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12:15 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.
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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 …
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.
eWeek:
Intel CEO Defends Against Antitrust Charges
Discussion: The Register
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Google Gets EU Approval for DoubleClick Acquisition
Discussion: TechCrunch and Seeking Alpha
CNN:
Google buy of DoubleClick cleared by EU
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   European regulators approve Google-DoubleClick merger
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, 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  —  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, 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
Discussion: WebProNews and TGDaily.com
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.
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 …
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Google executives address ‘paid click’ decrease data
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.”
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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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.
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Computerworld
Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 and Digital Media Keyboard 3000, WOW!  —  Microsoft continues to step up their design game with two keyboards to follow last month's good-looking mice.  The Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 bundle includes a 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and the previously available 7000 wireless laser mouse.
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Murdoch won't battle Microsoft for Yahoo  —  One of Yahoo's potential white knights in its struggle to avoid being taken over by Microsoft just put his charger back in the stable.  —  News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch told a Bear Stearns conference in Palm Beach, Fla. …
 
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Louise Story / Bits:
Where Every Ad Knows Your Name
Discussion: Wikinomics
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
IFPI's New Strategy: Sue ISPs For Not Stopping File Sharing
Karl / DSLreports:
Bell Labs Looks Inside Wireless Networks …
Nick Heath / CNET News.com:
Fraud abroad remains ‘uphill battle’ for eBay
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
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New Oracle software targets Salesforce
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Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
The “No Laptop” Meeting Rule
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PC Pro:
Ericsson predicts swift end for Wi-Fi hotspots
Bill Carter / New York Times:
G.E. Chairman Rejects Talk of NBC Sale
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Spam from Gmail doubled last month
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Iger: Disney to Reap $1 Billion Online
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
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IE8 speeds things up
 

 
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