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8:35 AM ET, March 13, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Tellme Price - $800 Million, or More  —  Microsoft Corp. is said to be talks to acquire Tellme Networks, a voice applications company, according to The Wall Street Journal and C/Net News.com.  —  This news of a pending acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch in February, but at the time …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Sources say Microsoft near deal to buy Tellme  —  Microsoft is close to acquiring privately held Tellme Networks, a maker of products that bridge the worlds of speech recognition and the Internet, CNET News.com has learned.  —  The deal is expected to be completed and announced later this week …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Acquire TellMe, Part II
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs and VentureBeat
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Topix.net Buys .Com Domain For $1 Million; Worries On Google Juice After Move  —  Topix.net, the news search site majority owned by Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune, has bought its .com domain after paying a Canadian company $1 million in January (late last year Topix received $15 million funding) …
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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
How Search-Engine Rules Cause Sites to Go Missing  —  Some entrepreneurs have built thriving businesses largely by getting search engines such as Google Inc.'s to direct customers to their Web sites.  But what happens when the search engines suddenly start pointing consumers somewhere else?
Discussion: Traffick
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Survey gives more Google phone clues?  —  Yes, this would be pretty easy to fake — and even if it's real, it's just a survey, which means it's sorta fake by design — but a questionnaire allegedly received by a Mobileburn forum member hints at specs and a rather fascinating concept design for Google's probably-in-the-works cellphone.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   New pictures of the Google Phone
Arn / MacRumors:
8-core Mac Pro Leak at Apple UK?  [Update]  —  Apple's UK Store leaks some information which suggests that 8-Core Mac Pros are coming soon.  —  When searching for "Mac" in the UK Apple Store, the listing for the Mac Pro is: … Rumors that Apple would incorporate two of Intel's Quad-core chips …
Nicholas Reville / DEMOCRACY:
A Name Change  —  This is some big news for us.  We are planning to change the name of Democracy Player.  —  We chose the name 'Democracy' almost two years ago when we were first setting up PCF.  We knew it was an ambitious name, but we thought that it made a clear statement about how important …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Download Squad and MacUser
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Brian Liloia / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Democracy Player changes name to 'Miro'
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Tech Firms Push to Use TV Airwaves for Internet  —  A coalition of big technology companies wants to bring high-speed Internet access to consumers in a new way: over television airwaves.  Key to the project is whether a device scheduled to be delivered to federal labs today lives up to its promise.
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
AT&T Expands Wireless Stores  —  With the opening yesterday of its first megastore, AT&T is trying to do the seemingly impossible: make buying cellular service an almost entertaining experience.  —  The 5,000-square-foot store in the Compaq Center complex in Houston is the first of 11 …
NASA:
Stereo Eclipse  —  When scientists announce they're about to calibrate their instruments, science writers normally put away their pens.  It's hard to write a good story about calibration.  This may be the exception:  —  On Feb. 25, 2007, NASA scientists were calibrating some cameras aboard …
Discussion: digg
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
Encouraging Enterprise 2.0: As simple as possible, but no simpler?  —  Blogger Euan Semple recently highlighted a key point about Enterprise 2.0 adoption that ZDNet's own Dan Farber also found worthy of note over the weekend.  And that is that Enterprise 2. will happen in your organization entirely …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Defense Contractor has Analyzed, Transcribed and Organized 1.5 Millon YouTube Clips  —  A major defense department contractor, BBN of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has applied a national security technology application, developed to fight terrorism, to "crawl" the audio tracks …
Craig Harris / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Starbucks to form record label  —  Starbucks' new record label to produce CDs  —  Starbucks by the end of this year hopes to make its own sweet music to go with made-to-order lattes or cappuccinos.  —  The international coffee company announced Monday that it is joining with Concord Music Group …
Discussion: Techdirt
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Feds unveil digital-TV subsidy details  —  update WASHINGTON—Americans who want a converter box permitting older televisions to receive digital broadcasts will be eligible for federal subsidies, according to new rules announced Monday that clear up some confusion about how the program will work.
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
SXSW: Scaling Your Community  —  Sean Ammirati of mSpoke is at SXSW in Austin, TX (USA).  He is reporting for Read/WriteWeb throughout the event.  —  This morning I attended a presentation by Matt Mullenweg, the Founder of WordPress, on 'Scaling Your Community.' Matt started by defining scaling …
 
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Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Valve questions Microsoft's commitment to PC gaming
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Study Says Computers Give Big Boosts to Productivity
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Furdlog
Reuters:
Stop surfing, make friends, Indian students told
Discussion: Techdirt
John Biggs / MobileCrunch:
Mundu IM V4: Mobile IM On the Cheap
Umair / BGSL:
Research Note: Ninged Again, Or the Second Fundamental Error …
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
OpenID: Too many providers, not enough consumers
Discussion: Labnotes
Gary Gentile / Business Week:
Disney to launch Web site aimed at moms
Business Wire:
Michael Eisner Launches New Media Studio to Produce World-Class …
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Software Notebook: What next for Microsoft in Web search?
By Stephen Wellman / InformationWeek Weblog:
Mobile Web Use Higher In The U.S. Than Europe
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gorb: Taking Personal Reputation To A New Low
Discussion: Business Filter
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Rumor: No Denying It, PSP2 Is Coming
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Tom Bramwell / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony to launch PlayStation Home in October
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