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David A. Vise / Washington Post:
Google to Buy 5% Of AOL for $1 Billion  —  Google Inc. is buying a 5 percent stake in Dulles-based America Online Inc. for $1 billion as part of a far-reaching business and advertising partnership aimed at boosting AOL's financial prospects as the Internet service struggles with the loss of millions of subscribers.
Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
Google Poised to Invest $1 Billion in AOL  —  Google plans to invest $1 billion in Time Warner's America Online in a deal that, if completed, would deepen the ties between two Internet advertising giants and leave rival suitor Microsoft in the cold, people familiar with the negotiations said today.
Discussion: and TechBeat
Michael Bazeley /
Google to buy 5 percent of AOL for $1 billion  —  SEARCH BEHEMOTH BEATS OUT MICROSOFT FOR DEAL  —  Google has agreed to purchase a 5 percent stake in America Online and will significantly strengthen its advertising and Internet search partnership with its biggest customer, a source said today …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Typepad goes titsup  —  Dilbert falls silent, thousands of posts missing  —  Users of Six Apart's TypePad platform have suffered their worst outage yet, with bloggers left stranded since the early hours.  The past week's blogging has also disappeared.  —  In true "Web 2.0" fashion …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Moral support for Six Apart  —  I read on Niall Kennedy's weblog about a TypePad outage—and I just wanted to send the Six Apart folks a bit of moral support at a time when they might be able to use it.  —  You may not know that before I did NetNewsWire and MarsEdit I worked at UserLand Software where I helped write weblog systems.
Discussion: Anil Dash and Payments News
Update: Blog service provider crippled by storage glitch
Discussion: NevOn and Somewhat Frank ~ Blog
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Flipping Your Startup 101  —  A friend of mine called me yesterday to ask for my opinions on the fact that Meebo just got a few million dollars in funding.  For those not in the know, Meebo is an AJAX version of Trillian.  And what is Trillian?  It's an instant messaging client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC.
Om Malik on Broadband:
How Much Did Meebo Get?  —  For a while, the word on the street has been that Meebo, barely 13 weeks old has been out raising some cash.  But did they?  Apparently yes!  The amount of money they have raised is $3.5 million, at about $9 million pre-money valuation from Sequoia Capital, and Roelof Botha has joined the company's board.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Is Mark Cuban Missing the Big Picture?  —  MARK CUBAN is known to many in the sports world as the madcap-billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, the one who relishes every opportunity to defy propriety.  Less well known is Mr. Cuban's day job as co-owner, with Todd R. Wagner …
Discussion: Blog Maverick and
Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft patch jams up IE  —  Last Tuesday's "critical" security fix for Internet Explorer is causing trouble for users who have been testing the new IE 7 browser.  —  Microsoft has received "scattered reports of users experiencing odd browser behavior" after installing the latest security update …
Discussion: IEBlog
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Opera dismisses Google takeover talk as rumor  —  Rumors stem from blog posting by former Yahoo exec  —  Opera Software has not been approached by Google (Profile, Products, Articles) about a possible acquisition, an Opera (Overview, Articles, Company) spokesman said Friday …
Dela /
More artists take a stand against DRM  —  The battle between artists and Sony BMG over the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) copy protection on audio CDs just got even more interesting as some more artists have decided to act.  This time it is My Morning Jacket, who's album "Z" is copy protected.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Wikipedia founder 'shot by friend of Siegenthaler'  —  World mourns Lazarus for the Web 2.0 generation  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has been shot dead, according to Wikipedia, the online, up-to-the-minute encyclopedia.  —  Apparently, the assassin was a "friend" …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Pete Wright / The secret life of an MS Author:
Motion Le 1600 - second impressions  —  I posted up my first impressions a while back of my new Motion LE 1600.  They were written within hours of receiving the device and understandably had a certain 'new-gadget' excitement factor influencing them.  So, how is it now?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Blog issues  —  I can imagine how frustrating it is when the phone rings at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and an irate customer is yelling about a missed newspaper delivery.  —  I mean, you write it, you edit, you put in the pictures, you print it and then you hand the paper off to a 13 year old kid who throws it into the bushes...

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