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2:22 AM ET, April 16, 2007


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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 …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google's DoubleClick bid draws complaints  —  Google's planned $3.1bn acquisition of DoubleClick ran into a storm of complaints on Sunday.  Some of the companies biggest rivals claims the deal would create an advertising behemoth with the power to dictate terms to online publishers and service providers.
Discussion: and ChasNote
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 …
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.
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."
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   The Matthew Effect in Social Networks
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 …
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 and Digital Markets
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and Scobleizer
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
AIRWeb 2007 Papers Released  —  The Third International Workshop on Adversarial Information Retrieval on the Web will be held next month, and there's an impressive scope and depth to the topics that will be discussed based upon the papers to be presented during the conference …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple keynote: live from NAB 2007  —  Welcome, welcome!  Things aren't yet underway at Apple's Lights Camera Apple NAB keynote event, but be sure to check back here at this post for updates as things get started.  We'll be getting underway shortly.  —  10:30am PST - They've got us in the media corral …
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Surprises @ Web 2.0 Expo  —  Surprise #1: It's early Sunday morning, and there's a huge crowd!  Wow!  ExpoCal only showed a few dozen names for the Sunday sessions, so I figured this was just for the crazy-enthusiasts, the real crowd hits tomorrow.  It's great to see so many participants.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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!
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Flash Player 9 has 84.3% penetration as of March  —  While the official numbers haven't been released yet, it looks like (scroll down, it's in the comment section) the latest Flash Player survey puts Flash Player 9 penetration at 84.3% up from 55% in mature markets as of December.
Discussion: JD on EP
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
The First Law of Ambient Broadcasting (Or, Twitter)  —  As it refers to the evolving discussion around the rapidly evolving technologies which are able to track and broadcast your activities 24/7, such as Twitter or Ustream, Mathew Ingram asks the question that begs to be asked: "How Much Is Too Much?"
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Ustream, Justin... when have we gone too far?
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Andrew McAfee:
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
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Discussion: Gadgetell
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Microsoft bidding up acquisitions on purpose?
Discussion: Digital Markets
 Earlier Items: 
Google Blogoscoped:
Fading Out Nofollows?  —  Not sure if many blog and wiki …
Telco equipment spending for 2007 to be low
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can LeapTag Capture The Magic Of StumbleUpon?