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10:50 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 …
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?
Clarence Fernandez / Reuters:
Malaysia uses sniffer dogs to fight movie pirates  —  SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia deployed two sniffer dogs in its battle against music and movie piracy on Tuesday, becoming the first country in the world to use the animals to hunt for disks of illegal recordings hidden in cargo.
Bloomberg:
U.S. Sets Rules for Digital TV Payments  —  The government will offer households as much as $80 each to help convert televisions to receive digital broadcasts under a $1.5 billion program.  —  Households with one or more TV sets can ask for as many as two $40 coupons as long as the first allotment …
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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
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Reuters:
Viacom in $1 bln copyright suit vs Google, YouTube  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. said on Tuesday it filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Google Inc. and its Internet video sharing site YouTube over unauthorized use of its copyrighted entertainment.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Eurekster raises $5.5M for custom search engine  —  Eurekster, a San Francisco company that tailors search engines for bloggers and other publishers to put on their sites, has raised $5.5 million in a second round of financing.  —  Eurekster's search engines are more social than Google's …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple iPhone Ad on the NYC 5th Avenue Store  —  Looks like Apple is continuing to build awareness for the Apple iPhone.  On Monday March 12th, workers at the 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City posted a large iPhone ad on one full side of the glass structure.  —  The ad showed an iPhone with the words "Introducing iPhone.
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 …
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Free: a Tactic, not a Business Model  —  Every time an economic bubble develops, many will tell you how "this time it's different," how "this time the rules have changed."  The lie of the Web 2.0 bubble is that free is the way to succeed in the new economy.  That's not true.
Discussion: BGSL and Anne 2.1
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.
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 …
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Four Former Senior Executives of Nortel Networks Corporation in Wide-Ranging Financial Fraud Scheme  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2007-39  —  Washington, D.C., March 12, 2007 - The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed civil fraud charges in the U.S. District Court …
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 …
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Joe / Techdirt:
Microsoft Exec Admits That Company Benefits From Piracy
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Alt Search Engine Market Share Mashup
Jitendra Gupta / Read/WriteWeb:
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A Note To Employers: 8 Things Intelligent People, Geeks and Nerds Need …
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Craig Harris / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Starbucks to form record label
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Study Says Computers Give Big Boosts to Productivity
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Reuters:
Stop surfing, make friends, Indian students told
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Umair / BGSL:
Research Note: Ninged Again, Or the Second Fundamental Error …
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Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
OpenID: Too many providers, not enough consumers
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Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
Encouraging Enterprise 2.0: As simple as possible, but no simpler?
Gary Gentile / Business Week:
Disney to launch Web site aimed at moms
Business Wire:
Michael Eisner Launches New Media Studio to Produce World-Class …
Intel:
Intel Marks Energy-Efficient Milestone With 50-Watt, High-Performing …
Nicholas Reville / DEMOCRACY:
A Name Change  —  This is some big news for us.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Defense Contractor has Analyzed, Transcribed and …
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
AT&T Expands Wireless Stores