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6:25 PM ET, February 21, 2007

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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Satellite Synergy  —  In all the very fine stories about the proposed XM-Sirius merger, there was one glaring omission.  —  The reason these two companies have 13 million subscribers willing to cough up $12.95 a month for something we all grew up thinking should be free is that commercial radio has self-destructed.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Radio Forgets to Pay the User First  —  Phil Torrone just sent in a pointer to a great editorial by Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post about XM and Sirius, entitled Satellite Synergy.  The point of the article was that the proposed merger should go through because the two money-losing …
Discussion: AC/OS
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Shift on Antitrust Issues May Aid Sirius-XM Deal
Discussion: Techdirt and Business Week
Michael V. Copeland / Business 2.0:
Tech IPOs: They're back!  —  Why are champagne corks popping again in Silicon Valley?  Tech startups are coming back to Wall Street - and Business 2.0 Magazine identifies six that are likely to cash in.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — For the first six years of the century …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco buys XML startup Reactivity  —  It has been a few years since Cisco Systems (CSCO) outlined a vision for what the San Jose based company calls Applications-Oriented Networking or AON.  Think of it as Cisco-twist on Services Oriented Architecture!  Like optical, high performance routing …
Discussion: Marc's Voice and Cisco
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Cisco continues Web 2.0 buying spree, gobbles Reactivity for $135M
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Google patches serious desktop flaw  —  Security firm says the now-fixed vulnerability illustrates the danger of integrating Web apps with the desktop  —  Security researchers have discovered a serious flaw in Google's desktop software that could be used to wreak havoc on a victim's computer.
Discussion: Neowin.net, Security Fix and Zero Day
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
A new copyright battlefield: Veoh Networks  —  news analysis One of the last places you might expect to find copyright violations is on a Web site backed by Time Warner and former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.  —  Nonetheless, Veoh Networks CEO Dmitry Shapiro acknowledges that only a week …
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
AP: Recording industry targets colleges  —  WASHINGTON - Cracking down on college students, the music industry is sending thousands more complaints to top universities this school year than it did last year as it targets music illegally downloaded over campus computer networks.
PR Newswire:
Salesforce.com Announces Record Fiscal Fourth Quarter Results  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM - News), the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended January 31, 2007.
Phone Scoop:
Dual-Sliding Messenger Phone for Helio Spotted on FCC Site  —  A new dual-slider with Helio branding on it was seen on the FCC web site today.  Internally called the Pantech PN-810, the phone features a three-layer design.  The top layer holds the main screen and function buttons.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Promises Cross-Platform Widget Compatibility  —  The fragmentation of widget platforms presents a problem for developers, who need to develop and then maintain different versions of widgets for the various desktop widget platforms (Vista, Mac, Google, Yahoo) as well as online platforms …
Eric S. Raymond / Linux.com:
ESR gives up on Fedora  —  The following letter was received from ESR, who has sent it to a number of Linux-related publications and mailing lists.  It is presented verbatim, except for the addition of HTML code.  —  After thirteen years as a loyal Red Hat and Fedora user, I reached my limit today …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
Why People Are Such Jerks Online  —  from the social-clues?  dept  —  The concept of the flame war online is certainly nothing new.  It's been around since before most people were even aware the internet existed.  However, more people are starting to look into the issue of why people tend …
Discussion: KarmaWeb
Lisa Katayama / Wired News:
Japan's Hottest Cell Phone Straps  —  In Japan, dressing up a cell phone is almost as important as having one.  The cell-phone strap is an indispensable accessory that lets a person express individuality without flaunting it, and often tells a little story about Japanese culture and history.
Discussion: Kotaku, DS Fanboy and Gizmodo
Jon Udell:
Tagging and foldering in Photo Gallery … I wanted to look over Scott's shoulder, rather than do this myself with my own photos, because Scott's been managing a lot of photos in this app for a long time, and he's in a position to reflect on the evolution of his tag vocabulary.
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Firefox loses browser share, Safari gains
Discussion: Macsimum News
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Why Understanding Programs is Hard
Discussion: brainwagon
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
Cerf: Internet is a reflection of society
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Discussion: Valleywag and One By One Media
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
iTunes clues rock classical music world
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple says bulk of iPhones sales to occur at company stores
Discussion: Infinite Loop and LoopRumors
Zachery Kouwe / New York Post:
GETTY IS EYEING 'NET RIVAL
 Earlier Items: 
Jamie Huskisson:
Locking and password protecting your Mac whilst you are away
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Look Out MyBlogLog - Here Comes Explode
David Manners / electronicsweekly.com:
Sensor firm warns Apple over iPhone
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Image Results Redesign Undone (Poll)
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Jobs and Gates to appear side-by-side at WSJ 'D' Conference
Marty Graham / Wired News:
Selling Homeowners a Solar Dream
BBC:
Mac users 'still lax on security'