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1:20 PM ET, June 13, 2007

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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Mahalo Greenhouse Launches  —  Two weeks ago we launched the human-powered "search service" Mahalo.com in alpha at the WSJ's D conference in California.  The tag line of Mahalo is "we're here to help," and after 15 days of tremendous feedback we've learned one thing: you want to help too!
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Wil Harris / Inquirer:   Slimebuckets, pollution and web conservation Calacanis-style
Scott Switzer / Openads Blog:
Openads is taking the next major step - announces $5M funding  —  Over the last four years, my team and I have been tirelessly building what we consider the best - and most widely used - adserver on the web.  It is a huge responsibility to build the software that powers such a large percentage of all online advertising.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
OpenAds: A step in the right direction  —  I may be reading too much into this, but I take hope in a $5 million investment VCs made today in the company behind Openads, a free, open-source ad server.  They already serve more than 20,000 publishers, 100,000 sites in 20-plus languages over 30-plus networks.
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Open Source Ad Server openAds Gets $ 5 Million Funding
Discussion: Reuters, O'Reilly Radar and HipMojo.com
James S. Granelli / Los Angeles Times:
AT&T to target pirated content  —  It joins Hollywood in trying to keep bootleg material off its network.  —  AT&T Inc. has joined Hollywood studios and recording companies in trying to keep pirated films, music and other content off its network — the first major carrier of Internet traffic to do so.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Gizmodo
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AT&T willing to spy for NSA, MPAA, and RIAA  —  In a move that has executives from movie studios and record labels grinning from ear to ear, AT&T has announced that it will develop and deploy technology that will attempt to keep pirated content off its network.
John Markoff / New York Times:
That iPhone Is Missing a Keyboard*  —  If there is a billion-dollar gamble underlying Apple's iPhone, it lies in what this smart cellphone does not have: a mechanical keyboard.  —  As the clearest expression yet of the Apple chief executive's spartan design aesthetic, the iPhone sports …
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Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Poll: do you care that iPhone is missing a physical keyboard?
Discussion: Digital Trends and Cult of Mac
Michael Gartenberg:   It's not just the "what", it's the "how"  —  Dave Winer comments …
Michael Calore / Compiler:
Wired News Benchmarks Show Safari 3 Is Slower Than IE 7, Firefox  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted Safari 3's speed as one of its most appealing features.  But in tests by Wired News, the first public beta of Safari for Windows is actually slower than both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 when accessing Ajax-intensive web applications.
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Google Custom Search:
Custom Search on the fly  —  Starting today, there's a new feature that makes Custom Search Engines (CSEs) even easier to create and keep up to date.  —  You can now create a CSE by simply placing a small piece of tailored code on a page on your site.  With that one piece of code …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Custom Search For Site Neighborhood
Steve Bryant / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Fails Us Politically (or is it vice versa?)  —  There's a blog-sharp maw waiting to gnash anyone who is critical of the democratizing power of YouTube.  If you deride its star-making potential, you're accused of old media partisanship.  If you doubt its meritocratic infallibility …
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Fuels — and Foils — Campaigns
Discussion: Reel Pop
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
'Widgets' May Snag More Ads  —  New data on viewing photos, videos and music on the Web may have an impact on the way advertisers and social networking sites perceive firms that help create this content.  —  Nearly 177.8 million people world-wide viewed Web content in April made with online tools …
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
More ways for you to give us input  —  At Google, we are always working hard to provide searchers with the best possible results.  We've found that our spam reporting form is a great way to get your input as we continue to improve our results.  Some of you have asked for a way to report paid links as well.
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Everyscape: A 3D Worldviewer Made From 2D Photos  —  Everyscape aims to be able to show you the whole world — both inside and out — from its website.  It plans to do this with normal 2D photos.  Using proprietary technology Everyscape will stitch these photos together and 3D-ify them.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
An OpenSolaris/Linux Mashup  —  To non-technical readers of this blog, or those uninterested in the ebbs and tides of the free software world... this might be a good entry to skip.  —  I was just forwarded a pointer to this note regarding Sun and OpenSolaris, written by the eponymous Linus Torvalds.
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Google to use YouTube to amass video database  —  SEARCH FIRM WILL TEST ABILITY TO FILTER ILLEGAL CONTENT  —  It is commonly believed that Google bought YouTube for $1.6 billion because the wildly popular video-sharing site represented a great way for the search giant to expand into video advertising.
Discussion: Groundswell and The Utube Blog
Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
Old Revolutions Good, New Revolutions Bad: A Response to Gorman  —  Encyclopedia Britannica has started a Web 2.0 Forum, where they are hosting a conversation going on around a set of posts by Michael Gorman.  The first post, in two parts, is titled Web 2.0: The Sleep of Reason Brings Forth Monsters …
Discussion: Britannica Blog and David Lee King
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Santa Rosa comes to the Mac: a review of the new MacBook Pro  —  Santa Rosa in the house  —  Apple MacBook Pro  —  Quick specs: 2.40GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD, 17" 1920x1200 LCD  —  Price as configured: $2,899 (shop for this item)  —  Since Apple made the great migration …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
 
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Michael J. Callahan / U.S. Securities …:
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
BBC:
Yahoo's China policy rejected
Discussion: Ars Technica
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Pics and specs of Dell's unannounced Inspirons: HHDs, Blu-ray, and RAID?
Discussion: CNET News.com
Daimaou / Akihabaranews.com:
New PAVV TeleVisions by Samsung (incredible contrast!)
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Developing safe and smart Internet citizens
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
New video-game league seeks mass appeal
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Video Flaw Raises Privacy Concerns by Exposing Usernames and Passwords
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
California Man Gets 6-Year Sentence For Phishing
Discussion: Techdirt and UNEASYsilence
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Nicholas Carr / Britannica Blog:
From Contemplative Man to Flickering Man
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Without iTunes Account, iPhone Won't Work As Promised; AT&T Holding …
Discussion: hypebot
Money:
How to get rich in America
Discussion: digg
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
SHAKE-UP IN NEWSROOM OF JOURNAL
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Act now to stop Congress from legalizing spyware!
Discussion: Consumerist
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Ron Conway: Third-rate VCs are paying off entrepreneurs
Mark Androvich / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony threatens to pursue legal action against PS3 hackers
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
BioWare Adapts Complex Event Processing To Online Gaming World