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5:50 PM ET, June 15, 2007

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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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Safari for Windows... but WHY?  —  Steve Jobs & Company must have known that releasing a Safari browser for the Windows platform was going to result in some serious blowback: vulnerabilities, outrage and of course, the mocking.  And as expected, the digerati responded with scorn and outrage.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Firefox is on Steve Jobs' hit list!
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Poll: 9 percent of cell phone users want iPhone  —  Nearly 1 in 10 cell phone users in the U.S. has "a strong interest" in buying an Apple iPhone, according to a study released Friday by M:Metrics.  —  Poll results show about 9 percent of the 11,064 mobile phone users surveyed were inclined …
Discussion: Gear Live
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Wall Street Journal:
Is iPhone AT&T's Magic Bullet?  —  Companies Featured in This Article: AT&T , Apple, Sprint Nextel, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group, Telefon AB LM Ericsson, Sony  —  AT&T Inc. stands a good chance of stealing customers away from other wireless operators …
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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Steve Bryant / NewTeeVee:
Michael Moore's Sicko leaked on the Net
Discussion: Daily Feed and Todd Watson
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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alarm:clock:
Avvo Better Get A Good Lawyer.  Legal Startup Hit With Class Action Law Suit
Chris Remo / shacknews.com:
Valve Confirms Episode Two, Team Fortress 2 Launch Date  —  Last night, Valve representatives confirmed to Shacknews that the studio's upcoming trio of Source-powered games will ship for all announced platforms on October 9, 2007.  The suite, sold at retail and through Valve's Steam download service …
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Sony chief ponders cut for PS3 price  —  Sir Howard Stringer, the chairman and chief executive of Sony Corp, said the electronics and entertainment company was trying to "refine" how much it could afford to cut the price of PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, saying there was "no question" consumers wanted the price to be lower.
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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.
Discussion: Engadget, Gadgetell and IntoMobile
Market Wire:
SOURCE: StudioNow  —  StudioNow, the innovative online video editing company (www.StudioNow.com), announced that it has raised $1.5M in funding.  Led by Claritas Capital, the investment also comprised of several successful technology entrepreneurs including Fred Goad and Jim Kever, original founders of Envoy, a precursor to WebMD.
Raoul / Inner Bits:
PS3 Controller with Rumble in Development  —  We've written extensively of the court case between Sony and Immersion and its potential impact on the peripherals business for the PS3.  While we've been featured on Immersion's own press site, we assure our readers that we have no affiliation or vested interests in the company.
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
On A Roll, Or, How Microsoft Secured Yet Another Exclusive—Beautiful Katamari—From Namco Bandai  —  In hindsight, we should have seen it coming.  First, Namco Bandai announced that Ridge Racer 6 as an Xbox 360-exclusive launch title for 2005.  We didn't think too much of it …
Business 2.0:
Who matters now?  —  Business 2.0 Magazine invites you to vote for the businesspeople who inspire, inform and infuriate you, from CEOs to entrepreneurs to media stars. … SPECIAL OFFER:  —  • Home  • Portfolio  • Calculators  • Contact us  • Newsletters  • Podcasts
Discussion: Between the Lines
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Web angel investor on the lookout for another big winner  —  Stefan Glaenzer is looking for his third hit, although the German angel investor, now based in London, cannot complain so far.  He made several million selling his share in Ricardo, the internet auctioneer, to QXL in the first dot-com boom …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and paidContent.org
New Music Strategies:
An IFPI & BPI Board Member Writes...  In the context of a blog about the online music world, I thought you might be interested in an email exchange I've had this evening with a board member of both the IFPI and the BPI.  —  I've had an email conversation with Paul Birch of Revolver Records this evening.
Discussion: Download Squad, p2pnet and Boing Boing
The Boy Genius Report:
Sidekick RAZR, and Sidekick Slide surface  —  Yeah, we know it's madness out there right now with information floating up more ways than a spilled oil tanker, but wouldn't you rather hear everything, than hear nothing?  We hope so, because one of our main guys has delivered a Sidekick knock out punch, so to speak!
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kyte's Plans Come Together: Deals with EMI & Nokia Announced, New Facebook Application  —  Kyte.tv, which is at its core a media player for personal expression, lets users send a stream of personal information to their friends: drag photos, video and text into the channels and interact with people viewing your content.
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
VRX's triple-screen racing simulator uses Xbox 360 Elite
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
CellCarriers fear mobile VoIP planet
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Canada Is Hollywood's Fastest Growing Market. …
Joost de Valk / SEO Blog:
Google de-Personalized Search for Firefox and IE7
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Forecast: Search to Lose Share as Video Ads Proliferate
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Linux leaders plot counterattack on Microsoft
Jason Tan / Taipei Times:
Acer revises down this year's revenue growth projection
Discussion: CNET News.com and Ars Technica
Paul Sweeting / ContentAgenda.com:
MPAA, others call for new anti-piracy laws
Discussion: Consumerist
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sprint explores options for WiMAX, ponders Clearwire deal
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Sydney Morning Herald:
iPods to blame for total eclipse of the art, says Hockney
Discussion: Engadget and MacUser
Rebecca Lieb / ClickZ:
Search Works Harder, So Must Search Marketers
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Chinese Eye Tracking Study: Baidu Vs Google
Business Wire:
1-800-FREE411 Receives Patent for Free 411 Ad-Supported Directory Assistance Service
Rarely Greys / Net Cooties:
Yahoo defect endangers users — do web sites care?
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
MySpace Mini-Episodes, Courtesy of Honda
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows initial release