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2:45 PM ET, July 13, 2007

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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Pandora Founder: SoundExchange Will Not Enforce New Royalty Rates on Sunday  —  At today's Congressional hearing about the new rates for online radio that would essentially destroy it (as readers of this blog already know), SoundExchange, which was scheduled to receive the new royalty payments …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Net Radio Wins Partial Reprieve as Royalties Loom  —  A coalition of webcasters have worked out a deal with the recording industry that could temporarily stave off a portion of crippling net radio royalties set to take effect Sunday, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
SoundExchange offers temporary reprieve on 'Net radio royalty increase  —  In the wake of an appeals court's decision not to delay the imposition of a new, expensive royalty scheme, Internet radio broadcasters got an unexpected bit of good news from an unlikely source.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Webcasting Reprieved At Last Minute
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
E3: David Reeves Talks PS3  —  The Euro bundle, the new PSP and the fight to be market leader. … GamesIndustry.biz: Now you've made the announcement about the PS3 bundle for Europe, what kind of reaction are you expecting?  —  David Reeves: I think people will say to us …
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Colin Campbell / Next Generation:
PS3 60 Gig Phase-Out 'False' Claims SCEA  —  Confusion surrounds the future of the $499 60Gig version of PS3.  SCEA has denied 'inaccurate' reports that its $100 price cut on the 60Gig PS3 is simply a move to clear stock before offering solely the higher priced 80Gig version.
Discussion: Kotaku, TheFeed and digg
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Facebook Backlash: What If They Can't Sell Any Ads?  (Updated)  —  There's a growing counter theory to the snowballing buzz on Facebook.  The contrary view is that the company, rather than having a potential value in the billions, might really be worth next to nothing.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Media Biz and John Furrier
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Valleywag:
Mythbusting: Why Facebook isn't the reincarnation of Google  —  Why Facebook isn't the reincarnation of Google … NICK DENTON — People assume that Facebook will find some way to make money besides traditional advertising, which is clearly not working.  And why do they assume that?
Discussion: Scripting News and Googling Google
Reuters:
Google takes swipe at Viacom  —  Google on Friday mocked media conglomerate Viacom, which is suing the search giant for $1 billion for "massive copyright infringement" by its video-sharing site YouTube.  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking with reporters at a hotel bar …
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DealBook / New York Times:
Sun Valley: Late Night With Eric Schmidt
Discussion: Valleywag
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
About 25 percent of iPhone buyers are 'switchers' to AT&T - firm  —  About one quarter of consumers adopting Apple's heavily-hyped iPhone handset are 'switchers' to AT&T from other carriers, financial firm American Technology Research reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and textually.org
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
The iPhone Made People Switch To AT&T  —  One of the biggest concerns from other carriers regarding the iPhone was that customers would be jumping ship to go with AT&T. Sure, maybe a handful of iPhone buyers would switch, but how big of an impact could it possible make?  Try a huge one.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Scott / Self Made Minds:
AdSense for mobile launches in Beta  —  Just a quick update rather than a post, a feature high up on the request list for some has now come to fruition.  I received an email tonight to say that I was invited to test out Adsense for Mobile.  —  What is Adsense for mobile?
USA Today:
iPhone buyers have no regrets  —  Early iPhone owners are overwhelmingly happy with their devices, a survey out Friday says, and Apple (AAPL) and AT&T (T) are luring customers from rivals as a result.  —  In one of the first such studies, 90% of 200 owners said they were "extremely" or "very" satisfied with their phone.
Discussion: CNET News.com, iLounge, Gizmodo and digg
comScore:
comScore Releases Worldwide Rankings of Top Web Properties 772 Million People Online Worldwide in May  —  Online Retail and E-Commerce Sites Boosted by Holiday Spending  —  comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study of global Internet traffic for the month of May …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Worldwide online population: 772 million
Danwei:
Google (China) vs. Beijing Guge  —  Beijing Guge Science and Technology Ltd. (.) is suing Google China () for disrupting its business - both companies use the name and this causes confusion.  From Reuters: … The Reuters report was based on a story from The Beijing News on Wednesday; today's papers provided additional information.
Discussion: The Register and WebProNews
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Kevin Ho / CNET News.com:
iPhone's black screen of death  —  Being a PC person, I've encountered the dreaded "blue screen of death."  —  I've never seen a comparable thing on Apple products.  (I have heard of the sad Mac face, or the sick iPod face.)  So, much to my surprise, starting a couple days ago I noticed what appeared to be a "black screen of death."
 
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BBC:
Legal row over wireless calling
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Jakob Nielsen On Search Usability
Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
NetBooks targeting small business with on demand suite
Discussion: Inquirer and AccMan
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Intel Joins One Laptop per Child
PC World:
NTT DoCoMo Targets 300M bps in Super 3G Experiment
Discussion: Ars Technica
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Tiscali To Acquire Pipex's Broadband Business For $420 Million - Confirmed
Discussion: Inquirer
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Oracle Will Release 46 Patches Next Week
Discussion: The Register
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Base Data API vs. Astoria: Two Approaches to SQL-like Queries …
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Business Week:
The Next Small Thing
Discussion: RSS Marketing Blog
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The State of Citizen Journalism: Part 1, Newsvine
Aaron O. Patrick / Wall Street Journal:
Financial Times, CNBC May Share Resources
BBC:
BBC to hear open source concerns
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Promotion Is Not Just Another Brick in the Wall
Wheaties for Your Wallet:
Your bank has a REST API now (shhh! — don't tell them)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get An Invite To Any Private Beta
 

 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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