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2:45 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 …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Viacom lands video deal with Joost  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc.., engaged in a public copyright battle with Google Inc.'s YouTube, has agreed to offer videos to Joost, the Internet video service created by the founders of Skype and Kazaa.  —  Viacom said on Tuesday hundreds of hours …
Discussion: IP Democracy, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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 …
Discussion: Macsimum News
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 Lost Remote
New York Times:
Merger Would End Satellite Radio's Rivalry  —  The nation's two satellite radio services, Sirius and XM, announced plans yesterday to merge, a move that would end their costly competition for radio personalities and subscribers but that is also sure to raise antitrust issues.
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
XM and Sirius to combine; hurdles loom
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Live Blogging the Sirius + XM Merger Conference Call
Discussion: Gizmodo and Hear 2.0
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 …
evhead:   Marketplace Wanted; Web Site for Sale
US copyright lobby out-of-touch  —  Internet law professor Michael Geist takes a look at intellectual property protection in the US and finds it somewhat out of step with the rest of the world.  —  The International Intellectual Property Alliance, an association that brings together US lobby …
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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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
GlobalTop intros GPS HUD Speed Meter
Discussion: I4U News and NaviGadget
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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?"
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.
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
RUMOR: Is Palm in Takeover Troubles?  —  According to an article at Unstrung, PDA pioneer Palm Inc. appears to be in play again, with sources saying the likely buyers could be Nokia Corp. or Motorola Inc.  —  Several sources note that such rumors have made the rounds before, but this time they appear to be more serious.
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 and
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 through the Trulia API.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Global Nerdy and Screenwerk
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Mark Fletcher / Startupping:
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
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Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Neutrality On the Net Gets High '08 Profile
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
AdaptiveBlue gives you more options while you surf
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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New AMD Desktop Processors Designed for Both Performance-Hungry …
Jake Ludington:
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 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
A winning business plan for 'Second Life'
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PHP Security From The Inside
How to Upgrade a Core Duo-based MacBook to Support WiFi 802.11n
Tatum Anderson / BBC:
Mobile phone lifeline for world's poor
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Is 500 million Skype downloads a lot?
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
From Clipouts to the Web, Coupons Transition Slowly
Discussion: Screenwerk and IT Facts

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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