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2:58 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
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews and GigaOM
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The New RealPlayer: Ripping a YouTube Video Near You
Discussion: Jim Kukral and Brier Dudley's blog
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Editor's Choice: Highlights of Real Networks' new RealPlayer
Donald Bell / CNET News.com:
New RealPlayer allows YouTube video download
Discussion: Ars Technica and Mashable!
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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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: Neowin.net and Forever Geek
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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Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Introduces G'zOne Type-S Rugged Phone  —  Streamlined Bluetooth-enabled G'zOne Type-S Meets U.S. Military Standards for Water Resistance, Humidity, Shock and Dust  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Just as the weather begins to warm and outdoor activities kick into high gear …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Top 15 Google Street View Sightings  —  Google's Street View feature for Google Maps, which enables users to see certain parts of several big US cities through panoramic images, has caused a new trend: StreetSpotting (we just invented that).  We've gone through the avalanche of reports about funny …
Discussion: Webware.com 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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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, Kotaku and Game | Life
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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Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
'Spam King' suspect seized
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."
Discussion: ben barren and VentureBeat
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 and Ars Technica
David Hinkle / Nintendo Wii Fanboy:
First Guitar Hero III footage hits the net  —  Word on the tubes is that these videos (one above, one past the break) are for the Xbox 360 version of the game, but they still exhibit some of the changes the franchise has received and showcase two of the new confirmed songs in Weezer's "My Name is Jonas" and Foghat's "Slow Ride."
Discussion: digg
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: Macworld, Ars Technica and MacMegasite
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
Gershon Goren / O'Reilly Network:
Skype Developer Program: A Tale of Pioneering and Persevering  —  In my work as Director of Engineering, Research and Development at WebDialogs, Inc., I often feel like a pioneer on a number of levels.  And pioneering is certainly an apt way to describe our company's experience in working with the Skype Developers Program (SDP).
Discussion: Skype Journal
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 …
 
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Photos Stir a Debate Over Privacy
Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
Henry doesn't go far enough
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Steve Ballmer: Microsoft's incompetent youth
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
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Zune Insider:
Firmware Update 1.4: Today
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 Earlier Items: 
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Mashup Editor Launches
Discussion: Mashable! and TechBrew
Johnny Minkley / GamesIndustry.biz:
Carmack "magic" powers new id Software franchise
Discussion: Game | Life, Macworld and Joystiq
Alan Dunton / Multiverse:
THE MULTIVERSE NETWORK COMPLETES $4.175 MILLION SERIES A ROUND
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Much Ado About Microsoft's Surface Computer
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and Dan Blank
Between the Lines:
D5: YouTubers and Viacom CEO weigh in on copyrights
Discussion: D5, The Next Net and Webware.com
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
TiVo prepping a "mass appeal" HD DVR priced below Series 3