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4:10 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?"
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  —  It's clear now that the media and advertising industries, which thanks to Google and Web 2.0 now include the software industry, will be dominated by a new breed of company — the vertically integrated media and advertising company.
Discussion: PC4Media and PodTech Network
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Making sense of Redmond's $6 million buy
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Update: Microsoft to buy aQuantive for $6 billion
Discussion: Neowin.net
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:   Microsoft to buy Aquantive for $6 billion
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Of Mad Money & Ad Networks
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
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: parislemon
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Now that Feedburner Story....  Every so often we hear …
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 …
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.
J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
AACS Updated, Broken Again  —  We predicted in past posts that AACS, the encryption system intended to protect HD-DVD and Blu-ray movies, would suffer a gradual meltdown from its inability to respond quickly enough to attacks.  Like most DRM, AACS depends on the secrecy of encryption keys built into hardware and software players.
Discussion: Boing Boing
polishlinux.org:
Poland: Nine people held by police for translating movies  —  DIGG THE STORY!  —  Nine people involved in a community portal Napisy.org have been held for questioning by Polish police forces.  The possible accusation is publishing illegal translations of foreign movies.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Boing Boing and Slashdot
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 …
 
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