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9:15 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.
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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
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.
Discussion: Global Nerdy and digg
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Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
MacBook update arriving Tuesday  —  Multiple sources confirmed throughout Monday that a refreshed line of MacBooks will be hitting shelves Tuesday.  —  While specifics surrounding the new models have been scarce, the pending update, as reported by Think Secret Friday, is not expected …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
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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.
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Kent German / CNET News.com:   No presales for the iPhone  —  The Boy Genius got his hands …
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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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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Media SITREP
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Jeff Ooi / CNET News.com:
Yahoo mobilephone search comes to Malaysia and 6 other Asian countries  —  News broke yesterday that Yahoo! will introduce OneSearch, a new version of its search engine, for mobile phones in seven Asian countries including Malaysia.  —  Other countries covered by the service include high …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
 
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Newsdesk / Chicago Tribune:
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Reuters:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Malware piggybacks on Windows updates
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
U.S. piracy crackdown nets 50th conviction
Discussion: Neowin.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will iPhone spark wireless wars?
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft delves further into manufacturing with Zune plant
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot News
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why does Google retain data? Because nonexistent laws tell it to
Discussion: Neowin.net and Infothought
Angus Kidman / ITWire:
Facing the full horror of Windows Vista
Eddie Hargreaves / The Apple Blog:
10 Biggest Apple Rumors (that never came true)