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5:45 PM ET, May 14, 2007

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Associated Press:
Military puts MySpace, other sites off limits … DENVER, Colorado (AP) — Soldiers serving overseas will lose some of their online links to friends and loved ones back home under a Department of Defense policy that a high-ranking Army official said would take effect Monday.
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Stars & Stripes:
DOD blocking YouTube, others  —  To save bandwidth, officials say several sites to be off-limits at work  —  Starting Monday, the Defense Department will block access to MySpace, YouTube and a host of other sites on official department computers worldwide, in an effort to boost its network efficiency.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Department of Defense says no more YouTube or MySpace  —  The U.S. Department of Defense issued a memo Friday that states it intends to begin blocking network access—including that of soldiers serving overseas—to several popular "Internet entertainment sites" on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
Discussion: Techdirt and broadbandreports.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Attention Wal-Mart customers, Skype now in aisle voice  —  Wal-Mart is going to start selling nine Skype-certified hardware devices (and by extension the Skype service) in 1800 (or roughly half) of its stores.  The deal also includes Skype pre-paid cards.  Wal-Mart is the first retailer …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhones on eBay for $1,000 to $10,000  —  A bidding war has broken out on eBay for Apple (AAPL) iPhones.  —  Prices for at least two of the $500-$600 devices have been driven past the $1,000 mark.  One sale that closes today had 38 bids as of this morning.  Last best offer: $1,025 plus $10 shipping.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The iPhone's on eBay already  —  Apple won't say exactly when the iPhone will arrive, and you won't find it in any of AT&T's wireless stores, but eBay sellers are taking orders.  —  Apple's 8GB iPhone is available from several eBay sellers who promise to ship the coveted phone within 30 days …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
iTunes-like video services have no future: study  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online video sites that sell shows and movies such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes will likely peak this year as more programming is made available on free outlets supported by advertising, according to a study released on Monday.
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Business Wire:
Forrester: No Future For Paid Video Downloads  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The paid video download market is a dead end, according to a new report by Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR).  Forrester estimates that paid video downloads will peak in 2007, generating $279 million in revenue, up from $98 million last year.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google v. Yahoo: Who Cares The Most About The Environment?  —  SouthPark dedicated an entire episode to the smugness of hybrid car drivers and San Francisco residents in general.  The episode is funny because its largely true - Silicon Valley is well known for having a left-leaning …
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Digital Photography Review:
Amazon.com acquires dpreview.com  —  We're proud and excited to announce that Dpreview has been acquired by the worlds leading online retailer, Amazon.com.  Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography.
enthusiast.hardocp.com:
ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT  —  ATI's DirectX 10 capable GPU is finally here in the form of the Radeon HD 2900 XT.  Does this $399 video card have what it takes to compete with NVIDIA's 8800 series?  We explore the architecture, image quality, and real world gaming that shows a different experience than canned benchmarks.
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Rich Brown / CNET News.com:
After a long wait, ATI's next-gen 3D cards arrive
Discussion: The Tech Report and Macsimum News
Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Can CBS Put the Net Into Network?  —  Broadcaster Launches Plan  —  Syndicating Shows on Web,  —  Admits Old Strategy Failed  —  A year ago, CBS Corp. announced the creation of Innertube, an entertainment channel on CBS.com designed to make the company a player in online video.
Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Text of Murdoch Letter to Bancrofts  —  Below is the text of a letter sent by News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch to members of the Bancroft Family, concerning his $5 billion offer for Dow Jones & Co.  —  Ladies and Gentlemen:  —  Please allow me the opportunity with this letter to address …
BBC:
Web 2.0 'distracts good design'  —  Hype about Web 2.0 is making web firms neglect the basics of good design, web usability guru Jakob Nielsen has said.  —  He warned that the rush to make webpages more dynamic often meant users were badly served.  —  He said sites peppered …
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
A Nod to Journalistic Integrity Is Seen in an Editor's Return  —  Who says industry magazines are cozy with their advertisers?  —  Last week, the International Data Group removed the chief executive of its largest-circulation computer magazine, PC World, and reinstated its top editor …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Understanding Apollo  —  During my recent visit to the US, I popped into the Adobe office in San Francisco to find out more about Apollo - the company's new RIA (Rich Internet Application) runtime and development platform.  I sat down with Mike Chambers - Apollo Senior Product Manager …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and JD on EP
Michael Totty / Wall Street Journal:
How to Be a Star in a YouTube World  —  What it takes to stand out when anyone can be an entertainer  —  There are millions of people trying to get noticed on the Web, with everything from blogs to podcasts to videos.  So with the huge glut of material out there, how do amateurs get attention …
Business Wire:
ScanScout Secures $7 Million in Series A Financing  —  General Catalyst Partners Leads Investment in Performance Video Technology Provider  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—ScanScout (www.scanscout.com), a leading performance video technology provider, announced today that it has closed $7 million …
Los Angeles Times:
In consoles, the game isn't going Sony's way  —  Vaunted PlayStation 3 is crucial for the firm, but it faces an uphill climb.  —  Joel Downs is the type of video game buff that Sony Corp. expected to fall for the PlayStation 3.  The 32-year-old Culver City entrepreneur is tech savvy …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Joystiq
 
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
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Discussion: mocoNews.net and MobileCrunch
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Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Source: Apple may build 3G wireless into future notebook model
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Help Key: The Essential Guide to Piracy
Discussion: Gizmodo, p2pnet and JD on EP
Guardian:
Google may use games to analyse net users
Discussion: Kotaku and Search Engine Land
Fred / A VC:
Getting The Story Straight
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: Trying to Keep the Viewers When the Ads Come On
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Microsoft's (Beta!) VoIP Device Blitz
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