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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Alan Meckler and PR MACHINE™
Darren Rowse / Blog Tips at ProBlogger:
Weblogs Inc Sale to AOL Confirmed - Here's the Inside Word 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 …
Staci /   Report: Winer Sells To Verisign : Updated …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Rumor: sold to Verisign
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Enterprise Anti-Spyware Plans Take Shape  —  Microsoft moved a step closer to becoming a key player in the Internet security business with the announcement Thursday of a new enterprise-class anti-spyware product featuring technology to thwart viruses, worms and kernel rootkits.
Discussion: and Microsoft Watch
Jeffrey McManus:
Terry Semel at Web 2.0: "We'll Always Be More Open Than Google"  —  Terry (Yahoo!'s head honcho) just got done being interviewed by Jon Battelle at Web 2.0.  I took rough notes which I'll dump here unedited for now.  —  Update: Danny at Search Engine Watch quoted my transcript liberally …
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.
Jeffrey Goldfarb / Reuters:
Universal Music vows it's not the same old song  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Universal Music, the world's largest record company, said on Thursday it is transforming itself into a broader entertainment company that derives more revenue from untapped sources like advertising and apparel.
Discussion: Techdirt and
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 …
Robert Andrews / Wired News:
Tips From Top Taggers  —  After a few months of storing bookmarks online with tools like, many people find the tags they've used to categorize them are a hopeless mess.  So what are the best methods for getting your tag taxonomy in order?  —  According to CollaborativeRank's …

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