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1:25 PM ET, March 14, 2007

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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.
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Viacom, YouTube, and Privacy  —  Yesterday's top tech policy story was the copyright lawsuits filed by Viacom, the parent company of Comedy Central, MTV, and Paramount Pictures, against YouTube and its owner Google.  Viacom's complaint accuses YouTube of direct, contributory …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
YouTube's fate rests on decade-old copyright law  —  news analysis Whether YouTube suffers the same fate as Napster may depend on the wording of a nearly antique law written long before video-sharing Web sites were envisioned.  —  The law is, of course, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Big Viacom Sues GOOG & YouTube Roundup
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Screenwerk
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Crave and Orbitcast
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Last.fm puts video through the scrobbler
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
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 …
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.
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
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 (CNNMoney.com) — It has already revolutionized the music business with its iPod device and iTunes music store.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Little Perspective On Ajax Home Pages  —  We've tracked a bunch of customizable, Ajax-rich home pages over the last couple of years.  At one point it seemed like a new one was launching every week.  —  New ones are still launching (here's a promising one in beta), and the youngsters …
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Mobile advertising hits wireless Web first
Reuters:
EU consumer chief eschews another bite at Apple
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Second Draft of 802.11n Moves Forward
Rick Malwitz / www.dailyrecord.com:
Cop: Wife googled 'How to commit murder'
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Marketers Increasingly Use Social Networking Sites
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Tracking the Password Thieves
Discussion: Slashdot
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
For Will Wright, story time is all the time  —  AUSTIN, Texas …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
SanDisk drops prices with new flash drive
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 Earlier Items: 
Gamasutra:
Report: Computer Games Magazine, Massive Shut Down
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
Eric Costello / FlickrBlog:
Collections!  —  Today we launched what's probably …
Shira Jacobson / SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Yahoo Velocity Shows that Criticism May Be Overstated
Discussion: All Points Blog
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
Google offers priority reporting to Indian police
Discussion: Neowin.net
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Blogging's not the enemy, says Dan Rather
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wired Relaunch This Week: (fuzzy) Screenshots
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Apple megapatch plugs 45 security holes
Drew Clark / GigaOM:
Is Google Changing Its Position on Net Neutrality?
 

 
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