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2:05 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 Pfanner / International Herald Tribune:
Norwegian newspaper publisher finds the secret to profiting online  —  After catching up on the latest news flashes on the death of Anna Nicole Smith, visitors to www.vg.no, the online version of the biggest-selling tabloid newspaper in Norway, can get their minds back to business by scrolling …
Discussion: PaidContent, Journerdism and Message
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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: Screenwerk
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL WESCH (THE CREATOR OF THAT WONDERFUL VIDEO...)  —  Michael Wesch, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University.  If you've been reading Searchblog, then you know him as the guy behind this amazing video.
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
AdAge:
Attorneys General of 21 States Lash Out at Bud.tv Age Checks  —  Anheuser-Busch's Status as 'Media Owner' Cited as a Concern  —  CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — Dealing a blow to the $40 million experiment hailed as ushering in a new era for marketer-generated media, the attorneys general of 21 states …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Top YouTube videographers descend on S.F.  —  reporter's notebook SAN FRANCISCO—In what may be a harbinger of the future, hardly anyone who attended Saturday's gathering of YouTube's most popular bloggers held a conversation without filming it.  —  At an event called "As One," …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
YouTube: Strength and Vulnerability
Discussion: media blog and PaidContent
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
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.
Andy Beard / Niche Marketing:
Polish Gmail vs Google Gmail - The Poets vs The Court Jester  —  Google might well have goofed again with Gmail domain registrations.  I live in Poland so this is quite comical for me, and thus the comical headline.  The Polish court system isn't quite as well organised as the US, but decisions are often made faster and a lot cheaper.
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 …
Daisy Whitney / tvweek.com:
Online Video Biz Moves Into Merger Phase  —  Anystream Acquisition of Cauldron Signals a New Wave of Consolidation  —  Online video's consolidation phase has begun.  —  Anystream, which helps media companies publish content in new media venues, is poised to announce this week …
Discussion: alarm:clock and PaidContent
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Teqlo Launches: Makes Apps More Mashable  —  If you liked Yahoo Pipes, you might be interested in Teqlo, a new "make your own mashups" tool that just entered preview mode.  Bear in mind, however, that this isn't like Lego: Teqlo is a "technology demo" right now, meaning that it's not all that easy …
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Techscape
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OLPC's XO laptop comes with anti-theft kill-switch in select countries  —  While the One Laptop Per Child Project has yet to decide on whether or not they will sell the $150 XO laptop to the public, they already know their biggest customers: governments.  Argentina, Brazil, Libya, Nigeria …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Music Labels Offer Teasers to Download  —  For all the disquiet the Internet has fostered in the music business, almost every rock star and record executive is intrigued with the prospect of marketing to music fans directly instead of wrangling for exposure with radio programmers or retailers.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Zonk / Slashdot:
Google Releases Paper on Disk Reliability  —  "The Google engineers just published a paper on Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population.  Based on a study of 100,000 disk drives over 5 years they find some interesting stuff.  To quote from the abstract: 'Our analysis identifies several parameters …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Massive Google hard drive survey turns up very interesting things
New York Times:
New Weapon in Web War Over Piracy  —  As media companies struggle to reclaim control over their movies, television shows and music in a world of online file-sharing software, they have found an ally in software of another kind.  —  The new technological weapon is content-recognition software …
Tim Ferguson / CNET News.com:
Broadband adoption passes halfway mark in U.S.  —  U.S. residential broadband penetration is expected to exceed 50 percent in 2007—and the U.K. isn't far behind.  By the end of 2007, more than 60 million U.S. households will be connected—around 55 percent—according to market researcher Parks Associates.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Gizmodo:
Delete: The New Erase  —  Want to be a total [nerd] badass while gunning through your written computer science exam?  Then cop one of these Tersumus delete-key erasers.  —  The palm-sized eraser will help you fix your sloppy coding mistakes and give you a second chance on your poor formating and syntax errors.
Discussion: Shiny Shiny and digg
 
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Ilya Vedrashko / MIT Advertising Lab:
Uses for QR Codes
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Why is local TV so far behind in video?
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Sam Harrelson / Cost Per News:
Kukral, BlogKits and AffiliateMarketingFriends
Discussion: Andy Beard and WebProNews
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Adobe enters feed reader race
Discussion: WebProNews
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE ONE THING EVERYBODY FORGETS ABOUT "WE MEDIA"
Ryan Block / Engadget:
WiiXT, the newest Wii modchip claims to enable DVD playback
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
Did-It CEO Resigns
Consumerist:
Charter: There's A Problem With Your Internet?  Here's The Disconnect Department
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Wayne Ma / CrunchGear:
Not Just a Bag, But a Tripod  —  Here's a product that might help …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Unofficial patch for Treo vulnerability loosed
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
AnyDVD HD released
Discussion: Engadget
Associated Press:
Man sues IBM over firing, says he's an Internet addict
Discussion: Slashdot, Valleywag and TechnoLlama
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Wikipedia Breaks Into U.S. Top 10 Sites
Faultline / The Register:
Vodafone caves in to Microsoft IM
Kotaku:
Surprise! Mall Shooter Didn't Own Video Games
Discussion: GamePolitics.com, Joystiq and digg
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
So, Who Says That a Blog Has to Blare?
 

 
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Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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