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6:15 AM ET, June 16, 2007

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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Record exec to academic: stop criticizing us or I'll tell your university  —  Andrew Dubber, who is on faculty at the University of Central England, blogged a link to a story critical of RIAA lawsuits.  Paul Birch, a British record exec who sits on the boards of the BPI and IFPI …
Discussion: digg
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Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
An open response to an IFPI board member  —  Recently, when a counterclaim was filed by Ms. Del Cid against the RIAA containing allegations of Trespass, Computer Fraud and Abuse, Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices, Civil Extortion, and Civil conspiracy, we published a short editorial on our perception of the unfolding events.
Discussion: digg
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Record Exec: Experts Cannot Criticize Our Strategies
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
p2pnet:
IFPI board member threatens blogger
Discussion: I, Platform
Om Malik / GigaOM:
CellCarriers fear mobile VoIP planet  —  Why is T-Mobile UK blocking calls to mobile VoIP start-up Truphone?  —  Mobile carriers are scared of one thing: becoming dumb pipes whose only utility is to carry voice and text.  And it is one of the reasons why they are fighting tooth and nail …
Discussion: Roam4free and Slashdot
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Reuters:   Orange France sold over 250,000 Unik phones
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
T-Mobile-UK To VoIP- "My Aim Is Tru (phone)"
Discussion: Darla Mack and LucaFiligheddu.com
Max Kalehoff / Online Spin:
Deconstructing Facebook  —  Have you noticed a massive surge on Facebook lately, since it opened itself up to everyone outside of .edu?  I have — and I bet that other social networks are now scrambling to respond, especially in light of Facebook's opening of its API.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook's app feeding frenzy  —  NEW YORK—At Wednesday night's Facebook Developer Meetup, the mood could be summed up by the appearance of a clean-cut young entrepreneur who had written "I NEED AN APP" in thick black marker on his name tag.  —  His Web endeavor hadn't even gone live yet …
CNET News.com:   Waste your workday away with Facebook Platform apps
Claude Brodesser-Akner / AdAge:
Michael Moore's 'Sicko' Leaked Onto Web  —  Every Movie Marketer's Worst Nightmare Becomes Grim Reality for Weinstein Company  —  LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) — Michael Moore's new documentary "Sicko" has been pirated and is now widely available for download on peer-to-peer content sites like www.thepiratebay.org.
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Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Pirates nab Michael Moore's yet-to-be released doc
Discussion: Techdirt
PR Newswire:
Quadrangle Capital Partners and Kent Brownridge to Acquire Dennis Publishing, Owner of Maxim, Blender and Stuff Magazines and Websites  —  Brownridge to Serve As CEO  —  NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire/ — Quadrangle Capital Partners II LP, a private equity fund focused on the media …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Dennis Publishing Sold To Quadrangle Group; Will Hold Onto Week and Maxim UK
Discussion: WWD.COM, New York Post and HipMojo.com
Avvo Blog:
Defending Avvo's Right to Provide Information and Guidance to Consumers  —  I would like to respond to the class action lawsuit filed against Avvo today.  —  Avvo.com is designed to give consumers information and guidance to choose the right attorney.  There is very little guidance available …
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Ben Popken / Consumerist:
Backend: Dell Demands Takedown Of Our "22 Confessions Of A Former Dell Sales Manager"  —  subject Posting by former Dell employee  —  Please remove the posting located at the following link:  —  http://consumerist.com/consumer/ insiders/22-confessions-of-a-former- dell-sales-manager-268831.php
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
BlogHer, site for female bloggers, said to get money from Venrock  —  BlogHer, a site that aims to popularize blogs by women, has raised its first round of capital from Silicon Valley firm, Venrock.  —  We're not sure of the amount.  The company has declined comment, [as has Venrock] …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and paidContent.org
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Long Tail Is Getting Fatter  —  Three separate news stories involving numbers this week caught my eye. iLike announced it has now has 6 million registered users and is now adding 300,000 new users a day.  Apple's Safari browser for Windows has now had 1 million downloads.
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Gone in 30 Seconds  —  Traditional TV Spot May Be Headed Toward Extinction As More Advertisers Pitch Their Messages on the Web  —  As they have for more than half a century, thousands of advertising executives, art directors, writers and moviemakers converge tomorrow in Cannes, France …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
The Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone launch deets  —  Have you been sitting at home alone, trying to figure out what the heck is going to happen June 29th?  Should you camp out in the store and then hijack the FedEx delivery guy?  Probably not.  But we do have some exciting bits of information surrounding the day the iPhone will be released.
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
Firefox 3 to support SQLite for offline storage  —  Mozilla have given a sneek peak at the new version of Firefox 3.  The newest and most exciting feature for me in this Alpha 5 release is the confirmation that "Places" will be stored locally using SQLite.  Places is the new name/replacement for Firefox Bookmarks.
Discussion: Channel 10
Wall Street Journal:
Pearson Weighs Dow Jones Bid  —  Financial Times publisher Pearson PLC has been trying in recent weeks to recruit partners to pursue a possible bid for Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  A formal offer is viewed as a long shot, according to these people.
Tony Pierce / LAist:
LA DirecTV Customers Can Now Get NY's WNBC, Experience NBC's Amazing Shows 3 Hours Early  —  DirecTV called LAist on the phone and left us a message.  The recorded voice said that DirecTV had worked out a deal with WNBC in NY that allowed certain zipcodes in LA the ability to get the east coast channel for just $6 a month.
Discussion: Digital Trends and digg
 
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Tom Robertson / Microsoft Corporation:
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Discussion: CNET News.com
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
EBay Yanks Google Search Ads, Yet Traffic Rises
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
"Wii 2" could be here within the next few years, says Pachter
Discussion: Kotaku
USA Today:
Free 411 service goes after rivals for license fees
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New bill would create family tier, extend indecency standards to cable
Discussion: Slashdot
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Yahoo! fixes bug that gave free rein to user accounts
Discussion: TechSpot News and Net Cooties
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Firefox is on Steve Jobs' hit list!
Discussion: Windows Connected
Darren Murph / Engadget:
VRX's triple-screen racing simulator uses Xbox 360 Elite
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Canada Is Hollywood's Fastest Growing Market. …
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Web angel investor on the lookout for another big winner
Chris Remo / shacknews.com:
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