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6:15 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.
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
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) …
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) …
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 …
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.
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
DIY Nintendo Wii Classic Controller clip holds your Wiimote (so you don't have to)  —  Tired of waiting for Nintendo to produce a solution, Chris Williams, a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, made his own clip to attach a Wii remote to the Classic Controller, handily solving one of our Wii annoyances.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
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 …
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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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 …
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
While Others Struggle, Norwegian Newspaper Publisher Thrives on the Web
Discussion: Screenwerk
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
 
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