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5:15 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.
Reuters:
Google snaps up media distributor Feedburner  —  Terms of deal for RSS technology pioneer undisclosed; estimates range at about $100 million.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Google Inc. said Friday it is acquiring Feedburner Inc., bolstering the Internet advertising leader's capacity …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
It's Official: Google Buys Feedburner
Discussion: CenterNetworks and UNEASYsilence
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.
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Street Views: Creepy But Not Illegal
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.
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: Engadget and Gadget Lab
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Nielsen: Ratings drop nonexistent when DVRs are accounted for  —  The proliferation of DVRs has not only affected how many people are reached by television-based advertising, it has also noticeably affected the ratings.  A portion of a new study by Nielsen Media Research from 1,750 homes …
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: Insider Reports Feed
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Last.fm, CBS' $280 million hedge for its radio biz?  —  Why did CBS decide to spend $280 million to buy Last.fm, a UK-based music community that faces many challengers, and other risks such as the rapidly transforming Internet streaming royalty structure?  A vexing question …
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
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.
Kimberly Maul / Book Standard News:
Google Launches New Tool for Google Book Search Partner Program  —  Google will unveil a new marketing tool today at BookExpo America, as part of the Google Book Search Partner Program.  The program, which will allow publishers to put a co-branded Google Book Search tool on their websites …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Venezuela's counter-revolution won't be televised... but it will be on YouTube
Discussion: CNN, WebProNews and Slashdot
Josh Friedman / Los Angeles Times:
Lions Gate is investigating 'Hostel' pre-release piracy
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Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
CNN Launches New Beta Website
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