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9:35 PM ET, February 19, 2007

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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
HEAVENLY DEAL  —  SIRIUS, XM SET TO CONFIRM MERGER PLAN TODAY  —  Satellite radio operators Sirius and XM are expected to announce their long-awaited merger today, according to a source familiar with the deal.  —  The two sides were locked in negotiations over the weekend trying to hammer …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sources: XM Radio, Sirius merger imminent  —  XM Radio and Sirius are reportedly in final negotiations that should result in a merger.  First reported by the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal is confirming that the two companies are very close to a deal that may be announced as early as today.
Gizmodo:
XM and Sirius Officially Merge  —  The rumors were flying all day after that NY Post story hit and now we can officially tell you that XM and Sirius are indeed merging.  Mel Karmazin (head of Sirius) will be CEO while Gary Parsons (head of XM) will be chairman of the new company.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
It's official: XM and Sirius plan to tie the knot
Discussion: digg
Mark Evans:   The XM-Sirius Deal Can't Save Satellite-Radio
Emily Chang:
My Data Stream  —  After a year and a half of using social applications heavily, I recently had to revisit the plan to aggregate all my activity into one data stream.  As the calendar rolled to 2007, I kept wishing I could look at all my social activity from 2006 in context: time, date …
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Stowe Boyd / Message:
Traffic And Flow  —  Emily Chang has announced her consolidated "data stream" all posted in one place, courtesy of an ExpressionEngine plugin by Andrew Weaver.  The specifics, and her terminology, are less important than the motivating desire: … I have been working on something (hush hush) …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
3X DVD introduced: HD DVD, now in lower resolution!  —  Doug Carson & Associates (DCA), makers of DVD mastering software, announced today that the first 3X DVD-ROM disc was officially mastered over the weekend, a move that some think will allow HD DVD to become more popular and possibly even win the ongoing "format war" with Blu-ray.
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Is "3X DVD" HD DVD's secret weapon against Blu-ray?
Discussion: digg
Lisa Barone / Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog:
The Lisa's Problem With Wikipedia Explained  —  It's fair to say that I've done some mild Wikipedia bashing lately.  I may have even referred to it as "devil spawn Wikipedia" on more than one occasion.  And because our loyal readers like to keep us/me in check (please don't ever stop that) …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Entrepreneurs profit from free Web names  —  NEW YORK — It's not often you can compare Internet addresses with clothing, but a growing practice comes close, contributing to a global shortage in good names.  —  Entrepreneurs have been taking advantage of a five-day grace period to sample millions …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
JetBlue, Blogging, and Normal Accidents  —  Everyone is rightly complaining about how little ongoing information there has been from JetBlue about its troubles.  To a perhaps naive way of thinking, it seems like a classic opportunity (one right out of Scoble/Israel's Naked Conversations text) …
Catharine P. Taylor / Adweek:
The Ties That Bind: Connection Beats Page Views  —  Digital media executives watched throughout 2006 as Web 2.0 asserted Internet users' creative independence from the media giants.  And by November, it was nearly a fait accompli.  That was when comScore Media Metrix showed that …
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David Kaplan / PaidContent:   MySpace May Beat Yahoo On Pageviews, But Not When It Comes To Attracting Advertisers
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Why AOL Created 63 Million New OpenIDs  —  Written by Jitendra Gupta of Karmaweb and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Late last week AOL announced its support of the open identity system OpenID, for all 63 million of their AOL/AIM Ids (for those looking for a quick introduction to OpenID, click here).
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and KarmaWeb
Matthew Aslett / Computer Business Review:
Take Microsoft's Linux money, says Red Hat  —  Red Hat Inc's CEO has said the company is encouraging customers to adopt Microsoft Corp's offer of support vouchers for Novell's Inc's rival Linux operating system in order to get the issue over with.  —  Microsoft announced in November 2006 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2  —  Update is fully compatible with Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system; new licensing updates enhance opportunities for virtualization.  —  Microsoft Corp. today released Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 SP2 …
MacNN:
Adobe ships Photoshop Lightroom 1.0  —  Adobe today announced it is now shipping Photoshop Lightroom 1.0, its professional level digital photography application and also that it has released updated Camera Raw 3.7 software with additional support for digital cameras.
David Jenkins / Gamasutra:
Nielsen Puts Nintendo Ahead In Web Traffic Report  —  New data from Nielsen/NetRatings suggests that Nintendo's website saw the biggest rise in visitors of any computer hardware manufacturer in January - with more overall traffic than Sony Computer Entertainment's site and Microsoft's Xbox website.
Discussion: GigaGamez, You NEWB and Joystiq
Greg Jarboe / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google News isn't top dog in UK news search, either  —  Last week, my article, "Is Google News the Tail Wagging the News Search Dog?," appeared in Search Engine Watch - just as Search Engine Strategies was getting underway in London.  The article cited data showing that Yahoo News and AOL News …
ZDNet:
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TOOLKIT  —  Russia attacks Microsoft licensing costs  —  The Russian government has hit out at Microsoft, claiming the software giant's overly strict and costly licensing regime is to blame for the high rates of consumer piracy in the country.
Discussion: Macsimum News
 
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Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Shopping no more - MSN Shopping to remain
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Ballmer blames pirates for poor Vista sales
Discussion: TechSpot News
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Is Palm up for sale?
Kotaku:
Wii Demand Kneecaps Indie Wii Movement
Discussion: Go Nintendo and Game | Life
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
75 percent of Vista reviewers bring up MacOS X
BBC:
The mash-up future of the web
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Think you know your mobile keyboards?  Guess right and you might win an i-mate JAQ3
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gear Diary
Jon Udell:
Blogging from Word 2007, crossing the chasm
Discussion: Scobleizer
 Earlier Items: 
David Krug / 901am:
Real Estate Blogging is catching on, big time!
Discussion: Scobleizer
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OLPC's XO laptop comes with anti-theft kill-switch in select countries
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Daisy Whitney / tvweek.com:
Online Video Biz Moves Into Merger Phase
Discussion: alarm:clock and PaidContent
David Carr / New York Times:
Do They Still Want Their MTV?  —  MTV prospered for decades …
Discussion: PaidContent
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
While Others Struggle, Norwegian Newspaper Publisher Thrives on the Web
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and Screenwerk
Tim Ferguson / CNET News.com:
Broadband adoption passes halfway mark in U.S.
 

 
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