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2:00 PM ET, February 20, 2007

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Viacom to Sign Deal with Joost  —  Two weeks after Viacom ordered Google to take down more than 100,000 allegedly copyrighted videos from YouTube, the media giant is about to sign a content deal with Joost, the Wall Street Journal is reporting tonight.  Joost, the P2P online television service soon …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Viacom, Joost strike content licensing deal  —  update Entertainment conglomerate Viacom has announced a deal to license its programming content to Joost, the online-video start-up created by the founders of Skype and Kazaa.  —  The deal, announced Tuesday, is designed to bring television …
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Viacom lands video deal with Joost
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Robert Young / GigaOM:
MTV is Poised for a Comeback
Hollywoodreporter / Reel Pop:
Viacom to put clips on Joost, rebuffs YouTube
Discussion: Google Watch, NewTeeVee and BuzzMachine
The Doc Searls Weblog:
A ground-level view of the XM/Sirius merger in the sky  —  USA Today says Sirius and XM are going to merge.  Mel Karmazin, possibly the wisest guy in commercial radio, will be the CEO.  Gary Parsons, currrent CEO of XM, will be chairman.  —  There are a number of problems with this merger …
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New York Times:
Merger Would End Satellite Radio's Rivalry
Discussion: TechCrunch and PaidContent
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Live Blogging the Sirius + XM Merger Conference Call
Discussion: Gizmodo and Hear 2.0
Obviously:
Looking for Odeo's new home  —  In the last few months, we here at Obvious have been increasingly focused on Twitter.  As a result, our original product, Odeo, has not gotten the attention it deserves.  —  It does not cost us much to run—in fact, AdSense covers the hosting …
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evhead:   Marketplace Wanted; Web Site for Sale
Reuters:
Google co-founder: Science needs entrepreneurs … SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) — Scientists need more entrepreneurial drive and could benefit by doing more to promote solutions to big human problems, Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page told a meeting of academic researchers.
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GlobalTop GPS & Bluetooth HUD speed meter for your windscreen  —  I was always a fan of those marine fighter jets that I saw in the movies, with lots of buttons, windscreen data, infrared and night view making me a very faithful viewer.  I think it had a very big impact on me …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
GlobalTop intros GPS HUD Speed Meter
Discussion: I4U News and NaviGadget
Eric / The MyBlogLog Blog:
Weekend spamtacular — what the heck happened and how we're fixing it  —  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  This weekend sucked.  No doubt about it.  But we've beaten things back and we have a plan for making things better still.  I'm going to tell you all about that in a minute.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Battle for Mobile Search  —  When it comes to Internet search over mobile phones, upstarts have a decent chance against the likes of Google and Yahoo  —  When it comes to Web search engines, Google is the winner by a wide margin, handling nearly twice the requests of its closest competitor …
Discussion: Screenwerk
mee.tcd.ie:
FORWARD COMPATIBLE - 2004  —  Turn your Wifi Router into a modem.  —  Video:  —  Forward Compatible (FC) is a parasitic object meant to be attached to a Wi-Fi or fixed network router.  The device monitors network traffic and when packets are sent, they are converted to audio …
Discussion: Engadget, broadbandreports.com and digg
Jonathan Mendez / Jonathan Mendez's Blog:
7 Ways to Optimize Your YouTube Tags  —  I can't get YouTube off my mind.  With apologies to Gil Scott Heron, the revolution is being videoized.  Contrary to popular opinion it just may be an ad revolution.  H&R Block's recent promo for their TaxCut online filing includes the most linked to comedy video in the history of YouTube.
Laurie Burkitt / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google class debuts at the UW  —  Students learn firm's approach to programming  —  At 26 and at the top of his game as one of Google's vaunted software engineers, Chistophe Bisciglia found himself bored and restless.  Writing computer code at the world's most successful Internet company had become a mind-numbing chore.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
From Clipouts to the Web, Coupons Transition Slowly  —  ONLINE coupons have always been a bargain-hunter's diversion, which may be precisely why the market has grown so slowly.  Who wants to take time out of the day to track down sites that give away 50-cent discounts, then search for eligible products that they might need?
Discussion: Screenwerk and IT Facts
Tatum Anderson / BBC:
Mobile phone lifeline for world's poor  —  While consumers around the world demand sleek black and silver mobile phones, villagers in rural India buy brightly-coloured handsets in gold, reds and pinks.  —  Mobile phones are as much a fashion statement here as in the trendy bars of Europe.
symantec.com:
An Example of Why UAC Prompts in Vista Can't Always Be Trusted  —  People who have been following the not unexpected initial wave of security research with regards to Windows Vista will have seen three informative blog posts recently.  The first, by Joanna Rustkowska is titled "Vista Security Model - A Big Joke?"
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 …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Seven steps to remarkable customer service  —  As a bootstrapped software company, Fog Creek couldn't afford to hire customer service people for the first couple of years, so Michael and I did it ourselves.  The time we spent helping customers took away from improving our software …
Trulia Blog:
Trulia API now open to the world!  —  As you know, Trulia started as one of the early real estate mash-ups on the Web 2.0 scene.  We thought it was only right (and about time) that we gave a little back to the developer community by providing access to otherwise private data from Trulia.com through the Trulia API.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Global Nerdy and Screenwerk
 
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