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4:20 PM ET, February 21, 2007

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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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Tech IPOs and fun with numbers  —  Updated: Another sign of the technology apocalypse-financial porn is back.  —  Business 2.0 has a breathless story about how technology IPOs are back.  Oh wait that's too sedate.  It's "Tech IPOs: They're back!"  —  The gist:
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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.
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Shift on Antitrust Issues May Aid Sirius-XM Deal
Discussion: Techdirt and Business Week
Associated Press:
Google shuts hole in desktop product  —  Index, search capabilities open to cross-site scripting attacks  —  BOSTON - A potentially devastating hole in Google Inc.'s prevalent desktop search product could have exposed personal files on users' computers to data thieves.
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
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
GrandCentral adds support for Gizmo VoIP numbers  —  Andy and Sue previously sent me some press information on GrandCentral and I finally had a chance to setup an account last weekend.  GrandCentral is a service that lets you obtain a single phone number and then tie that phone number to you for life.
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and IP Inferno
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Microsoft patent case stirs software export fears  —  It's not every day that both the U.S. government and advocates of free and open-source software align themselves in court with Microsoft.  —  But a high-stakes patent case, set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday morning …
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Rivals Root for It in Supreme Court Clash With AT&T
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
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 …
Discussion: TVover.net
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 …
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
Henrycopeland / weblog.blogads.com:
1-on-1 with Jason: $10K  —  Asked whether his new venture will take on Blogads.com, Jason Calacanis responded, "That's like Michael Jordan going after a 12-year old in a game of 1-on-1."  —  I laughed when I first read that.  Typical Jason.  —  But, having thought about it, I think there's an interesting game to be played.
Discussion: Valleywag and One By One Media
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google-CBS Deal Dead For Now; YouTube's Tough Going With TV Networks  —  The wide-ranging and widely-expected Google-CBS deal, supposed to have been announced at CES last month, is dead for now, reports WSJ in a long and detailed story on Google's difficulties on working with TV networks and other media companies.
Marty Graham / Wired News:
Selling Homeowners a Solar Dream  —  Energy startup The Citizenrē Corporation's haikulike Google ad says it all.  "Solar for free," it headlines.  "No initial investment needed.  Just monthly payments for power."  —  Instead of making you spring for $25,000 or more in gear …
Scoot / Scootinger's Blog:
"I'M A PC AND I'M A MAC" - CIRCA 1996!  —  This is a Mac user vs. PC user comparison from the September 1996 issue of MacAddict.  (this issue was actually the premiere/first issue of MacAddict) I recently found it when going through some of my old MacAddict magazines.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Image Results Redesign Undone (Poll)  —  The Google Image search results recently went live with a redesign which was hiding most image information, and only show it when you hover the mouse over the image.  Google seems to have reverted this design step, and is now showing the old results layout …
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
New Releases: 2.1.1 and 2.0.9  —  We've got a new bugfix and security release for both of our actively maintained branches of WordPress.  Version 2.1.1 includes about 30 bug fixes, mostly minor things around encoding, XML-RPC, the object cache, and HTML code.  It's available for immediate download on our download page.
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Warner wants to buy EMI, independent labels approve
Discussion: MacUser
Nokia:
Fashion phone with exclusive accessories to be unveiled at Paris Fashion Week
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Privacy and Prejudice: An Interruption 2.0 Manifesto for the AlwaysOn Lifestyle
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
New deal will bring competitive gaming to TV
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