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6:45 PM ET, March 11, 2008

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Eric Schmidt / Official Google Blog:
We've officially acquired DoubleClick  —  I'm pleased to share the news that we completed our acquisition of DoubleClick today.  Although it's been nearly a year since we announced our intention to acquire DoubleClick last April, we are no less excited today about the benefits that the combination …
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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.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google wraps up $3.1B DoubleClick deal
Discussion: The Tech Report and CyberNet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Takes Aim At Wordpress Users; Wordpress Pissed  —  Anil Dash, Six Apart's Chief Evangelist, took aim at Wordpress users in a blog post today.  Instead of upgrading to the new version of Wordpress, he says, consider moving over to their platform.  —  Now, it's generally fair game …
Discussion: Geek News Central
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Drop It Like It's DropBox  —  Personal file storage, sharing and syncing is one of those categories of technology problems that, despite all efforts, no one ever seems to get right.  Most of the current offerings, even the better ones, leave something to be desired.
CNN:
Google: To Be ‘Very Significant’ In Display Ads By '08-'09  —  SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- Google Inc. (GOOG) expects to have a “very significant position” in the online display advertising market by 2008-09, the Internet giant's top North American ad executive said Monday.
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Richard Defendorf / CNET News.com:
Google's drop in paid clicks: Part of the grand plan
Discussion: SYNTAGMA
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-014 - Critical  —  Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (949029)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves several privately reported and publicly reported vulnerabilities …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Searchme: A New Visual Search Engine  —  [Updated with correct funding of $31 million and note that Google has a similar effort in its labs.]  —  Today, Sequoia Capital, which has been a key investor of search giant Google (GOOG), as well as Yahoo, will unveil its latest investment in search, a visual search engine called: Searchme.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL “Disintegrating”; Also, Why Curt Viebranz Was Fired*  —  *UPDATE: AOL spokesperson Tricia Primrose strongly denies several assertions in this post.  Specifically, she argues that AOL's business is strong and that Curt Viebranz's dismissal had nothing to do with his reluctance to embrace certain revenue targets.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Time Warner CEO addresses Yahoo-AOL talk
Discussion: MarketWatch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How an information system helped nail Eliot Spitzer and a prostitution ring  —  New York Governor (for now) Eliot Spitzer's prostitute scandal is all the big news here in New York, but the lesser known tale is how an information system-the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network-played a role in his downfall.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
U.S. In-flight Broadband Is A-gogo by Spring  —  If you're a frequent flier to New York from San Francisco or Los Angeles, or just like to jet down to Miami to get away from the bitter New York winter, then you're one of the lucky people who will have in-flight broadband by this spring …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
20% Of Valley Startups Can't Get To Their Cash  —  The credit crisis is in full swing through most of the U.S. economy, but it has barely touched venture-fueled Silicon Valley.  Until recently, that is.  Up to 20% of venture backed startups may have been convinced by their financial advisors …
Rob Shaw / Time:
How Google Earth Ate Our Town  —  When they hear the telltale sirens of a fire truck bursting out of the station in Nanaimo, the locals don't need to look out of the window or tune in to newscasts to find out where the action is.  Instead, they can simply log on to Google Maps or Google Earth …
Discussion: Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Guy Kawasaki Formally Launches Alltop.  Wow, It's Bad.  —  Last year Guy Kawasaki launched Truemors on the cheap (he spent $13,000), which is at least pointing the right way on Compete.com.  Today he follows up with a sequel, AllTop.  It's a...well, it's a RSS reader I guess.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Bringing OpenID To The Masses: Clickpass  —  OpenID, a way to sign on to multiple web sites with a single set of credentials, has incredible promise.  Large companies have signed up.  Thousands of website take OpenID sign-ins.  All is good, right?  —  Well, not exactly.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Audience of Twittering A**holes  —  UPDATE: I just spent an hour talking with Sarah Lacy and apologized directly to her, and then we had an interesting talk about the industry, sexism, her interview and why she took the line of questioning that she did, and her perspective.
Wall Street Journal:
How to Tap IT's Hidden Potential  —  Too often, there's a wall between a company's information-technology department and everything else.  That wall has to go.  —  Some of the biggest names in the business world have used information technology to their competitive advantage: Merrill Lynch …
Discussion: Parallax View
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Portable contact lists and the case against XFN  —  I suppose it might come as a surprise that I've decided to question, if not reject, XFN as the format for expressing portable friends or contact lists.  I'm not throwing out the baby in the bathwater here, but rather focusing on the problem …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Olympus Mju 1020- Limited Edition
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iPhone SDK Bug Filing
USA Today:
Venture capital spreads the wealth around the country
Austin Modine / The Register:
Mozilla reaches stage 4 of Firefox 3 beta endurance test
Discussion: Mozilla and Computerworld
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twine Disappoints After Semantic Web Hype
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Charter Discloses Investment ‘Inquiries’; CFO Leaves; Shares Keep Sliding
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Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
Apple orders not yet seen; NAND flash makers selling below cost
Discussion: One More Thing and iLounge
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 2.0 firmware to bring contact search?
Gregg Goldstein / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Killer Tomatoes’ ripe for redo
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA tells Ars: We're not hypocrites
Jessica Letkemann / Reuters:
R.E.M. launching album on social networking site
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
CBSSports.com Opens March Madness On Demand Video For Easy Access From Any Site
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
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