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6:30 PM ET, February 20, 2007


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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 …
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 …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Shunning YouTube, Viacom hooks up with Joost  —  Viacom has announced a deal with Joost that will see the new P2P-based video start-up "broadcasting" Viacom's music videos, TV shows and other materials on the service.  Viacom will provide Joost with content not only from MTV, but also from BET …
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 …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Joost gets some Viacom Love
Discussion: Reel Pop and GigaOM
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.
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Live Blogging the Sirius + XM Merger Conference Call
Discussion: Gizmodo and Hear 2.0
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Coming Up: Vonage Wireless?  —  The Web-calling outfit will diversify and start selling wireless service, broadband access, and content later this year  —  For years, Vonage (VG) has built its business around one service: inexpensive Internet phone calls.  Well, all that's about to change.
Steffen Fjaervik / E-Media Tidbits:
Schibsted: Out of TV, Up Against YouTube  —  Norwegian media company Schibsted recently took its money and ran from the big Scandinavian TV stations.  Its leaders said they hadn't lost faith in moving pictures, but they were no longer interested in TV as we know it.
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
Microsoft Delivers Final Versions of Free Deployment Tools for Windows Vista  —  New tools help businesses simplify and expedite planning and deployment.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of six new deployment tools that will help expedite businesses' migration to Windows Vista™.
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.
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