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11:45 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 …
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
"WPF/E" becomes Silverlight, struts its video side
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft Silverlight Takes On Adobe's Flash
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Microsoft Unveils New Browser-Based Video Platform at NAB …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Adobe Set A Collision Course on Web
Discussion: Open Sources and Lost Remote
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Microsoft vs Adobe Smackdown - Silverlight and Adobe Media Player
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Microsoft Aims to Outshine Adobe's Flash
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 …
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 …
Discussion: and Business Week
Richard Waters / Financial Times:   Google's DoubleClick bid draws complaints
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. …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
An agreement with Clear Channel Radio
Discussion: Googling Google
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.
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 …
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: MobileWhack, CrunchGear and Gadget Lab
Bruno Giussani / Lunch over IP:
Great speech after great speech — for free  —  One is a novelty.  Two are a coincidence.  But three (and possibly in a few hours, four) make for a trend.  So there is a new trend: exclusive, often expensive, high-level conferences that give away world-class speeches for free as online videos.
Discussion: New York Times and Smart Mobs
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
New patent hints at Apple TV 2.0  —  A new Apple patent may give some foresight to the company's plans for offering a "true" multimedia center experience for the living room, as either enhancements to the Apple TV or an entirely new device.  The patent is for a "Multi-media center for computing systems" …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
LeapTag - a new way to find online content  —  I've been test driving LeapTag, a new browser add-on for finding content related to topics of interest to you that combines a number of unique ideas I've not seen in similar tools.  LeapTag, as the name implies, uses tags you define to conduct searches for related content.
More Messages Mean More Value As Verizon Wireless Introduces Unlimited Text, Picture, Video And Instant Messaging To Anyone In The U.S.  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced America's Choice® Select plans that include Unlimited Messaging.
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Mobility Site
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 …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and TeleRead
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Brought To You By Goople  —  Google, meet Apple.  Apple, meet Google.  —  Oh, you two already know each other?  Great!  Time for the two of you to hurry up and tie the knot, then.  Or at least start working together.  —  It's easy to see why tech fantasists root for a future tie-up between the two companies.
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Futuristic Play
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Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Phone rivals threaten to spoil iPod's party
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
Jay Palmer / Barron's Online:
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