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12:15 PM ET, May 15, 2007

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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.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Five New MacBook Configurations for Tues, May 15th?  [Updated]  —  Tuesday, May 15th is the most recent date-on-the-calendar for those awaiting Apple notebook updates.  Questionable rumors posted last week indicated that we would see Apple laptop updates this week, while other rumors pointed to "sooner than expected" laptop updates.
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
MacBook update arriving Tuesday
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Gizmodo and digg
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft Details Patent Breaches  —  SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. has given the most detailed description to date of the number of open-source computer programs it says infringe on its patents, but the company says it still prefers licensing deals with open-source developers …
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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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Launches Meebo Rooms (oh, and Meebo now has ads)
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Meebo Adds Media Rooms
Discussion: AppScout, Peer Pressure and GigaOM
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
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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Branded Video Channels Coming to MySpace  —  MySpace have announced the launch of a new premium content section for MySpace Video in a direct challenge to YouTube.  —  In the coming months, MySpace Video will launch branded channels with content from National Geographic, The New York Times …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
States Fault MySpace on Predator Issues  —  Some of the country's top law enforcement officials are charging that the online social network MySpace has discovered thousands of known sex offenders using its service, but has failed to act on the information.  —  In a letter sent yesterday …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Why age verification won't cure what ails social networking sites
USA Today:
Prosecutors ask MySpace for names of sex offenders
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Curry in London.  Weather in Jaipur  —  Yahoo! is expanding its mobile reach to a few more countries.  We just launched Yahoo! oneSearch Beta in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.  We're now in 14 countries, including the United Kingdom, France …
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Search Engine Land:
Forty-Eight Hours With Ask Mobile
Discussion: Screenwerk and The Ask.com Blog
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Bokardo
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. …
Derick Mains / Apple:
iTunes Offers Exclusive Pre-Order of New Paul McCartney Album "Memory Almost Full"  —  Complete Catalog of 25 Solo Albums Coming to iTunes This Month  —  Apple® today announced that thirteen-time Grammy award winner Paul McCartney's new album, "Memory Almost Full" …
Washington Post:
A Casualty Of War: MySpace  —  U.S. Military Blocks Popular Web Sites, Cutting Ties to Home  —  The Defense Department began blocking access on its computers to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other Web sites yesterday, severing some of the most popular ties linking U.S. troops in combat areas …
Discussion: IP Democracy
 
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Dial M for entertainment, the mobile revolution
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and I4U News
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
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Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
USA Today:
Sprint, ABC dial in to television on the go
Discussion: IP Democracy
USA Today:
TiVo expands search capabilities to encompass Net
Dave / Blogified:
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 Earlier Items: 
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Flickrvision — Twittervision's new cousin
Jeff Ooi / CNET News.com:
Yahoo mobilephone search comes to Malaysia and 6 other Asian countries
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
On the Web, an Advanced Carbon Calculator for Personal Use
Discussion: Lifehacker
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
HP'S HALO: NOW THIS IS TELEPRESENCE
Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch Sends Letter to Bancrofts
Dion Almaer / Google Code:
Introducing the Google Developer Podcast
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Digg is Censoring Content by Burying Stories Internally
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T iPhone not to be pre-sold