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1:25 AM ET, June 1, 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
Donald Bell / CNET News.com:
New RealPlayer allows YouTube video download  —  Real Networks has announced a new version of their RealPlayer today that will be available as a PC-only public Beta in June.  The player allows users to download and organize nearly all embedded internet video content (Flash, WMV, QuickTime) …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Mashable!
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Editor's Choice: Highlights of Real Networks' new RealPlayer
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The New RealPlayer: Ripping a YouTube Video Near You
Discussion: Jim Kukral and Brier Dudley's blog
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Real Makes Its Video Move: Downloads
Discussion: GigaOM
Wall Street Journal:
Bancrofts Open Door To a Sale Of Dow Jones  —  Controlling Family Says  —  It Will Meet Murdoch,  —  Consider Other Offers  —  Dow Jones & Co.'s 125-year history as an independent media company could be nearing an end.  —  The Bancroft family, which controls 64% of the company's voting power …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
YouTube, EMI sign breakthrough licensing pact  —  update Google struck a deal with EMI Group on Thursday that will allow it to show the record label's collection of music videos and artist performances on YouTube.  —  In addition, EMI said it will work with YouTube parent company Google …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EMI music: DRM-free and coming to YouTube
Discussion: Neowin.net and Forever Geek
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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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Top 15 Google Street View Sightings
Discussion: Webware.com and digg
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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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: Joystiq, Game | Life and Kotaku
spamhaus.org:
ROKSO Spammer Robert Soloway Arrested  —  On May 30, 2007 Robert Alan Soloway, one of the most persistent professional spammers, was indicted by a grand jury in Seattle, Washington, on charges that include fraud, money laundering, and identity theft.  The indictment followed …
Discussion: TechWeb and IntoMobile
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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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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Mass deletion sparks LiveJournal revolt  —  Thousands of LiveJournal customers are rebelling against the company's recent decision to censor hundreds of sex-themed discussion groups, a broad swath that has led to the removal of literary critiques and fan-written fiction about Harry Potter.
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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!
evhead:
Why VC  —  Kevin Burton is surprised by a VentureBeat interview in which I mentioned we were raising money for Twitter.  Says Kevin, "It just seems a shame that they're going down this path as Obvious seemed like the anti-VC startup based on past statements."
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 …
The Official Parallels Virtualization Blog:
Yes, you heard right...PARALLELS DESKTOP 3.0 IS ALMOST HERE!  —  About 3 hours ago we let the world know that for the last few months, we've been quietly building and testing an entirely new version of Parallels Desktop for Mac.  Named Desktop for Mac 3.0, this forthcoming major update …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Macworld and MacMegasite
David Sacks / TechCrunch:
The New Portals: It's the Bread, Not the Peanut Butter  —  This guest post is written by David Sacks, the founder and CEO of new startup Geni.  Previously, he was COO of PayPal.  He also produced the movie "Thank You For Smoking."  —  For the last several years, Yahoo …
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: Ars Technica and Techdirt
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Last.fm Sale Fallout: User Response  —  All too often when we report about a major acquisition or merger, there is a part of the story that is ignored: how the users respond to the news.  Reactions usually run the gamut from expressions of congratulations, to expressions of fear, to expressions of rage.
Discussion: p2pnet
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Mashup Editor Launches  —  Google just released a web-based mashup creator and hosting environment.  The editor accepts HTML, CSS, and Google-specific XML tags.  These tags provide access to google feeds such as the Google Calendar and Base.  The example we just saw built in front …
Discussion: Mashable! and TechBrew
 
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Arn / MacRumors:
New MacBook Pros on Tuesday, June 5th 2007? [Updated]
Discussion: Ars Technica and digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Get Smart, Play Lumosity
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Stalled Merger Slamming Sirius
Discussion: Orbitcast and Engadget
Jeff Schewe / PhotoshopNews:
About Camera Raw 4.1  —  Adobe has released Camera Raw 4.1 …
Zune Insider:
Firmware Update 1.4: Today
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Johnny Minkley / GamesIndustry.biz:
Carmack "magic" powers new id Software franchise
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Jason Calacanis replies to (one) of my concerns with Mahalo
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 Earlier Items: 
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Much Ado About Microsoft's Surface Computer
Discussion: Dan Blank and Memex 1.1
John Paczkowski / D5:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt
Between the Lines:
D5: YouTubers and Viacom CEO weigh in on copyrights
Discussion: D5, The Next Net and Webware.com
Andre Salles / suburbanchicagonews.com:
Aurora's Wi-Fi network moving ahead in slo-mo
Tina Wood / Channel 10:
Microsoft Data Centers - getting bigger and better