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3:40 PM ET, May 17, 2007

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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
WPP Acquires 24/7 Real Media To Compete With Google And Yahoo  —  I saw one of Google's "agency relationship managers" give a pitch to a top agency, where she gave the standard line that Google doesn't want to be an ad agency.  I didn't believe it for a second.
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Business Wire:
24/7 Real Media Announces Agreement to Be Acquired by WPP  —  24/7 Real Media Shareholders to Receive $11.75 per Share  —  Acquisition Will Create a Powerful Combination of Technology and Services to Benefit Global Marketers  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—24/7 Real Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: TFSM - News):
WPP:
Rationale for the Offer  —  WPP is committed to delivering added value to its clients, its share owners and its people, by continuing to be a significant force in the global advertising and marketing services industry.  This will be achieved by providing local, regional and multinational clients …
Louise Story / New York Times:
WPP Group to Buy 24/7 Real Media, an Online Ad Company
Discussion: VentureBeat and Digital Daily
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Universal Search brings minor interface tweaks, more results  —  Google revealed yesterday the first components of a new search system intended to unify the company's broad assortment of search services in a single, streamlined interface.  Google's Universal Search …
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BBC:
Google overhauls main search page
Discussion: Reuters
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Universal search: The best answer is still the best answer
Search Engine Land:   Video Blending & Video Meta Search
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Latest AACS revision defeated a week before release  —  Despite the best efforts of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Administration (AACS LA), content pirates remain one step ahead.  A new volume key used by high-def films scheduled for release next week has already been cracked.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Newest AACS circumvented: The Matrix Trilogy set free
AppleInsider:
News Flash: Apple iPhone receives FCC approval  —  Apple Inc. on Thursday received the official go-ahead on its first ever mobile handset, with the Federal Communications Commission giving the iPod maker the green light to commence sales of the device in the United States.
Discussion: Ars Technica and digg
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The net is being carved up into information plantations  —  Search at Google.com on evolution or Iraq or Aids or Gordon Brown, and the same site will appear at the top of the list of results: Wikipedia.  Alter your search into one for John Keats or Muhammad Ali or Christianity or platypus or loneliness, and the same thing will happen.
Discussion: bytes|genes and MediaVidea
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What Makes Techmeme Tick?  Inventor Gabe Rivera Explains  —  For many Silicon Valley insiders, one site has become the primary aggregator of technology news: Techmeme.  The site constantly scrapes news sites and blogs and compiles a continually updated list of links to the most popular tech news of the day.
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Google Korea to censor search results  —  (InfoWorld) - Google Korea plans to introduce an age-verification system to its search engine later this year that will restrict adult-themed searches to those 19 years of age and older, it said Thursday.  —  Users will be asked to verify their age …
FightinSunDevil / Gamerscore Blog:
Clearing the Air: In Support of HD DVD...  'Just want to clear up a few things surrounding several erroneous stories regarding alleged comments from Peter Moore about Xbox 360 supporting Blu-ray.  Simply put...These reports are completely incorrect.  —  Some online media outlets have picked …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Stanford to hit P2P users in the wallet with reconnection fees  —  Reactions of universities named in the RIAA and MPAA's top 25 list of pirate schools have run the gamut from embarrassed to seemingly indifferent.  Color Stanford red-faced, as a copy of the school's revised DMCA Complaint Policy received …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Imagine Live Search - Microsoft's Test Site Launches  —  Spotted via LiveSide, a new experimental search engine from Windows Live.  Like those from Ask (Ask X), Google (SearchMash) and Yahoo Alpha), it provides a mixture of results all on the same page.  Below is a look at Microsoft's …
Discussion: LiveSide and Screenwerk
Microsoft Help and Support:
The "File Download - Security Warning" dialog box opens when you try to open Internet Explorer 7 … Important This article contains information that shows you how to help lower security settings or how to turn off security features on a computer.  You can make these changes to work around a specific problem.
David Flynn / APC:
Vista will be the last version of Windows for Pentium 4 and Core Duo owners  —  It's the end of the line for 32-bit operating systems, Microsoft has proclaimed at its annual Windows Hardware Engineering conference  —  After the software giant has gotten over its hangover from partying …
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Staten Island Advance / SI Advance Newslog:
'V-Tech Rampage' Internet game sparks outrage  —  An Internet video game putting players in the role of Virginia Tech mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho may be nothing more than a twisted publicity stunt.  —  But the sick game is now in the cross hairs of state Sen. Andrew Lanza …
PC World:
ReadyBoost Flash Drives Lack Significant Boost  —  Kingston, Lexar, and Ridata devices provide USB flash storage but don't consistently speed up Vista applications.  —  Lincoln Spector, PC World  —  Windows Vista's Windows ReadyBoost sounds too good to be true, and based on our extensive lab tests, it is.
Discussion: TechSpot News and digg
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Google v. Perfect 10: Appeals court affirms that thumbnails are fair use  —  Google scored a partial victory yesterday in a case that is likely to have major implications for the evolution of copyright law online.  In a 2004 lawsuit, porn merchant Perfect 10 accused Google of infringing …
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T offers mobile backup solution  —  Phones get lost, broken, dropped in toilets, and otherwise afflicted on a daily basis.  In addition to dealing with the emotional repercussions of losing your treasured mobile device, the fallout from losing all of your contacts can be catastrophic.
 
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Tom Clynes / Popular Science:
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Discussion: CNET News.com and digg
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Samsung and LG.Philips announce super-thin OLEDs
Microsoft:
Microsoft Votes for Choice
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent in Focus: TV-series are Hot
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[Mono:DLR] Hello, Dynamic Language Runtime-enabled World!
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Microsoft apologizes for Halo 3 problems, extends beta
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AppleInsider:
Apple patent clears road for theft-proof iPhones, Macs
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ubergizmo
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Entropia Universe: A Better Second Life?
Discussion: VTOR and 3pointD.com
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
More Firefox Bloat? Say It Ain't So, Mozilla
Discussion: Lifehacker
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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