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4:40 PM ET, May 24, 2007

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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Copying HD DVD and Blu-ray discs may become legal  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they've purchased, a concession by the movie industry that may quell criticism that DRM …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
HD DVD, Blu-ray "Managed Copy" coming later this year  —  The managed copy spec that will allow users to make copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray movies is finally nearing completion.  MPAA head honcho Dan Glickman recently said that the AACS support behind managed copy would be ready before the end of the year …
Wal-Mart Facts:
Wal-Mart to Sell Dell Desktops in Stores this June  —  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Dell, Inc. announce that the two companies will partner to sell Dell Computer desktops in Wal-Mart stores nationwide, beginning June 10, 2007.  The agreement includes the launch to two Dell products offered …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Closing the book on Apple's Mac mini  —  Even while at the top of its game, Apple Inc. can seemingly find faults with just about anything, including a bit of itself.  The Mac maker is constantly evaluating the market segments in which it wishes to participate and those which it does not.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sarbanes-Oxley Audit Rules To Ease; Bad For IT Spending; Good For Corporate Earnings  —  One of the under-appreciated drivers of IT spending in the last few years has been Sarbanes-Oxley.  While there is much complaining in Corporate America about the costs of compliance …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Todd Watson
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Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:   Who Are The Losers In SEC's SarbOx Rule Change?
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Flexible, full-color OLED  —  On May 24, Sony unveiled what it is calling the world's first flexible, full-color organic electroluminescent display (OLED) built on organic thin-film transistor (TFT) technology.  OLEDs typically use a glass substrate, but Sony researchers developed new technology …
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Mike Yamamoto / CNET News.com:
Sony debuts flexible TV screen
Direct2Dell:
Dell Offers Three Consumer Systems With Ubuntu 7.04  —  It's finally here.  Later today, Dell will offer U.S customers three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook.  These systems will be available at www.dell.com/open by 4pm CST today.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's Ubuntu Linux machines launching today  —  There's still no press release but those three Dell's running Ubuntu are just minutes away from donning their direct-sales wings according to Dell's official Direct2Dell site.  Just like we heard, the three rigs available for the Linux pre-load include …
Discussion: Compiler, Forever Geek and Channel 9
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Google patent app shows extensive Google plans for mobile search  —  A Google Patent application newly published on the United States Patent & Trademark Office website this morning appears to furnish extensive details on Google's plans for enhanced local searches via mobile devices.
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Why Are CC Numbers Still So Easy To Find?  —  Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton gives the full-disclosure treatment to the widely known and surprisingly simple technique for finding treasure-troves of credit card numbers online.  He points out how the credit-card companies …
Discussion: Consumerist
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM alliance will take the fight with Intel down to 32nm  —  IBM has announced that its Common Platform partners have signed on to extend their chip fabrication technology development agreements through 2010.  So IBM, Chartered, Samsung, Infineon, and Freescale will all be working together …
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
2006 Online Ad Spending Hits Nearly $17 Billion  —  Online ad revenues continue their upward surge, hitting $16.9 billion in 2006, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau's annual revenue report, released today.  Search ads and dollars from consumer-aimed advertisers still dominate …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple and music labels accused of shortchanging artists  —  A fresh class action lawsuit charges Apple's iTunes, major online music shops, and top record labels with performing an end-run around a musician's permission and his royalty payments.  —  Dawg Music, a relatively small label run …
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft eyeing empty Nintendo site  —  It's not the only one; open space is scarce  —  Microsoft Corp. is already synonymous with Redmond in some corners of the technology world, and now the company appears interested in occupying even more of its hometown.
Discussion: Joystiq and Game | Life
 
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John Falcone / CNET News.com:
PS3 1.80 firmware upgrade adds media streaming, DVD upscaling
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Nokia phones could be barred from US in Qualcomm patent squabble
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How To Protect Your Domain Name
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 Earlier Items: 
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Leads Trulia's $10 Million Series C
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft too busy to name Linux patents
Discussion: TechSpot News
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Stops "Did You Mean: He Invented"
Discussion: Infothought
BBC:
Game net distribution 'lift off'
SeekingAlpha:
OS Survey Results: Microsoft Can Breathe Easy As Linux Levels Off
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The OpenCoffee Club Movement
Discussion: AccMan, seattleduck and Argolon
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What is Web 3.0?  —  My talk went well, and I did talk briefly …
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
No such thing as a free download
 

 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

 
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