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6:45 PM ET, July 26, 2007


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Microsoft to Acquire AdECN, Inc.  —  Deal furthers Microsoft commitment to provide advertisers and publishers with a comprehensive search and display advertising platform.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it has agreed to acquire AdECN, Inc., an advertising exchange platform company based …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft buying AdECN online ad exchange (Updated)  —  Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft's Platforms and Services Division, just told financial analysts here in Redmond that the company is acquiring AdECN, an online ad exchange.  There's no official word yet.  Here's what he said:
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: Kevin Johnson On Online Advertising; Buying AdECN Ad Exchange  —  Next at Microsoft's (MSFT) Financial Analysts Meeting, comes Kevin Johnson, President of the Platforms and Services Division.  He is zeroing in on advertising strategy, in particular.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Ballmer: We are 'hell-bent' on succeeding in ads  —  Hefty investments in online services and consumer electronics will let Microsoft maintain its historically rapid growth rate, CEO Steve Ballmer told financial analysts on Thursday.  —  The largest software company is hosting its Financial Analysts …
Discussion: WebProNews and Tech Trader Daily
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Another new Window Live buzzword is born  —  There's a new Windows Live buzzword in town: Windows Live Cloud Infrastructure.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned publicly the elusive Windows Live Cloud Infrastructure during his remarks at Microsoft's Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) on July 26 in Redmond.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: The Search for Growth
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:   Microsoft CEO defends move beyond desktop
Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Email Call to Action  —  Do you think email is important part of Internet life?  Are you interested in seeing something interesting and exciting happen in the mail space?  Believe that Thunderbird provides a much-needed option for open source email alternatives and want to see it get more attention on its own?
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Mozilla to push Thunderbird out of the nest
Open Source at Microsoft:
RSS: Get the latest on Open Source at Microsoft  —  By embracing diverse application development approaches and partner business models, Microsoft participates in a world of choice in which individuals and organizations can pursue their goals based on what uniquely inspires them, including open source.
Discussion: The Register
Peter Galli /
Microsoft to Submit Licenses for OSI Approval
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Matt Asay / CNET
Microsoft decides 'open' is better than 'shared': What this says about OSI
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Me and My Mac  —  That's right.  I'm using a Mac, and, surprise, I like it.  Deal.  —  Not too long ago, while beginning work on some projects for a company, I was asked whether I wanted a PC or a Mac—laptop or desktop—to use while in the office.  Since the place was essentially a Macintosh shop …
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Microsoft to get early Silverlight, Web tools out the door  —  Microsoft is readying releases of its Web development tools as it looks to replace Adobe's Flash platform with Microsoft's own Web browser plug-in Silverlight.  —  Later this week, Microsoft is set to release a string of a tools …
Charles / Channel 9:
S. Somasegar (Soma) and Scott Guthrie on Orcas Beta 2: What's in it?
Discussion: ScottGu's Blog and Mix Online
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Microsoft Cuts Price of HD DVD Player, Offers Free Movies  —  Microsoft is cutting the price of its HD DVD player add-on to Xbox 360 and will give away five free movies with player purchases.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Microsoft Corp. is cutting the price of an HD DVD (high definition DVD) …
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Video Podcasting Nearly Killed The Tech Blog Star  —  Anyone can read between the lines of my many Revision3 posts and tell I'm a big fan of the network.  I've also been a fan of Om Malik's tech writing.  That's why I've been struggling since yesterday trying to decide whether or not to post a review of the new Om Malik show.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hey Mom... I am on GigaOM TV
Sprint and Google to Collaborate on WiMAX Mobile Internet Services  —  Media Contacts:  —  John Polivka, 972 405-5139  —  Erin Fors, 650-253-1175  —  Mobile broadband pioneer Sprint (NYSE: S) announced it is working with Google Inc. to bring WiMAX mobile Internet customers search …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Tips Its Hand  —  Omertà.  Apple usually doesn't talk about upcoming products.  But while Apple employees won't talk, the numbers don't lie: Something's up.  —  Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) reported a 73% earnings surge for its latest quarter Wednesday …
Matt Freestone / Windows Connected:
Why all the secrecy about Vista SP1?  —  One thing I have always loved about the computer industry is that if you're the big kid on the block, you're always wrong.  No matter what you do, you're wrong.  No matter how you approach things you're wrong.  And, most specifically …
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Veoh names ex-Yahoo exec as CEO  —  Steve Mitgang led a project to better match advertisers with users.  —  Online video company Veoh Networks Inc. said Wednesday that it had hired former Yahoo Inc. advertising executive Steve Mitgang as chief executive.  —  San Diego-based Veoh …
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iPod update on the horizon
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John Markoff / New York Times:
In Poker Match Against a Machine, Humans Are Better Bluffers
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Google juices Turing Award
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 Earlier Items: 
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
More Than Meets The Eye: Kameraflage Images Only Visible Through a Digital Camera
Discussion: Forever Geek
Karl / Press Esc:
US Senators call for universal Internet filtering
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
FCC Says Wireless Could be America's "Third Pipe"
John R. Quain / New York Times:
Cable Without a Cable Box, and TV Shows Without a TV
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
One million beta testers for Joost, but have they stuck around?
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Home cells signal mobile change
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