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2:25 PM ET, June 1, 2007

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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.
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Stephen Withers / ITWire:
iTunes Plus scaremongering  —  The arrival of iTunes Plus - DRM-free content from Apple's iTunes Store - has triggered hysteria in some quarters.  —  Certain commentators are getting over-excited about the way such tracks contain the purchaser's name and iTunes Store account name.
Discussion: TechSpot News and MacDailyNews
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Zooms In Too Close for Some  —  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.
AppleInsider:
Apple preps MacBook Pro updates, launches online outlet  —  Several bits of anecdotal evidence have turned up in recent days to suggest that it won't be long before Apple refreshes its professional notebook line with speedier models.  Meanwhile, tipsters note that the company has launched its new online outlet store.
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET News.com
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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.
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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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
Discussion: Second Life Insider
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
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.
Lisa Barone / Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog:
Bruce Clay Welcomes Mike Grehan to the Family  —  We are extraordinarily excited to announce the addition of a new Bruce Clay family member, and prepare yourselves; it's someone you already know.  —  Yes, today, the always knowledgeable and always charming, Mike Grehan starts …
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Suspended LiveJournal Blogs Return  —  LiveJournal has decided to restore access to some of the 500 Web logs it had suspended as part of an effort to crack down on pedophilia and to "protect children."  —  "Well, we really screwed this one up," SixApart chairman and CEO Barak Berkowitz wrote in the company Web log Thursday.
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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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
MLB aims brushback pitch at Slingbox  —  news analysis One high-and-inside pitch can be harmless in baseball, but two in a row is a strongly worded message.  —  This week Major League Baseball lobbed its second brushback pitch at Slingbox, reiterating its stance that the young company is misusing its content.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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.
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
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
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
Cutkillavince / Akihabaranews.com:
Cowon's L2, you don't know yet but you already need it  —  The All-in-One trend continues with Cowon and their L2, a combo GPS-DMB-PMP.  —  The L2's quite compact (191x120x26mm) and light (512g) and sports a pretty cool design, the features are countless but I know you love it so …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and Ubergizmo
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 …
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Google to weave advertisements onto its Maps  —  (InfoWorld) - In a sneak preview Thursday, Google revealed how it plans to integrate its AdSense advertising platform with Google Maps, meaning some push-pin graphics used at the maps site could be turned into mini-advertisements.
 
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Stuart Dredge / Sony PSP, Nintendo DS …:
Sony planning to launch mobile games in Europe
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Wall Street Journal:
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Matt Hamblen / PC World:
Mobile Banking Catching On in US, Slowly
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CNN:
Silenced TV station moves to YouTube
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YouTube content on the iPhone
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IFPI:
Ten inconvenient truths about the music industry today
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Huffington Post:
Meshfight! …
Discussion: IP Democracy and CrunchNotes
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Encryption vendor claims AACS infringes its patents, sues Sony
Discussion: digg
RSnake / ha.ckers.org web application security lab:
Google Desktop 0day
CIO.com:
How Online Criminals Make Themselves Tough to Find, Near Impossible to Nab
Discussion: Techdirt