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8:30 PM ET, June 15, 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: TorrentFreak and digg
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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: Techdirt
p2pnet:
IFPI board member threatens blogger
Discussion: I, Platform
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:   An open response to an IFPI board member
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 …
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 …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Poll: 9 percent of cell phone users want iPhone
Discussion: Gear Live
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
Business Wire:
1-800-FREE411 Receives Patent for Free 411 Ad-Supported Directory Assistance Service  —  Patent Discloses 1-800-FREE411's Proven Business Model in the Growing Free 411 Space  —  MENLO PARK, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jingle Networks, Inc., operator of the 1-800-FREE411 directory assistance service …
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USA Today:
Free 411 service goes after rivals for license fees
Discussion: ClickZ News Blog
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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] …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why no iPhone SDK?  —  Scoble says Steve Jobs isn't an idiot, he knows that developers make a big difference in the success of a platform.  He concludes that an SDK, turning the iPhone into an open platform, will come at some point after the initial release, maybe as early as January 2008.
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.
Sydney Morning Herald:
iPods to blame for total eclipse of the art, says Hockney  —  Public enemy number one ... according to David Hockney.  —  Richard Jinman and wires  —  THOSE who prefer a well-painted landscape to a diamond-studded skull or a roasted corgi now have a culprit to blame for the contentious state of contemporary art: the iPod.
Discussion: Engadget, Podcasting News and MacUser
 
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Mike Weiss / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New bill would create family tier, extend indecency standards to cable
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Webware.com and VentureBeat
Michael Calore / Compiler:
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Quadrangle Capital Partners and Kent Brownridge to Acquire Dennis …
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Firefox is on Steve Jobs' hit list!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
VRX's triple-screen racing simulator uses Xbox 360 Elite
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
The Boy Genius Report:
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Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
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
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Web angel investor on the lookout for another big winner
Paul Sweeting / ContentAgenda.com:
MPAA, others call for new anti-piracy laws
Discussion: Techdirt and Consumerist
Raoul / Inner Bits:
PS3 Controller with Rumble in Development
Business 2.0:
Who matters now?  —  Business 2. Magazine invites you to vote …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
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