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5:10 PM ET, January 17, 2007

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corp.brightcove.com:
Brightcove Raises $59.5 Million in Series C Round  —  Strategic Funding Round, Including New Investment from Institutional Financial Investors and Media Companies, Solidifies Brightcove's Leadership in Internet TV  —  New Investors AllianceBernstein, Brookside Capital, Maverick Capital …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Brightcove Raises $59.5 million  —  Brightcove, an online video platform and destination start-up has raised a whopping $59.5 million in new funding from strategic and large institutional investors.  The new investors include Maverick Capital, Brookside Capital, AllianceBernstein, The New York Times Company and Transcosmos.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Obama Launches Presidential Bid with Web Video: Senator Has Comprehensive Online Video Strategy in Place with Brightcove  —  Earlier today, U.S. Senator Barack Obama announced the formation of an exploratory committee for a run for the White House with a three-minute video clip that can be shared by embed or e-mail.
Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
How Yahoo Blew It  —  Terry Semel was pissed.  The Yahoo CEO had offered to buy Google for roughly $3 billion, but the young Internet search firm wasn't interested.  Once upon a time, Google's founders had come to Yahoo for an infusion of cash; now they were turning up their noses …
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The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Office 2008 for the Mac screenshots  —  All rights reserved.  The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) is a member of the Weblogs, Inc. Network.  Privacy Policy  —  Other Weblogs Inc. Network blogs you might be interested in:
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Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Best Buy Holding Wiis For Sunday  —  Chromed Out Xbox 360 Shells... Cheap!  —  Let's face it.  Faceplates are for chumps with no commitment and too much money on their hands.  Stickers?  Strictly for little girls.  You don't want that nonsense on your Xbox 360.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo, Go Nintendo and digg
Valleywag:
MARKETING: Vista flunks the marketing test  —  PAUL BOUTIN — Microsoft's next-generation Windows hits the stores in less than two weeks, but for all its whizzy features it's got less buzz than a new dental plan.  What's a techie to do?  Blame marketing!  Start with the scare-quoted "Wow" slogan.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
1 in 8 blokes would swap their lady for a "must-have" gadget?  —  Alright, so we're taking this [survey] episode of propaganda quite lightly, but apparently an alarming amount of guys would give up their "must-have" woman for that "must-have" gizmo.  Reportedly, a UK survey conducted by GfK NOP …
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Stuart Dredge / Tech Digest:
1 in 8 men would dump their girlfrend for an iPod
Discussion: CrunchGear
InterActiveCorp:
IAC Appoints Peter Horan Chief Executive Officer of IAC Media & Advertising  —  IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) announced today that Peter Horan has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of IAC Media & Advertising.  In this role, Mr. Horan will report to President and COO Doug Lebda and will be responsible …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Industry Moves: Peter Horan Leaving AllBusiness.com To Head IAC's …
tech.co.uk:
Apple to open up Fairplay DRM  —  But only to Made for iPod licencees  —  Apple plans to open up protected music and movies content bought from the iTunes Store , Tech.co.uk has learned.  —  The iPod maker is expected to make two announcements, possibly as early as this week …
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Will the Mug Outlive the Start-up?  —  Call it yet another sign that start-ups have too much money: The once-ubiquitous branded coffee mug is coming back to life, at companies who haven't yet seen their second cuppa funding.  —  By plopping one on my doorstep Tuesday, hyperlocal search …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Q&A With Gabe Rivera, Creator Of Techmeme  —  Over the past decade, I've seen a lot of search tools that were supposed to transform my life.  Few of them have.  But Techmeme was one of those.  When it kicked off back in September 2005, I wrote a review, gave it a preliminary thumbs-up and soon found myself addicted.
Hilary Goldstein / IGN:
Half-Life 2 Orange and Black Box Contents  —  What's inside the box?  —  Since being revealed last year, fans have been eager to get a hold of Valve's Half-Life 2: Episode Two, which includes the games Portal and Team Fortress 2.  When gamers race to the store in late summer for Episode Two, they'll be faced with two choices.
Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Revenue Exceeds $7 Billion; Record Profit of $1 Billion  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2007 first quarter ended December 30, 2006.  The Company posted record revenue of $7.1 billion and record net quarterly profit of $1.0 billion, or $1.14 per diluted share.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Atop TV Sets, Basic Black Boxes Face Competition  —  Adam Gillitt does not hate what is on his TV as much as he dislikes what is attached to it.  —  Mr. Gillitt, a graphic designer from Alameda, Calif., is exasperated by his high-definition cable box, made by the technology giant Motorola …
Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
Why Joost Is Good for TV  —  In a 10th-floor office a few block south of New York's Union Square, gangly Janus Friis folds himself into an undersize chair.  He's here from London for a couple of days, toting a ThinkPad with demo aboard.  A little white sticker on the machine's lid reads …
John Falcone / Crave:
iPhone's downsized wide screen  —  Add one more reason to doubt the iPhone hype: It appears that Apple's uberdevice utilizes a totally proprietary 1.5:1 aspect ratio.  While that's wider than the standard square-ish 1.33:1 (4x3) aspect ratio found on older TVs, PC monitors, and iPods …
David Cay Johnston / New York Times:
Is Live Sex On-Demand Coming to Hotel TVs?  —  In the world of on-demand viewing of sexually explicit material, the next step could be the ability to watch live performers from the privacy of a hotel room.  —  That was one topic during a panel discussion here at Internext …
Discussion: Reel Pop and Techdirt
 
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YouTube Doesn't Encourage Crime, But It Might Help Solve It
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Do Away With HTML Based E-mail
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Sun to License OpenSolaris Under GPLv3
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Flash Player 9 For Linux (x86)
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