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9:20 PM ET, March 22, 2007

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Business Wire:
NBC Universal and News Corp. Announce Deal with Internet Leaders AOL, MSN, MySpace And Yahoo! to Create a Premium Online Video Site with Unprecedented Reach  —  Charter Advertisers, Including Cadbury Schweppes, Cisco, Esurance, Intel and General Motors, Will Now Reach 96% of U.S. Internet Audience Through This Groundbreaking Venture
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Notes From News Corp./NBC Universal Media Call  —  I've just joined the "NewTube" media call with NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker and News Corp. COO Peter Chernin.  Notes to follow.  —  Chernin is kicking things off.  It took him about 2 minutes to say "Web 2.0″ for the first time.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
News Corp. and NBC announce partnership to create YouTube competitor  —  News Corp. and NBC have announced a deal to create a new video distribution site, dubbed the "YouTube killer" by many.  The companies have also formed partnerships with a number of big players, including Yahoo! …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Slashdot and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: TV Networks Launch New Company To Counter Perceived Google/YouTube Threat  —  Update: My real time notes from the media conference call are here.  —  The rumors of a joint venture to counter the perceived Google-YouTube threat, dubbed "Clown Co." by Google executives …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   NBCU-News Corp.: More Like The Anti-YouTube Than YouTube Killer
CNET News.com:   NBC, News Corp. push new Web rival to YouTube
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
NBC, News Corp. team up against YouTube
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
NBC, News Corp. Launch YouTube Rival: Live Coverage
Discussion: Epicenter
Yahoo! Widgets Blog:
It's Here!  —  Yes!  Yahoo Widgets 4 is now available for download.  This version has a lot of cool new features for users as well as developers of Widgets.  —  For those that think we've been sitting around drinking tequila and not really focusing on Konfabulator/Yahoo Widgets …
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:   Yahoo Widgets vs Google Desktop
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Get Vista-Like Widget Functionality On XP With New Yahoo Widgets
Discussion: Mashable! and Connecting the Dots
Light Reading:
Google Earth Mash-Up Helps Mesh Mumbai  —  NEW DELHI, India — Indian startup network operator LifeStyle Networks Ltd. is building a wireless mesh network in Mumbai in an effort to bring broadband connectivity, and a wide range of services from third party companies, to a city of 18 million people.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Earth Meet Wi-Fi Mesh
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
HP:
HP to Acquire Tabblo, Aims to Make Printing from Web Easier  —  HP today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tabblo Inc., a privately-held developer of web-based software located in Cambridge, Mass.  —  HP plans to leverage Tabblo's technologies to make printing …
Discussion: VC Ratings and StartupSquad.com
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
HP goes web 2.0, buys Tabblo
Discussion: the Onda and The Tabblo Blog
Andy Patrizio / internetnews.com:
Surprise, Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS  —  UPDATED: Microsoft is frequently dinged for having insecure products, with security holes and vulnerabilities.  But Symantec (Quote), no friend of Microsoft, said in its latest research report that when it comes to widely-used operating systems …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Did Google turn down the revenue knob?  —  Tonight at Jeff Pulver's awesome party I met a Google employee who I'll keep nameless.  He works closely with the advertising team and found it interesting that I noticed that Google is putting fewer advertisements on each page than its competitor.
Jon Murchinson / Google:
Michael Moritz Will Not Seek Re-Election to Google's Board of Directors  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that Michael Moritz has informed the company that he will not seek re-election to its board of directors at the 2007 stockholder meeting.  Moritz, who has been a director since May 1999 …
Discussion: Valleywag, WebProNews and VentureBeat
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One  —  The "wisdom of crowds" is a popular web 2.0 buzzword, popularized by James Surowiecki's book of the same name.  At its most basic, the term means that two heads are better than one, and that still more heads will yield even better results.
Discussion: digg
USA Today:
Jet passengers may not get to chat on cellphones after all  —  The once-highflying idea of letting passengers use their wireless phones on airplanes is about to be grounded.  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is recommending the FCC drop its tentative plan to lift …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle sues SAP; alleges 'corporate theft on a grand scale'  —  IN FOCUS » See more posts on: Oracle  —  The war between Oracle and SAP is about to move beyond enterprise applications to the courtroom.  —  Oracle said Wednesday that it has sued SAP "about corporate theft on a grand scale" seeking undisclosed damages.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
FCC to study need for more Net neutrality regulation  —  The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that it will study whether stronger language is necessary in its policy on protecting Net neutrality, but consumer groups and Democratic commissioners criticized the move for not being bold enough.
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Google's Privacy Policy Is Clearer, Not Tougher  —  When Google announced a change in its privacy policy last week, it got some gushing headlines like, "Google adopts tougher privacy safeguards."  —  But upon closer examination, it seems the change was not to protect your privacy on the Web …
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Political group asks Bono to halt Mercs 2 production  —  Venezuelan Solidarity Campaign speaks out  —  Political activisits are calling on U2 singer Bono, as an investor in Pandemic Studios, to halt the development of forthcoming shooter Mercenaries 2: World in Flames.
 
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
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