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7:50 PM ET, March 15, 2008

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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Japanese ISPs Agree to Ban Pirates from the Internet  —  Following a huge increase in complaints from the music, movie and software industries, the four major Japanese ISP organizations have agreed that they will work with copyright holders to track down copyright infringing file-sharers and disconnect them from the internet.
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Daily Yomiuri Online:
Winny copiers to be cut off from Internet  —  The nation's four Internet provider organizations have agreed to forcibly cut the Internet connection of users found to repeatedly use Winny and other file-sharing programs to illegally copy gaming software and music, it was learned Friday.
Agence France Presse:
Japan to strip Internet for illegal downloaders: report
Discussion: Digg
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Early St. Patrick's Day easter egg on Google Maps  —  Street View in Google Maps now shows a tiny leprechaun instead of the classic yellow guy — it's a bit early, but you can only assume this has to do with St. Patrick's Day on Monday.  A rainbow follows him when you drag the little guy around the map too.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Google Blogoscoped:
A Very Special Google Docs Feature (Potential Spoiler)  —  Unless something is going really, really wrong with Google, we have a suspicion this is just an upcoming April Fool's joke for Google.  If that's the case, then note that spoilers follow below.  —  OK.
Lisa Hoover / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPods rock the Space Shuttle  —  Eagle-eyed reader Walker was perusing hi-res photos of the Space Shuttle Endeavour (which is circling the planet at this moment, docked to the International Space Station in low-earth orbit) when he spotted an iPod through the crew cabin window.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and About Mobility
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Revisiting Apple's iPhone strategy  —  In the post I wrote about Rich Miner of Google saying that the Android mobile software stack will gain more users than the iPhone, several people commented.  The general consensus is that Apple is the BMW of the personal computer industry and is the standard …
Jennifer Guevin / CNET News.com:
Craigslist cleared on discrimination claims  —  Craigslist.org can't be held liable for discriminatory ads posted on its site, according to a court ruling made Friday.  —  A group of Chicago lawyers had sued the online classifieds site over real-estate ads that stated discriminatory preferences such as …
Discussion: Mashable!
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ustream.tv may turn down Microsoft's $50 million  —  Yahoo's move into live video could have kneecapped startups like Justin.tv and Ustream.tv.  Instead, its botched launch just proved that serving up streams is a harder business than it looks — and got Yahoo rivals like YouTube interested.
Discussion: WebGuild
Tanja Aitamurto / VentureBeat:
Robotics start-up Willow Garage believes open source OS will soon put robots in our homes  —  If Menlo Park-based start-up Willow Garage has its way, in just a few years you'll be able to hire a robot to come and clean your house once a week.  —  The company is building open-source robots …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Katharine Sanderson / Nature:
Six degrees of messaging  —  Study of instant messaging shows worldwide personal links.  —  Yet more evidence has turned up to show that we are only six steps removed from almost anyone else on the planet.  —  Eric Horvitz, at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, and Jure Leskovec …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Roland Piquepaille / Emerging Technology Trends:
Six degrees of separation in instant messaging
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple to 100,000 iPhone developers: don't call us, we'll call you  —  Three days ago it seemed as though the world had finally opened up for would-be iPhone developers.  —  After eight months of pent-up demand, the pieces were in place to begin exploiting the new platform in earnest.
Duncan / duncanriley.com:
FriendFeed = More Hyped Yawn  —  So I started another bush fire, at least among the growing list of self important so-called A listers who would happily crucify anyone who dare question their favorite startup of the minute.  —  I say A-List somewhat lightly, because the guy who's come after me is someone who's called Louis Gray.
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ZDNet:
California Internet sales tax bill faces long odds  —  A California bill that could lead to a tax on Internet music downloads faces slim odds of success, but the Democrat who wrote it says a debate over taxing such online retail transactions is overdue.  —  Assemblyman Charles Calderon told Reuters late …
 
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