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6:25 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 …
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
Ina Fried / CNET
Making sense of Redmond's $6 million buy
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: InfoWorld and
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 about Chicago-based FeedBurner, the RSS remixer/syndicator is getting bought by someone.  This morning, Sam Sethi pointed out that Feedburner was in talks with Google.  Valleywag says they have a confirmation and the price range is in the $100 million ballpark.
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 …
Johnmont / MSDN Blogs:   Why I Think Popfly is Cool  —  No product is complete without …
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
Nico Vera / Facebook Blog:   Oh Canada...  If you were to check out the Toronto, ON network page …
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 …
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
Dell Tablet PC  —  There's been some chatter about a Latitude Tablet PC coming from Dell.  Check out what Jeff Clarke has to say.  —  View Video  —  Format: flv  —  Duration: 0:58
Business Week:
Even Yahoo! Gets the Blues  —  CEO Semel's next turnaround task: Boost morale and keep employees from leaving  —  It was a bit of good news that Yahoo Chief Executive Terry Semel really needed: Following a lengthy search, the Internet company on May 15 hired a new chief financial officer …
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