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4:45 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 …
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Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
OFFICIAL: Sirius and XM Announce Merger  —  IT'S OFFICIAL  —  XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio have jointly announced that they have entered into an agreement to combine the two companies - in an all-stock merger - with a combined enterprise value of $13 billion.
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.
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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: KarmaWeb and 901am
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: Journerdism, PaidContent and Message
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
While Others Struggle, Norwegian Newspaper Publisher Thrives on the Web
Discussion: Screenwerk
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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
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) …
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: Bloggers Blog and Valleywag
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
YouTube: Strength and Vulnerability
Discussion: media blog and PaidContent
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 …
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: Worker Bees Blog and Macsimum News
Jon Udell:
Blogging from Word 2007, crossing the chasm … Operating in that mode for years has given me a deep understanding of how documents, and collections of documents, are also databases.  It has led me to imagine and prototype a way of working with documents that's deeply informed by that duality.
Discussion: Scobleizer
BBC:
The mash-up future of the web  —  The way we use the web is changing and the future lies in mixing, mash-ups and pipes, says columnist Bill Thompson.  —  When the web was young we were happy just to see words and pictures on the screen in front of us.  —  All backgrounds were grey …
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 …
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Classics on new consoles aren't always faithful
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Joe / Techdirt:
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Jason McMaster / GigaGamez:
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Adobe ships Photoshop Lightroom 1.0
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Child Auteurs on Nick, From Their House to Yours
Discussion: PaidContent
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Teqlo Launches: Makes Apps More Mashable
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OLPC's XO laptop comes with anti-theft kill-switch in select countries
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Andy Beard / Niche Marketing:
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Daisy Whitney / tvweek.com:
Online Video Biz Moves Into Merger Phase
Discussion: alarm:clock and PaidContent
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
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Music Labels Offer Teasers to Download
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gizmodo:
Delete: The New Erase
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Faultline / The Register:
Vodafone caves in to Microsoft IM
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New Weapon in Web War Over Piracy
 

 
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