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1:10 AM ET, May 19, 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.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Latest to Buy Online Ad Company
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Quantifying Microsoft's biggest purchase ever
Discussion: CNET News.com
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Popfly - Mashup the web with Silverlight  —  Disclosure: This morning I announced that I'm working for Adobe.  While I haven't officially started, consider me an Adobe employee for all intents and purposes.  I have the disclosure statement at the bottom of the page, but I'll probably run …
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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.
Johnmont / MSDN Blogs:   Why I Think Popfly is Cool  —  No product is complete without …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Popfly service does mashups
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Scobleizer
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 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.
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Dell Latitude Tablet PC spotted on Dell's blog  —  Let the rumors subside: Dell will indeed have a Tablet PC this year and you can see it showcased in a short video right on the Direct2Dell blog!  My first impressions: this looks light and very thin, possibly the thinnest convertible yet!
Discussion: TechSpot News
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay to Launch YouTube Competitor  —  Some believed the video site might evolve from the idea that is Playable.com — a free music site started by Brokep of The Pirate Bay and the Swedish rock band Lamont — that aims at compensating artists directly and cutting out record companies.
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Brokep / The Pirate Bay:
Oh some problems and a treat!
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:   Under the Hood of The Pirate Bay's New Video Site
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Netflix Sued For Violating Antitrust Law With Its Patents  —  from the who-to-root-for?  dept  —  I'm pretty skeptical of most class-action lawsuits.  They're often filed over bizarre claims, and the settlements almost always seem to enrich the lawyers a lot more than the "class."
Discussion: Slashdot
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Nico Vera / Facebook Blog:
Oh Canada...  If you were to check out the Toronto, ON network page, you'd notice that the Toronto network has over half a million members—a huge chunk of the explosive growth Facebook has recently seen in Canada (2 million Canadian users—or 10% of the Facebook population—and counting).
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook growing, but more roadkill coming?
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Origami 2.0 to be thinner, smaller, and (maybe) less expensive  —  Microsoft is working on a new set of specifications for its Origami project.  Microsoft development manager Vikram Madan spoke this week at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Los Angeles about some of the specs …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Joost's Deal Plans Hidden in PDF Presentation  —  PDFs can be tricky sometimes: a source of hidden data that you might not have intended to release.  A source pointed out to us today that this year's hottest startup - Joost - may have accidentally leaked 3 months' worth of deal plans through hidden data in a PDF.
Jon Healey / Los Angeles Times:
Nabbing (some) camcorders  —  Spider-Man 3 photo courtesy of Sony Pictures  —  The movie industry's assault on piracy in theaters has intensified in the past couple of years, and the most quantifiable result is a dramatic increase in the number of people stopped in the act of filming a movie.
Discussion: Techdirt and Michael Geist's Blog
 
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