:
Discussion: CenterNetworks, parislemon and Bloggers Blog
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 Compete.com, Comscore, and Alexa. Today Tom Conrad of Pandora told me that they are extremely low. He says his service requires registration …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru, Publishing 2.0, The Universal Desktop, TechFold and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Marshall Sponder / WebMetricsGuru: Second Life Key Metrics - April 2007
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0: How To Make $10 Billion In Ad Revenue Without Measuring Unique Vistors Or Page Views
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop: Metrics and the evolving web
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants: Nielson's Take Two — Scoble talks web stats:
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
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets: Hammer out a social network: Only $20,000
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 …
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods and :Ben Metcalfe Blog
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, NewTeeVee and duncanriley.com
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch: CBS Acquires WallStrip for $5 million
Om Malik / NewTeeVee: Tiffany Network (aka CBS) wants WallStrip
Duncan / duncanriley.com: WallStrip sells for $5m
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 Last.fm 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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Washington Post and digg
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
Music Radio on the Internet Faces Thorny Royalty Issues — Since Pandora.com 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.