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Newswatch 8.14.07: VMWare rocks the Street

RIAA fails to pay attorney fees

[IP Law] In Capitol v. Foster, where the Court has awarded defendant more than $68,000 in attorneys fees against the record companies, the plaintiffs have failed to pay the amount ordered, and Ms. Foster has asked the Court to enter judgment.

Netflix rolls out social networking features

[TechCrunch] According to the Netflix Community Blog, the company unveiled the new community section on July 30th and has been tweaking it significantly over the last couple of weeks. There a number of community features so far.

VMWare shares surge in IPOM

[NYT] Shares in the software company VMware surged nearly 90 percent early in their first day of trading, reaching $55, or $26 above the initial offering price of $29. Also: CIO Today: VMWare's explosive IPO shows power of virtualization

YouTube seeks testimony of comics Stewart and Colbert

[NYT] The comedians were requested by the video site to give testimony in legal proceedings as it fights a $1 billion lawsuit by Viacom, according to court filings.

Nokia recalls 46m phone batteries

[SF Chron] Nokia Corp. warned Tuesday that up to 46 million batteries used in some of its cell phones could be faulty and pose a risk of overheating. The advisory applies to batteries manufactured by Matsushita from December 2005 to November 2006,

SCO Group doesn't own Unix

[SF Chron] In a 102-page ruling, U.S. District Court Dale Kimball ruled that Novell Inc., not SCO, owns copyrights covering the Unix operating system, which SCO claims is what makes Linux sturdy and reliable. Kimball said SCO didn't acquire ownership rights to Unix when it bought the licensing and development rights from Novell in 1995.

GOOG Health screen shot

[Googlified] Screenshots of the upcoming medical record management program Google Health, have been leaked to Google Blogoscoped. The project was previously code named under the names “M Scrapbook” (Medical Scrapbook) and Weaver.

Batanga, Latino portal, raises $30m

[VenureBeat] The company says it has around 4.5 million unique monthly visitors, and streams over 90 million songs and 10 million videos per month. There is no question that this niche is growing, and Batanga holds a strong set of cards. However, it’s going to have to play them well: It is a destination site in a Web 2.0 world, where with a few major exceptions, users are increasingly moving away from loyalty to a single site or brand.