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4:10 PM ET, June 7, 2007

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Major Webcasters to face billions in new fees?  —  We already know that Webcasters small and large are outraged at the prospect of having to pay higher royalty fees to the music industry, particularly when compared with what is required of their satellite and terrestrial radio counterparts.
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
New Webcast Royalty Rules Will Line SoundExchange's Pockets …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Randy Picker / The University …:
iTunes and Identity-Based Digital Rights Management  —  Over the last week, it has been become clear that Apple is embedding some identifying information in songs purchased from iTunes, including the name of the customer and his or her e-mail address.  This has raised the ire of consumer advocates …
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
The Microtrix  —  You think everything you read about Microsoft is real, but it's not.  They are all apart of a computer simulation, an illusion, called The Microtrix.  This is a story about a rebellious group of Microsoft bloggers who wants to find the truth, and won't let anything get in their way.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jobster Now Offers Pay Per Applicant Job Listings  —  Eyebrows were raised when Seattle-based Jobster shredded their business model and moved to free job listings in February.  It was a direct assault on Monster, which charges up to $475 per job listing.  Many of the commenters …
BBC:
Phone responds to human touch  —  Fingertip controlled phone demonstrated  —  A handheld device that recognises the way a finger sweeps across the screen has been developed by Taiwanese phone maker HTC.  —  The launch of the Touch comes less than three weeks before the iPhone goes on sale.
Discussion: SMS Text News
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
iPhone rival beats Apple to the draw
Discussion: MEX and Techdirt
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
How Big Will the iPhone Be?  —  The new must-have smartphone may be a $10 billion business—and could send Apple shares even higher  —  Few stocks trade on emotion the way Apple Inc. does.  Its rip-roaring initial public offering in 1980 created the template for modern tech mania, while making Steve Jobs a gazillionaire.
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Converters Signal a New Era for TVs  —  At midnight on Feb. 17, 2009, the rabbit ears and the rooftop antennas that still guide television signals into nearly 1 of every 5 American homes will be rendered useless — unless they are tethered to a new device, including two versions unveiled yesterday …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Promoting a Thirst for Sprite in Teenage Cellphone Users  —  The Coca-Cola Company is hoping its new mobile site for social networking, Sprite Yard, will become the MySpace of the cellphone world.  —  But some marketing executives say the plan could instead become the BudTV of the soda world …
Michelle Slatalla / New York Times:
'omg my mom joined facebook!!'  —  I HAVE reached a curious point in life.  Although I feel like the same precocious know-it-all cynic I always was, I suddenly am surrounded by younger precocious know-it-all cynics whose main purpose appears to be to remind me that I've lost my edge.
Discussion: WebProNews, Netly News and Visible Path
Business Wire:
YP Corp. Acquires LiveDeal and Goes Hyper-Local  —  Creates Revolutionary Integrated Online Local Yellow Pages/Classifieds Marketplaces  —  MESA, Ariz.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—YP Corp. (OTCBB:YPNT), a leading provider of nationwide Internet Yellow Pages and related services with more than 16 …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Spice up your schedule with the Google Calendar gallery  —  Don't you think that calendars should be more than lists of appointments and meetings?  Well, we think an online calendar should be filled with what interests you most, which is why we just unveiled the Google Calendar gallery.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Incuby: Social Networking For Inventions  —  San Antonio, Texas based Incuby is aiming to build a community where inventors can display their inventions to the general public, entrepreneurs and investors.  —  In developing the site, the team behind Incuby have toured the United States meeting with different inventor groups.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
In a Virtual Universe, the Politics Turn Real  —  The kingdom is in crisis.  After pledging to treat its citizens equally, the government stands accused of unfairly favoring one powerful, well-connected political faction.  Many citizens have taken to open dissent, even revolt, and some are threatening to emigrate permanently.
Reuters:
Bill Gates, Harvard dropout, gets degree  —  Gates, who left the university early to found Microsoft, called 'most illustrious member' of Class of '77.  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) — Bill Gates attended to a bit of unfinished business Thursday.  —  Gates, who dropped out of Harvard …
Discussion: Channel 9
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's copyright quagmire?  —  Facebook Platform's tremendous growth in popularity over the past few weeks has thrown the company into a thorny legal quagmire concerning copyright and music pirating.  —  The problem began two weeks ago, when Facebook opened Platform to allow applications built by outside developers.
Discussion: Technosailor
Alexander Zaitchik / Wired News:
Soviet-Era Arcade Games Crawl Out of Their Cold War Graves  —  Alexander Stakhanov (left) and Alexander Vucman stand with the digital host of Magistral, one of the first games they repaired.  —  MOSCOW — If American teenagers during the Cold War ever stopped to consider …
Mark Jewell / Associated Press:
Akamai gives free peek at Internet  —  BOSTON - What does the Internet look like?  A free new Web service from Akamai Technologies Inc. offers a peek, providing a sort of Internet weather report on global traffic tie-ups, cyberattacks and spikes in activity.
 
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Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Rent or Own? The New Cable-TV Dilemma
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
Valleywag:
Huffit: Arianna Huffington takes on Kevin Rose
Discussion: PC4Media
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Qualcomm Eyeing Amp'd, I Don't Think So
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New YouTube Interface for Embedded Videos
Discussion: Download Squad
TDavid / Things That:
Yahoo management talking like search quitters again, please no more
Microsoft:
Microsoft and LG Electronics Announce Broad Patent-Licensing Agreement
Billy Berghammer / Game Informer Online:
Harrison, Kaplan And Llewelyn All Departing Nintendo Of America
Fred / A VC:
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 Earlier Items: 
David Cassel / TECH.BLORGE.com:
Do Obama and Lieberman think the internet is dangerous?
Discussion: Valleywag
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Amazon one-click patent extended to gift-giving
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
How to hire the best people you've ever worked with
Discussion: Epicenter and Chip Griffin
Reuters:
Dell to exit LCD television business: media
Robert Vamosi / Webware.com:
FIREFOX 3 ALPHA 5 (GRAN PARADISO)
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Web 2.0 madness grips China
Wall Street Journal:
Rivals Answer the iPhone
Discussion: Epicenter and BloggingStocks