Peter Lauria / New York Post:
HEAVENLY DEAL — SIRIUS, XM SET TO CONFIRM MERGER PLAN TODAY — Satellite radio operators Sirius and XM are expected to announce their long-awaited merger today, according to a source familiar with the deal. — The two sides were locked in negotiations over the weekend trying to hammer …
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog: It's Official: XM and Sirius Are Merging
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast: Sirius, XM Merger to be announced today?
Paul Colligan / Paul Colligan's Profitable Podcasting: The Merger Proves It ... Satellite Radio Is A Gimmick, Not A Format
Lance Ulanoff / Gearlog: XM and Sirius Announce Merger
John Biggs / CrunchGear: Sirius and XM Merging Today?
Froosh / HipMojo.com: XM, Sirius To Merge?
Darren Murph / Engadget: Sirius and XM set to merge?
Scott Goldberg / Digital Media Wire: New York Post says XM and Sirius to Announce Merger
XM and Sirius Officially Merge — The rumors were flying all day after that NY Post story hit and now we can officially tell you that XM and Sirius are indeed merging. Mel Karmazin (head of Sirius) will be CEO while Gary Parsons (head of XM) will be chairman of the new company.
Discussion: Techdirt, Gadgetell and greg hughes
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sources: XM Radio, Sirius merger imminent — XM Radio and Sirius are reportedly in final negotiations that should result in a merger. First reported by the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal is confirming that the two companies are very close to a deal that may be announced as early as today.
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog, PaidContent and Graceful Flavor
Rafat Ali / PaidContent: XM and Sirius To Announce Merger?
Jeff Ventura / Graceful Flavor: XM Radio and Sirius to merge as equals
Evan Blass / Engadget:
It's official: XM and Sirius plan to tie the knot
It's official: XM and Sirius plan to tie the knot
The XM-Sirius Deal Can't Save Satellite-Radio
The XM-Sirius Deal Can't Save Satellite-Radio
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast: OFFICIAL: Sirius and XM Announce Merger
My Data Stream — After a year and a half of using social applications heavily, I recently had to revisit the plan to aggregate all my activity into one data stream. As the calendar rolled to 2007, I kept wishing I could look at all my social activity from 2006 in context: time, date …
Discussion: Download Squad, Practical Blogging, unstruc chitchatting … and Trends in the Living Networks
Grant Robertson / Download Squad: Taming your own river of news
Robyn Tippins / Practical Blogging: Marketing 2.0 — Just saw on Twitter that Emily Chang had posted …
Daniela Barbosa / unstruc chitchatting …: When What i Say and do Probably Matters the Most
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Traffic And Flow — Emily Chang has announced her consolidated "data stream" all posted in one place, courtesy of an ExpressionEngine plugin by Andrew Weaver. The specifics, and her terminology, are less important than the motivating desire: … I have been working on something (hush hush) …
Lisa Barone / Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog:
The Lisa's Problem With Wikipedia Explained — It's fair to say that I've done some mild Wikipedia bashing lately. I may have even referred to it as "devil spawn Wikipedia" on more than one occasion. And because our loyal readers like to keep us/me in check (please don't ever stop that) …
Discussion: VentureBeat, 901am, WebProNews, Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat: Grand Challenge downtown, Sparter frees your game $, Visto revisited...
Muhammad Saleem / 901am: Lisa Has Issues with Wikipedia (And She's not Afraid...)
