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3:45 PM ET, March 14, 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:
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft acquires TellMe - Voice/Mobile search is the target market  —  Microsoft announced today the acquisition of TellMe, a hosted speech applications company.  Tellme uses voice recognition to radically simplify how people use the phone to get the information they need every day.
New York Times:
Viacom Sues Google Over Video Clips on Its Sharing Web Site  —  Since it bought YouTube last October, Google has been chasing deals that would give it the right to put mainstream video programming on the site.  Just a few weeks ago, Google's chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt …
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
You Go Viacom !  —  Not a stretch where I would come out on this, but it never ceases to amaze and amuse me how liltle understanding of the content business, or the business world in general that many in the blogosphere have.  —  Let me provide a simple scenario for you.  —  HBO.
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Games for Windows Live and Halo 2 hit Vista May 8th  —  While the editors of Games for Windows' official magazine may not be ready to drink the Vista-flavored Kool-Aid just yet, Microsoft is ready to give Vista early adopters a handful of reasons to pick up the latest OS upgrade ... err …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
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Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft to Open Its Online Gaming Service to Windows Users
Discussion: GigaGamez
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?
Discussion: Clickinfluence
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Valleywag:
ADVERTISING: A botched revolt against Google  —  In the graphical style of a 21st century revolutionary movement, Google's rivals are mounting an advertising campaign against the increasingly dominant search engine.  Stop the online information monopoly, the catchline urges, in this poster …
Discussion: Techdirt
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Ask's Guerrilla Marketing Campaign Against Google
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Lenovo Connect Customers to Integrated Online Services  —  Lenovo to be first PC manufacturer to provide customers worldwide with a new seamless, customizable Web experience through Microsoft Live.com and Live Search.  —  REDMOND, Wash., and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. …
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Reuters:
Microsoft Toolbar to Go on Lenovo Computers  —  The Microsoft Corporation reached an agreement on Tuesday with the Lenovo Group to pre-load Lenovo computers with a toolbar of Microsoft's Windows Live online services including Web search, the two companies said.
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 …
Mark Shuttleworth:
Pre-installing Linux  —  There's been a tremendous level of interest in the fact that pre-installed Linux (in the form of Ubuntu |  OpenSuSE) is the #1 rated suggestion on Dell's IdeaStorm.  On the face of it, there is little question that Linux pre-installation is popular with customers.
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Microsoft suing to evict 'cybersquatters'  —  Microsoft will on Wednesday launch a series of lawsuits in the US and Europe against "cybersquatters", and will urge other companies to help tackle what it says is a growing problem on the internet.  —  Cybersquatting is the registration …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire and Slashdot
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
A new wavelength for satellite radio  —  For a company calling itself Slacker, its business plan is awfully ambitious.  —  Debuting this week at the South by Southwest multimedia festival in Austin, Texas, Slacker is a distinctive new Web music service and portable music player from the San Diego-based company of the same name.
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
The Nitty Gritty On the Slacker Music Service
Discussion: Listening Post and MobileCrunch
Gizmodo:
Awesome TIE Fighter Speakers Flew Out of Star Wars and Into Your Living Room  —  These TIE Fighter speakers come to us from a company called Question Mark Entertainment, and as far as their specs go, that company name is just about right.  We have no idea what sort of drivers are in these two …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
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 …
Discussion: Rex Hammock's weblog
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
Rick Malwitz / www.dailyrecord.com:
Cop: Wife googled 'How to commit murder'  —  At exactly 5:45:34 on April 18, 2004 a computer taken from the office of the attorney of Melanie McGuire, did a search on the words "How To Commit Murder."  —  That same day searches on Google and MSN search engines, were conducted on such topics …
Discussion: Techdirt and Search Engine Land
Eric Costello / FlickrBlog:
Collections!  —  Today we launched what's probably the most requested feature over the last few years: a way to categorize and organize your photo sets!  In the past this feature has been referred to as "sets of sets" or "subsets".  After today, we'll know it as "collections".  —  What are collections, you ask?
 
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