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1:20 AM ET, May 29, 2007

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google Deal Said to Bring U.S. Scrutiny  —  The Federal Trade Commission has opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Google's planned $3.1 billion purchase of the online advertising company DoubleClick, an industry executive briefed on the agency's plans said yesterday.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
F.T.C. Eyes Antitrust Action in Google DoubleClick Acquisition  —  In developing news, the NY Times is reporting that The Federal Trade Commission has "opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Google's planned $3.1 billion purchase of the online advertising company DoubleClick".
San Francisco Chronicle:
Getting in the game at Microsoft  —  Robbie Bach's job is to make software giant's entertainment division profitable  —  For all the challenges Microsoft Corp. faces as it moves into the future, the Redmond, Wash., software giant remains a formidable money machine.
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Kostas Tzounopoulos / Zune-Online.com:
Bach: More than 1 Million Zune players sold
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:   One Million Zunes (Somehow) Sold
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Attention Ticker Particls Enters Public Beta  —  Attention management ticker Particls from Faraday Media moves from private testing to a full public beta launch today.  —  Particls is an alerts platform that conveys attention data.  Particls evaluates incoming information and ranks it based on "Personal Relevance".
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Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
Particls Launches Advanced Alerts Platform  —  Today Particls, billed by many as an RSS feed manipulator/organizer, came out of invitation-only testing with a host of tools for users.  Particls essentially serves as a proportioning alert filter that notifies the user via news ticker …
Ivan Pope / Vecosys:
Working with Facebook f8: you are not in control of your access  —  Facebook launched their Developer API last week to a lot of acclaim.  Several commentators jumped in with the hyperbole, claiming that this platform, with its 20 million, and growing, users, would be a fine space in which to build a business.
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Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Facebook's platform - or "what I did for my summer vacation"
Discussion: Digital Markets
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Leading the charge on iPhone  —  Brace yourself for another tsunami of hype.  —  May's craze was "American Idol."  June's will be the Apple iPhone, which is going on sale in a few weeks.  As with "Idol," the iPhone show has lots of Seattle connections.  —  The season begins Wednesday …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and MacUser
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Doing Evil to the Internet: Google and Yahoo! Promote Domain Squatting  —  Recently the mainstream media has been running profiles on people who have built businesses worth hundreds of millions of dollars by buying lots of Internet domain names then filling them with Google ads.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
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Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
Beyond the Browser  —  At OSBC last week I gave a Radar talk on current technology trends.  The trend of moving traditional desktop applications to massively networked, Web 2.0 online applications like Google Docs is well-known.  The problem is, a web browser is a terribly limited platform …
Discussion: Libervis.com
Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising:
The Difference Between Marketing, PR, Advertising, and Branding  —  Ads of the World is an online archive of the best and most interesting advertisements from across the world.  Today I came across an advertisement on their site that uses four simple pictures to explain to you the difference …
Discussion: Web Strategy and MYBLOG by Ouriel
PC World:
Computer Glitch Tangles Japanese Flights  —  Hundreds of All Nippon Airways flights were cancelled or delayed Sunday because of computer error.  —  Hundreds of domestic flights in Japan were cancelled or delayed on Sunday as a result of a glitch in the computer system of All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd.
New York Times:
Avaya Is Said to Be Exploring a Sale of All or Some of Itself  —  The telecommunications company Avaya is in negotiations to sell a part or all of itself, in what may be the latest round of deal making in its industry, executives briefed on the negotiations said last night.
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Will ISPs spoil the online video party?  —  With an ever greater amount of video being consumed online, many Internet users are in for a shock.  There's a dirty little secret in the broadband industry: Internet Service Providers (ISPs) don't have the capacity to deliver the bandwidth that they claim to offer.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meet WeFi  —  First Fon, then Whisher and now WeFi - the start-ups focused on sharing of Wi-Fi connections keep on coming.  Of course, each one has their own twist.  FON does this through their own hardware (or by partnering with carriers), Whisher is a software only play.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Africa, Money not necessary for mobile banking  —  Necessity, they say is the mother of invention.  It couldn't be more true in case of Africa, where pre-paid airtime is fast becoming the 'virtual' currency for Pan-African trade, overcoming conventional currency exchange and lack of banking infrastructure.
New York Times:
War Fears Turn to Cyberspace in Estonia  —  When Estonian authorities began removing a bronze statue of a World War II-era Soviet soldier from a park in this bustling Baltic seaport last month, they expected violent street protests by Estonians of Russian descent.
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New: Google Image Search Categories
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Germany adopts "anti-hacker" law; critics say it breeds insecurity
Discussion: Neowin.net
Emre Sokullu / Read/WriteWeb:
2007 Semantic Technology Conference - Showcased Big Internet Potential
Dj Flush / Sizlopedia.Com:
Top 20 Temporary and Disposable Email Services
Discussion: Download Squad
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
NSF picks ARPANET creator to build new experimental network
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
PLUNGE IN CD SALES SHAKES UP BIG LABELS
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Jon Newton / p2pnet:
p2pnet talks to AllofMP3.com
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Steven Chang / GeekNUZ:
Apple iPhone In The Wild!
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