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7:45 PM ET, May 15, 2007

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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Gonzales proposes new crime: "Attempted" copyright infringement  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including "attempts" to commit piracy.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Intellectual Property Protection Act to make attemped infringement illegal  —  US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has proposed tightening the United States' intellectual property laws.  Titled the "Intellectual Property Protection Act," the proposed legislation would for the first time, criminalizes attempted copyright infringement.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Richard K / Silicon Valley Watcher:   DHS' new job under copyright bill: monitor borders for concert bootlegs
John Blau / InfoWorld:
Software piracy hits $40B worldwide, says study  —  (InfoWorld) - Efforts to curb software piracy in China are bearing fruit although the piracy rate remains high, costing vendors billions of dollars in lost revenue, according to a survey paid for by large vendors, including Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
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BBC:
No change in global piracy rates
Discussion: Associated Press
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   BSA: Bogus Stats Again
Motorola:
Motorola Introduces RAZR2 — The Next-Generation RAZR  —  Sleeker Outside, More Powerful Inside, the Next Iconic Device Delivers the Ultimate Mobile Experience  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today invited the world to experience the evolution of the RAZR brand as it unveiled RAZR2, the ultimate iconic feature phone.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Motorola RAZR 2 hands-on
Discussion: digg
Business Wire:
MySpace Video to Launch Branded Channels  —  World's Leading Lifestyle Portal Inks Content Deals With National Geographic, The New York Times, Reuters, The Daily Reel, Expert Village, Flow, IGN Entertainment, Octane TV, Kush TV, LX.TV, Ripe TV, Studio411, VBS.tv, and Young Hollywood
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
MySpace plans new video channels
Discussion: Webware.com
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Paul McCartney available on iTunes, Beatles next?
Kellie Marks / The Third Word:
AOL Acquires Third Screen Media  —  Leading Provider of Mobile Advertising Solutions Will Expand Advertising.com's Mobile Services for Advertisers and Publishers  —  DULLES, VA - May 15, 2007 - AOL announced today that it has acquired Third Screen Media, the leading mobile advertising network …
Apple:
Apple Updates Popular MacBook  —  Faster Intel Core 2 Duo Processors, 1GB of Memory and Larger Hard Drives Across the Line  —  Apple® today updated its MacBook® consumer notebooks with faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory and larger hard drives in every model.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Truemors Launches  —  Truemors, Guy Kawasaki's new startup, opened to the public about an hour ago.  —  We covered them last week when we were able to get into the beta.  Truemors is a rumor reporting site.  Users text, email or call in a rumor and other users vote on it.  Popular rumors make it to the home page.
Derek Powazek:
The Real Story of JPG Magazine  —  If there's one thing I've learned about community-building, it's this: Do Not Lie.  People are too smart and well-connected to believe a lie anymore.  So, with that in mind, the story I'm about to tell is absolutely true as I experienced it.  —  How JPG Began
Belkin:
Share Printers and Access Your Media Wirelessly with the Belkin Network USB Hub … (Compton, CA) - May 15, 2007 - The Belkin Network USB Hub works with your existing wireless router to give you wireless access to printers, media readers, and external hard drives.
Jason / Rails Envy:
Hi, I'm Ruby on Rails...  What do you get when you cross the Mac vs PC commercials and Rails Envy?  Ruby on Rails ads to get everyone hyped for Railsconf, that's what!  —  Gregg Pollack and Jason Seifer from RailsEnvy present:  —  Ruby on Rails vs Java — ad #1 of 4  —  Click here to view on YouTube
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Flickrvision — Twittervision's new cousin  —  Just released today, Flickrvision shows realtime, geolocated Flickr photos.  Just like Twittervision, it's hypnotic to watch.  The map moves around to show the location of the most recent tweet or photo.  Both visualizations hail from David Troy …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
LOOK OUT Kevin Rose!  19 IM Startups You Need to Beat  —  The online chat and IM arena is heating up.  Meebo just launched a fully fledged chat service with Meebo Rooms, several new startups, like Pibb, have sprouted out of nowhere, and Digg's Kevin Rose seems to be working on his version …
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Google: 10 percent of sites are dangerous  —  Google is warning Web users of the increasing threat posed by malicious software that can be dropped onto a computer as a Web surfer visits a particular site.  —  The search giant carried out in-depth research on 4.5 million Web sites and found …
Discussion: Download Squad and Threadwatch.org
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.
PR Newswire:
Yahoo! Appoints Blake Jorgensen as Chief Financial Officer  —  Thomas Weisel Co-Founder Brings Strong Track Record as Business-Builder and Broad Financial, Operating and Strategic Expertise to Yahoo!'s Executive Team  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Yahoo! Inc. …
NOVELL: Worldwide:
SAP and Novell Deliver Expanded Linux Support Options for Customers  —  Companies Further Relationship to Offer Long-Term Support and Maintenance Strategy for Linux as an Open Platform for SAP(R) Applications  —  SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Novell (NASDAQ: NOVL) today announced that they have extended …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Claire Bates / Daily Mail:
Watch slide-shows on the umbrella which will stop you getting lost  —  Rainy days will never seem as dull again thanks to a new internet umbrella.  —  The high-tech brolly allows you to take pictures with a built-in camera.  These can be uploaded to Flickr (a photo-sharing website) …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
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Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
The Problem with Newsvine
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Robot talk turns practical at RoboBusiness 2007
GamePolitics.com:
V-Tech Rampage Creator Demands Payment to Remove Game
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and Game | Life
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Twitter Cloning: Tiny Blogs Bloom Everywhere
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and TechCrunch
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Free tool offers 'easy' coding
Discussion: CrunchGear, MacDailyNews and digg
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft Details Patent Breaches
fortuitous:
Some Community Tips for 2007  —  Seven tips on how to run a successful community.
Discussion: Common Craft and Bokardo