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1:05 AM ET, February 20, 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 …
XM and Sirius to Announce Merger Today  —  ABC News Has Confirmed That Satellite Radio Providers XM and Sirius Will Announce a Merger Today  —  ABC News has confirmed reports that two satellite radio providers XM and Sirius will announce a long-anticipated merger today.
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.
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
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.
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Satellite Radio's XM, Sirius to Merge  —  District-based XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and New York-based Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., which together control the emerging satellite subscription radio market, today announced that they plan to merge in a $13 billion deal.
Discussion: Lost Remote and WebMetricsGuru
Mark Evans:
The XM-Sirius Deal Can't Save Satellite-Radio
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Is "3X DVD" HD DVD's secret weapon against Blu-ray?
Discussion: digg
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).
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 …
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Ballmer blames pirates for poor Vista sales  —  Will crank up the WGA  —  THE SHY and retiring, softly-spoken CEO of Microsoft, Steve "Sounds of Silence" Ballmer is blaming software pirates for Vista's poor sales.  —  Ballmer admitted to financial analysts that the predictions for Vista …
Discussion: TechSpot News
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 Kaplan / PaidContent:
MySpace May Beat Yahoo On Pageviews, But Not When It Comes To Attracting Advertisers  —  A long article in Adweek examines how advertisers and media buyers consider the value of pageviews and uniques when deciding on where to place the bulk of their ad dollars.
Catharine P. Taylor / Adweek:
The Ties That Bind: Connection Beats Page Views
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MSN Experimenting With Most Digg Like Service Yet  —  Last week we saw first Yahoo! and then Dell launch sites that were largely acknowledged to be Digg inspired.  Digg may not have invented the vote-on-news motif but it may have been most important in popularizing the paradigm so far.
Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:
Eyespot Powers NBA's Video-mixing site  —  Not unlike an unheralded draft pick who cracks the starting lineup, startup video-editing site Eyespot jumps into the big leagues Tuesday as the technology engine behind the NBA's new "highlights mixer" web site.  —  With league-sanctioned clips of dunks …
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 …
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Europe's Plan to Track Phone and Net Use  —  European governments are preparing legislation to require companies to keep detailed data about people's Internet and phone use that goes beyond what the countries will be required to do under a European Union directive.
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