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11:15 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 …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Buying a new PC?  'Windows Vista Capable' barely hits the mark  —  IBM'er says Vista's RAM sweet spot is 4GB  —  Configuring a PC around the minimum hardware requirements of an application or operating system is lot like agreeing to live in a basement apartment.
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.
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 …
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:   Bill and Steve's Excellent Adventure
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
iReader Previews The Content Behind Links  —  In October 2005 I reviewed a potentially disruptive search engine called ePrécis, from Syntactica.  Unfortunately it got shut down by Google (they "nearly put us out of business", said Syntactica President Henry Neils).
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
Google Velocity: Froogle and Local are dying while Video and Blog are surging  —  Google has been criticized for being unable to succeed beyond its core Web Search offering.  Last year Forbes "graded Google" and didn't give the internet superstar high marks beyond the core web search products.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
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.
Scientific American:
A Digital Life  —  New systems may allow people to record everything they see and hear—and even things they cannot sense—and to store all these data in a personal digital archive  —  Human memory can be maddeningly elusive.  We stumble upon its limitations every day …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
A winning business plan for 'Second Life'  —  The winner of a business plan contest in Second Life is a company that's likely to help others come up with business plans for Second Life.  —  The honors, announced Monday, went to Minnesota-based Market Truths, which devised a market research …
Katie Fehrenbacher / NewTeeVee:
Is NHL putting YouTube Sharing on Ice?  —  Media companies are struggling over how to work with YouTube.  Is the video site a friend or a foe?  Even those that are embracing Google's online video company aren't so sure where to draw the line.  —  The NHL, which gained nearly universal praise …
Discussion: RUWT?blog and Micro Persuasion
Joe Whyte / Search Marketing Standard Magazine:
Cultivating a Blog Community in 10 Steps - Part 1  —  Getting into the competitive realm of the blogosphere is not a decision to be taken lightly.  There are many things that you need to consider before jumping into this market if you plan on being successful.
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
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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