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12:25 PM 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 …
Between the Lines:   aQuantive: Who are these guys?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft To Pay $6 Billion For Aquantive
Discussion: Techdirt
Margaret Kane / CNET   Microsoft to buy Aquantive for $6 billion
Mathew /   Online ad business drowing in cash
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook growing, but more roadkill coming?  —  Facebook is growing quickly, adding between 100,000 and 150,000 new users per day, the company tells us, with the highest growth rates coming from abroad.  —  Particularly noteworthy is its traction in Canada, where it has more than 2 million active users …
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 …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Firefox users lead the way in keeping up to date  —  A new study from the security research firm Secunia has revealed that out of all popular applications that users are most likely to have on their computers, Firefox is the most likely to be kept up to date in terms of security patches.
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.
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 Earlier Items: 
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Real world gamed?
Discussion: Wired News
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YouTube pioneers challenge Pentagon
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Podcasting News
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Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 Terabyte Hard Drive Review
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Mac Slocum / E-Media Tidbits:
Are You a Troll Whisperer?  —  Cory Doctorow's recent Information …
Bill Higgins /
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.
Discussion: Channel 9 and digg
Alex Heaton / Windows Vista Team Blog:
On 64-bit and Windows Client