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9:05 PM ET, May 7, 2008

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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft May Build a Copyright Cop Into Every Zune  —  If you like to download the latest episodes of “Heroes” or other NBC shows from BitTorrent, maybe you shouldn't buy a Microsoft Zune to watch them on.  —  A future update of the software for Microsoft's portable media player may well include …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft denies putting ‘copyright cop’ in Zune
Discussion: p2pnet
Cesar Menendez / Zune Insider:
Just So No One Gets the Wrong Idea. . .
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Project Granola-Facebook Tastier Than Yahoo?  —  Project Granola?  —  Apparently, that's the jokey nickname that's been given by some in the company to Microsoft's (MSFT) new online strategy, in the wake of its failed efforts to acquire Yahoo (YHOO) that ended in a big heap of mess this past weekend.
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bankers Talked To Facebook About a Deal  —  Microsoft Corp.'s bankers recently contacted Facebook Inc. to gauge the Internet company's willingness to sell Facebook to the software giant, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  There are no active discussions between …
InfoWorld:
Internet Archive challenges FBI's secret records demand  —  The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has withdrawn a secret demand that the Internet Archive, an online library, provide the agency with a user's personal information after the Web site challenged the records request in court.
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FBI Targets Internet Archive With Secret ‘National Security Letter’, Loses  —  The Internet Archive, a project to create a digital library of the web for posterity, successfully fought a secret government Patriot Act order for records about one of its patrons and won the right to make the order public …
Discussion: Not Quite a Blog 2.0
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FBI rescinds secret order for Internet Archive records
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Defunct TorrentSpy kicked while down  —  U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper has handed BitTorrent index site TorrentSpy a bill it couldn't possibly pay.  Having ruled in favor of the major Hollywood studios' lawsuit in December, Cooper awarded the studios damages of $30,000 per movie …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:   Studios win $100 million judgment against TorrentSpy
Associated Press:
Gates says Microsoft will go it alone  —  TOKYO: Bill Gates said Wednesday that Microsoft was not pursuing other deals following the withdrawal of its $47.5 billion takeover bid for Yahoo.  —  Those comments seemed to set a different tone than those he made Tuesday in South Korea …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft going it alone? Not exactly
Jason Mick / DailyTech:   Microsoft Doesn't Want Yahoo Back, Enjoys “Independence”
Cade Metz / The Register:
Comcast mulls overage fees for bandwidth lovers  —  Comcast is considering monthly bandwidth caps for all those people on its cable-based internet service.  —  According to a report from Broadband Reports, America's second largest ISP is mulling a plan that would cap user downloads at 250GB a month.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Karl / DSLreports:
Comcast Considering 250GB Cap, Overage Fees
Larry Alder / Official Google Blog:
Investing in the future of the open Internet  —  As you may have read, Google, Comcast, Intel Capital, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Trilogy Equity Partners have entered into an agreement to invest $3.2 billion in a new wireless broadband company.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Why Google Invested in Clearwire
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
AMD: Intel's misdeeds killing our long-term sustainability  —  AMD and Intel have been trading shots through the court docket since AMD first filed its antitrust lawsuit against Intel in 2005, so it's not particularly surprising to see a new 108-page filing from Sunnyvale and a prompt and massive reply from Santa Clara.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp. Web Unit Sees Revenue Drop, Admits It Won't Hit FY 08 Goals  —  It took a while, but Rupert Murdoch has finally acknowledged that News Corp.'s Web business won't hit the goals he laid out for it last August.  Actually, he made Peter Chernin say it: “Let me begining by saying yes …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Chernin On FIM: ‘Yes, We Will Fall Short’ …
Discussion: Techland and Silicon Alley Insider
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Happy Birthday Israel!  —  Today we are celebrating, here in Israel, 60 years of being an independent country.  As part of the celebration, I'm releasing a new 0day vulnerability.  —  One of our customs in Independence day is to play a “treasure hunt” game.
Discussion: InformationWeek
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InfoWorld:   Zero-day treasure hunt: Researcher hides IE attack on Web
Alertbox:
How Little Do Users Read? … We've known since our first studies of how users read on the Web that they typically don't read very much.  Scanning text is an extremely common behavior for higher-literacy users; our recent eyetracking studies further validate this finding.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Blacklisting Spammers  —  You know you've made it as a communications medium when you start attracting spammers.  On Twitter, the problem is getting bad enough that the service is starting to blacklist people who spam other members.  There is already an unofficial site called …
The Mozilla Blog:
COMPROMISED FILE IN VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE PACK FOR FIREFOX 2  —  The Vietnamese language pack for Firefox 2 contains inserted code to load remote content.  This code is the result of a virus infection, but does not contain the virus itself.  This usually results in the user seeing unwanted ads …
Discussion: Threat Level
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Adobe launches Photoshop Express update with Flickr support  —  Adobe is launching an update to its free Photoshop Express image editing tool today, including support for Yahoo's Flickr online photo service.  —  The public beta of the tool now includes changes based on feedback from the community.
Discussion: PC World, Ryan Stewart and Gizmodo
Michael Cerda / Cerdafied:
“Giant steps are what you take.”  —  This is what you'll hear on my ringback ironically.  —  Here's the dealio... Ben and I started Jangl to bridge people on the web with their phones.  We've built this capability contextually into the social web, have done the deals to distribute and evangelize it.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Customer service via Twitter works for unpopular people too  —  Yesterday I was in Internet purgatory.  Today I'm back in the land of the living.  —  The occasion?  Cable installation—an activity on par with going to get fillings at the dentist.  It's time consuming …
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Web 2.0, Please Meet Your Host, the Internet  —  I have a major problem with many of the Web 2.0 companies that I meet in my job as a venture capitalist: They lack even the most basic understanding of Internet operations.  —  I realize that the Web 2. community generally views Internet operations …
Discussion: MarketingShift
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MeeVee Finds A Home, Acquired By Live Universe
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Doom 4 announced, id Software hiring
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and CrunchGear
GamesIndustry.biz:
NVIDIA to “simplify” product range
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Marc Benioff heralds Web 3.0 at DreamForce Europe
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John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Tivoli Audio unveils updated NetWorks Wi-Fi radio
Discussion: Electronista
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Macs in the Enterprise  —  In every O'Reilly conference …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
“Grand Theft Auto IV” sales top $500 million in a week
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Citywide Wi-Fi could be shut down
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Sprint Spending $100 Million to Kick iPhone in the Nuts (iPhone Wearing Cup)
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Business Week:
Google vows to keep fighting Viacom
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
DVD-by-Mail Users Stuck in the Past
PC World:
OpenOffice 3.0 Beta Released
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Live Mesh to get more competition — from Sun
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Test: Does Your ISP Slow Down BitTorrent Traffic?
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Board: Still Room for Schmidt?