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12:50 PM ET, July 18, 2007

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The Precursor Blog by Scott Cleland:
Why the FTC Will Likely Block the Google-DoubleClick Merger  —  My detailed analysis over the last several weeks leads me to believe that the FTC is likely to block the Google-DoubleClick merger because it will enable Google to dominate online advertising and dramatically increase the opportunity …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Will The FTC Block Google's Acquisition Of DoubleClick?  —  Scott Cleland, an analyst at the Washington, D.C. based telecom research group Prescursor has published a 35 page paper "Googleopoly: the Google-DoubleClick Anti-Competitive Case".  The paper argues that the US Federal Trade Commission …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Offering Print Ads To More Advertisers & Papers  —  Google announced that they have expanded their Print Ads program both on the advertiser and publisher side.  —  They have expanded their newspaper base from 50 papers now to "225 newspapers representing 32 of the top 35 DMAs …
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Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Community-Based Facebook Application Reviews at AppRate.com  —  Last week I rolled up the sleeves, dusted off the old PHP memories, and got a little down and dirty to take a swing at a new site called AppRate.com.  While watching people like Scoble, Mario Sundar, and Dave McClure add and remove …
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Michael Gartenberg:
Facebook is for kids... at least according to CNBC
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Angel Jennings / New York Times:
Web Site for Job Seekers Is Sold  —  Laurel Touby turned her popular cocktail parties into a high-traffic Web site for job-seeking media and creative professionals.  Yesterday, she sold Mediabistro.com, the company that sprang from those mixers, for $23 million.
en-us.www.mozilla.com:
Firefox Release Notes  —  Firefox 2 is the next generation release of the award-winning Firefox web browser from Mozilla.  —  These Release Notes cover what's new, download and installation instructions, known issues and frequently asked questions for Firefox 2.
fudder:
The very first iPhone  —  In late June, the [iPod] iPhone hit the US market.  Apple aficionados queued for days to be first in line to get their greedy little paws on the long awaited gadget. fudder-employee Marc Esslinger is an Apple-fan as well - also because he has a very special relationship to Apple.
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Jones Board Approves Sale  —  Backing of News Corp. Offer  —  Puts Pressure on Family;  —  A Bancroft Exits Meeting  —  The board of Dow Jones & Co. voted to approve News Corp.'s $5 billion bid for the company last night, with two directors abstaining from the vote and one leaving the meeting early …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
New Potter Book May Have Made Its Way to Web  —  Photos of what appeared to be every page of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the breathlessly awaited seventh and final installment in the wildly popular series by J.K. Rowling, were circulating around the Web today …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
FBI remotely installs spyware to trace bomb threat  —  The FBI used a novel type of remotely-installed spyware last month to investigate who was e-mailing bomb threats to a high school near Olympia, Wash.  —  Federal agents obtained a court order on June 12 to send spyware called CIPAV …
Discussion: Wired News
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Democracy Player is dead, long live Miro  —  Miro (formerly known as Democracy Player) is an open-source Internet TV application that combines a media player and library, content guide, video search engine, as well as podcast and BitTorrent clients.  Developed by the Participatory Culture Foundation …
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
"I'd close World of Warcraft!"  MUD creator Richard Bartle on the state of virtual worlds  —  A couple of weeks ago I promised an interview with Richard Bartle, co-creator of the original Multi-User Dungeon (or Domain if you prefer) set up back in 1978 at the University of Essex.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Local.com: Hearst Apparently Sells Entire 22% Stake  —  Hearst Corp., which earlier this year made a private placement investment in local search engine Local.com (LOCM) debt and warrants convertible into a 22% stake in the company, has apparently converted the securities into common stock and sold all of its share in the open market.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
SocialMedia is a new kind of widget ad network  —  Seth Goldstein and David Henderson have teamed up with one of the leading Facebook application developers and launched SocialMedia: part widget developer, part widget hosting provider/ad network.  Along with Lookery, the company …
BBC:
EU backs standard for mobile TV  —  European officials have backed a single standard for the rollout of mobile TV services across Europe.  —  Telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has called on member states to roll out services using the DVB-H standard "as quickly as possible".
Srinath Anantharaju / Google Online Security Blog:
Automating web application security testing  —  Cross-site scripting (aka XSS) is the term used to describe a class of security vulnerabilities in web applications.  An attacker can inject malicious scripts to perform unauthorized actions in the context of the victim's web session.
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David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
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Sony:
SONY UNVEILS BOOMBOX AND CLOCK RADIO WITH DOCKS FOR IPOD
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Silent Hands Behind the iPhone
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ESRB Goes After 3D Realms Web Site
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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EU regulators drop mobile phone probe
Sunnet Beskerming Security Advisories:
A Worm for Your Apple  —  A small controversy is brewing …
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