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3:35 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 …
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?"
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Anything You Can Do, I Can Do With a Bigger Bag of Money  —  For those who think Microsoft did not have the guts to make big purchases on the Web, the $6 billion all-cash price they ponied up for advertising network aQuantive should quash that sentiment.  —  That's more than 10 times …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The New Vertically Integrated Media And Advertising Companies
Discussion: PC4Media and PodTech Network
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Update: Microsoft to buy aQuantive for $6 billion
Discussion: Neowin.net
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Making sense of Redmond's $6 million buy
Discussion: paidContent.org
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Of Mad Money & Ad Networks
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:   Microsoft to buy Aquantive for $6 billion
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Online ad business drowing in cash
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Feeling the heat? Microsoft buys online marekting firm aQuantive
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:   Microsoft to buy aQuantive in $6 billion deal
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft To Pay $6 Billion For Aquantive
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Google buying Feedburner for about $100m  —  On the surface, this looks like a straightforward story.  Google is tightening its grip on text advertising with the acquisition of Feedburner.  We've confirmed yesterday's speculation on the Mountain View search engine's latest deal …
Discussion: GigaOM and parislemon
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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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Popfly service does mashups  —  Microsoft, long known for catering to the geekiest of programmers, on Friday introduced a Web mashup builder for the rest of us.  —  The hosted service, called Popfly and now in alpha testing, gives consumers a visual way to create a Web site or add features …
Discussion: Scobleizer and PC Magazine
Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:
MICROSOFT'S POPFLY: MASHUP CREATION FOR THE MASSES
Discussion: franticindustries
BBC:
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro screens subject of class-action lawsuit  —  Looks like Apple is about to face its next date in court: a San Diego filing by private citizens Fred Greaves and Dave Gatley calls for a class-action lawsuit, accusing Cupertino of deceptive advertising with regard …
Discussion: DailyTech, CrunchGear, MacUser and digg
techPresident:
Who will be America's First TechPresident?  —  As we enter the 21st Century our country faces daunting challenges.  We must address terrorism, global warming, our failing healthcare and public education systems, our dependence on nonrenewable energy resources, and other looming issues.
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 …
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.
 
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