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Rafat /
Exclusive: Weblogs Inc Being Bought Out By America Online : [by Rafat Ali] As usual, you read it here first: Weblogs Inc, the blog media company founded by Jason Calacanis (pictured at We Media conference today) and Brian Alvey, is being bought by America Online, has learned from multiple sources.
Russell / MobHappy:
Weblogs Inc Sells to AOL for $25 million  —  Congrats to Rafat Ali for the scoop that Weblogs Inc are selling to the venerable (and vulnerable) AOL for $25 million.  —  Assuming it's true, it's certainly a very fast turnaround from startup to sale - about two years - and Jason Calacanis …
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Business Wire:
Post This: America Online Acquires Weblogs, Inc.  —  AOL and to Offer 85 New Blogs Covering a Wide Range of Hobbies, Lifestyles, Interests and Professions  —  In online content that ranges from music to movies, travel to tech, food to fashion, medicine to mortgages …
Discussion: and The RSS Weblog
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
AOL to Buy Weblogs Inc.  —  AOL signed an agreement to purchase Jason Calacanis' Weblogs Inc. Network (WIN), which owns dozens of blogs, including the tech-focused Engadget.  —  The deal comes after months of discussions between Calacanis and AOL, prior to which he was in talks with MSN …
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Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
10 Things About Web 2.0 Conference  —  It has been quite a blur, but there were some exciting side notes which I wanted to report from Web 2.0 conference.  —  The Web 1.0 party at the House of Shields was rocking, and well it was a massive success.  You knew it was over when pretty blondes started showing up at the event.
Mike / Techdirt:
And Now Comes The Real Blog Bubble  —  from the so,-what's-hot-now?  dept.  —  Rafat Ali got the scoop last night, and today it's been confirmed that AOL is buying Weblogs Inc.. As others are noting this is probably a good deal for the crew at Weblogs Inc., but not necessarily such a good deal for AOL.
Darren Rowse / Blog Tips at ProBlogger:   Weblogs Inc Sale to AOL Confirmed - Here's the Inside Word
AOL to buy Weblogs Inc. network for $25 mln-source
Microsoft Announces New Product to Help Protect Business Customers  —  Q&A: Microsoft Client Protection is designed to protect business desktops, laptops and file servers from current and emerging malware threats.  —  REDMOND, Wash., October 6, 2005- Microsoft today announced Microsoft Client Protection …
New Consortium Links Security Partners Working on Microsoft Platform
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor and
Morpeth / Google Maps Mania:
Google Maps becomes Google Local  —  BECOMES..  —  Our observations of changes in the Google Maps site have been explained.  Google's product management group has merged 'Maps' and 'Local' together to make just.. "Google Local".  When you enter …
Discussion: The Map Room and All Points Blog
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:   Google Localizes Online Maps Service
Olga Kharif / TechBeat:
Sprint-Nextel vs. Vonage: First Bicker, Then Make Up?  —  I just got done reading a 13-page lawsuit, alleging that Vonage, providing popular VoIP services, infringed on telco Sprint-Nextel's patents.  And I have to say that this is the tiniest, and the least detailed lawsuit I've ever seen. sold to Verisign?  —  Boy, the scent of money is in the air these days.  The latest report is that Dave Winer has sold to Verisign (~$5 million is the figure being bandied about).  This is an interesting one because it seemed crazy (see below) when I first heard about it …
Official Google Blog:
Google goes to Washington  —  It seems that policymaking and regulatory activity in Washington, D.C. affect Google and our users more every day.  It's important to be involved - to participate in the policy process and contribute to the debates that inform it.  So we've opened up a shop there.
Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Interview with Greg Reinacker and Brent Simmons of NewsGator  —  I had the opportunity to sit down with Greg Reinacker and Brent Simmons to talk about the NewsGator and its recent acquisition of Ranchero Software.  I spent about 30 minutes with Greg and Brent talking about how they decided to work together …
Mark Glaser / Online Journalism Review:
Is Yahoo public enemy No. 1 for Big Media?  —  Yahoo has always worked closely with media companies.  But as Yahoo News rolls out original content, has Big Media's ally become a challenger?  —  Rare is the moment when a newspaper actually thinks out loud.

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