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11:15 AM ET, March 11, 2008

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EU Press Room:
Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of DoubleClick by Google  —  Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of DoubleClick by Google … Google operates an Internet search engine that offers search capabilities for end users free of charge and provides online advertising space on its own websites.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
EU approves Google's DoubleClick acquisition; Here comes the display ad ripples  —  European regulators on Tuesday approved Google's purchase of DoubleClick setting up the search giant's big splash in the display advertising market.  —  According to the EU's competition committee …
CNN:
Google buy of DoubleClick cleared by EU  —  Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex) — The European Commission has cleared the proposed 3.1 bln usd acquisition by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) of the online advertising technology company DoubleClick.  —  The commission said its in-depth investigation …
Reuters:
EU approves Google's buy of DoubleClick  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google won unconditional approval from the European Commission on Tuesday to buy rival Web advertiser DoubleClick for $3.1 billion, despite objections from rivals and privacy advocates.  —  Google has already won approval from United States antitrust authorities.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
European regulators approve Google-DoubleClick merger
Discussion: eWeek
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Testing Over, Hulu.com to Open Its TV and Film Offerings This Week  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hulu.com, the long-gestating Internet joint venture between NBC Universal and Fox, emerges from limited testing on Wednesday to make its catalog of TV shows and video clips available to anyone on the Web.
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Hulu Launches Free Internet Television Service  —  Internet video site Hulu launches today, offering full-length episodes of more than 250 TV series, including Lost and The Simpsons, along with older hits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  In addition, Hulu will feature content …
Discussion: WebProNews and TGDaily.com
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Launches with Warner, Lionsgate  —  Wow Hulu, you really pile it on, don't you?  I can barely digest all the news the company is putting out tonight.  First and foremost, it's launching tomorrow.  It's also signed Warner Bros., Lionsgate, the NBA, and the NHL (but not Quincy Smith's CBS).
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Searchme: A New Visual Search Engine  —  Today, Sequoia Capital, which has been a key investor of search giant Google, as well as Yahoo, will unveil its latest investment in search, a visual search engine called: Searchme.  —  The Mountain View, Ca.-based company, which has been germinating for three years …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SearchMe Launches New Search Engine With Heavy Backing From Sequoia  —  Mountain View based SearchMe has been around since 2005 and has raised $31 million from Sequoia, DAG Ventures and Lehman Brothers.  But until last weekend when I met founders Randy Adams and John Holland I knew next to nothing about them.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Mozilla releases Firefox 3.0 beta 4  —  The fourth beta of the Firefox 3.0 browser was released Monday and includes more than 900 enhancements over the previous beta, Mozilla announced.  —  The creator of the open-source browser said the new beta includes performance and memory usage …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 4 brings new Vista hotness
Discussion: Open Source
Mozilla:
Firefox 3 Beta 4 Release Notes
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The “Nuclear Disaster” At SXSW Was Nothing More Than A Witch Burning  —  Based on the Twitter messages and blog posts I saw yesterday emerge real time from the SXSW conference, it sounded like Sarah Lacy's interview of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was, truly, a career ending, never seen before train wreck of epic proportions.
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
A WordPress 2.5 Upgrade Guide  —  As you might know, WordPress 2.5 is about to be released, and we wanted to encourage WordPress users to upgrade.  To Movable Type.  —  The truth is, there are lots of good blogging tools out there, and they're all good at different things.
Associated Press:
Wal-Mart ends test of Linux in stores  —  NEW YORK - Computers that run the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows didn't attract enough attention from Wal-Mart customers, and the chain has stopped selling them in stores, a spokeswoman said Monday.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Wal-Mart ends Linux trials: “This really wasn't what our customers were looking for”
Richard Defendorf / CNET News.com:
Google's drop in paid clicks: Part of the grand plan  —  After ComScore reported a recent decline in Google's paid clicks, the Net ratings service followed up, noting evidence that the drop was due to “Google's own quality initiatives that result in a reduction in the number of paid listings and …
PC Pro:
Ericsson predicts swift end for Wi-Fi hotspots  —  The rapid growth of mobile broadband is set to make Wi-Fi hotspots irrelevant, according to an Ericsson executive.  —  “Hotspots at places like Starbucks are becoming the telephone boxes of the broadband era,” claimed Ericsson's chief …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
CBSSports.com Opens March Madness On Demand Video For Easy Access From Any Site  —  Seeking more online viewers for games and ads, CBSSports.com and the NCAA are announcing a “developer platform” for March Madness on Demand.  It's not the kind of developer concept where people are encouraged to build apps …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Hostility Has Its Rewards  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — “It's crazy to say you will only grow through innovation,” Larry Ellison, the hard-charging chief executive of Oracle, was telling me last week.  “It's bizarre that there's a stigma to buying something rather than building it yourself.”
 
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Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 and Digital Media Keyboard 3000, WOW!
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yet Another HD DVD Format Steps Into The Ring?
Larry Hardesty / Technology Review:
Is the Net Too Neutral?  —  Recent FCC hearings pitted network …
Discussion: MarketingShift and Memex 1.1
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Google on data security: You can trust us, really
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
New Oracle software targets Salesforce
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
The “No Laptop” Meeting Rule
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
NSA shifts to e-mail, Web, data-mining dragnet
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Spam from Gmail doubled last month
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Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Home-grown video shows on tech are almost there. But not quite.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Sun dreams the impossible Java on Jesus Phone dream
Chris Grandis / PR Newswire:
Qualcomm Acquires Xiam Technologies Limited, Leading Provider …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and mocoNews.net
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Study: depressed turn to blogging as coping mechanism
BBC:
All A-Twitter  —  Bill Thompson is impressed by the sense …
Discussion: broadstuff
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IE8 speeds things up
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