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1:25 AM ET, May 16, 2007

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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  —  Guy Kawasaki's new company Truemors, has launched, and it is a sort of Twitter for rumors.  —  It is noteworthy, because its a raw experiment at letting anyone post anything and letting the top-voted post float to the top in a section called "greatest."
Discussion: alarm:clock and Chuqui 3.0
Stan Schroeder / franticindustries:
Truemors - just like Reddit, only for rumors
Discussion: TechFold and Pronet Advertising
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Truemors: A Lesson For Web2.0 Startups — Celebrity Is Important.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Patent Armageddon is here  —  The terrific Fortune magazine story about Microsoft threatening free software groups with patent lawsuits has one thing wrong.  —  Patent Armageddon isn't coming, as the magazine suggests.  —  It has already begun, and I'm starting to wonder if we should chuck …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Intellectual Property Protection Act to make attemped infringement illegal
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Gonzales proposes new crime: "Attempted" copyright infringement
Edward N. Albro / Today @ PC World:
Life in Prison Proposed for Some Copyright Pirates
Discussion: CNET News.com
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Fox Interactive keeps on buying
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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
By the numbers: piracy rate in China down 10 percent  —  The software piracy rate in China dropped four percentage points in 2006 from a year prior, according to a new report released by the Business Software Alliance and IDC, and showed an overall decline of 10 percentage points since 2003.
Discussion: Download Squad
BBC:
No change in global piracy rates
Discussion: Techdirt and Associated Press
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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Gizmodo:
Hands On: Video Tour of the Slimmer, Stronger Motorola RAZR 2
Discussion: Forever Geek
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Motorola RAZR 2 hands-on
Discussion: Gadgetell and digg
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 …
Billhilf / Port 25:
Clarifications  —  I have strong opinions.  Those of you who know me personally know that I am not one to herd think and that I speak up.  However, I need to comment on a recent story where I was quoted.  —  A few folks have emailed or called me about statements I said in the Bangkok Post …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Jeremy's Blog
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Microsoft to Declare War on Firefox, Linux, et al.
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
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
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 …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Warner Music sues social networking site imeem over copyright  —  Warner Music Group Corp. is suing the operators of the social-networking Web site imeem, claiming the portal enables millions of computer users to share its artists music and video content without permission.
Jay Westerdal / DomainTools Blog:
Porn.com Sells for 9 Million  —  MXN Limited acquires Porn.com for $9 Million.  Terms of the transaction were not fully disclosed, but this is the second largest adult domain transactions behind sex.com.  It was not more then two months ago when I saw this domain at auction for 7 .5 Million and thought it was a bargain.
Discussion: LiewCF.com and digg
Geoff Price / Mac Mojo:
Get converted  —  As previously announced, and as indicated by the lower frequency in blogcasting here, everyone at MacBU is exceedingly busy completing Office 2008, which is on track for release later this year.  This work is our primary focus, and is the largest undertaking in our ten year history as an independent team.
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
Google's Potential Vulnerability - An Open Ad Network  —  Robert Scoble recently wrote an interesting post, about FOG - Fear of Google (an acronym coined by CEO of eMarketer Geoff Ramsey).  I observed this phenomenon strongly first hand at the Web 2.0 Expo and shared my thoughts on it in the R/WW post Thoughts from the Web 2.0 Expo.
Discussion: Profitable Signals
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Japan looking to establish wireless island
Discussion: RFID Gazette and digg
Benj Edwards / 1UP.com:
WE CELEBRATE FOUR DECADES OF THOSE NEW-FANGLED "TELEVISION GAMES."
Discussion: Slashdot
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PANASONIC INTRODUCES NEXT GENERATION BLU-RAY DISC PLAYER
dive into mark:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Customers: satellite TV is the best of a bad bunch
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Cyber Security Bill Targets Botnets
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
The Problem with Newsvine
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Paul McCartney available on iTunes, Beatles next?
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Twitter Cloning: Tiny Blogs Bloom Everywhere
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and TechCrunch
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Nordic Game: PS3 is "too big", says Parappa creator