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9:55 PM ET, May 31, 2007

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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Bombshell from RealNetworks: Rip/Save/Burn "All" Online Video Fomats with New Player...Clips from YouTube and Yahoo Are Easily Downloaded  —  Just a few minutes ago at the "D" conference in Carlsbad, California, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser made a bombshell announcement about a new product from RealNetworks.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
NEWS: Real Networks Takes YouTube (and other Flash) videos offline  —  Real Networks new Real Player now will take YouTube videos offline.  Here's an interview I did with Real's Vice President, Jeff Chasen where he gave me a demo of the new player (coming soon, I'll let you know where it's up).
Discussion: Compiler and Ryan Stewart
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Real Makes Its Video Move: Downloads  —  Real is announcing today a test version of its new RealPlayer, fully 2.5 years since the product's last major update and well behind the explosion of web video.  We give the company points for trying to add something different to all the other official options …
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Editor's Choice: Highlights of Real Networks' new RealPlayer
Discussion: Download Squad and AppScout
Donald Bell / CNET News.com:
New RealPlayer allows YouTube video download
Discussion: Mashable!
John Paczkowski / D5:
VIDEO: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Highlight Reel  —  A selection of rip-roaring laughs and jokes from the joint interview between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the D5 conference.  —  The complete Steve Jobs and Bill Gates interview videos:  — Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Prologue
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
With success, a kinder, gentler Steve Jobs  —  Success, they say, mellows out even the fiercest of tyrants, making their dictates seem almost benevolent.  Steve Jobs, the enfant terrible of yesteryears, whose unrelenting quest for perfection has driven many to Ole Tennessee or an asylum …
Reuters:
Jobs and Gates share the spotlight
Discussion: Computerworld
Jaime Schopflin / emigroup.com:
EMI Music, Google and YouTube strike milestone partnership  —  Fans to have on-demand access to videos from EMI Music's roster of artists on YouTube  —  EMI Music - one of the world's leading global music companies, Google and YouTube, the leader in online video - today announced …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EMI music: DRM-free and coming to YouTube
Discussion: Forever Geek and Neowin.net
Peter / PR. Differently:
WHAT THE IMMERSIVE MEDIA PHOTO-CAR LOOKS LIKE!  —  You've all heard about what Google is doing with street-level views, right?  —  What you probably all DIDN'T know, however, is that the company actually shooting the majority of the photos for Google's datasets, is named Immersive Media.
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Alan Dunton / Multiverse:
THE MULTIVERSE NETWORK COMPLETES $4.175 MILLION SERIES A ROUND  —  The Multiverse Network, the company building the world's leading network of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) and 3D virtual worlds, today announced that it raised $4.175 million in Series A funding.
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Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Multiverse Wins $4 Million in Funding
Discussion: VentureBeat, alarm:clock and Mashable!
Michael Zenke / 1UP.com:
MASSIVE UPDATE: WEEKLY MMO NEWS
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
TiVo prepping a "mass appeal" HD DVR priced below Series 3  —  Everyone knows that true DVR nirvana requires support for sweet, sweet HD video.  Yet while the cost of HDTVs has dropped sharply in the last 5 years, the cost of getting an HD TiVo up and running has not.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and digg
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BBC:
Online and offline worlds merge  —  Google has launched a tool designed to make it easier for computer users to use online applications offline.  —  One of the key limitations of web services such as e-mail, word processing and calendars, is that they require a net connection to function.
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Between the Lines:
D5: YouTubers and Viacom CEO weigh in on copyrights  —  Before coming on stage at the D conference, a cute video about the making of YouTube was shown, where co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are talking about coming up with a business idea while they are eating huge burritos, and how they wish their friends could watch them eat.
Discussion: D5, The Next Net and Webware.com
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Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
YouTube Guys at D: All Things Digital
Discussion: down the avenue
Valleywag:
Linden Lab: The virtual world just got a little more real  —  TIM FAULKNER — Second Life may face a new threat, the need to apply and enforce real law in its virtual world.  A Pennsylvania court has denied two requests by Linden Lab, which would have effectively ended the first legal challenge …
Derek Slater / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Campus Lawsuits Against P2P != Stopping File Sharing  —  The NPD Group's latest music stats provide yet another reason that the RIAA's war on college students is misguided: … This data suggests offline sharing is growing, and that's to be expected.  Along with burning CDs and DVDs for each other …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Studies: music industry overstating threat of P2P piracy
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Will music industry dance again to Apple's tune?  —  news analysis Apple has plunged into uncharted waters by stripping security software off some of its music.  —  Never before has Apple sold songs without attaching antipiracy software—the digital rights management systems that prevent file sharing and are hated by many music fans.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia outs midrange 6500 in slider and candybar flavors  —  It may not be the biggest news today out of Espoo, but Nokia has brought out a pair of very capable midrange handsets — so capable, in fact, that we're kinda surprised Nokia is voluntarily using the term "midrange" to describe them.
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Wii will rock you  —  Fortune's Jeffrey M. O'Brien explains how Nintendo's new game machine won over the world - and beat the pants off Sony and Microsoft.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Nintendo's legendary videogame designer Shigeru Miyamoto is lying face down on the floor in Kyoto, Japan …
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Game | Life
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
'Spam King' suspect seized  —  Feds say arrest may lead to sharp drop in illegal e-mail  —  The Seattle man is accused of illegally clogging the planet's inboxes with billions of illegal e-mails using hijacked computer networks.  —  You've probably heard from him, federal authorities say.
 
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