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3:35 AM ET, June 2, 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.
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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.
Reuters:
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 …
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Google buys RSS company FeedBurner
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
FeedBurner Is a Part of Google
Discussion: Windows-Now.com, UNEASYsilence and gSpy
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Slacker Snares $40 Million  —  If Last.fm was worth $280 million after raising just $5 million in venture capital, what about a social music company that's raised more than $50 million?  We may soon find out with Slacker Inc.  —  peHUB has learned that San Diego-based Slacker recently raised $40 million …
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
ChoicePoint Settles With 44 States in Data Losses  —  Data broker ChoicePoint agreed Thursday to pay $500,000 to 44 states as part of a settlement stemming from a 2005 data breach at the Alpharetta, Ga.-based company.  The breach involved more than 160,000 records.
Discussion: Techdirt and BetaNews
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
ChoicePoint settles with AGs over data theft; Congress twiddles thumbs
Discussion: TechSpot News
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
CNN Launches New Beta Website  —  This morning, Steve pointed to me to the new beta version of the CNN.com 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
alarm:clock:
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
Valleywag:
Stats: Yahoo's disappearing management team  —  When we checked Yahoo's management page, we noticed yet another missing face: Lars Rabbe, the Sunnyvale internet company's chief information officer.  Without much fanfare, he's moved over to Intuit, the financial software maker.
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.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Polls Launches Tonight: Marketing Research Paradise  —  Facebook just launched a new product tonight called Facebook Polls - look for a link in the bottom navigation area next to "Advertising."  —  This is an advertising product that is designed to generate revenue.
Discussion: parislemon
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Apple criticized for embedding names, e-mails in songs  —  It used to be that music fans believed cryptic messages about Satan or the death of a band member were hidden within rock albums.  —  Nowadays, the secrets buried in digital music are way too easy to find, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Last.fm, CBS' $280 million hedge for its radio biz?  —  Why did CBS decide to spend $280 million to buy Last.fm, a UK-based music community that faces many challengers, and other risks such as the rapidly transforming Internet streaming royalty structure?  A vexing question …
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