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David A. Vise / Washington Post:
Google to Buy 5% Of AOL for $1 Billion  —  Google Inc. is buying a 5 percent stake in Dulles-based America Online Inc. for $1 billion as part of a far-reaching business and advertising partnership aimed at boosting AOL's financial prospects as the Internet service struggles with the loss of millions of subscribers.
Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
Google Poised to Invest $1 Billion in AOL  —  Google plans to invest $1 billion in Time Warner's America Online in a deal that, if completed, would deepen the ties between two Internet advertising giants and leave rival suitor Microsoft in the cold, people familiar with the negotiations said today.
New York Times:
Time Warner to Sell 5% AOL Stake to Google for $1 Billion  —  Rebuffing aggressive overtures from Microsoft, Time Warner has agreed to sell a 5 percent stake in America Online to Google for $1 billion in cash as part of an expanded partnership between AOL, once the dominant company on the Internet, and Google, the current online king.
Graywolf /
What Google Gave up to Get AOL  —  Microsoft may not have been able to get the deal done with AOL but what Google gave up to make it happen is turning out be pretty interesting.  Here are some details from the New York Times (registration required). … And according to the Los Angeles Times
David Berlind / ZDNet:
TypePad down: A reminder of why open standards matter  —  Right now, as I type this blog, TypePad is down and I'm rather certain of it; there are thousands of TypePad users every where that are steaming mad.  If you're one of the many TypePad users who has chosen to host their blog …
Discussion: Dave's Wordpress Blog and adfreak
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Typepad goes titsup  —  Dilbert falls silent, thousands of posts missing  —  Users of Six Apart's TypePad platform have suffered their worst outage yet, with bloggers left stranded since the early hours.  The past week's blogging has also disappeared.  —  In true "Web 2.0" fashion …
Update: Blog service provider crippled by storage glitch
Discussion: NevOn and Blogebrity
Moral support for Six Apart
Discussion: Payments News
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Is Mark Cuban Missing the Big Picture?  —  MARK CUBAN is known to many in the sports world as the madcap-billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, the one who relishes every opportunity to defy propriety.  Less well known is Mr. Cuban's day job as co-owner, with Todd R. Wagner …
Discussion: Blog Maverick and
Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft patch jams up IE  —  Last Tuesday's "critical" security fix for Internet Explorer is causing trouble for users who have been testing the new IE 7 browser.  —  Microsoft has received "scattered reports of users experiencing odd browser behavior" after installing the latest security update …
Discussion: IEBlog
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Opera dismisses Google takeover talk as rumor  —  Rumors stem from blog posting by former Yahoo exec  —  Opera Software has not been approached by Google (Profile, Products, Articles) about a possible acquisition, an Opera (Overview, Articles, Company) spokesman said Friday …
Dela /
More artists take a stand against DRM  —  The battle between artists and Sony BMG over the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) copy protection on audio CDs just got even more interesting as some more artists have decided to act.  This time it is My Morning Jacket, who's album "Z" is copy protected.
Ina Fried / CNET
Is Commodore poised for a comeback?  —  update It may be time for a Commodore comeback.  —  No, Lionel Richie isn't signing up with his old band.  We're talking about Commodore, the venerable computer brand.  —  A Dutch consumer media company is hoping it can tap the power of the VIC 20 …
Pete Wright / The secret life of an MS Author:
Motion Le 1600 - second impressions  —  I posted up my first impressions a while back of my new Motion LE 1600.  They were written within hours of receiving the device and understandably had a certain 'new-gadget' excitement factor influencing them.  So, how is it now?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google releases GTalk API, Puts Gun To Skype's Head  —  Google releases GTalk API, Taunts Skype  —  Google has just released a set of components called Libjingle that allow third party applications to interact with Google Talk.  The components, which include some source code …
John Borland / CNET
iTunes lyrics fight ends in apology  —  That rarest of all things in the acrimonious disputes between copyright holders and technology developers emerged Thursday: an apology.  —  Last week, music publisher Warner/Chappell Music sent a threatening letter to independent Austrian programmer Walter Ritter …
Alfred Hermida / BBC:
Xbox 360 reaches out to mobiles  —  Gamers could soon be able to receive alerts on their mobile phones when their friends are playing on Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console.  —  The software giant is working on a system which would let players on its online gaming service, Xbox Live, send instant messages to a friend's mobile.
Discussion: The secret life …
Lockergnome / Chris Pirillo:   THINGS I DON'T LIKE ABOUT THE XBOX 360  —  This list may be things …

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