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4:20 AM ET, May 15, 2007

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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?
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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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
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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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 …
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A (FORMER) YOUTUBE STAR'S RANT: WE'LL GO IT ALONE, THANKS
Discussion: CinemaTech
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
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.
Discussion: Googlified and Googling Google
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Mac Observer, MacDailyNews and digg
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
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: Read/WriteWeb and Webware.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why does Google retain data?  Because nonexistent laws tell it to  —  Google wants to know what you search for, and plenty of people have wondered why.  The company's global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, recently posted an explanation to this question of Google's official blog …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
I would pay for Twitter.com  —  At this point I'm offering $100 a year for a premium account on Twitter.  By premium I mean a dedicated server that is independent of the free cluster of servers, and that has an SLA of 99.99999% or something to that effect.  Also, I'd pay for more features and better speed.
Discussion: B.Mann Consulting
 
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Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Next-gen business models are "embarrassing", says Brennan
Brad Stone / New York Times:
States Fault MySpace on Predator Issues
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Adam Kalsey / Crying Out Loud:
Feed Crier climbs into bed with IMified
Ranchero Software:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Malware piggybacks on Windows updates
Grant Gross / PC World:
Verizon Buys Cybertrust
Discussion: Techdirt
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will iPhone spark wireless wars?
Stephen Totilo / MTV:
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 Earlier Items: 
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Aero and battery life
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Instant messaging: feature or product?
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Josh Bernoff / Groundswell:
Test-driving Telepresence
Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
Ask Mobile GPS: The Next Level of Local
BBC:
Students create 'sensual' phones
Los Angeles Times:
In consoles, the game isn't going Sony's way
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The iPhone's on eBay already
Digital Photography Review:
Amazon.com acquires dpreview.com