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2:15 PM ET, June 15, 2007

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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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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Seduction of AT&T  —  This week was Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), the biggest news from which seemed to be the beta version of Safari (Apple's web browser) for Windows.  Why the heck would Apple even produce such a product?  Readers and pundits alike have been wondering ad nauseam.
Discussion: WinExtra and CrunchGear
Henry Gottlieb / LAW.com:
MySpace, Facebook Privacy Limits Tested in Emotional Distress Suit  —  The operators of MySpace and Facebook social networking sites assure their millions of subscribers that only designated "friends" can read registrants' private postings.  —  But do the postings stay private …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Are Social Network Private Messages More Private Than Email Under The Law?
Paul Sweeting / ContentAgenda.com:
MPAA, others call for new anti-piracy laws  —  ContentAgenda  —  The Motion Picture Assn. of America is joining forces with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a diverse collection of other industry groups to press Congress and the White House on an ambitious agenda to bolster enforcement of anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting laws.
Discussion: Consumerist
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   MPAA, RIAA Create Yet ANOTHER Lobbying Group; Push For Stronger Laws
Financial Times:
Howard Stringer on movies, music and PlayStation  —  Chrystia Freeland, Financial Times US managing editor, interviewed Sir Howard Stringer of Sony.  This is a transcript of the interview, which you may watch here.  In this segment Mr Stringer discusses movies, music and PlayStation.
Discussion: Inquirer, Ars Technica and Engadget
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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: MacUser
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   iPod blamed for stealing the thunder from contemporary art
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
MySpace Mini-Episodes, Courtesy of Honda  —  YEARS after Volkswagen challenged drivers to "Think small," another automaker, Honda, plans to run smaller commercials for a smaller car in smaller versions of television series.  —  Honda will be the sole sponsor of what Sony Pictures Television …
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 …
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 …
Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
PS3 Firmware Upgrade 1.81 Coming Tomorrow  —  Just a quick update: we'll be making available firmware upgrade 1.81 tomorrow which will fix a few small issues some of you have noticed.  Most notably is the RGB Full setting which a few of you wrote in about.  In 1.80 we added an option …
Steve Bryant / NewTeeVee:
Michael Moore's Sicko leaked on the Net  —  Sicko, Michael Moore's scathing look at the healthcare industry and the pharmaceutical companies that are destroying it, is scheduled to debut June 29 in theaters.  But, if you're the savvy keyboarding sort you can download the documentary now.
Discussion: Daily Feed and Todd Watson
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
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
On 'fatblogs,' heavy people weigh in  —  Many struggling with extra pounds go public in search of willpower.  —  Jason McCabe Calacanis is a blogging maestro.  About 10,000 people visit his website each day to read his new business ideas, musings on technology and potshots at rival entrepreneurs.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows initial release  —  Today we have released Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows.  It includes many new features in comparison with Skype 3.2 for Windows.  —  This is a beta release which means that we are still working on it and that it is only recommended for experienced users to try out new bleeding edge features.
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.
Discussion: DailyTech, GamePro.com and Kotaku
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Chinese Eye Tracking Study: Baidu Vs Google  —  I thought the easiest way to share the results of the Chinese Eye Tracking study might be in a Q&A format, as that's what most research programs tend to be anyway.  I'll cover off some of the highlight findings in this column, but the full report will be available on our site next week.
Discussion: WebProNews and Web Analytics World
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.
 
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Jason Tan / Taipei Times:
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Discussion: CNET News.com and Ars Technica
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Rebecca Lieb / ClickZ:
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BBC:
London leads in city wi-fi race
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
FAQ: What to do with your Yahoo photos
Discussion: Lifehacker
Mark Androvich / GamesIndustry.biz:
Component updates are "commonplace", says Microsoft
Rarely Greys / Net Cooties:
Yahoo defect endangers users — do web sites care?
Discussion: Slashdot
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Bookmark Only What You Want: Clipmarks and Web-Chops
Discussion: Rev2.org
Evan Ackerman / OhGizmo!:
LANdroid Wireless Battle Net
Business Wire:
The Number of Customers Actually Purchasing Mobile Video Service …