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11:15 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.
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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
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
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.
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: Security Fix, Neowin.net and Zero Day
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Serious flaw in Google Desktop gets fix
Discussion: TechSpot News
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
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, Channel 9 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 …
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: Global Nerdy and KarmaWeb
CBC News:
Java creator named to Order of Canada  —  The man credited with inventing the Java programming language commonly used on the World Wide Web has been appointed to the Order of Canada.  —  James Gosling, a vice-president of Sun Microsystems Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., has been named an officer …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Slashdot
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, Crave and CrunchGear
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
T.J. Maxx probe finds broader hacking  —  The TJX Companies, the discount retailer best known for its T.J. Maxx and Marshalls clothing stores, said Wednesday that its hacking investigation has uncovered more extensive exposure of credit and debit card data than it previously believed.
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Firefox loses browser share, Safari gains  —  The dip was the first since May 2006  —  Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser lost market share last month, Web metrics company Net Applications reported today.  But Apple Inc.'s Safari continued to gain ground, an indicator of a slow but sure uptick in Macintosh sales.
Discussion: Macsimum News and WebProNews
 
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MacNN:
Apple settles iPhone spat with Cisco
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
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Reuters:
Possible YouTube deal with CBS unravels - report
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Why Understanding Programs is Hard
Discussion: brainwagon
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
Cerf: Internet is a reflection of society
Discussion: WebProNews
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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
Lisa Katayama / Wired News:
Japan's Hottest Cell Phone Straps
Discussion: Kotaku, DS Fanboy and Gizmodo
Jon Udell:
Tagging and foldering in Photo Gallery
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Promises Cross-Platform Widget Compatibility
 

 
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Juliette Garside / Guardian:
BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash

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Financial Times:
Financial Times says digital subscriptions up 33%, making up 2/3 of paying audience; overall circulation up 13%, year-on-year

 
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