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12:25 PM ET, June 1, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Photos Stir a Debate Over Privacy  —  For Mary Kalin-Casey, it was never about her cat.  —  Ms. Kalin-Casey, who manages an apartment building here with her husband, John Casey, was a bit shaken when she tried a new feature in Google's map service called Street View.
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Top 15 Google Street View Sightings
Discussion: Webware.com and digg
Search Engine Land:
What To Make Of Google Gears  —  Being a non-developer I was a bit of a fish out of water at Google Developer Day yesterday.  The event, which took place in the 10 countries where Google has offices, was intended to showcase Google Gears and the company's various APIs.
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Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Activision Addresses Wii Third-Party Debate  —  Activision is confident that third-party publishers can succeed on Nintendo platforms, as the company confirmed today it is "reinvesting" in Nintendo in a way that eclipses the publisher's prior GameCube support.
Daniellinden / Official Linden Blog:
Keeping Second Life Safe, Together  —  The diversity of things to see and do within Second Life is almost unimaginable, but our community has made it clear to us that certain types of content and activity are simply not acceptable in any form.  Real-life images, avatar portrayals …
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Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
'Second Life' takes tough stance on taboos  —  Second Life has come under fire for some taboo sexual behavior among residents of the online world.  Now maker Linden Lab is trying to lay down the law regarding what is and isn't permitted in Second Life, but not all its residents are happy about it.
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 …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Parallels 3.0 handles 3D gaming, adds SmartSelect integration tool
Discussion: Macworld
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Final GPLv3 Draft Provisions 'Good for Novell Customers'  —  Novell has welcomed the provisions of the fourth, and final, draft of the upcoming GNU General Public License 3.0, which allow it to include technologies under this license in SUSE Linux Enterprise, OpenSUSE and other Novell offerings.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
LiveJournal apologizes for mass deletion  —  LiveJournal apologized Thursday for a mass deletion of sex-themed discussions that purged literary criticism and accounts belonging to role-playing game characters and led to an unprecedented user revolt.  —  In a public announcement, Barak Berkowitz …
BBC:
Anger over DRM-free iTunes tracks  —  The launch of music tracks free of digital locks on iTunes has been overshadowed by the discovery that they contain data about who bought them.  —  Some fear this data could be used to identify the owner of the tracks if they turn up on file-sharing sites.
Stace / Unwired View:
PSP PHONE FROM SONY ERICSSON  —  Nowadays everything seems to be converging into a mobile phone.  It already can be a perfectly good digital camera, a mobile TV station a music player or GPS receiver.  One of the things missing here was a mobile gaming platform.  But it's coming too.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Gadget Lab
AOL Beta:
AOL Local Search Beta  —  News & Updates  —  Welcome!  —  The AOL Local Search Beta allows you to find a local business or location with AOL Local by following three simple steps:  — Enter a query term, such as PIZZA, a business name or the type of business you're looking for, such as plumbers, in the search field.
Hector Becerra / Los Angeles Times:
Hacker taps into Carson city coffers  —  A cyber-thief was able to take $450,000 from the city of Carson's general fund as part of an elaborate scheme that officials said raises questions about the security of municipal coffers.  —  Authorities said the hacker was somehow able to mimic …
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash and Slashdot
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
New AACS "fix" hacked in a day  —  The ongoing war between content producers and hackers over the AACS copy protection used in HD DVD and Blu-ray discs produced yet another skirmish last week, and as has been the case as of late, the hackers came out on top.
Discussion: Slashdot
Live Search's WebLog:
Live Search Books: Now with In-Copyright Content  —  Today we're delighted to announce the availability of in-copyright book content in the Beta version of Live Search Books!  —  For hundreds of years books have been the repositories for the world's most trusted, authoritative knowledge.
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
A Tale Of Two Cultures  —  Last week I had the opportunity to present some very preliminary results from our Chinese eye tracking study to a Chinese audience at Search Engine Strategies Xiamen.  We're still going over the results and preparing a final report, the highlights of which I'll cover in this column in a few weeks.
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
CIO.com:
How Online Criminals Make Themselves Tough to Find, Near Impossible to Nab  —  Forensic investigations start at the end.  Think of it: You wouldn't start using science and technology to establish facts (that's the dictionary definition of forensics) unless you had some reason to establish facts in the first place.
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
MLB aims brushback pitch at Slingbox
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Google to weave advertisements onto its Maps
Discussion: TechSpot News and Neowin.net
Christopher Phin / MacFormat:
YouTube content on the iPhone
Discussion: last100, MacRumors and iLounge
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Spam Bust That Wasn't  —  Robert Alan Soloway …
Discussion: Techdirt and Associated Press
Nick ONeill / The Webpreneur:
IS THERE ANY POINT IN LAUNCHING YOUR OWN SOCIAL APP?
IFPI:
Ten inconvenient truths about the music industry today
Discussion: p2pnet and TorrentFreak
Huffington Post:
Meshfight! …
Discussion: IP Democracy and CrunchNotes
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Encryption vendor claims AACS infringes its patents, sues Sony
Discussion: digg
 Earlier Items: 
RSnake / ha.ckers.org web application security lab:
Google Desktop 0day
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Fix8 Brings Computer Generated Animation To The Webcam
Discussion: EirePreneur
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Outrage: starting today South Korea blocks our soldiers from using VoIP
Discussion: PC World and Roam4free
Frank Schilling / Seven Mile:
It's "OverSnap"  —  It's official, Snapnames has been acquired …
Discussion: DomainTools Blog
David Hinkle / Nintendo Wii Fanboy:
First Guitar Hero III footage hits the net
Discussion: digg
Gershon Goren / O'Reilly Network:
Skype Developer Program: A Tale of Pioneering and Persevering
Discussion: Skype Journal
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The New RealPlayer: Ripping a YouTube Video Near You
Arn / MacRumors:
New MacBook Pros on Tuesday, June 5th 2007? [Updated]