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10:05 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
Edward N. Albro / Today @ PC World:
Life in Prison Proposed for Some Copyright Pirates
Discussion: CNET News.com
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Truemors, the Twitter for rumors, smothered by spam
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0 and alarm:clock
Stan Schroeder / franticindustries:
Truemors - just like Reddit, only for rumors
Discussion: Pronet Advertising
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  —  Well, it's finally here, the RAZR 2, proper sequel to the Motorola RAZR, the best-selling cellphone of all time.  This newb's got big shoes to fill, but at least in its GSM / EDGE and CDMA variants it's 2mm smaller (sorry HSDPA fans, it's the same thickness for that flavor of 3G).
Discussion: Gadgetell and digg
Gizmodo:
Hands On: Video Tour of the Slimmer, Stronger Motorola RAZR 2
Discussion: Forever Geek
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: Techdirt and Associated Press
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Linus Torvalds Responds To Microsoft Patent Claims  —  The holder of the Linux trademark suggests Microsoft should name the patents it alleges have been violated so the claims can be tested in court.  —  Linus Torvalds, lead developer of the Linux kernel, has a sharp retort …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Paul McCartney available on iTunes, Beatles next?  —  Maybe Steve's amazed at the way it took so long to get Paul McCartney online.  —  The Beatles legend has a new solo album coming out next month entitled "Memory Almost Full," and if you want a digital copy the only place you'll find …
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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 …
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
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:
MySpace To Acquire Flektor  —  MySpace will acquire Flektor, a just-launched service that allows users to create widgets from photos, video and text, according to two sources with knowledge of the deal.  This comes right after the news of MySpace's pending acquisition of Photobucket last week for $250-$300 million.
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBlog
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: Global Nerdy, CrunchGear and digg
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
New gang war raging on the Internet  —  It's like something out of the Sopranos.  Antivirus researchers at Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs have identified criminal gangs engaged in a turf battle online.  The primary groups are responsible for the Warezov and Zhelatin worms …
Peter Elstrom / Business Week:
Crackdown on Indian Outsourcing Firms  —  Two senators are probing how Indian outsourcing firms use U.S. work visas, with an eye on new restrictions  —  Concerns about foreign companies that benefit from a visa program designed to make the U.S. more competitive are taking center stage in Washington …
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.2  —  On behalf of the entire WordPress team, I'm proud and excited to announce the immediate availability of version 2.2 "Getz" for download.  This version includes a number of new features, most notably Widgets integration, and over two hundred bug fixes.  It's named in honor of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.
Discussion: Blogging Pro and Photo Matt
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Unveils Swivel Search  —  As part of the broadband strategy announced last last fall, TiVo has introduced unified search functionality.  "Swivel Search" offers enhanced on-box querying, but also reaches beyond broadcast television and into TiVoCast and Amazon Unbox programming.
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Panasonic launches $600 DMP-BD10A Blu-ray player, bundles five films
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Microsoft to Declare War on Firefox, Linux, et al.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Customers: satellite TV is the best of a bad bunch
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Grant Gross / PC World:
Cyber Security Bill Targets Botnets
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The Problem with Newsvine
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Robot talk turns practical at RoboBusiness 2007
GamePolitics.com:
V-Tech Rampage Creator Demands Payment to Remove Game
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and Game | Life
Claire Bates / Daily Mail:
Watch slide-shows on the umbrella which will stop you getting lost
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Google: 10 percent of sites are dangerous
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Cork'd Acquired by Wine Library Vlogger
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Free tool offers 'easy' coding
Discussion: CrunchGear, MacDailyNews and digg
Business Wire:
MySpace Video to Launch Branded Channels