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12:45 AM ET, May 23, 2007

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Paul Sloan / Business 2.0:
The man who owns the Internet  —  Kevin Ham is the most powerful dotcom mogul you've never heard of, reports Business 2.0 Magazine.  Here's how the master of Web domains built a $300 million empire.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Kevin Ham leans forward, sits up tall, closes his eyes, and begins to type — into the air.
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Paul Sloan / The Key:
Yahoo Outsmarts Google in Cameroon Domain Play
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pandora Goes Mobile, and Sonos, and More  —  Music streaming service Pandora has had its ups and downs over the last two years since launching.  People love to listen to their personalized radio stations that get more and more tailored as you tell it what you like and don't like.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will DRM-free tunes turbocharge music sales?
Discussion: broadstuff
PC World:
DRM-Free Music Giant EMI Agrees to Takeover
Discussion: Neowin.net
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Music industry offers deal to small Webcasters  —  Facing an outcry over imminent royalty fee increases for Internet radio operators, the music industry body that lobbied for the changes has attempted a peace offering.  —  SoundExchange, the nonprofit group that collects the fees on behalf …
Discussion: Techdirt and Newsome.Org
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
SoundExchange offers olive branch to small webcasters over royalties  —  Smaller webcasters will not have to pay higher royalties on Internet broadcasts, at least not until 2010.  SoundExchange, the licensing authority backed by the Big Four labels, has relented on its desire for higher royalties …
Discussion: Slashdot
Karen / Official Google Blog:
What's hot today?  —  For more than six years, we have compiled a regular list of popular searches called the Google Zeitgeist.  This has been our way to highlight the sorts of queries people type into the Google search box every day.  More recently, we unveiled Google Trends to show …
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Gets Trendy  —  Google today launched an improvement to their Trends service, Hot Trends, which lists the top 100 break out searches of each day.  These are not the top searches, but the ones that deviate the most from their normal search pattern.  —  Clicking on a trend leads …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Ask.com goes "all in"... and my strategy suggestions to help them fight the beast  —  Update: Josh at Read/WriteWeb dives into my suggestions and offers up some of his own.  —  Also, let me make one thing clear... Ask spending $100 million on this stupid "xxxx hates the algorithm" ad campaign is downright stupid.
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
The Future of Ask.com: Search?  How About Advertising  —  Allen Stern over at CenterNetworks has an interesting post today about Ask.com, in which he lays out his strategy for getting the search engine back on track.  That caught my eye because last night when looking over the latest search data …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Microsoft-funded study finds developers don't want GPL to cover patent deals  —  Microsoft is expending an awful lot of time and energy to try to derail the next version of the Free Software Foundation's General Public License (GPL).  —  On May 22, yet another in a long line …
Discussion: Compiler, BetaNews and Slashdot
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft funds questionable study attacking GPL 3 draft process
Discussion: Channel 9 and Slashdot
Charles Douglas / The Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone to be available for prepaid users?  —  One thing we know about the Apple iPhone launch, is that we don't really know much.  Today we received a few screen shots that shed some light on one of the major questions regarding the sales of the iPhone — who will be eligible to buy this new dream gadget?
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USA Today:
AT&T eager to wield its iWeapon  —  The Apple iPhone, due out next month, has been breathlessly hailed as offering consumers the ultimate wireless experience.  —  It also could give AT&T, its exclusive U.S. distributor, the ultimate experience for a wireless carrier: an easy way to handcuff rivals and steal customers.
Financial Times:
Google's goal to organise your daily life  —  Google's ambition to maximise the personal information it holds on users is so great that the search engine envisages a day when it can tell people what jobs to take and how they might spend their days off.  —  Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Message to Michael: Just Say, Well, No.  —  In what I can only describe as a sentimental-veering-toward-weepy riff on the ongoing saga of "Silicon Valley Bubble: The Sequel," TechCrunch blogger Michael Arrington waxes on about the need for a downturn to stop the madness.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Michigan man arrested for using cafe's free WiFi from his car  —  A Michigan man is being prosecuted for using a cafe's free WiFi... from his car.  Sam Peterson was arrested under a Michigan law barring access to anyone else's network without authorization, according to Michigan TV station WOOD.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
House passes more tech-friendly antispyware bill  —  In their third effort to enact a federal law targeting spyware, members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved criminal penalties aimed at anyone implanting certain types of malicious software on computers.
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Peter Kaplan / Reuters:   U.S. House approves less stringent anti-spyware bill
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
'Electric Slide' Creator Calls Off Online Takedown Campaign  —  Agreement Ends Copyright Threats Over Non-Commercial Use of Popular Dance  —  San Francisco - The man who claims to have created "The Electric Slide" has agreed to call off his online video takedown campaign …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Tech_Space and Joho the Blog
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
'Electric Slide' creator backs down from DMCA claim
Discussion: Techdirt
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
LinkedIn for Good Lets You Rally for Your Cause  —  LinkedIn, the online social network for professionals, will announce tomorrow its new LinkedIn for Good, which is a philanthropic initiative for raising awareness and raising funds for nonprofits around the world.
 
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Bradley S. Klapper / Associated Press:
U.S. May Be Target in Gambling Dispute
Josh Goldman / CrunchGear:
Creative Unleashes 2MP Auto-focusing, Plug-N-Play Webcam
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Brian Prince / eWEEK.com:
Proposed National Database Raises Privacy Concerns
Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Automatically upload a folder's photos to Flickr
Discussion: DailyTechRag
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Ritek to start mass producing BD-RE discs
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot News
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicians weigh renewal of Net access tax ban
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Tribler Combines YouTube, BitTorrent, and Last.fm
Discussion: Mashable! and Digital Alchemy
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft trademarks logo for on-demand IPTV service
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PC World:
The 100 Best Products of 2007  —  Our editors rank the best PCs …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Verizon Launches FiOS TV 2.0
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Nortel Strong Arms Open Source Vendor
Elisabeth Osmeloski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Changes at SEW: Moving Over Yonder
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Google Made 23andMe Do It  —  One downside of taking venture capital …
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
AMD Claims Manufacturing is on Time and on Schedule
Discussion: The Tech Report
Dan Warne / APC:
First OpenOffice virus emerges