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11:00 AM ET, May 18, 2007


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Microsoft to Acquire aQuantive, Inc.  —  Company details plans to build Internet-wide advertising platform for advertisers, publishers and ad agencies.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it will acquire aQuantive, Inc., for $66.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $6 billion.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Pays $6 billion for aQuantive: Massive Ad Network Consolidation Is Occuring  —  Breaking: Microsoft is acquiring advertising network aQuantive, the parent company to Avenue A |  Razorfish, Atlas and DRIVEpm, for roughly $6 billion in an all-cash transaction, the company said this morning.
Microsoft buys aQuantive for $6 billion  —  In a move to strengthen its position against Google and Yahoo, software giant pays huge premium to buy into suddenly hot online advertising sector.  —  NEW YORK ( — Microsoft announced Friday it is buying online ad agency aQuantive …
Josee Rose / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Pay About $6 Billion To Buy Ad Company aQuantive  —  Microsoft Corp. agreed to acquire aQuantive Inc. for $66.50 a share, in a deal valued at about $6 billion, as the software giant became the latest to buy an online advertising agency.  —  Microsoft's offer for aQuantive …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Buys Online Marketing Firm aQuantive for $6 Billion
Discussion: Between the Lines and Screenwerk
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Regarding yesterday's Apple news  —  Yesterday Engadget posted an incorrect story about an iPhone delay, and I wanted to go into greater detail about how this happened.  —  At 9:09am CDT yesterday a number of Apple employees received an email that appeared to be from Apple corporate reporting …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
House Dems: broadband isn't broadband unless it's 2Mbps  —  Saying that the FCC "has not kept pace with the times or the technology," Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) opened a hearing today into the FCC's methods for measuring broadband availability in the US.  The US lags in speed, availability …
Microsoft Starts Banning 360s on LIVE - MS Confirms  —  >> With the amount of posts we see on our forums ... it's clear, Microsoft decided to start banning Xbox360 with modified firmwares today (both Hitachi-LG and Toshiba-Samsung drives).  —  While it's the same release date as Halo3 beta …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and digg
Yahoo 'censored' Flickr comments  —  Yahoo has been accused of censorship on its popular photo website Flickr, in a row that has highlighted the issue of copyright in the online age.  —  Earlier this month photographer Rebekka Gudleifsdóttir discovered that seven of her pictures …
MediaPost Publications:
WPP Buys 24/7 Real Media For $649 Million  —  ENDING WEEKS OF SPECULATION, WPP Group on Thursday announced plans to buy online ad company 24/7 Real Media for $649 million in cash.  —  WPP, the world's second-largest marketing services company, is paying $11.75 per share for the company …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Popfly: Mashup App Creator Built On Silverlight  —  Microsoft will announce the private beta launch of Popfly this morning, a new Silverlight application that allows users to create mashups, widgets and other applications using a very cool and easy to use web-based graphical interface.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Ministry of Tech
Global net censorship 'growing'  —  The level of state-led censorship of the net is growing around the world, a study of so-called internet filtering by the Open Net Initiative suggests.  —  The study of thousands of websites across 120 Internet Service Providers and found 25 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TalentSpring Aims To Disrupt Resume Marketplace  —  Seattle based TalentSpring launches today with a unique product that has the potential to disrupt the online resume marketplace.  —  Headed by former Windows Live Development Leader Bryan Starbuck and Andrew Boardman …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: Ads That Are Too Fast for a Fast-Forward Button  —  A BROADCAST network will soon offer advertisers two more ways to try holding the attention of viewers throughout those commercial breaks that consumers love to hate.  —  One idea is to run quickie commercials of only five seconds each.
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A cable network on a shoestring
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Are You a Troll Whisperer?  —  Cory Doctorow's recent Information …
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the Uncanny Valley of user interface design
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Bproffitt / Linux Today Blog:
Rolling the Cheese  —  On the Internet, they say, no one knows you're a dog.
Discussion: Channel 9 and digg
Alex Heaton / Windows Vista Team Blog:
On 64-bit and Windows Client
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Estonian DDoS Attacks - A summary to date
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Sony Reveals PS3 Slate, PSN Stats, PSP 'Refresh'
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Skype busts into casual gaming market
Brandon Sheffield / Gamasutra:
Q&A: Svensson On The Future Of Capcom
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Xbox 360 Fanboy