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9:20 AM 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.
Microsoft Unveils Silverlight to Power the Next Generation of Media Experiences on the Web  —  Leading media companies and solution providers announce support for new solution for video and interactivity on Mac- and Windows-based Web browsers.  —  Today at the 2007 National Association …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Adobe Set A Collision Course on Web  —  Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Inc. are on a collision course as they seek to dominate a new kind of software that will change how personal computers and the Web work together.  —  The companies have been partners in the past …
Discussion: Open Sources and Lost Remote
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 …
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.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft Silverlight Takes On Adobe's Flash
Discussion: Mashable! and franticindustries
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
"WPF/E" becomes Silverlight, struts its video side
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Microsoft Aims to Outshine Adobe's Flash
Discussion: CNET and
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Microsoft Unveils New Browser-Based Video Platform at NAB …
Discussion: Scobleizer
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 …
Rafat Ali /
Rivals Start Weighing on Google-DoubleClick Deal; Want Close Regulatory Scrutiny  —  A flurry of activity over the weekend after Friday's announcement about Google's intention to buy DoubleClick for $3.1 billion in cash.  Competitors like Yahoo, Time Warner and Microsoft, all of whom did bid for DCLK …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Google bought DoubleClick
Richard Waters / Financial Times:   Google's DoubleClick bid draws complaints
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Yahoo, Microsoft and AT&T Sour Grapes in Google, DoubleClick Deal
Discussion: WebProNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
DodgeBall founder quits Google  —  Dennis Crowley, founder of DodgeBall, a hipster SMS-social networking service that Google bought back in May 2005 has quit Google, reports Young Manhattanite.  Alex Rainert, employee #2 for DodgeBall has also left the company.  They both resigned on April 13th, 2007.
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.   - Dodgeball founders leave Google and that leaves Dodgeball probably dead.
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.
Mathew /
Digg, the echo chamber and Matthew  —  Paul Kedrosky points to a fascinating study that was written about in the New York Times magazine this weekend (it figures that the one time I put aside the mag without reading it, it will have a fascinating story in it), which looked at the theory of "cumulative advantage."
Ethan Kaplan /   Digg, the echo chamber and Matthew » …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   The Matthew Effect in Social Networks
Highly desirable handset dressed in 18-carat gold plating  —  Espoo, Finland - Inspired by nature, and one of its most beautiful elements, gold, Nokia today unveiled the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Gold - a bold and prestigious new style statement.  Encased in a luxurious 18-carat gold plating …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Louise Story / New York Times:
New Form of Impulse: Shopping via Text Message  —  IMPULSE shoppers, watch out.  Your cellphone might soon get you into trouble.  —  A company called ShopText has introduced a system that lets people buy products instantly using text messages, a process that eliminates the need to go to a store or even visit a Web site.
Vivek /
Coghead launches; Undercuts Salesforce pricing by 23%  —  Coghead, which was part of my 8 startups to watch-out for in 2007, is finally going live with it's DIY web-based application development platform.  Coghead had been under private beta since last year and is now available for customers to register for free single-user accounts.
Discussion: The Next Net
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
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$100 Million Valuation For Geni
Discussion: Futuristic Play
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Phone rivals threaten to spoil iPod's party
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Gallery: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard build 9A410
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 Earlier Items: 
Jay Palmer / Barron's Online:
High-Wired Act  —  YOU HAVE TO GET UP PRETTY EARLY in the morning …
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 …
Discussion: MediaVidea
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Microsoft bidding up acquisitions on purpose?
Discussion: Digital Markets
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Obeys Fake Takedown Request From 15 Year Old
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple keynote: live from NAB 2007