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2:55 PM ET, March 14, 2007


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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 …
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 …
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Big Viacom Sues GOOG & YouTube Roundup
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Screenwerk
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
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft to Open Its Online Gaming Service to Windows Users
Discussion: GigaGamez
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 and Live Search.  —  REDMOND, Wash., and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. …
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
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: Search Engine Land
Ben / Nuclear Sledgehammer:   Ask puts its foot in it
Erica Ogg / CNET
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.
Discussion: Crave, Orbitcast and Gizmodo
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
The Nitty Gritty On the Slacker Music Service
Discussion: VentureBeat and MobileCrunch
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 /
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
Brendan / Brendan's Roadmap Updates:
The Open Web and Its Adversaries  —  A small presentation I gave at SXSW asks what it means to be "Open" in the sense of open standards, open source, and a web whose major content formats are not controlled by a single vendor (I credited Nat Friedman's amusing keynote from last year's Free …
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?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The dirty little secrets about VCs, at TheFunded  —  TheFunded is a Web site that rates venture capitalists, giving entrepreneurs more information about whether or not to take money from a particular VC  —  This is a very useful service to have, because the venture process is still secretive …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Second Draft of 802.11n Moves Forward  —  802.11n wireless networking came closer to becoming an actual standard on Tuesday, as the IEEE said that 'Draft 2.0' received more than the required 75 percent supermajority required for the process to move forward.  —  Nearly 84 percent of those eligible to vote approved of the draft.
Paul R. La Monica /
The death of the 30-second TV commercial  —  Devices like the new Apple TV box and digital video recorders from TiVo, Motorola and Cisco could help bring an end to the traditional TV ad.  —  NEW YORK ( — It has already revolutionized the music business with its iPod device and iTunes music store.
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