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11:45 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
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: Expect Windows installed base to hit 1 billion by mid-2008  —  The Windows installed base will hit the 1 billion mark by the end of Microsoft's fiscal 2008 (which ends on June 30), according to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO.  —  "There will be more PCs running Windows than automobiles …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Another new Window Live buzzword is born
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers a Web-Based Strategy
Discussion: TechFold
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:   Microsoft CEO defends move beyond desktop
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: The Search for Growth
Charles / Channel 9:
S. Somasegar (Soma) and Scott Guthrie on Orcas Beta 2: What's in it?  —  Visual Studio 2008 Code Name "Orcas" Beta 2 has just hit the wire and, since it's Beta 2, this means VS2008 is feature complete (oh, and it's GoLive! as well)!!!  —  "Orcas" represents a major evolution for Visual Studio and our suite of .NET languages.
Discussion: Mix Online
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Announcing the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET FX 3.5 Beta 2, and Silverlight 1.0 RC  —  I am pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2, and Silverlight 1.0 RC.  —  You can download Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 from here.
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released  —  I'm very pleased to announce that the Beta 2 release of VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta2 is now available for download.  You can download the Visual Studio 2008 product here.  You can alternatively download the smaller VS 2008 Express Editions here.
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Twitter  —  The Internet is largely a communications medium.  It's also used for content distribution, commerce, and a number of other things.  But the thing I do most on the Internet is communicate.  Via email, Skype, instant messaging, blogging, commenting, and twittering.  It makes sense.
Jack / Twitter Blog:
Taking a bite out of the big apple  —  First, Twitter was a fun side project, then it was cared for lovingly at Obvious until it was time to form Twitter, Inc. Today, we're excited to announce an important moment for Twitter.  We've raised funding from our friends in New York City at Union Square Ventures.
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  —  In a blog entry written yesterday, Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker discusses plans to create a new organizational structure for Thunderbird so that Mozilla can focus exclusively on the Firefox web browser.  —  Mozilla's CEO is concerned …
Discussion: Download Squad and PC World
Peter Galli /
Microsoft to Submit Licenses for OSI Approval  —  Microsoft will submit its Shared Source licenses to the Open Source Initiative for review and approval as open-source licenses.  —  Bill Hilf, general manager of platform strategy at Microsoft, used his keynote address at the annual O'Reilly …
Jonrosenberg / Port 25:
Intelligent Design, the OSI and Microsoft
Discussion: Matusow's Blog and Just code
Matt Asay / CNET
Microsoft decides 'open' is better than 'shared': What this says about OSI
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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) …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Google to offer Internet portal for Sprint's WiMAX network
Marc Gunther / Fortune:
Washington Post's survival fight  —  Newspapers are dying.  At the Washington Post Co., CEO Donald Graham is banking on the Internet to save serious journalism.  If he can't figure this out, nobody can.  Fortune's Marc Gunther reports.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Barry Svrluga …
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 …
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