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2:45 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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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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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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Studio CEO: Blockbuster, Best Buy to launch movie download services  —  Best Buy and Blockbuster are both set to enter the growing movie download business—at least that's what Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told a bunch of industry analysts during a conference call yesterday.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
CNN Launches New Beta Website  —  This morning, Steve pointed to me to the new beta version of the CNN.com website, which is now available for public testing.  You can view it here and take a guided tour of the new site here.  Following are a few things that jumped out at me:  —  Things I Like
Discussion: The Daily Background
 
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Prince next single free to mobile phone listeners
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo announces 4.7 million Virtual Console games sold …
Discussion: digg
Stuart Dredge / Sony PSP, Nintendo DS …:
Sony planning to launch mobile games in Europe
Discussion: mocoNews.net and MobileCrunch
Matt Hamblen / PC World:
Mobile Banking Catching On in US, Slowly
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Kimberly Maul / Book Standard News:
PUBLISHER NEWS  —  Google Launches New Tool for Google Book Search Partner Program
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Google to weave advertisements onto its Maps
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Phin / MacFormat:
YouTube content on the iPhone
Discussion: last100 and MacRumors
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Final GPLv3 Draft Provisions 'Good for Novell Customers'
Discussion: Open Source
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
CIO.com:
How Online Criminals Make Themselves Tough to Find, Near Impossible to Nab
Discussion: Techdirt