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3:50 PM ET, June 1, 2007

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Dick / Burning Questions:
It's True-gle!  —  Unlike the rumor that FeedBurner is nearly code-complete on a multiplayer Wii edition, the blog posts, phone calls and conjecture about our future as part of the Google family tree are now officially true.  —  FeedBurner has been acquired by Google.
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Adding more flare  —  Posted by Susan Wojcicki, VP, Product Management  —  As you know, we're constantly looking for ways to identify and offer new tools for content creators and website publishers.  Likewise, we constantly aim to give AdWords advertisers broader distribution to an even wider audience of users.
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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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Street Views: Creepy But Not Illegal
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
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Is VC Bashing Passe?  —  News that Evan William is taking venture money for Twitter got me thinking.  Is VC bashing finally passe?  —  We went through a period in the late 1990s during which people lusted after VCs and stalked them at conferences.  It was as if people believed …
Discussion: Epicenter and Chip Griffin
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.
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.
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.
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
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo deathwatch update: it's still on  —  As some of you may remember, a couple years back we (begrudgingly) posted a TiVo deathwatch, which was to remain active until TiVo becomes consistently profitable (or gets bought, or dies).  Well, as of two days ago TiVo did in fact post its first profitable quarter, taking in $835k.
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
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 …
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
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.
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
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
 
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LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Revolution Health Traffic Doubles in 4 Weeks
Discussion: The Next Net and WebProNews
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Venezuela's counter-revolution won't be televised... but it will be on YouTube
Discussion: CNN
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Forget Googlewhacking, Try Finding a Googlenope
Josh Friedman / Los Angeles Times:
Lions Gate is investigating 'Hostel' pre-release piracy
Discussion: p2pnet, TorrentFreak and Reel Pop
Business Wire:
Truveo Upgrades Technology Platform for Video Search Partners
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Studio CEO: Blockbuster, Best Buy to launch movie download services
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Why eBay's StumbleUpon Purchase Actually Makes Sense
AppleInsider:
Apple preps MacBook Pro updates, launches online outlet
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Suspended LiveJournal Blogs Return
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
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
FSF Releases the Final Draft of GPLv3
Nick ONeill / The Webpreneur:
IS THERE ANY POINT IN LAUNCHING YOUR OWN SOCIAL APP?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Encryption vendor claims AACS infringes its patents, sues Sony
Discussion: digg
Hector Becerra / Los Angeles Times:
Hacker taps into Carson city coffers