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11:45 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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Japanese ISPs To Ban File Sharers
Agence France Presse:
Japan to strip Internet for illegal downloaders: report
Discussion: Digg
Wired News:   Swedes Clear a Path for File Sharing Crackdown
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Duncan Riley: Lessons in diplomacy  —  I was going to title this post “Duncan Riley: Lessons in how to be an a**hole,” but then I thought that would bring me down to the same level as Duncan, and I really don't want to do that.  I suppose it wouldn't be a weekend without a Techmeme bitchfest …
Discussion: WinExtra and Joe Duck
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Frederic / The Last Podcast:
It's a Bitchmeme for sure  —  When Duncan Riley seemed to miss the point of FriendFeed in his TechCrunch post yesterday, as Louis Gray quite rightly pointed out, I wrote a short post about it and assumed it was over.  —  Today, though, Duncan Riley wrote what is basically a hit piece against Louis and is dripping with arrogance.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Andy Beard / Niche Marketing:
FriendFeed Flaws - The Wrong Kind Of Attention Grabbing
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
We'll miss Russell Shaw  —  One of our tech journalism colleagues, Russell Shaw, passed away on Friday, March 14.  He was on a reporting trip in San Jose, traveling from his home base of Portland, Ore. I knew Russell first as a blogger at ZDNet, where he covered broadband, VoIP, smartphones, and other topics.
Discussion: Disruptive Telephony
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Russell Shaw R.I.P.  —  It is with the most profound sadness that I have to report the the untimely passing of Russell Shaw, a blogger, journalist and friend.  —  Russell passed away suddenly in his hotel room in San Jose Thursday night or early Friday morning.
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
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!
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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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 …
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
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
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
 
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