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7:45 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 …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
It's official: XM and Sirius plan to tie the knot  —  It's been more than two years since we first reported that XM and Sirius were in talks to merge, and although the New York Post may have jumped the gun a bit way back then, it was certainly on the money today, as the two satellite radio pioneers …
Discussion: digg
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.
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 …
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) …
Chris / Are You Paying Attention?:   Attention Streams - Your life in feed
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 …
David Kaplan / PaidContent:   MySpace May Beat Yahoo On Pageviews, But Not When It Comes To Attracting Advertisers
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) …
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
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 …
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) …
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Latest MyBlogLog Spam — Adding Coauthors?  —  Checking my email, I found not one but two different requests to be an coauthor at MyBlogLog.  It's making me guess that this is simply a new way people are trying to draw attention to their own sites, related to the MyBlogLog visit spamming reported by SoloSEO last month.
John Chow / John Chow dot Com:   MyBlogLog Open To Attacks
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.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
While Others Struggle, Norwegian Newspaper Publisher Thrives on the Web  —  The online version of VG, the biggest-selling tabloid newspaper in Norway, had the latest news flashes on the death of Anna Nicole Smith, of course.  But a little down the page was something else — oil company earnings reports.
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and Screenwerk
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 …
Discussion: Things That
David Carr / New York Times:
Do They Still Want Their MTV?  —  MTV prospered for decades because it looked like what a network might look like if a 16-year-old were doing the programming.  But now the music channel is trying to make its way in a multidevice, multiplatform, multichannel world, most of which is being programmed by a 16-year-old.
Discussion: PaidContent
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
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Think you know your mobile keyboards?  Guess right and you might win an i-mate JAQ3  —  I think quite a few people enjoyed my i-mate JAQ3 first impressions article and I personally found the device to be pretty decent.  However, I am smitten with my T-Mobile Dash and just can't give …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gear Diary
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 …
David Krug / 901am:
Real Estate Blogging is catching on, big time!  —  A lot of people ask me what kind of business would I start if you were starting a blogging business from scratch.  Usually I scratch my head in awe and make up something like advertising.  After pondering this for awhile I now understand …
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Is "3X DVD" HD DVD's secret weapon against Blu-ray?
Discussion: digg
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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Child Auteurs on Nick, From Their House to Yours
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OLPC's XO laptop comes with anti-theft kill-switch in select countries
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
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Online Video Biz Moves Into Merger Phase
Discussion: alarm:clock and PaidContent
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
Did-It CEO Resigns
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Music Labels Offer Teasers to Download
Discussion: Gizmodo
Tim Ferguson / CNET
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