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3:40 AM ET, April 16, 2007


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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Microsoft Aims to Outshine Adobe's Flash  —  In a bid to capitalize on the burgeoning online video market, the tech titan is launching Silverlight, its new video-player software  —  The explosion of Web video has opened a new front in the battle between Adobe Systems (ADBE) and Microsoft …
Discussion: CNET and
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Adobe Showcases Media Player (with DRM)  —  Adobe will unveil Monday its business plan for a desktop Flash media player still in development.  The product, due for beta release "this spring," will be a free platform monetized through licensing DRM and analytics tools.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Microsoft Unveils New Browser-Based Video Platform at NAB in Las Vegas — Major League Baseball, Netflix and Brightcove will use Silverlight  —  We've been reporting on developments with Microsoft's new online video platform which had been called Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E).
Discussion: Scobleizer
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Adobe to take Flash videos to desktop  —  Not content with having a dominant position in Web video, Adobe Systems on Monday is expected to launch Adobe Media Player for playing Flash videos offline.  —  At the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas next week …
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Flash Player 9 has 84.3% penetration as of March
Discussion: JD on EP
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Urges Review of Google-DoubleClick Deal  —  Microsoft, a veteran defendant of epic antitrust battles in the United States and Europe, is urging regulators to consider scuttling Google's plan to buy DoubleClick, an online advertising company.  —  Microsoft contends that the $3.1 billion deal …
Ina Fried / CNET
Companies want scrutiny of Google-DoubleClick deal  —  Several companies, including Yahoo, AT&T and Microsoft, are encouraging regulators to take a close look at Google's planned purchase of online ad company DoubleClick.  —  Although the companies have yet to file any formal objections …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google's DoubleClick bid draws complaints
Discussion: and ChasNote
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Yahoo, Microsoft and AT&T Sour Grapes in Google, DoubleClick Deal
Duncan J. Watts / New York Times:
Is Justin Timberlake a Product of Cumulative Advantage?  —  As anyone who follows the business of culture is aware, the profits of cultural industries depend disproportionately on the occasional outsize success — a blockbuster movie, a best-selling book or a superstar artist — to offset the many investments that fail dismally.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   The Matthew Effect in Social Networks
Krucoff / Young Manhattanite:
YM Exclusive: Dodgeball Founders Leave Google  —  Getting Out of Dodge.  Dennis Crowley, founder of the mobile social networking service Dodgeball, and Alex Rainert resigned from their positions at Google, which acquired the service in May 2005, effective Friday April 13th.
Discussion: GigaOM, Valleywag and Digital Markets
RELATED:   - Dodgeball founders leave Google and that leaves Dodgeball probably dead.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fotowoosh Will Turn Any Picture Into 3D Image  —  Fotowoosh Will Turn Any Picture Into A 3D Image  —  Fotowoosh, a new service from Maryland-based startup Freewebs, will turn any image (preferably an outdoor image) into a 3D model.  They went live on Friday.
Discussion: digg
Tims / Tim Sneath:
INTRODUCING MICROSOFT SILVERLIGHT  —  It is with tremendous pleasure that I can reveal Microsoft Silverlight: our next-generation, cross-platform, cross-browser web client runtime.  Silverlight (previously codenamed "WPF/E") is a lightweight subset of XAML for building rich media experiences on the web.
New York Times:
Google Reaches Deal With Clear Channel to Sell Radio Ads  —  Google will begin selling advertisements across all of the stations of Clear Channel Communications, the No. 1 radio station owner in the United States, at the end of June, the companies will announce today.
Discussion: The Great Seduction
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
HOW WELL DOES OPEN SOURCE CURRENTLY MEET THE NEEDS OF SHAREHOLDERS AND CEO'S?  —  ["Science Project": part of the Microsoft Blue Monster Series.  Backstory from Steve and Kris etc.]  —  This cartoon was an attempt by me to sum up the answer to a very simple question: If Open Source software is free …
Sid Yadav / Enables Mass Live Streaming Through Webcam  —  Ever since Justin started reinventing The Truman Show on the Internet and broadcasting his everyday life for all to see, a bulb has been lit among many., which launched very recently, is one that is, you could say a live version …
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Gallery: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard build 9A410  —  Apple's release of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard build 9A410 to third-party developers late last week arrived on the heals of the company's announcement that Leopard's release would be delayed until October.  —  In two days of testing the build …
Discussion: Engadget
Jay Palmer / Barron's Online:
High-Wired Act  —  YOU HAVE TO GET UP PRETTY EARLY in the morning to stay on top of the Internet.  The number of active Websites has exploded fivefold since 2001, to about 50 million, led by the likes of MySpace and YouTube.  That's to say nothing of the 75 million blogs …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Iain Thomson / iTNews Australia:
US military puts router in space  —  A  —  A  —  A  —  The US military is to trial putting internet routers into orbit in an experiment that could have important implications for civilian applications.  —  The internet routing in space (IRIS) project will be run over three years in conjunction with Cisco and Intelsat.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Obeys Fake Takedown Request From 15 Year Old  —  Hello, Digg users.  You can subscribe to the RSS feed here.  Also check out the Digg-related article, Is Digg the Result of Cumulative Advantage?  —  Want a video removed from YouTube?  Send along a fake takedown notice pretending to be from the copyright holder.
Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Obeys Teen Prankster
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0 and Mashable!
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Reunion, the un-glamorous social network that makes money
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Phone rivals threaten to spoil iPod's party
Darren Murph / Engadget Mobile:
Cellphones are dangerous/not dangerous, bee killing edition
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Surprises @ Web 2.0 Expo
Discussion: Marketing Nirvana
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
How do you get to blogs  —  From a press release about a study …
Modern Life:
The 7 Qs of Great Viral Content
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
eMachines updates line with new desktops, displays
Discussion: Gadgetell
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Microsoft bidding up acquisitions on purpose?
Discussion: Digital Markets
 Earlier Items: 
Computerworld Breaking News:
On virtual soapboxes, Mac fans weighed in — and not in a happy way, either
Discussion: digg
Google Blogoscoped:
Fading Out Nofollows?  —  Not sure if many blog and wiki …
Telco equipment spending for 2007 to be low
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple keynote: live from NAB 2007
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft and DoubleClick: What if Redmond wanted to lose?
Discussion: alarm:clock
Bruno Giussani / Lunch over IP:
"Don't speak.  Point!"  - Three ingredients of the future of journalism
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
The First Law of Ambient Broadcasting (Or, Twitter)
Discussion: Webomatica and CenterNetworks