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7:35 PM ET, April 16, 2007


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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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Microsoft vs Adobe Smackdown - Silverlight and Adobe Media Player  —  Both Adobe and Microsoft are launching products that step right on each others' turf today.  Microsoft is launching Silverlight, a direct competitor to Adobe's Flash.  Meanwhile, Adobe is launching Adobe Media Player, a rival to Windows Media Player.
Microsoft: Silverlight More than a Flash
Discussion: and
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Irony alert: Microsoft, AT&T oppose Google/DoubleClick merger on antitrust grounds  —  The old playground taunt of "it takes one to know one" seems especially apropos today as Microsoft and AT&T both raised antitrust questions about the proposed Google/DoubleClick merger.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Google bought DoubleClick  —  If there was any need for proof that Google considers advertising its core competency, then last few days provide ample testimony to that fact.  The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has partnered with Clear Channel Communications to sell radio ads …
Nick / Rough Type:
Googleopoly  —  Whether or not Google's planned acquisition …
Discussion: BloggingStocks and InsideGoogle
Rich Tehrani / TMCnet:
Google Achieves Behavioral Targeting Nirvana
Discussion: Slashdot
USA Today:
Vonage: No tech 'workaround'  —  NEW YORK — Vonage has finally confirmed what many had feared: The embattled Internet phone company has no "workaround" in hand to sidestep Verizon's patented Internet phone technology.  —  Moreover, Vonage (VG) isn't sure that such a plan is even "feasible …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Vonage admits it can't avoid Verizon patents
Discussion: TechSpot News
Clear Channel Radio and Google Will Jointly Drive Radio Advertiser Expansion  —  Agreement Makes Guaranteed Inventory Available to Google Advertisers On More Than 675 Clear Channel Radio Stations  —  SAN ANTONIO AND MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 16, 2007 — Clear Channel Radio and Google Inc. …
New York Times:   Suitors Raise Bid for Clear Channel
Cookie-Based Counting Overstates Size of Web Site Audiences  —  Frequent Cookie Deletion by 3 out of 10 U.S. Internet Users Leads to Overstatements in Audience Sizes by a Factor as High as 2.5  —  Implications for Advertising and Audience Measurement Deemed Significant by ARF and Industry Experts
Fred / A VC:
Overcounting Web Audiences
Discussion: Valleywag
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Irrational Exuberance 2.0  —  Although I was invited to speak, I decided not to go to this week's Web 2.0 Expo.  There wasn't enough value in my justifying a cross-country trip to California to attend or participate.  Most of the vendors/speakers I can engage with online.
Mark Coker / VentureBeat:
Ignite lights up Web 2.0 Expo
Business Wire:
VideoEgg, a Leading Video Solution for Social Networks, Receives Investment from WPP  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—VideoEgg, Inc., the leading video solution and video ad network for online communities, today announced a strategic investment from WPP (NASDAQ:WPPGY), one of the world's leading communications services groups.
John Markoff / New York Times:
E-Mail Innovator Plans to Enlist in the Wireless Campaign of the Patent Wars  —  Nicholas Fodor is about to dive into the patent wars that have tangled up the business of wireless e-mail.  But his weapon of choice is not a lawsuit.  It is a new e-mail service he is developing using …
Discussion: GigaOM
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel's MID UMPCs: So long XP/Vista, hello Linux  —  Big news on the UMPC front this morning folks.  Looks like Intel is shedding the Origami gorilla (read: Microsoft) as they prep a Linux-based platform to compete with Vista and XP-based UMPCs.  Intel will unveil their new MID …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
TechCrunch20 Now Live  —  While the startup-sphere was all knee-deep in DEMO coverage last January, TechCrunch's Mike Arrington and Sequoia Capital EIA and Weblogs Inc cofounder Jason Calacanis talked up their plans to launch their conference TechCrunch20.  Their idea is to bring together 20 …
Accenture Newsroom:
User-Generated Content Is Top Threat to Media and Entertainment Industry, Accenture Survey Finds  —  In its annual survey of senior executives in the media and entertainment industry, Accenture examined the growth strategies of companies across the landscape of advertising, film, music …
Business Wire:
Yahoo! and Newspaper Consortium Expand Strategic Partnership  —  Combines Strength of Newspapers' Unique Local Content and Relationships with Yahoo!'s National Reach and Advanced Technology to Create A Cutting-Edge Advertising Network for the Newspaper Industry
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Giving Away Information, but Increasing Revenue  —  THOSE who don't have $6,000 or enough prominent connections to get into a TED conference can take heart.  The price of admission just went to zero, provided you can settle for a more remote experience.  —  The TED organization …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Web 2.0 LobbyCam  —  I'll be turning on the camera sometime between …
Linda Goin / VoIP Now:
74 Open Source VoIP Apps & Resources
Discussion: digg
Tommi / Tommi's S60 applications blog:
Introducing Nokia Beta Labs
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Translation From PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions …
Asustek to begin shipping notebooks to Dell in June and launch Classmate PCs in 2H
Discussion: Engadget and The Tech Report
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Web radio broadcasters appeal rate plan
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Launches Universe: Customized Public Pages
Samsung's Concept PCs: The Wizard of Odd
Discussion: Gadget Lab
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 scratching discs? Maybe, says Microsoft
Discussion: Joystiq, and digg
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
IBM, Yahoo Upgrade Enterprise Search App
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Sony really sucks at DRM
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
Google, Google, going ... gone  —  Om Malik reports …
Widgets open up the mobile market for Web designers
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
New patent hints at Apple TV 2.0
More Messages Mean More Value As Verizon Wireless Introduces …
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Mobility Site
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
In a Troubled Time, a New Business Magazine