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10:05 PM ET, June 1, 2007


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Dick / Burning Questions:
It's True-gle!  —  Unlike the rumor that FeedBurner is nearly code-complete on a multiplayer Wii edition, the blog posts, phone calls and conjecture about our future as part of the Google family tree are now officially true.  —  FeedBurner has been acquired by Google.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Adding more flare  —  Posted by Susan Wojcicki, VP, Product Management  —  As you know, we're constantly looking for ways to identify and offer new tools for content creators and website publishers.  Likewise, we constantly aim to give AdWords advertisers broader distribution to an even wider audience of users.
Google snaps up media distributor Feedburner  —  Terms of deal for RSS technology pioneer undisclosed; estimates range at about $100 million.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Google Inc. said Friday it is acquiring Feedburner Inc., bolstering the Internet advertising leader's capacity …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
It's Official: Google Buys Feedburner
Discussion: UNEASYsilence and CenterNetworks
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Studio CEO: Blockbuster, Best Buy to launch movie download services  —  Best Buy and Blockbuster are both set to enter the growing movie download business—at least that's what Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told a bunch of industry analysts during a conference call yesterday.
Discussion: Mashable!, Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
CNN Launches New Beta Website  —  This morning, Steve pointed to me to the new beta version of the website, which is now available for public testing.  You can view it here and take a guided tour of the new site here.  Following are a few things that jumped out at me:  —  Things I Like
Social Media Analytics' Keibi Raises $6M  —  Last year Keibi Technologies' Paul Remer was General Counsel at photo social network Piczo.  He says that while users generated content Piczo was fantastic, it was hard to process.  So Remer launched a startup to help companies understand and manage their communities.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and Web Strategy
Erica Ogg / CNET
MLB aims brushback pitch at Slingbox  —  news analysis One high-and-inside pitch can be harmless in baseball, but two in a row is a strongly worded message.  —  This week Major League Baseball lobbed its second brushback pitch at Slingbox, reiterating its stance that the young company is misusing its content.
Om Malik / GigaOM:, CBS' $280 million hedge for its radio biz?  —  Why did CBS decide to spend $280 million to buy, a UK-based music community that faces many challengers, and other risks such as the rapidly transforming Internet streaming royalty structure?  A vexing question …
Discussion: Valleywag and Fred Destin
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Nielsen: Ratings drop nonexistent when DVRs are accounted for  —  The proliferation of DVRs has not only affected how many people are reached by television-based advertising, it has also noticeably affected the ratings.  A portion of a new study by Nielsen Media Research from 1,750 homes …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
New AACS "fix" hacked in a day  —  The ongoing war between content producers and hackers over the AACS copy protection used in HD DVD and Blu-ray discs produced yet another skirmish last week, and as has been the case as of late, the hackers came out on top.
Kyle Pott / Lifehacker:
Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Ubuntu applications  —  Ubuntu 7.04 has quickly become the operating system of choice for millions of people around the world - whether they're Linux newcomers, Windows and Mac defectors or pony-tailed system administrators who wear watches displaying the time in binary.
Discussion: FON Blog and digg
AOL Beta:
AOL Local Search Beta  —  News & Updates  —  Welcome!  —  The AOL Local Search Beta allows you to find a local business or location with AOL Local by following three simple steps:  — Enter a query term, such as PIZZA, a business name or the type of business you're looking for, such as plumbers, in the search field.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Beware of that man between you and your Google Desktop  —  Last month, I wrote a piece about Robert Hansens Mr-T (Master Recon-Tool), a powerful tool that harvests data leaking out of Web browsers.  In the post, I talked about how these types of reconnaissance tools could be combined …
Anne Broache / CNET
Appeals court ruling upholds Net phone taxes  —  A federal appeals court on Friday largely upheld a requirement that Internet phone companies like Vonage pay taxes into a fund to subsidize rural telephone service, but voice over Internet protocol representatives said the ruling isn't all bad.
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