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8:15 AM ET, May 19, 2007

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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Dell Latitude Tablet PC spotted on Dell's blog  —  Let the rumors subside: Dell will indeed have a Tablet PC this year and you can see it showcased in a short video right on the Direct2Dell blog!  My first impressions: this looks light and very thin, possibly the thinnest convertible yet!
Discussion: TechSpot News and Newsome.Org
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay to Launch YouTube Competitor  —  Some believed the video site might evolve from the idea that is Playable.com — a free music site started by Brokep of The Pirate Bay and the Swedish rock band Lamont — that aims at compensating artists directly and cutting out record companies.
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Under the Hood of The Pirate Bay's New Video Site
Discussion: GigaOM
Brokep / The Pirate Bay:
Oh some problems and a treat!
Discussion: Epicenter
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Quantifying Microsoft's biggest purchase ever  —  Aquantive who?  The company Microsoft is acquiring for its highest purchase price ever may not even register on the radar of most consumers.  —  But it's a well-known entity in the online advertising industry and can give Microsoft some much-needed …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Now that Feedburner Story....  Every so often we hear about Chicago-based FeedBurner, the RSS remixer/syndicator is getting bought by someone.  This morning, Sam Sethi pointed out that Feedburner was in talks with Google.  Valleywag says they have a confirmation and the price range is in the $100 million ballpark.
Discussion: Data Mining and broadstuff
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Andrea James / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
P-I has no immediate plans for bendable 'e-paper'  —  Someday, Seattle P-I readers may be able to carry around their news in a bendable, electronic paper device — but not any time soon.  —  Hearst Corp., which owns the Seattle P-I, has no plans to use the Seattle daily newspaper to test …
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Popfly - Mashup the web with Silverlight  —  Disclosure: This morning I announced that I'm working for Adobe.  While I haven't officially started, consider me an Adobe employee for all intents and purposes.  I have the disclosure statement at the bottom of the page, but I'll probably run …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro screens subject of class-action lawsuit  —  Looks like Apple is about to face its next date in court: a San Diego filing by private citizens Fred Greaves and Dave Gatley calls for a class-action lawsuit, accusing Cupertino of deceptive advertising with regard …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Netflix Sued For Violating Antitrust Law With Its Patents
Discussion: Slashdot
Charles Onyett / IGN:
Blizzard's Worldwide Invitational Begins  —  Updates directly from the show floor. … 4:07 - Just uploaded first ever screens of StarCraft 2.  Enjoy.  —  3:50 - Blizzard has not yet announced a release date for StarCraft 2.  —  3:44 - Had to run out of conference room to plug in laptop …
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Cyber Assaults on Estonia Typify a New Battle Tactic  —  This small Baltic country, one of the most wired societies in Europe, has been subject in recent weeks to massive and coordinated cyber attacks on Web sites of the government, banks, telecommunications companies, Internet service providers …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Origami 2.0 to be thinner, smaller, and (maybe) less expensive  —  Microsoft is working on a new set of specifications for its Origami project.  Microsoft development manager Vikram Madan spoke this week at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Los Angeles about some of the specs …
Nokia:
Nokia 3109 classic offers affordable, straightforward functionality  —  Nokia today announced the new Nokia 3109 classic, a mobile phone that offers a productive feature set, long battery life and expandable memory for effective, reliable and distraction free communication.
Reuters:
BitTorrent user loses appeal in movie piracy case  —  A Hong Kong man, believed to be the first person convicted of downloading pirated movies using BitTorrent file-sharing technology, lost his appeal on Friday in the territory's highest court.  —  Chan Nai-ming, who used the alias "Big Crook" …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Get Your Own Theme at Method Music  —  If you're a "Family Guy" fan like me, you might remember the episode where Peter finds a genie in a lamp and wishes for his own theme music.  Well, a new website backed by the legendary frontman of the rock group "The Who", Pete Townshend …
Discussion: 606Tech
Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
Governments using filters to censor Internet, survey finds  —  PARIS: With the aid of sophisticated software, government censorship of the Internet is spreading into a global phenomenon, with tech-savvy governments filtering forbidden themes from politics and human rights to sexuality and religion …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Joost's Deal Plans Hidden in PDF Presentation  —  PDFs can be tricky sometimes: a source of hidden data that you might not have intended to release.  A source pointed out to us today that this year's hottest startup - Joost - may have accidentally leaked 3 months' worth of deal plans through hidden data in a PDF.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Risk Is for Losers  —  No president could spend money like Ronald Reagan could spend money.  His greatest legacy, in fact, was spending so much on defense projects like his "Star Wars" anti-missile system that the USSR was torn apart economically by simply trying to compete, thus ending the Cold War.
 
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Maximus / Just Another Mobile Phone Blog:
The latest PSP Windows PS3 mobile phone
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I'm Joining Adobe  —  Big news for me today.
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Madhouse rolls out European marketing campaign for launch of Toyota iPOD kit
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Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
LG Electronics to cut PDP production
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Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
Hide your firewalls! Adobe's CS3 may try to disable them
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Business Week:
A Cable Company People Don't Hate
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Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Nordic Game: Rock Band will be affordable, says Harmonix exec
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Nico Vera / Facebook Blog:
Oh Canada...  If you were to check out the Toronto, ON network page …
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Google Apps Partner Edition
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
New Copyright Alliance hopes to strengthen copyright law
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Pick the right file system for your Mac's internal or external storage
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Zango sues antispyware vendor PC Tools
J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
AACS Updated, Broken Again
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polishlinux.org:
Poland: Nine people held by police for translating movies