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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.
New York Times:
Time Warner to Sell 5% AOL Stake to Google for $1 Billion  —  Rebuffing aggressive overtures from Microsoft, Time Warner has agreed to sell a 5 percent stake in America Online to Google for $1 billion in cash as part of an expanded partnership between AOL, once the dominant company on the Internet, and Google, the current online king.
Graywolf /
What Google Gave up to Get AOL  —  Microsoft may not have been able to get the deal done with AOL but what Google gave up to make it happen is turning out be pretty interesting.  Here are some details from the New York Times (registration required). … And according to the Los Angeles Times
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.
David Berlind / ZDNet:
TypePad down: A reminder of why open standards matter  —  Right now, as I type this blog, TypePad is down and I'm rather certain of it; there are thousands of TypePad users every where that are steaming mad.  If you're one of the many TypePad users who has chosen to host their blog …
Discussion: Dave's Wordpress Blog and adfreak
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...
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Exclusive: TypePad outage update and details  —  Popular blog hosting provider was unavailable to its members for 18 hours today as a result of a failed storage upgrade during scheduled maintenance late last night.  I visited Six Apart's headquarters in San Francisco earlier …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Typepad goes titsup
Update: Blog service provider crippled by storage glitch
Discussion: NevOn and Blogebrity
Moral support for Six Apart
Discussion: Payments News
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
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.
Ina Fried / CNET
Is Commodore poised for a comeback?  —  update It may be time for a Commodore comeback.  —  No, Lionel Richie isn't signing up with his old band.  We're talking about Commodore, the venerable computer brand.  —  A Dutch consumer media company is hoping it can tap the power of the VIC 20 …
Pedro Vera / Pedro Vera's Web Log:
Just switched to OS X?  Here's a list of stuff you might want  —  One of the things that throw off new arrivals to OS X is that most of the programs they liked to use in Windows are not available in OS X, which means that they need to look around for a substitute.
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google releases GTalk API, Puts Gun To Skype's Head  —  Google releases GTalk API, Taunts Skype  —  Google has just released a set of components called Libjingle that allow third party applications to interact with Google Talk.  The components, which include some source code …
John Borland / CNET
iTunes lyrics fight ends in apology  —  That rarest of all things in the acrimonious disputes between copyright holders and technology developers emerged Thursday: an apology.  —  Last week, music publisher Warner/Chappell Music sent a threatening letter to independent Austrian programmer Walter Ritter …
VoIP Blog:
DualCor Technologies cPC  —  DualCor Technologies in January will unveil the cPC, a full-fledged handheld Windows XP Tablet computer that also runs Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system for its smart phone functionality.  The cPC is 6.5 inches long, 3.3 inches wide, 1.2 inches thick and has a 5-inch diagonal screen.
Alfred Hermida / BBC:
Xbox 360 reaches out to mobiles  —  Gamers could soon be able to receive alerts on their mobile phones when their friends are playing on Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console.  —  The software giant is working on a system which would let players on its online gaming service, Xbox Live, send instant messages to a friend's mobile.
Discussion: The secret life …
Lockergnome / Chris Pirillo:   THINGS I DON'T LIKE ABOUT THE XBOX 360  —  This list may be things …
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

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