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12:00 PM ET, May 18, 2007

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Microsoft:
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.
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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.
CNNMoney.com:
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 (CNNMoney.com) — 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 …
Between the Lines:
aQuantive: Who are these guys?  —  The instant messages and emails about Microsoft's $6 billion purchase of aQuantive go something like this:  — "Whoa that's a big deal."  — "I'd hate to be short aQuantive."  — "If Microsoft was going to spend that much why didn't it just buy Doubleclick?"
Discussion: alarm:clock
Between the Lines:
Microsoft gets into the game; buys aQuantive for $6 billion  —  Microsoft, loser of the DoubleClick sweepstakes and rumored to buy almost every online advertising company on the planet, is now on the bandwagon.  Microsoft acquired aQuantive for $6 billion in the largest acquisition in the company's history.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
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Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
Rumor: Apple issuing pre-release builds of OS X 10.4.10  —  With the postponement of Leopard until at least October having quieted the speculation (at least for a bit), attention has turned to what Apple will be doing with Tiger in the meantime.  There are still a good few months until Leopard comes along …
Discussion: The Apple Blog
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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 …
BBC:
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 …
Bigvip / Gamerscore Blog:
Keeping Xbox LIVE Fair  —  One of the great things about LIVE and the unified community is that we work hard to create a level playing field for all gamers and have a no tolerance policy towards inappropriate behavior like hacking or cheating.  As part of our commitment to our members …
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Xbox-Scene.com:
Microsoft Starts Banning 360s on LIVE - MS Confirms
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and digg
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
Rumour: Google to buy Feedburner  —  I have just heard from a VERY trusted source that Google is buying Feedburner in order to get into the rapidly evolving RSS Ad market.  The delay in announcing the deal, I am told is solely due to the delay in closing out the DoubleClick deal.
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 …
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 …
 
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Real world gamed?
Discussion: Wired News
Scott Lindlaw / Associated Press:
YouTube pioneers challenge Pentagon
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Podcasting News
Loyd Case / ExtremeTech:
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 Terabyte Hard Drive Review
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Bill Higgins / billhiggins.us:
the Uncanny Valley of user interface design
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Bproffitt / Linux Today Blog:
Rolling the Cheese  —  On the Internet, they say, no one knows you're a dog.
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Alex Heaton / Windows Vista Team Blog:
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