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5:10 PM ET, March 23, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dear Clown Co.: Name This Thing Fast Before It's 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.
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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.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Picking Hits, and the Trouble with NewTube
Discussion: Digital Markets
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
NBCU-News Corp.: Who's In, Who's Not, Who's Coming
Discussion: Lost Remote
Ruby Huang / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly to postpone Leopard to support Windows Vista  —  Apple is expected to launch its next generation Leopard operating system (OS) in April, but according to industry sources, the release of the new OS will be postponed to October to allow Apple to make Leopard support Windows Vista through …
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AppleInsider:
DigiTimes: Apple may delay Leopard release till October
Discussion: MacRumors and MacSlash
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:   A Vista driver case study
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Microsoft's Vista behind Apple's alleged 'Leopard' delay?
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft griefers crash Sony's PS3 Europe launch  —  Despite a good and clean launch night, with a moderate turnout — at least in the UK — and free TVs galore, Sony just can't manage a full 24 hours free of lame PR.  Microsoft was on the scene to make sure a few Sony feathers were ruffled …
Discussion: Cathode Tan and Joystiq
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Comes Competition, Apollo  —  The official developer release of Apollo, a platform that lets developers run their web applications outside of the browser, offline and on the desktop, is less than a week old, and they already have competition.  —  Firefox 3 will allow sites to work offline by accessing local datastores.
Discussion: Ajaxian, Cost Per News and JD on EP
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David Young / Joyeur:
Joyent Slingshot [22]  —  Joyent Slingshot allows developers …
Discussion: Message and StartupSquad.com
San Francisco Chronicle:
So who will get the story?  —  I wasn't surprised that my recent column on the need for newspapers to charge for online content drew heated reaction from cyberreaders and bloggers.  —  What did surprise me was the sense of entitlement many of these people exhibited when it came to benefiting …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple TV rocks  —  I bought an Apple TV tonight.  —  I've watched Ask a Ninja, Rocketboom, my show, and Ze Frank on it so far.  —  Works as advertised.  Easy to setup.  It rocks.  —  It makes me want to put out a high res version of my show.  But, it's pretty watchable, even at the low resolution it is.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
The Apple TV screensaver is hot  —  Sure, everyone is looking inside the Apple TV and at it, but check out what it does on screen when it's twiddling its thumbs and waiting for you to command your library!  Now I don't have mine just yet; it's still hanging out in a local FedEx distribution center …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and digg
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Belgian company loses lawsuit against Google  —  ServersCheck contends that Google's Suggest points to pirated versions of its software  —  A Belgian court dismissed a lawsuit filed by a company that said a feature for Google Inc.'s search engine offers up password-cracking tools and serial numbers to unlock their software.
Discussion: Google Watch
Business Week:
Where Is Microsoft Search?  —  Its stumbles on the Web could open the door for rivals to come after its core business  —  Time has always seemed to be Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT ) ally.  In the company lore, the software giant takes three cracks at a market before establishing supremacy.
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.
Reuters:
Vonage tumbles on Verizon patent injunction  —  A federal judge delays signing a permanent injunction barring the broadband company from using Verizon's VoIP technologies.  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va (Reuters) — A federal judge said Friday he would issue an injunction barring Vonage Holdings Corp …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Browser
Evan Blass / Engadget:
It's on: HD radio gets FCC blessing  —  We have to wonder what the mood is over at NAB headquarters right now, in light of the fact that the FCC has finally given HD radio — the promised savior of terrestrial broadcasting — the green-light.  On the one hand, radio stations will now be able …
Discussion: Orbitcast
Lifehacker:
LH Top 10: Must-have Firefox extensions  —  If ever a software application was built to be more than itself, it's Mozilla Firefox.  Over the past 2 years we've tried, loved and posted dozens of feature-adding extensions for our favorite web browser.  But today we have the master, grand daddy list of 10 must-haves.
Discussion: digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Buyout firm Blackstone files for brazen $4 billion IPO  —  The Blackstone Group, one of the most successful buyout firms, has filed for a $4 billion IPO (see filing).  —  VentureBeat is about money and innovation, and focuses on venture capital, and so doesn't cover the buyout world much.
Sean Cooper / Engadget Mobile:
Hands-on with Hi-Tech Wealth's solar powered S116  —  We had the opportunity to check out HTW Electronics' S116 at CeBIT, and good golly, it's real!  For an estimated 400 to 500 dollars, this solar powered device can be yours as early as next month — that is, if you live in China — and potentially late fall in Europe.
Discussion: zedgeHeadz and Unwired View
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Compulsory music licenses to get Congressional overhaul courtesy of "Mr. Hollywood"
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