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6:05 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.
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".
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.
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Attention Ticker Particls Enters Public Beta
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Have the people at have lost their minds or am I missing something here?!?!?  —  Wow... it seems based on my last post that ESPN is, in fact, blocking their content on certain ISPs who won't PAY THEM!  —  This is the stupidest idea I've ever heard of. for a number of reasons:
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.
Kostas Tzounopoulos /
Bach: More than 1 Million Zune players sold
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.
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.
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 …
Dan Carney / Popular Science:
INVENTION AWARDS  —  Six Strokes of Genius  —  After a lifetime of making racecars go faster, Bruce Crower's new engine uses steam to squeeze more mileage from gas … Name: Steam-o-Lene Engine  —  Inventor: Bruce Crower  —  Cost to Develop: $1,000  —  Time: 1.5 years  —  Prototype | | | | |
Discussion: and Venture Chronicles
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, MacUser and Engadget
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.
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:   Facebook's platform - or "what I did for my summer vacation"
The Huffington Post:
MARTIN VARSAVSKY  —  My Investments in the Video Online Space and My Take on the Whole Sector  —  This week I ran into Chad Hurley of Youtube at Google Zeitgeist Europe and I mentioned to him my view that while incredibly successful and simple to use, YouTube needs certain improvements to keep growing at its frantic pace.
Toshiba to use AMD chip in laptop PCs (Reuters)  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp. (6502.T) said it would buy microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NYSE:AMD - news), ending its exclusive ties with Intel Corp. (Nasdaq:INTC - news) for the supply of the brains that run computers, and sending its shares higher.
Discussion: Engadget
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
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Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Engadget
Ooyala: Prelaunch Video Startup Founded By Google Evacuees Busting At Seems
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Exclusive: JamJunky launches... get feedback and improve your music
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Zoomr Mark III: How Good Branding Can Save Your Ass
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon: Better syncing for Mac & Nokia N Series
Discussion: Darla Mack
Alan Reiter / Reiter's Camera Phone Report:
Nokia N95 + PhotoShow: Vietnam Veterans Memorial 2007 tribute
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Mashable! and CenterNetworks
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Radio Daddy Tells Podcasters to F off
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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
Emre Sokullu / Read/WriteWeb:
2007 Semantic Technology Conference - Showcased Big Internet Potential
PC World:
Computer Glitch Tangles Japanese Flights
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Africa, Money not necessary for mobile banking
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
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Doing Evil to the Internet: Google and Yahoo! Promote Domain Squatting