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4:05 PM ET, April 14, 2007

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Fred / A VC:
The Banner Is Back  —  Early last year I spent a couple posts talking about search versus banner advertising and suggested that banner ads were going to come back strong after years of playing second fiddle to search/CPC.  That was the thesis behind my badly executed Yahoo (YHOO) trade.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google buys ad firm DoubleClick for $3.1 billion  —  In its largest acquisition yet, Google has agreed to pay $3.1 billion in cash for online ad company DoubleClick, the companies announced Friday.  —  The deal gives Google a large network of advertisers and Web publishers to serve and sell ads to …
New York Times:
Google Buys an Online Ad Firm for $3.1 Billion  —  Google agreed to its largest acquisition yesterday, reaching a deal to purchase DoubleClick, the online advertising company, from two private equity firms for $3.1 billion in cash, almost double what it paid for YouTube last year.
Discussion: David Card
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Acquires Internet (May 2017)  —  MAY 12, 2017 - BUSINESSWIRE.  Mountain View-based search giant Google Inc today announced they've acquired the internet for the astounding sum of $2,455.5 billion in cash.  The deal had been rumored in various search blogs since the beginning of the year …
Chris Pirillo:
Live Internet Video Stream  —  It's time to start playing with the narcissystem!  Last night, as witnessed by dozens of people from 'round the world, I spliced together five separate technologies to create a unified communications experience:  — Ustream.tv  — freeconferencing.liveoffice.com
Discussion: Beet.TV
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why I'm so excited about Spock  —  Note: Spock is among the companies launching at the Web 2.0 Expo on Monday.  —  Michael Arrington wrote the other day about spock, the new people search engine, but I have to say that I don't think he did it justice.  Spock is really cool …
Discussion: Webware.com
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
Say Good Night, Bandwidth Hog  —  AN article in PC Magazine last week revealed that customers across the country have received letters from Comcast warning them to limit their bandwidth consumption or face a one-year termination of service.  —  The company, though, "is refusing to reveal …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Joost: It's The Metadata, Stupid!  —  When talking about Joost, people tend to focus on its P2P infrastructure, its media center-like interface and its content deals.  Now those are all valid points, but the real key to Joost's success may be something else: A metadata framework that might …
Discussion: 901am
Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
USI and Foxconn reportedly to make Wi-Fi iPod  —  Apple plans to launch new iPods featuring Wi-Fi in the second half of 2007.  Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) will produce the Wi-Fi modules and Foxconn will perform as the OEM system assembler, according to Taiwan portable music player component makers.
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Andrew Keen: The New Naysayers  —  We have a new champion of the conventional wisdom about social media and the technological elite: Andrew Keen.  A self-styled contrarian, his bio at the Britannica Blog reads like a slap in the face: … Keen tries to be an iconoclast …
Discussion: Vaspers the Grate and Newsome.Org
Sid Yadav / rev2.org:
10 Most Successful Web 2.0 Startups To Date  —  RSS readers, you can digg the post here.  Digg readers, you can subscribe to the RSS feed here.  Thanks!  —  I've had an idea for this kind of a list for months now, but I guess I've been waiting until we have clear, agreed …
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Use ExpoCal to Plan at Expo  —  There is now a scheduling app for the Web 2.0 Expo.  It'll help you keep track of which sessions you want to attend, find out which ones are most popular, and who's going to be where.  It can be found at http://cal.web2expo.com.
Discussion: Profy.Com and Zoho Blogs
ongoing:
Twitter, Rails, Seaside, Respect  —  If you're obsessive about dynamic languages and Web frameworks (and who isn't?) it's been a juicy few days.  Let's start with a bunch of pointers: Mike Pence interviews Avi Bryant & tries to start a fight.  Avi says "huh?".  DHH too, in his own space and an InfoQ interview.
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Ryan Tomayko:
Rails and Scaling with Multiple Databases
Discussion: Shebanation
Carlo / Techdirt:
Demand For 'Every' VoIP Service To Be Able To Call 911 Resurfaces  —  from the i've-fallen-and-i-can't-get- up dept  —  A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would make it easier (via Broadband Reports) for some VoIP users to make 911 calls by forcing telcos and 911 call centers to accept calls from VoIP providers.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Y Combinator, the incubator with buzz  —  Y Combinator has nailed the start-up incubator model, most likely because of its visionary leader.  —  Many famous incubators, from Idealab to CMGI, have come and gone over the years, and there are predictable autopsies suggesting the incubator model is flawed …
Discussion: Mercury News
 
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Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
New Get a Mac Ad: Stuffed
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