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7:30 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:
Discussion: VC Ratings
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.
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
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Valleywag:
ADVERTISING: A botched revolt against Google
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
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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Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft to Open Its Online Gaming Service to Windows Users
Discussion: GigaGamez
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
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
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.
Charlie / this is my defective kit.:
Gain control of those "Access Denied Folders"  —  This is a short guide to help gain ownership of a folder that give you those annoying "Access denied" messages on your own system.  This will reassign the ownership of the blocked folder giving you complete access to whatever you want, giving control back to you!
Discussion: Forever Geek and digg
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Erik Neuenschwander / Announcements:
Windows DreamScene Content Pack now available  —  Windows DreamScene is currently available only as a preview version, but many of you have chosen to install it.  In recognition of your interest, we accelerated our schedule to release a Content Pack that contains four video backgrounds, which are now available on Windows Update.
 
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