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1:20 AM ET, October 5, 2007

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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA trial verdict is in: jury finds Thomas liable for infringement  —  Duluth, Minnesota — After just four hours of deliberation and two days of testimony, a jury found that Jammie Thomas was liable for infringing the record labels' copyrights on all 24 the 24 recordings at issue in the case of Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas.
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Jury Finds Minnesota Woman Liable for Piracy, Awards $222,000  —  DULUTH, Minnesota — Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury.  —  Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota …
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Labels Win Suit Against Song Sharer  —  In a crucial legal victory for record labels and other copyright owners, a federal jury yesterday found a Minnesota woman liable for copyright infringement for sharing music online and imposed a penalty of $222,000 in damages.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Techmeme is officially a cesspool  —  It was intriguing for a day or two, but now it's clear that the Leaderboard was the dumbest idea ever, because now more than ever, people are gaming Techmeme so they can climb the list.  —  Reminds me of something Ted Turner once said about how the Forbes list …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Will the real Dave Winer please stand up?  —  So Dave Winer thinks Techmeme has become a "cesspool," as he puts it.  Why?  He says it's because of the Techmeme leaderboard, and how it's encouraging people to say all kinds of things in an attempt to game the system.
IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 7 Update  —  Almost a year ago, we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP.  Since then, IE7 is well on its way to becoming the most used browser in the world, and we've seen lots of evidence that IE7 makes it safer and easier to accomplish everyday tasks online.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft: download IE7 without WGA validation
Discussion: eWEEK.com and InfoWorld
Light Reading:
Level 3 Slashes CDN Prices  —  Level 3 Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT - message board) is lowering prices for content delivery network (CDN) services to match the same price customers pay for high-speed IP transport.  —  By matching transport prices, Level 3 is doing away with any premium …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Level 3 Throws A Wrench In The CDN Business  —  Level 3 (LVLT) has knocked content delivery networks Limelight (LLNW) and Akamai (AKAM) off their game with an announcement today it will price CDN services at the same rate as normal Internet access.  Shares of Akamai were down $1.06 to $30.01 at market close …
Paul Graham:
The Future of Web Startups  —  There's something interesting happening right now.  Startups are undergoing the same transformation that technology does when it becomes cheaper.  —  There's a pattern that we see over and over in technology.  Initially there's some kind of device that's …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
AppleInsider:
Apple announcements brewing for late October [updated]  —  Apple Inc. has begun preparatory measures for significant announcements to take place during the last full week of October, AppleInsider has been told.  —  While sources have requested that we not go into detail regarding …
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Google Maps:
International Cleanup Weekend  —  On October 13th and 14th, Googlers, our friends and family, and a lot of other folks around the world will be heading out to clean up our local parks, beaches, trails and other hot spots.  Each of these projects will make a small difference to a specific neighborhood.
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The New Rules Of Technology VC  —  Just a few years ago, large venture firms were incubating companies for months.  During the incubation period, the founders wrote 70+ page business plans, which described the market opportunity, the execution plan, along with the five year financial projections.
Discussion: broadstuff and Guardian Unlimited
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Rolls Out Personal Health Records  —  Microsoft is starting its long-anticipated drive into the consumer health care market by offering free personal health records on the Web and pursuing a strategy that borrows from the company's successful formula in personal computer software.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
What Does It Mean When Most Mobile Content Execs Don't Use Their Own Services?  —  I vaguely recall a very similar study making waves a few years ago, but can't find any trace of it right now.  However, a recent study of executives working in the mobile content space found that more than half …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Report: 10 percent of September iPhones sold to unlocking teams  —  Analysts for investment bank Piper Jaffray recently spent more time tracking unit sales at Apple Inc.'s retail stores and reported Thursday that their observations indicate that as many as 10 percent of the iPhones sold …
 
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CBC News:
What you should know before you call a geek in to fix your computer
Brian Prince / eWEEK.com:
Full-Disk Encryption Is Partial Protection, Analysts Say
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
China's Great Firewall turns its attention to RSS feeds
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Confirmed: Apple component cable works with iPhone
Discussion: Mobility Site and Gizmodo
Valleywag:
Reality Check: Jajah adds to eBay's click-to-call nightmare
Discussion: FierceVoIP and Mashable!
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Bad things lurking on government sites
Discussion: Neowin.net
Austin Modine / The Register:
Sun hypes new hypervisor and virtualization console
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
NAB hits the RIAA where it hurts
 Earlier Items: 
Noam Cohen / Bits:
Is That You I Saw at the Bus Stop...in Adelaide?
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Ubuntu chief bids for prima-donna status
Discussion: The Open Road and InfoWorld
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint, Struggling in Crowded Market, Seeks Replacement for CEO Forsee
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AT&T U-Verse sidesteps town politics, coming to Illinois in 2008
Howard Owens:
Let's stop putting the entire newspaper online
Linda Rosencrance / Computerworld:
Wal-Mart tells online customers: We don't want to talk to you
Discussion: WebProNews
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
A Flood of Mashups Coming? OAuth 1.0 Released
Discussion: Compiler, Gaffney3.com and Digg
David F. Gallagher / Bits:
Your Moment of Facebook Zen
Discussion: Valleywag and Epicenter