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Google to Acquire dMarc Broadcasting  —  Brings Radio Advertising to Google AdWords Advertisers  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - January 17, 2006 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced it has agreed to acquire dMarc Broadcasting, Inc., a Newport Beach, Calif.-based digital solutions provider for the radio broadcast industry.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Buys Radio Ad Firm; AdWords Headed To Radio Distribution  —  Wow.  Google is to acquire dMarc Broadcasting, a company that puts ads into radio stations, paying up to $1.1 billion for it.  Google apparently plans to distribute AdWords via radio this way.
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Leveraging Edge Competencies  —  It shouldn't come as a big shock …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Christopher Elliott / Technology News:
On Business, and Blogging on the Road  —  Hurricane Katrina was a defining moment for Rachel Gradwohl, a frequent business traveler.  A consultant for a national accounting firm, Ms. Gradwohl blogged about being made homeless by the disaster in her Web journal, the Princess Diaries (
Christopher Elliott / New York Times:   Business blogging ready to hit the road
VNU Brings Together BuzzMetrics, Intelliseek to Create Nielsen BuzzMetrics Service  —  NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2006 BuzzMetrics and Intelliseek—two leaders in the tracking and analysis of online consumer-generated media—today announced an agreement in principle under which BuzzMetrics …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
HP considers open-source services  —  Hewlett-Packard is considering selling services designed to ease customer participation in the open-source programming community, the company's new open-source boss said.  —  "Across HP, there are thousands of people who contribute to open source.
Dave Rosenberg / Open Resource:
HP may offer open source services-I say they should buy JBoss
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
John Palfrey:
RSS and Copyright, circa 2006  —  There's been a flurry of posts and comments on a topic I've long been watching, which is the status of copyright and syndication technologies.  It's arisen this time in the context of a project that I'm involved with outside of my Harvard work, called Top10 Sources …
Firefox 2.0 alpha due next month  —  An alpha version of Firefox 2.0 should be released as a public beta next month.  Although part of the long standing roadmap for the open source browser, the timetable was confirmed by the publication of the minutes of the staff meeting held earlier this month.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Yahoo misses Wall Street estimates  —  Internet bellwether Yahoo posted on Tuesday net income for the fourth quarter that rose from a year ago but was below analyst expectations, sending shares down about 13 percent in after-hours trade.  —  Net income for the period ended Dec. 31 was $247 million …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Web 2.0 Doesn't Mean You're Excused from Reality
Discussion: A View from the Isle and TechBeat
Nick Bradbury:
ANN: FeedDemon 2.0 Beta 1  —  As you may know from reading this blog, we've decided to skip FeedDemon 1.6 and go straight to version 2.0, which will be a free upgrade for all FeedDemon customers.  —  Since I had more time to work on FeedDemon, I decided to redesign it with these goals in mind:
Discussion: Labnotes and A Feed Is Born
Greg Vederman /
Why PC Gamer Kicked Out Gold Farmers  —  In its February 2006 issue, PC Gamer announced that it would no longer accept advertising from Gold Farming agencies.  Editor-in-chief Greg Vederman (pictured) shares his editorial from that issue, explains the thinking behind the decision, and talks about industry and reader reaction...
Xenon / Surfin' Safari:
Introducing the Web Inspector  —  I would like to introduce a new addition to WebKit—the Web Inspector.  The Web Inspector lets you browse the live DOM hierarchy in a compact HUD style window, catering to the needs of web developers and WebKit hackers alike.
3 Percent Fee On Cell Phones Started 107 Years Ago  —  Call To Repeal Tax Under Way  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — There is a call to repeal a cell phone tax most people probably don't even know they are paying, NewsChannel5 partner ONN reported.  —  Anybody who has ever tried to decipher a cell phone bill knows how tough it can be.
Discussion: Engadget
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Can Murdoch Win on the Web?  —  He may spend $1 billion to push DirecTV into high-speed broadband — a risky bet on a hotly contested market that just might pay off  —  Since the late 1990s, satellite TV has created a powerful rival to the cable TV industry.

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