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1:50 PM ET, June 21, 2007

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Brendan Sinclair / GameSpot:
Sony, Nintendo forbid AO-rated Manhunt 2  —  Console-makers confirm policies preventing licensed third parties from releasing Adults Only games on their systems, effectively banning the Rockstar title.  —  When Take-Two Interactive yesterday confirmed that the Entertainment Software Rating Board handed …
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BBC:
Banned video game is 'fine art'
Discussion: Kotaku
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony and Nintendo: Adults Only rating means no Manhunt 2 for PS2, Wii
Discussion: Joystiq
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Buying a High School and College Sports Network
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:   Yahoo! Acquires Rivals: Seemingly Smart Content Move, But Where's The Peanut Butter?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Two top Google engineers leave — to Benchmark Capital  —  Two more high-level Google engineers have left the Googleplex — this time to join well-known venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.  —  Bret Taylor (left) and Jim Norris (right), two of the masterminds behind Google Maps and several …
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Adario Strange / Epicenter:   Flight of the Googlers: Benchmark Capital Raids Mountain View
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Internet radio to go silent on June 26?  —  If you depend on the sounds of Internet radio to get you through your workday, don't be surprised if your headphones pipe out little more than dead air next Tuesday.  —  In protest of the elevated royalty fees Webcasters are poised to begin owing …
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kurthanson.com:
Plans for "Day of Silence" rapidly taking shape  —  "I'm writing liners in preparation for the day of silence and would like to start running one immediately.  —  "The big question: does SaveNetRadio.org have the bandwidth to handle June 26?  —  "We're considering picking 3 …
Discussion: p2pnet
Agence France Presse:
'Blog', 'cookie', 'wiki' top list of hated Internet words: poll  —  LONDON (AFP) - "Blog", "netiquette", "cookie" and "wiki" have been voted among the most irritating words spawned by the Internet, according to the results of a poll published Thursday.  — EU body to expand Web search probe, write to Google
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Who should buy Yahoo?  Handicapping 5 likely suitors  —  At least Yahoo can't complain this week about Google grabbing all the headlines.  —  While Google has been dishing out the usual morsels of news - tweaks to Google Video, YouTube and Google Office - everyone else can't stop talking about Yahoo.
Discussion: Apogee Weblog
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Between the Lines:
YFace: Yahoo's missing piece
Discussion: TechCrunch
Tony Smith / The Register:
LG locates Google phone in Europe  —  Receive the days biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  It's here, it's the Google phone.  Yes, LG's KU-580 handset, which incorporates Google Search, Google Mail and Google Maps - watch out, iPhone - has come to Europe.  —  LG's KU-580: Google'n'Chocolate
Discussion: WebProNews
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Kim Tae-gyu / koreatimes.co.kr:
LG Unveils Genuine Google Phone
Business Wire:
Strategy Analytics: M-Payment Bright Future  —  Verizon Wireless Leads as US Market Follows Japan and Korea to Mobile Wallet  —  BOSTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Strategy Analytics Wireless Media Strategies team applauds the decision by Verizon Wireless to expand the utility of mobile phones …
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Houston Chronicle:
Amp'd Mobile's Use of Lender's Cash OKed
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and mocoNews.net
lists.freedesktop.org Mailing Lists:
[compiz] CompComm has a real name!  —  Jeffrey Laramie imnotpc at ubaight.com  —  Our previous attempts to select a project name for CompComm have not gone well.  We tried a poll but the names in the poll were not pre-qualified to determine if they were usable and the "winning" name was also a strongly disliked name.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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CyberOrg:
Compiz-Fusion arrives  —  A new merged community around Compiz project …
Discussion: digg
Forbes:
EU says Apple has responded to iTunes deadline; EU 'studying it carefully'  —  BRUSSELS (Thomson Financial) - The European Commission said Apple Inc responded to a midnight deadline yesterday in relation to antitrust concerns over the pricing of songs on its iTunes online music store.
Discussion: Engadget, Ars Technica, MacUser and MacNN
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
The Pirate Bay Launches Image Hosting  —  Us pirates know that The Pirate Bay team has been working on several new projects, with one of them becoming a competitor to YouTube.  For now though, we've been blessed with BayImg, a unique image hosting service from TPB.
Michael Tiemann / Open Source Initiative:
Will The Real Open Source CRM Please Stand Up?  —  Dana Blankenhorn's story How far can open source CRM get? has finally pushed me to respond to the many people who have asked "When is the OSI going to stand up to companies who are flagrantly abusing the term 'open source'?"  The answer is: starting today.
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Short Descriptions Now Live  —  Ad descriptions longer than 70 characters on Yahoo! in the U.S. will now be cut off  —  Starting today, ads that appear in U.S. Yahoo! Search results with descriptions longer than 70 characters will be cut off ("truncated") at the nearest complete word, followed by an ellipsis.
Google:
A New Way to Pay - Google Expands Pay-Per-Action for Google AdWords™  —  Google announced today the worldwide expansion of its pay-per-action advertising beta.  Pay-per-action is a new pricing model that allows advertisers to pay only when a pre-defined action is completed on their site …
Miguel de Icaza:
Implementing Silverlight in 21 Days  —  The past 21 days have been some of the most intense hacking days that I have ever had and the same goes for my team that worked 12 to 16 hours per day every single day —including weekends— to implement Silverlight for Linux in record time.  We call this effort Moonlight.
Discussion: Channel 9
USA Today:
Tech blogs go from hobbies to businesses  —  ATHERTON, Calif. — "Om (Malik) and I love scotch," Michael Arrington says.  "But we never drink anymore."  —  The two friends no longer have the time or energy, in part because they're too busy competing with each other.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google says Vista search changes not enough  —  As we reported yesterday, Microsoft's "capitulation" to Google's antitrust complaint isn't as much a capitulation as the mainstream media was reporting.  We inspected Microsoft's joint filing and found that Microsoft is not going to allow …
Ricky Cadden / Symbian-Guru.com:
New N95 Firmware Coming  —  Seems everything's getting a nice little refresh lately, with the N73 and N80, and now I've gotten these screenshots showing the N95 with a fresh firmware (dated yesterday, no less!)  I didn't get an official changelog (what's up with those NEVER being available?) but I did get these three screenshots.
 
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Sony to Give PS3 a Shot of Adrenaline
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE'S $312 MILLION JOKE
Discussion: WebProNews
USA Today:
AT&T girds for iPhone launch on June 29
Discussion: iLounge
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft says Zune still on track
Discussion: TechSpot News
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
REPRISE REPORT ON PANAMA
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Danal, another mobile payments company, launches
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 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
SiteFinder redux? Verizon tests DNS redirect service
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Web Spend, Broadband Access, China Users - Research Shows All Going Up!
Discussion: paidContent.org
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Tip of the hat, wag of the finger
Fred Aun / ClickZ:
Social Nets Sit on Goldmine of Behavioral Data, Says Jupiter
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
Mac OS X Leopard Leaked to BitTorrent
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
EMI says DRM-free music is selling well