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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.
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 …
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
Discussion: PC4Media and PodTech Network
Ina Fried / CNET
Making sense of Redmond's $6 million buy
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Update: Microsoft to buy aQuantive for $6 billion
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Latest to Buy Online Ad Company
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.
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.
Rory / Channel 9:
Popfly  —  You probably haven't heard of it, but you're also probably going to start hearing a lot about it in the near future.  —  Popfly is being announced today - as I'm posting this, actually.  —  To keep it short and simple so you can get right to watching the video …
Martin LaMonica / CNET
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: All about Microsoft and Scobleizer
Johnmont / MSDN Blogs:   Why I Think Popfly is Cool  —  No product is complete without …
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Netflix Sued For Violating Antitrust Law With Its Patents
Discussion: Slashdot
Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Google Apps Partner Edition  —  From the beginning, we envisioned making Google Apps available to any organization that might want to offer this innovative set of services to its employees, customers, students, members, or any other associates of the organization.
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: Techdirt and Boing Boing
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 …
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 …
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
Entering iPhone Era: Marking Time in Mobile  —  Ever since my January keynote on handset design at the big annual 3G event in Tokyo I've mentioned the iPhone in every public presentation.  And almost every time I've made the point that June 2007 marks a watershed moment in time.
Discussion: Office Evolution and MacDailyNews
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 …
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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