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2:25 PM 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.
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 …
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.
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
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Testing Over, to Open Its TV and Film Offerings This Week  —  SAN FRANCISCO —, 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.
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Hulu Launches Free Internet Television Service
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Hulu to offer lulu of a video selection
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Six Apart Takes Aim At Wordpress Users; Wordpress Pissed
Richard Defendorf / CNET
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 …
Discussion: IDG News Service
Google: To Be ‘Very Significant’ In Display Ads By '08-'09
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.”
Staci D. Kramer / Opens March Madness On Demand Video For Easy Access From Any Site  —  Seeking more online viewers for games and ads, 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 …
Discussion: and Computerworld
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
MacPro, Mac Book Air get software updates  —  While we slept last night, Apple released two updates for two of their less common hardware offerings: the MacBook Air and select Mac Pros.  They aren't terribly exciting and, as always, the descriptions are fairly vague.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Louise Story / Bits:
Where Every Ad Knows Your Name  —  Just how personal can advertising from the Web giants get?  That's a question you may be wondering after reading my article in Monday's Times and the related blog post.  With big Internet companies, which already have a lot of data about users …
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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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
In First for Studios, Paramount Offers Snippets of Movies
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
Apple orders not yet seen; NAND flash makers selling below cost
Discussion: One More Thing and iLounge
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
RealPlayer vulnerable in Internet Explorer
Discussion: Computerworld and eWeek
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 2.0 firmware to bring contact search?
Gregg Goldstein / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Killer Tomatoes’ ripe for redo
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The first MP3 player celebrates its 10th birthday
Staska / Unwired View:
Major Handset announcements from Motorola at CTIA: Kodak phone …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA tells Ars: We're not hypocrites
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
How to Tap IT's Hidden Potential
Discussion: Parallax View
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft admits big delay on Home Server bug fix
Jessica Letkemann / Reuters:
R.E.M. launching album on social networking site
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?
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Google on data security: You can trust us, really
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Spam from Gmail doubled last month