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8:35 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
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: Read/WriteWeb
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
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 …
John Paczkowski / D5:
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs
Reuters:
Jobs and Gates share the spotlight
Discussion: Computerworld
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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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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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: Forever Geek and Neowin.net
Michael Zenke / 1UP.com:
MASSIVE UPDATE: WEEKLY MMO NEWS  —  WoW goldseller lynching, more EVE drama.  —  The Big Story  —  Sometimes it's the smallest flames that spark the biggest fires.  A post to the world of Warcraft forums by Community Manager Eyonix started simply enough:
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
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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
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo's Q1 Call: Series3 Lite, Comcast Rollout, Down Under  —  As I've mentioned before, I'm not a financial guy — it just doesn't interest me and early on I decided not to buy or sell TiVo stock given the leaks and embargoed info that comes my way.  Forbes seems to think TiVo posted a …
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: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
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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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.
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.
Johnny Minkley / GamesIndustry.biz:
Carmack "magic" powers new id Software franchise  —  New brand and new engine from Doom creators  —  Id Software's Todd Hollenshead has revealed that the Quake and Doom creator is working on a new gaming franchise powered by a brand new engine from developer John Carmack.
Discussion: GamePro.com, Game | Life and Joystiq
 
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