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5:15 PM ET, May 17, 2007

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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
WPP Acquires 24/7 Real Media To Compete With Google And Yahoo  —  I saw one of Google's "agency relationship managers" give a pitch to a top agency, where she gave the standard line that Google doesn't want to be an ad agency.  I didn't believe it for a second.
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AppleInsider:
News Flash: Apple iPhone receives FCC approval  —  Apple Inc. on Thursday received the official go-ahead on its first ever mobile handset, with the Federal Communications Commission giving the iPod maker the green light to commence sales of the device in the United States.
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Search Engine Land:
Video Blending & Video Meta Search  —  There's nothing new about Google listing links to video content in its regular search results, including links to pages in Google-owned Google Video and YouTube.  However, Universal Search is changing things.  Instead of considering that content as part …
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BBC:
Google overhauls main search page
Discussion: Reuters
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Google's Universal Search brings minor interface tweaks, more results
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Latest AACS revision defeated a week before release  —  Despite the best efforts of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Administration (AACS LA), content pirates remain one step ahead.  A new volume key used by high-def films scheduled for release next week has already been cracked.
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Newest AACS circumvented: The Matrix Trilogy set free
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Google v. Perfect 10: Appeals court affirms that thumbnails are fair use  —  Google scored a partial victory yesterday in a case that is likely to have major implications for the evolution of copyright law online.  In a 2004 lawsuit, porn merchant Perfect 10 accused Google of infringing …
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David Flynn / APC:
Vista will be the last version of Windows for Pentium 4 and Core Duo owners  —  It's the end of the line for 32-bit operating systems, Microsoft has proclaimed at its annual Windows Hardware Engineering conference  —  After the software giant has gotten over its hangover from partying …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Imagine Live Search - Microsoft's Test Site Launches  —  Spotted via LiveSide, a new experimental search engine from Windows Live.  Like those from Ask (Ask X), Google (SearchMash) and Yahoo Alpha), it provides a mixture of results all on the same page.  Below is a look at Microsoft's …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google goes back to the future with Universal Search
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
More Firefox Bloat?  Say It Ain't So, Mozilla  —  When Firefox launched in beta release five years ago, it burst on the open-source browser scene like a young Elvis Presley — slim, sexy and dangerous.  —  Since then it has attracted millions of users, generally set the agenda …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Half of the future Gates  —  newsmaker Craig Mundie is trying to fill Bill Gates shoes.  Well, at least one of them.  —  Keenly aware that no one person can replace Microsoft's cultural icon, the company has divided his responsibilities among two top executives.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent in Focus: TV-series are Hot  —  The statistics presented here are gathered by SumoTorrent, and based on a sample of more than 400.000 .torrent files collected from several public BitTorrent sites.  From now on these statistics will be published on a monthly basis …
FightinSunDevil / Gamerscore Blog:
Clearing the Air: In Support of HD DVD...  'Just want to clear up a few things surrounding several erroneous stories regarding alleged comments from Peter Moore about Xbox 360 supporting Blu-ray.  Simply put...These reports are completely incorrect.  —  Some online media outlets have picked …
Wired News:
What Makes Techmeme Tick?  Inventor Gabe Rivera Explains  —  For many Silicon Valley insiders, one site has become the primary aggregator of technology news: Techmeme.  The site constantly scrapes news sites and blogs and compiles a continually updated list of links to the most popular tech news of the day.
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The net is being carved up into information plantations  —  Search at Google.com on evolution or Iraq or Aids or Gordon Brown, and the same site will appear at the top of the list of results: Wikipedia.  Alter your search into one for John Keats or Muhammad Ali or Christianity or platypus or loneliness, and the same thing will happen.
Discussion: bytes|genes and MediaVidea
Microsoft Help and Support:
The "File Download - Security Warning" dialog box opens when you try to open Internet Explorer 7 … Important This article contains information that shows you how to help lower security settings or how to turn off security features on a computer.  You can make these changes to work around a specific problem.
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Google Korea to censor search results  —  (InfoWorld) - Google Korea plans to introduce an age-verification system to its search engine later this year that will restrict adult-themed searches to those 19 years of age and older, it said Thursday.  —  Users will be asked to verify their age …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Samsung and LG.Philips announce super-thin OLEDs  —  The quest to make thinner cell phones and other mobile devices continues each day, but Samsung and LG.Philips may be moving closer to that goal with their new active-matrix OLEDs (AMOLED).  Both companies announced new AMOLED displays today …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Perry / evans ink:
Introducing localguides.com: local, meet social. social, meet vertical.  —  We've just launched the beta version of a brand spanking new site - localguides.com.  —  We think the site (and the technology and methodologies behind it) begin to lay the foundation to tackle two vexing problems in local search …
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Backers of stronger copyright laws form lobby group
Evan Blass / Engadget:
PSP hardware refresh coming this year, says report
Discussion: PSP Fanboy and digg
TED / uncov:
Guy Kawasaki Should Stick To Contentless Blog Posts
Discussion: Epicenter
PC World:
ReadyBoost Flash Drives Lack Significant Boost
Discussion: TechSpot News and digg
Tom Clynes / Popular Science:
INVENTION AWARDS  —  A Big Ball of Connectivity
Discussion: CNET News.com and digg
Microsoft:
Microsoft Votes for Choice
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google to Yahoo and Microsoft: the $1.65 billion was worth it
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Microsoft apologizes for Halo 3 problems, extends beta
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Chris Faylor / shacknews.com:
SCEA Announces PSP Store, SOCOM PS3, Warhawk Beta Plans
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T offers mobile backup solution
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Stanford to hit P2P users in the wallet with reconnection fees
Staten Island Advance / SI Advance Newslog:
'V-Tech Rampage' Internet game sparks outrage
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista Service Pack 1: It lives
eMarketer:
Word-of-Mouth in B2B  —  C-level execs want to hear it in person.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Making The Switch From Twitter to Jaiku