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1:10 PM ET, March 13, 2008

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AOL to Acquire Global Social Media Network Bebo  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Bebo (http://www.bebo.com), a leading global social media network.  Together with its AIM and ICQ personal communications network …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Buys Bebo For $850 Million  —  I'm not going to say that we told you so, but we told you so.  —  AOL has acquired social networking site Bebo for $850 million in cash.  AOL CEO Randy Falco (left in picture) sent an email to all AOL employees this morning.  Allen Stern's press call notes are here.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Bebo To AOL for $850 Million  —  AOL has announced this morning that they have acquired social networking service Bebo for $850 million in cash.  Bebo has 100 employees operating in offices in the UK, San Francisco and Austin, TX.  Bebo is the third-largest social networking service in the U.S. behind MySpace and Facebook.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
AOL buys social network Bebo for $850 million  —  AOL issued a press release on Thursday morning to announce that the company has acquired social-networking site Bebo.  The price tag, according to the AOL statement, is $850 million in cash.  Neither company has yet stated when the deal is expected to be closed.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bebo: By the (Not So Big) Numbers  —  What's AOL getting for its $850 million in cash to purchase of social networking site, Bebo?  —  A very attractive social networking service and a very experienced exec who has been running it.  —  But, perhaps more importantly for those who focus on pesky numbers …
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AOL to Acquire Social Media Network Bebo  —  AOL has entered into an agreement to acquire Bebo, a leading global social media network.  Founded in 2005, Bebo now has 40 million members worldwide.  Together with AIM and ICQ, AOL will have a social network of approximately 80 million unique users worldwide …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Source: Yahoo in informal talks with Microsoft
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL Buys Bebo, Time Warner Still Schizophrenic
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:   AOL-Bebo: Falco: ‘Gamechanging For AOL’; Shields: Didn't Plan …
Reuters:
AOL to buy Bebo social network
Discussion: VentureBeat
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Live Blog: AOL / Bebo Acquisition Call
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Embraces The Semantic Web - Expect The Internet To Organize Itself In A Hurry  —  Yahoo's embrace of all things open continues today - expect an announcement in an hour or so that they are expanding their Open Search Platform that we wrote about last month.
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Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Nerve-tapping neckband allows ‘telepathic’ chat  —  A neckband that translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals has been used to demonstrate a “voiceless” phone call for the first time.  —  With careful training a person can send nerve signals to their vocal cords without making a sound.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Future Of Voice May Be Voiceless  —  The above video is a little rough in terms of processing delay, but it's staggering.  Voice without voice.  —  According to New Scientist, the neckband translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals; “with careful training a person …
Vishesh Kumar / Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Start On-Demand  —  In its yearslong battle with cable-TV operators, DirecTV Group Inc.'s Achilles' heel has been its inability to offer any sort of video-on-demand service.  The company intends to change that.  —  The No. 1 satellite-TV provider by subscribers is testing …
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Richard Defendorf / CNET News.com:   DirecTV takes on video-on-demand
Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 lands at AT&T  —  You knew it was just a matter of time before one of the GSM carriers got a hold of the next-generation RIM BlackBerry Pearl after Verizon Wireless released the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130.  That lucky carrier would be AT&T. Today …
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BlackBerry Pearl 8120  —  RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 Cell Phone
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louisgray.com:
Elite Bloggers Joining FriendFeed In Droves  —  Although it hasn't even been a month since FriendFeed opened up to the masses, and announced Series A financing of $5 million, momentum is definitely on the company's side.  Garnering incredible media and blog coverage, FriendFeed has also been a magnet …
AppleInsider:
Apple TV DVR interface revealed in patent filings  —  A series of Apple patent filings published this week reveal a version of the Apple TV media device capable of browsing and recording live television programming in addition to serving up pre-aired content from the company's iTunes Store.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Video Road Hogs Stir Fear of Internet Traffic Jam  —  Caution: Heavy Internet traffic ahead.  Delays possible.  —  For months there has been a rising chorus of alarm about the surging growth in the amount of data flying across the Internet.  The threat, according to some industry groups …
 
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