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12:55 PM ET, February 20, 2007


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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 …
Discussion: USA Today, ABCNEWS and Scobleizer
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Live Blogging the Sirius + XM Merger Conference Call
Discussion: Gizmodo and Hear 2.0
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
10 Things You Might Not Know About the Sirius-XM Merger
Discussion: PaidContent and
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
XM and Sirius to combine; hurdles loom
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
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 …
Hollywoodreporter / Reel Pop:
Viacom to put clips on Joost, rebuffs YouTube
Discussion: Google Watch, GigaOM and NewTeeVee
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Viacom gives Joost a boost
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 digg
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
New AMD Desktop Processors Designed for Both Performance-Hungry and Energy-Conscious Users  — High-performance AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 6000+ and Energy-Efficient AMD Athlon™ 64 Processors Diversify Desktop Choices —  Underscoring its commitment to delivering …
Procedure and Tests  —  Introduction  —  With the introduction of AirPort Extreme 802.11n base stations, Apple announced that the majority of its current machines are compatible with the draft of that standard via a drive update.  On the other hand, the MacBook and MacBook Pro Core Duo aren't likely to get compatible Airport modules.
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 …
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Is 500 million Skype downloads a lot?  —  Congratulations, Skype!  Skype users downloaded the world's leading VoIP program 500 million times today.  The current rate is 640 thousand downloads a day, according to Skype data.  Adrian Cockcroft observed Skype downloads spike to a million a day during major upgrades.
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