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2:50 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 …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Universal search: The best answer is still the best answer  —  Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products & User Experience  —  Back in 2001, Eric asked for a brainstorm of a few "splashy" ideas in search.  A designer and product manager at the time, I made a few mockups …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Google's Universal Search brings minor interface tweaks, more results
BBC:
Google overhauls main search page
Discussion: Reuters
Search Engine Land:   Video Blending & Video Meta Search
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 …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Newest AACS circumvented: The Matrix Trilogy set free
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Latest AACS revision defeated a week before release
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
Adario Strange / Wired News:
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 …
Omri / fring:
Twitter inside!  —  What do you get when you give twitters free air time?  —  fringing mobile twits!  —  (or fritters - but unless you're hungry, that ain't going to satisfy you)  —  fring has fully integrated twitter so now all you twitters can stay in touch with your twitting friends wherever …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Making The Switch From Twitter to Jaiku  —  "I thought I saw a putty tat.  I did, I did see a putty tat!"  —  These famous words were never the last from Tweety Bird, but for a growing number of Twitter users they will be.  The last thing they will see before giving up on Twitter …
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
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
More Firefox Bloat?  Say It Ain't So, Mozilla  —  When Firefox launched in beta release five years ago, it burst on the open-source browser scene like a young Elvis Presley — slim, sexy and dangerous.  —  Since then it has attracted millions of users, generally set the agenda …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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 …
Chris Faylor / shacknews.com:
SCEA Announces PSP Store, SOCOM PS3, Warhawk Beta Plans  —  During its Gamers Day held this week in San Diego, Sony Computer Entertainment America made a number of announcements covering the debut of SOCOM on the PlayStation 3, the sales model and beta test plans for Incognito's multiplayer …
Tom Clynes / Popular Science:
INVENTION AWARDS  —  A Big Ball of Connectivity  —  An antenna that blows up like a balloon brings satellite communications anywhere, anytime  —  No, it's not a giant beach ball.  It's an ultralight, ultraportable antenna tucked inside an inflatable shell that can pull …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Microsoft:
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M. David Peterson / O'Reilly XML Blog:
[Mono:DLR] Hello, Dynamic Language Runtime-enabled World!
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Microsoft apologizes for Halo 3 problems, extends beta
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AT&T offers mobile backup solution
BBC:
Young women dominate UK net scene
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Stanford to hit P2P users in the wallet with reconnection fees
Discussion: The Chronicle …
Niclas Mika / Reuters:
Positioning phones to create new social networks
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
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Develops Mobile Phone Memory Card with Record Storage Capacity
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Imagine Live Search - Microsoft's Test Site Launches
Discussion: LiveSide and Screenwerk
New York Times:
Amazon to Sell Music Without Copy Protection
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Stuff At My Yahoo  —  The big guys are really starting …
 

 
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