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12:45 AM ET, March 15, 2007

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to Acquire Tellme Networks  —  Combined expertise will bring the power of voice technology to everyday life.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it will acquire Tellme Networks, Inc., a leading provider of voice services for everyday life, including nationwide directory assistance …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 Things about Microsoft TellMe deal  —  Microsoft just sent out a press advisory confirming that it is buying TellMe Networks.  More details to follow after the press conference which begins in a few minutes.  But here are some nuggets which our sources have sent our way:
Discussion: VC Ratings and Valleywag
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft acquires TellMe - Voice/Mobile search is the target market
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Talk Gadget  —  There's a new (and official) personalized homepage gadget in town: Google Talk.  It's quite nice, and after a quick trial I have to say I prefer this to both desktop Google Talk, as well as Gmail's Google Chat alternative.  You can chat with people from your contact list …
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Talk on your Personalized Homepage
Discussion: Googlified and Widgets Lab
Bill Kee / Google Talkabout:   Google Talk Gadget
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:   GoogleTalk Gadget Added to Personal Pages
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google Talk gadget coming very soon
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Taking steps to further improve our privacy practices  —  Posted by Peter Fleischer, Privacy Counsel-Europe, and Nicole Wong, Deputy General Counsel  —  When you search on Google, we collect information about your search, such as the query itself, IP addresses and cookie details.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google adding search privacy protections
Discussion: On Deadline
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:   Google Logs New Data Privacy Policy
Dave Winer / stories.scripting.com:
The future of Twitter?  —  I was introduced to Twitter last summer at a dinner at Henrietta's Table in Cambridge by Ross Mayfield.  I posted two or three notes using my Blackberry that evening and never did it again.  I still receive SMS's from Ross on a regular basis, but …
EFF: Breaking News:
DMCA Abuser Apologizes for Takedown Campaign  —  Michael Crook Agrees to Stop Attacks on Free Speech  —  San Francisco - Michael Crook, the man behind a string of meritless online copyright complaints, has agreed to withdraw those complaints, take a copyright law course …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   How To Destroy Your Enemy: Demand a Video Apology
Lou Cabron / 10 Zen Monkeys:
"Dear Internet, I'm Sorry"
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unites Xbox and PC Gamers With Debut of Games for Windows — LIVE  —  Xbox LIVE extends to Windows Vista to create single online gaming service starting with "Halo 2" on May 8.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the extension of the Xbox LIVE® games and entertainment network …
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David Pogue / New York Times:
One Number That Will Ring All Your Phones  —  If you have only one telephone with one phone number, this column won't be of any interest to you.  Skip to another article, you eccentric you.  —  But first, count your blessings.  Millions of people have more than one phone number these days …
Ben / Nuclear Sledgehammer:
Ask puts its foot in it  —  Lately these ads have started appearing on the London Underground:  —  They're also on stickers on lampposts, on posters, and generally dotted around London.  It looks like a grassroots campaign - but what grassroots campaign has the money to plaster ads on the Tube?
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Ask's Guerrilla Marketing Campaign Against Google
Discussion: The Next Net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Reckoning Day For Venture Capitalists?  —  Some venture capitalists are known for making speedy decisions, communicating clearly, treating portfolio companies fairly, and guiding their startups to a win for all stakeholders.  —  Others, not so much.  Some even lob the odd (friendly) jab or two at bloggers.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The dirty little secrets about VCs, at TheFunded
Jay Rosen / Wired News:
Citizen Journalism Wants You!  —  Welcome to Assignment Zero.  It's pro-am journalism in the open style made possible by the web.  This is a collaboration among NewAssignment.Net, Wired and those who choose to participate.  —  I hope you will.  Because we're trying to figure something out here.
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Wired News:
Wired Meets Assignment Zero
Discussion: digg
Online Journalism Review:
Eyetracking points the way to effective news article design  —  OJR's design experts review usability research and offer suggestions on how you can make your online articles better connect with readers.  —  When one of world's best-known usability experts, Jakob Nielsen …
MobiTV®:
NBC Universal and MobiTV Announce First-Ever Wireless Deal for Full-Length Primetime on Demand Programming  —  Primetime Offer to Include 'Heroes,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'The Office,' 'Monk,' 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Work Out' Additional NBCU Channels to Launch on MobiTV Include Bravo, SCI FI, USA, Telemundo and mun2
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Optimus Maximus: the god of keyboards unveiled  —  We have some good news and some bad news Optimus fanboys, which do you want first?  The bad news?  Ok, here goes: the Optimus isn't being shown at CeBIT after all.  Yeah, we know, we just caught a huge whiff of rather depressing vapor, but what can you do?
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Buzznet and iMeem: Fast Growing Social Networks  —  Today's press release from Hitwise lists the top 20 social networking sites for February 2007, and discusses growing sites.  Here are some key points:  — The market share of visits to the custom category of the top 20 social networking sites increased …
Discussion: Mashable! and UMBC eBiquity
BBC:
Microsoft hits 'cybersquatters'  —  Microsoft is pursuing five alleged UK-based cybersquatters in its battle against firms and individuals who have registered variations or misspellings of its key brands, such as Xbox.  —  It is already pursuing hundreds of lawsuits in the US and is now keen to extend its reach in Europe.
Reuters:
EU consumer chief eschews another bite at Apple  —  The European Union's consumer chief soft-pedalled her views on Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) on Tuesday, backing off the line that its iTunes online music store must become more compatible with other formats.
 
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