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6:10 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.
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.
Richard Defendorf / CNET News.com:
Google's drop in paid clicks: Part of the grand plan
Discussion: SYNTAGMA
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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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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   SearchMe Launches New Search Engine With Heavy Backing From Sequoia
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 …
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-015 - Critical
Discussion: Security Watch
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 …
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USA Today:
Venture capital spreads the wealth around the country  —  While fabled Silicon Valley still attracts the most venture capital in the USA, several other cities, states and regions boast the fastest growth rates for start-ups and venture dollars over the past decade.
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.
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
Austin Modine / The Register:
Mozilla reaches stage 4 of Firefox 3 beta endurance test  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  The fourth beta release of Firefox 3 is available for download today from Mozilla.  —  Grab it here if you're feeling adventurous.  Remember it's a beta, so beware of rushing to code where angels fear to thread.
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twine Disappoints After Semantic Web Hype  —  Twine is the most hyped semantic app of the season and recently opened up for some press previews.  General availability of this smart, social bookmarking and research tool may come in a matter of weeks.  —  If that's the case, it will probably be too soon.
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicos make new push for Net neutrality policing
Rob Shaw / Time:
How Google Earth Ate Our Town
Discussion: Download Squad
eWeek:
Nortel to Launch 40G-bps Optical Network
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Audience of Twittering A**holes
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Louise Story / Bits:
Where Every Ad Knows Your Name
Discussion: Techdirt
Jessica Letkemann / Reuters:
R.E.M. launching album on social networking site
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Mac Pro, MacBook Air get software updates
Discussion: PC World and MacUser
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Hostility Has Its Rewards  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. …
 

 
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