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8:25 PM ET, August 17, 2007

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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Second lawsuit filed over iPhone battery replacement  —  Suit questions whether Apple kept battery information from early buyers to boost sales  —  A second class-action lawsuit argues that Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc. failed to tell early buyers of the iPhone that annual fees of more than $100 …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone battery lawsuit x2: west coast style  —  Yet another class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple this week, once again over that dastardly iPhone battery.  California resident Sydney Leung heads up the new complaint with allegations that are near identical to that filed …
Discussion: ZDNet
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
Where we are at 1100 GMT  —  As Europe has woken up to a new day and Asia is entering the evening hours, here's the latest on the sign-on problem.  —  We're on the road to recovery.  Skype is stabilizing, but this process may continue throughout the day.  —  An encouraging number of users can now use Skype once again.
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
eBay says Skype was not attacked  —  (InfoWorld) - Skype has not been attacked, eBay said Friday, dispelling rumors that Russian hackers took down its popular online telephony service.  —  For more than a day now, millions of Skype users have been knocked offline by a major service outage that has crippled the service.
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Sourcefire acquires ClamAV open-source anti-malware project  —  San Francisco (InfoWorld) - Network security specialist Sourcefire announced Friday that it has acquired ClamAV, an open-source gateway anti-malware project whose technologies are used in the products of a number of other vendors.
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Eric / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
American Airlines Sues Google Over Keyword Ads  —  American Airlines v. Google, 4:07-cv-00487 (N.D. Tex. complaint filed Aug. 16, 2007) [Warning: 4.4MB file] … Well, this is interesting.  It's not unusual for a trademark owner to sue Google for keyword-triggered ads—been there, done that.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Lawsuit Challenges Google's Keyword Ads
Discussion: Googling Google
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
YouTube Replace Searches for Funny Videos  —  We are working on some analysis for a report on how consumer search behaviour has changed over the past couple of years and I wanted to share a fun bit of data that we found.  Analysis of search term content, or the words that consumers use …
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
It's Official: "Funny Videos" = "YouTube"  —  Remember all the hubbub about using Google's name to describe searches on other engines?  New data suggests that "YouTube" has become synonymous with "funny videos," and I don't expect Mountain View to make as much of a fuss over this custom.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA faces possible class action over suing the innocent  —  The scene at RIAA headquarters this week must have been fascinating.  The group yesterday announced that it has finished sending out a new batch of 503 "pre-litigation letters" to 58 different universities around the US …
Discussion: The Register, p2pnet and digg
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Los Angeles Times:
It's not journalism  —  Google's latest effort highlights the difference between what it does and what newspapers and magazines do.  —  Many publishers consider the Internet, and Google in particular, a greater threat to their livelihoods than Osama bin Laden.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
SF Chronicle's Stages Of Google Grief Lead To Suggestion For Google …
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Now, the Clicking Is to Watch the Ads, Not Skip Them  —  FOR generations, advertising interrupted the entertainment that Americans wanted to read, hear or watch.  Now, in a turnabout, advertising is increasingly being presented as entertainment — and surprisingly, the idea of all ads, all the time, is gaining some favor.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Advertising As Content Sites Proliferate, But Viewers Might Skip Altogether
Valleywag:
Exclusive: Fark founder accuses Fox newsman of hacking  —  Local TV reporters are infamous for practicing "ambush" journalism — but as they try to take their gotcha practices to the Web, increasingly they're the ones ambushed.  The first rule of hacking, after all, is "Don't get caught."
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
And More VoIP PBXes  — [...] Aron responded to a post Om wrote today …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Throttles BitTorrent Traffic, Seeding Impossible  —  ISPs have been throttling BitTorrent traffic for almost two years now.  Most ISPs simply limit the available bandwidth for BitTorrent traffic, but Comcast takes it one step further, and prevents their customers from seeding.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and digg
David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple Takes a Step Back With iMovie '08  —  Last week, Apple released a new version of its iLife suite—its $80 package containing iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb and GarageBand.  The suite also comes preinstalled on every new Mac.  —  The enhancements in iPhone, iWeb and GarageBand are great.
Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
Apple: RBC Sees Strong Back-To-School Mac Sales; Finds "Sustained iPhone Momentum"  —  Pounding the table on Apple (AAPL) this morning, RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky reports that there are indications of "increased Mac momentum" in the back-to-school quarter.  He says RBC's "technology adoption panel" …
Discussion: iLounge and Macsimum News
 
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RSnake / ha.ckers.org web application security lab:
XSS Hole In Google Apps Is "Expected Behavior"
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Next for Facebook VC: Global Grind
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Feature: Talking Halo 3, And What Comes After Halo 3, With Bungie
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
Dominos launches Pizza by TXT - obesity to go through the roof
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Symantec wants you to look silly
Discussion: Download Squad
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Liberties Advocates Fear Abuse of Satellite Images
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Home Server, officially available August 27
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
What Happens to GOOG/YHOO, etc. In Recessions?
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Fast Search Laying Off 148 Employees; Does Restructuring
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Jazzmutant's multitouch tablet works with a stylus as well
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
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Catch me at Search Engine Strategies San Jose
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Andy Brice / Successful Software:
The software awards scam