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6:45 AM ET, May 15, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Launches Meebo Rooms (oh, and Meebo now has ads)  —  Web based instant messaging provider Meebo will launch Meebo Rooms tonight.  Like MeeboMe, which allows users to embed a widget on a website where visitors can chat with the publishers, this is a significant new product that will appeal to new set of users.
Discussion: uncov, Webware.com and Mashable!
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Meebo Rooms Launched - "like a very very rich widget"  —  Tonight meebo is launching Meebo Rooms, a rich media chat room product that users can put on their blogs and websites.  They can be private or public chat rooms, and can feature video content from sources such as youtube and NBC.
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Meebo Adds Media Rooms
Discussion: VentureBeat, Peer Pressure and GigaOM
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Digg is Censoring Content by Burying Stories Internally  —  We all know that the main reason why stories don't hit the Digg homepage is because they get buried.  Some say the buries are caused by specific Digg users who have it out for us while others just blame it on the content saying it wasn't Digg worthy.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Censorship Issues Continue for Digg  —  It's been almost two weeks since the latest Digg fiacso.  Quick review: stories with HD-DVD encryption codes being censored, Diggers strike back by creating, posting and digging new stories with the codes, Digg's Kevin Rose conceded.
Tropical SEO:   The Digg Staff: Big Fat Hairy Liars?
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
HP'S HALO: NOW THIS IS TELEPRESENCE  —  Last week I got a chance to test drive HALO, Hewlett Packard's super high-end telepresence application.  And all I can say is .... Oooooh, I want one.  In fact, I want everyone to have one.  —  Of course, that's pretty impractical.
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Josh Bernoff / Groundswell:   Test-driving Telepresence
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.
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The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T iPhone not to be pre-sold  —  If you have not been able to get your iPhone fix as of lately, this might help hold you over.  According to an internal document from AT&T, the Apple iPhone has "advanced software 5 years ahead of any phone".  But you already knew that.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and CrunchGear
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Kent German / CNET News.com:   No presales for the iPhone  —  The Boy Genius got his hands …
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft delves further into manufacturing with Zune plant  —  Software giant hopes new factory, designs will help player compete with iPod … SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Microsoft Corp., a colossus built on software, is making a new push in hardware manufacturing by building a factory in China to produce its Zune media player.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft building a Zune factory
Discussion: TechSpot News
Dion Almaer / Google Code:
Introducing the Google Developer Podcast  —  A fair few Googlers enjoy creating podcasts, and a large number choose to participate in the medium as listeners.  —  I have really enjoyed creating Audible Ajax, as it gives me a way to get close to the community.
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 …
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Ranchero Software:
NetNewsWire 3.0a8 Change Notes  —  This page lists the changes in NetNewsWire since 3.0d62.  You can download the current shipping version via the NetNewsWire home page.  You can download the current pre-release version here.  —  NetNewsWire 3.0a8 is not even a beta.  It has bugs.
Angus Kidman / ITWire:
Facing the full horror of Windows Vista  —  So far, Transit has been using Vista Business full-time for a fortnight.  And so far, we've found nothing that works better than in Windows XP, dozens of things that are annoyingly different without being a functional improvement …
fortuitous:
Some Community Tips for 2007  —  Seven tips on how to run a successful community.  —  Every year or so I write a long post or do a presentation at a conference on the subject of community.  Each time I approach the subject, I take what I've already written and add to it with recent things I've learned …
Adam Kalsey / Crying Out Loud:
Feed Crier climbs into bed with IMified  —  For the last couple of months, we've been talking to IMified, sharing war stories, and helping them out with some ideas on how best to manage the signed on bot portion of the service.  The more we've talked, the more we've liked each other.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Things Sure Are Quiet At MySpace News  —  When the largest site on the Internet announced their new MySpace News service, people expected it to get at least some traction, quickly.  But a month later, as former TechCrunch writer Marshall Kirkpatrick noted in Twitter today, the site appears to be nothing more than a ghost town.
Discussion: franticindustries
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
U.S. piracy crackdown nets 50th conviction  —  (InfoWorld) - A U.S. Department of Justice crackdown on online piracy has recorded its 50th felony conviction, the agency announced.  —  Christopher E. Eaves, 31, of Iowa Park, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Eddie Hargreaves / The Apple Blog:
10 Biggest Apple Rumors (that never came true)  —  With Apple rumors getting spread further around than ever (and regular coverage from national news media), it's important to remember that many (most?) tend to be either completely untrue or so premature they never come true.
 
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
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Malware piggybacks on Windows updates
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will iPhone spark wireless wars?
Stephen Totilo / MTV:
'Halo 3' Sneak Peek: Three Things Every Beta Player Must Do
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Aero and battery life
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Instant messaging: feature or product?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why does Google retain data? Because nonexistent laws tell it to
Discussion: Neowin.net
Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
Ask Mobile GPS: The Next Level of Local
Los Angeles Times:
In consoles, the game isn't going Sony's way
Michael Totty / Wall Street Journal:
How to Be a Star in a YouTube World