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9:47 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.
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:   An open response to an IFPI board member
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Record Exec: Experts Cannot Criticize Our Strategies
p2pnet:
IFPI board member threatens blogger
Discussion: I, Platform
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
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.
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Family Seeks Assurances on Protecting Dow Integrity
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Romenesko
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.
USA Today:
Free 411 service goes after rivals for license fees  —  The nation's top free 411 service will no longer be quite as generous to its competitors.  —  Jingle Networks, which operates 1-800-FREE411, last month won a patent for a key feature of its service and plans to seek license fees from rivals, company founder Scott Kliger says.
Discussion: ClickZ News Blog
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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.
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: Slashdot
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] …
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.
Mike Weiss / San Francisco Chronicle:
How victim snared ID thief  —  She chased down woman who had given her 6 months of hell  —  If it hadn't been for the distinctive suede coat, there would have been no chase through the streets of San Francisco, no heroine and, in all likelihood, no justice.
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 …
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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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
EBay Yanks Google Search Ads, Yet Traffic Rises
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Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
"Wii 2" could be here within the next few years, says Pachter
Discussion: Kotaku
Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Sony TV Stages a Heavy Online Push
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New bill would create family tier, extend indecency standards to cable
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Calore / Compiler:
Screenshots! Mac OS X Leopard
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Yahoo! fixes bug that gave free rein to user accounts
Discussion: Net Cooties and TechSpot News
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Poll: 9 percent of cell phone users want iPhone
Discussion: Gear Live
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Firefox is on Steve Jobs' hit list!
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
VRX's triple-screen racing simulator uses Xbox 360 Elite
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The Boy Genius Report:
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Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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
Wall Street Journal:
Is iPhone AT&T's Magic Bullet?
Sydney Morning Herald:
iPods to blame for total eclipse of the art, says Hockney