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2:35 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 and NewTeeVee
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 …
New York Times:
Merger Would End Satellite Radio's Rivalry
Discussion: TechCrunch and PaidContent
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose at FOWA: DIGG Adopts OpenID  —  Kevin Rose, speaking here at the Future of Web Apps conference in London, just announced that Digg will adopt the OpenID decentralized digital identity platform.  Don't expect this right away though - adoption will begin "later this year" according to Rose.
Discussion: Vecosys, Shoemoney, Fred Destin and digg
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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
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 …
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.
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.
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?"
Mark Fletcher / Startupping:
Best and Worst Decisions (Part 1)  —  To kick things off here on Startupping, I asked many successful Internet entrepreneurs about lessons they learned starting and running Internet companies.  I asked for their best decision and their worst mistake, and I received many insightful replies.
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
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
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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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Going straight: Peer-to-peer entertainment deals
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
AdaptiveBlue gives you more options while you surf
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Engadget Exclusive: Sony's 2007 Cybershot lineup
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Gamers make better surgeons, study says
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Tatum Anderson / BBC:
Mobile phone lifeline for world's poor
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Is 500 million Skype downloads a lot?

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