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9:35 AM ET, March 23, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dear Clown Co.: Name This Thing Fast Before Its Too Late  —  For the last twenty-four hours we've been reporting a nearly non-stop stream of facts (and some speculation) about the new, unamed News Corp./NBC Universal joint venture to launch later this year.  First the rumor, then the confirmation …
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Richard Siklos / New York Times:
News Corp. and NBC in Web Deal  —  In a long-anticipated challenge to YouTube and other online video sites, two big media companies yesterday announced a new venture to showcase their own programming across the Internet's biggest Web sites, as well as a new jointly owned Web destination.
Heather Green / Blogspotting:   Details from Call on NBC and News Corp.'s Video Joint Venture
Valleywag:
ONLINE VIDEO: History repeats itself
Discussion: GigaOM
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   NBCU-News Corp.: More Like The Anti-YouTube Than YouTube Killer
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
NBC Universal/News Corp Online Video Deal Demonstrates That The …
Discussion: franticindustries
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hey Ma! They got TV on the Internet now!
Discussion: Blog Maverick and IP Democracy
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DMCA takedown backlash: EFF sues Viacom over Colbert parody clip  —  Viacom's DMCA takedown notices continue to generate controversy.  The media giant fired off more than 100,000 notices to YouTube earlier this year, but it appears to have caught numerous legitimate videos in the crossfire.
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Viacom Sued Over YouTube Parody Removal
EFF: Breaking News:
Free Speech Battle Over Online Parody of 'Colbert Report'
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Brandon Badger / Google Maps API Official Blog:
KML and GeoRSS Support Added to the Google Maps API  —  Posted by Nigel Tao, Software Engineer, Google Maps Team  —  One of the things I love most about Google Maps and Google Earth is that it's easy for anyone to create and display new geographically referenced content.
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:   Google is Supporting GeoRSS
BBC:
PlayStation 3 launched in Europe  —  Sony has launched its PlayStation 3 (PS3) console in Europe and Australia, hoping to retake its gaming crown.  —  The company trails Microsoft and Nintendo in sales of next generation consoles and the launch has been beset with problems in the last year.
David Young / Joyeur:
Joyent Slingshot [22]  —  Joyent Slingshot allows developers to deploy Rails applications that work the same online and offline (with synchronization) and with drag into and out of the application just like a standard desktop application.  We have Joyent Connector and a select group …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Microsoft temporarily closes video site  —  Microsoft is closing its video-sharing site, Soapbox, to new users for up to two months so it can create better safeguards against pirated content.  —  The software giant, which agreed earlier Thursday to distribute movies and TV shows for big media companies …
Discussion: Lost Remote
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Microsoft Takes Soapbox Private Again; Will Add Copyright Filtering
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Stephane Dion / ClicZune:
Pink Zune on May 1st!  Confirmed!  —  You heard it!  We just confirmed the news with ebgames.com.  According to the customer support, the new version of the Zune player is going to be available on May 1st at $249.99.  —  The same player, same 30Gb capacity.  Hopefully with firmware 1.3!
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Gizmodo:   Pink Zune Confirmed for May Release
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Chief Says F.C.C. Is Against Cellphone Use on Airliners  —  The Federal Communications Commission will give up on the idea of allowing cellphone use on airplanes, the chairman said on Thursday, because it is not clear whether the network on the ground can handle the calls.
Future Shock:
Apple TV Dissection  —  Here is the first of a series of photos that I will be posting over the next few minutes, showing the intimate underthings of the Apple TV...click here to see more photos!
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
Billboard.Biz:
Publishers Sue XM Satellite Radio  —  A group of music publishers sued XM Satellite Radio over the XM + MP3 service late today (March 22).  EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV Music and Famous Music claim they want to "put an end to the pervasive and willful copyright infringement" …
Discussion: Public Knowledge and PaidContent
Podcasting News:
Podcasting Audience Up 18% Since Last Year  —  The audience for podcasts has grown 18% in the last year, according to an upcoming report from Edison Media Research.  Awareness of podcasting has grown even more, jumping from 22% in 2006 to 37% in 2007.  —  At the Corporate Podcasting Summit …
Discussion: Edison Media Research
Business Wire:
Palm Reports Q3 FY07 Results  —  Treo Smartphone Sell-through and Revenue Hit Record Highs  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM - News) today reported revenue of $410.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, ended March 2.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Leopard not ready for April—"Barely beta, not final or Gold Master"  —  There have been a lot of rumors lately from "unconfirmed" sources about Leopard's expected ship date.  For a while, everyone was sure it was going to ship mid-to-late March.  Then mysteriously, the ship date …
 
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Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Must Make Clear Copyright Laws To Protect Consumers
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Techdirt and Slashdot
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
'A Swarm of Angels' crowdsourcing film production
Discussion: A Swarm of Angels and digg
IGN:
Top 10 Tuesday: Toughest Games to Beat
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and digg
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
When is a TV not a TV?  —  As I predicted here last week …
Ryan Carson / TechCrunch:
Web Apps 101: Your Three Point Success Plan
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Run Google Talk in Firefox Sidebar
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
FCC hits brakes on in-flight calling (for now)
Discussion: Techdirt and TechSpot News
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Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
The Future of Web 2.0  —  I've been in Singapore this week …
Inside AdSense:
Referrals, now with Google Checkout
Opera:
Final version of Wii Internet Channel to be released in April
Discussion: Joystiq and Digital World
Light Reading:
Google Earth Mash-Up Helps Mesh Mumbai
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
How Google Books is Changing Academic History
Discussion: Nick
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
When Social Web Tools Get Creative
 

 
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