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4:40 PM ET, June 15, 2007

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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?
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
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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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
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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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
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 …
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 …
Hy Hollinger / Hollywood Reporter:
MPA study: Brighter picture for movie industry  —  All-media revenue from pics up 8% to $42.6 bil  —  The motion picture industry is back on course.  —  After a disappointing 2005, the six major companies have received official confirmation from the MPA that their all-media revenue …
Discussion: Digital World and p2pnet
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 …
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, Boing Boing and p2pnet
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Linux leaders plot counterattack on Microsoft  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) - The high priests of free software have congregated at Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) headquarters this week to debate the future of the movement and face down recent patent threats by Microsoft Corp. …
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 and MacUser
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.
Business 2.0:
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Discussion: Between the Lines
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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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Canada Is Hollywood's Fastest Growing Market. …
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Apple iPhone launch deets
Discussion: Engadget and IntoMobile
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
Ferris Research Weblog:
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Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Web angel investor on the lookout for another big winner
Discussion: paidContent.org
Market Wire:
SOURCE: StudioNow  —  StudioNow, the innovative online video …
Jason Tan / Taipei Times:
Acer revises down this year's revenue growth projection
Discussion: CNET News.com and Ars Technica
 Earlier Items: 
Business Week:
A Scramble for the Perfect Wave
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sprint explores options for WiMAX, ponders Clearwire deal
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Chinese Eye Tracking Study: Baidu Vs Google
Regina Lynn / Wired News:
Master's Student Demonstrates Thesis Project in Her Underwear
Discussion: Inquirer and digg
Rarely Greys / Net Cooties:
Yahoo defect endangers users — do web sites care?
Discussion: Slashdot
Evan Ackerman / OhGizmo!:
LANdroid Wireless Battle Net
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows initial release
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
On 'fatblogs,' heavy people weigh in