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6:15 PM ET, June 15, 2007

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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 and Download Squad
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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, hypebot and digg
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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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  —  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
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 …
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
T-Mobile-UK To VoIP- "My Aim Is Tru (phone)"
Discussion: Darla Mack and LucaFiligheddu.com
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!
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Family Seeks Assurances on Protecting Dow Integrity  —  The family that controls Dow Jones & Company has rejected a proposed plan prepared by its lawyers, asking them instead to seek stronger guarantees of editorial independence as a condition of selling the company to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Only AT&T corporate stores to carry iPhone  —  A friend at a third-party AT&T/Cingular-only authorized franchise store with 15+ locations has confirmed that they will not be permitted to carry iPhone.  —  Apparently there's a legal issue regarding the relationship between Apple …
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.
Business Week:
A Scramble for the Perfect Wave  —  Why the upcoming auction of prime wireless spectrum is firing up players like Google and Intel  —  Later this year the most valuable slice of American airwaves is set to be auctioned off by the Federal Communications Commission.
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
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
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
BlogHer, site for female bloggers, said to get money from Venrock  —  We're hearing 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.
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and New York Post
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
VRX's triple-screen racing simulator uses Xbox 360 Elite
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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kyte's Plans Come Together: Deals with EMI & Nokia Announced …
Paul Sweeting / ContentAgenda.com:
MPAA, others call for new anti-piracy laws
Discussion: Consumerist
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Sydney Morning Herald:
iPods to blame for total eclipse of the art, says Hockney
Discussion: Engadget and MacUser
Raoul / Inner Bits:
PS3 Controller with Rumble in Development
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
On A Roll, Or, How Microsoft Secured Yet Another Exclusive …
Rebecca Lieb / ClickZ:
Search Works Harder, So Must Search Marketers
Business 2.0:
Who matters now?  —  Business 2. Magazine invites you to vote …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Financial Times:
Howard Stringer on movies, music and PlayStation
Discussion: Ars Technica, Inquirer and Engadget
Rarely Greys / Net Cooties:
Yahoo defect endangers users — do web sites care?
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
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