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews: Wikipedia Should Change Its Name To Googlepedia
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal: Google is Wikipedia's Sugar Daddy
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Sending Wikipedia A Ton Of Traffic
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Wikipedia Is a Miracle — and Now a Brand
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Entrepreneurs profit from free Web names — NEW YORK — It's not often you can compare Internet addresses with clothing, but a growing practice comes close, contributing to a global shortage in good names. — Entrepreneurs have been taking advantage of a five-day grace period to sample millions …
Discussion: Things That, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim and WebProNews
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: AdSense Arbitragers Using Free Domain Names Thanks to Loophole
Andy Beal / WebProNews: Domain Registration Loophole
Matthew Aslett / Computer Business Review:
Take Microsoft's Linux money, says Red Hat — Red Hat Inc's CEO has said the company is encouraging customers to adopt Microsoft Corp's offer of support vouchers for Novell's Inc's rival Linux operating system in order to get the issue over with. — Microsoft announced in November 2006 …
Discussion: Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog, Slashdot and JD on EP
ScuttleMonkey / Slashdot: Red Hat Dismissing Microsoft, Oracle
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
JetBlue, Blogging, and Normal Accidents — Everyone is rightly complaining about how little ongoing information there has been from JetBlue about its troubles. To a perhaps naive way of thinking, it seems like a classic opportunity (one right out of Scoble/Israel's Naked Conversations text) …
Chip Griffin / Pardon the Disruption: JetBlue Turning It Around
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media: JetBlue: An Opportunity Missed, Online
Catharine P. Taylor / Adweek:
The Ties That Bind: Connection Beats Page Views — Digital media executives watched throughout 2006 as Web 2.0 asserted Internet users' creative independence from the media giants. And by November, it was nearly a fait accompli. That was when comScore Media Metrix showed that …
Discussion: Mashable! and Online Dating Insider
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Sparter, GamerVision, YouTube Fights, Spotback Music, MySpace-Yahoo, LiveMocha
David Evans / Online Dating Insider: Myspace or Yahoo, Pageviews or Quality?
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Is "3X DVD" HD DVD's secret weapon against Blu-ray? — While the Blu-ray camp is busy claiming victory, recently HD DVD supporters seem to be circling the wagons around an old friend, the — 'til now — unused 3X DVD technology. HD DVD has always claimed it holds a price advantage over Blu-ray …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica: 3X DVD introduced: HD DVD, now in lower resolution!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Why AOL Created 63 Million New OpenIDs — Written by Jitendra Gupta of Karmaweb and edited by Richard MacManus — Late last week AOL announced its support of the open identity system OpenID, for all 63 million of their AOL/AIM Ids (for those looking for a quick introduction to OpenID, click here).
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and KarmaWeb
Jitendra Gupta / KarmaWeb: AOL creates 63 million new OpenIDs
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 — Update is fully compatible with Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system; new licensing updates enhance opportunities for virtualization. — Microsoft Corp. today released Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 SP2 …
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems, M-Dollar, All about Microsoft and Microsoft News Tracker
Jeremy Reimer / M-Dollar: Microsoft releases SQL Server 2005 SP2
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Vista-compatible SQL Server 2005 SP2 ships
David Hunter / Microsoft News Tracker: Microsoft releases SQL Server 2005 SP2
Adobe ships Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 — Adobe today announced it is now shipping Photoshop Lightroom 1.0, its professional level digital photography application and also that it has released updated Camera Raw 3.7 software with additional support for digital cameras.
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com and The Unofficial Apple Weblog
David Jenkins / Gamasutra:
Nielsen Puts Nintendo Ahead In Web Traffic Report — New data from Nielsen/NetRatings suggests that Nintendo's website saw the biggest rise in visitors of any computer hardware manufacturer in January - with more overall traffic than Sony Computer Entertainment's site and Microsoft's Xbox website.
Jason McMaster / GigaGamez: Nielsen Internet Ratings Show Nintendo Interest Piqued
Curtis / You NEWB: Nintendo also wins at web traffic
James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq: Nintendo's web stats soar above rivals'
Greg Jarboe / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google News isn't top dog in UK news search, either — Last week, my article, "Is Google News the Tail Wagging the News Search Dog?," appeared in Search Engine Watch - just as Search Engine Strategies was getting underway in London. The article cited data showing that Yahoo News and AOL News …
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TOOLKIT — Russia attacks Microsoft licensing costs — The Russian government has hit out at Microsoft, claiming the software giant's overly strict and costly licensing regime is to blame for the high rates of consumer piracy in the country.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Russian government criticizes Microsoft
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Latest MyBlogLog Spam — Adding Coauthors? — Checking my email, I found not one but two different requests to be an coauthor at MyBlogLog. It's making me guess that this is simply a new way people are trying to draw attention to their own sites, related to the MyBlogLog visit spamming reported by SoloSEO last month.
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips: MyBlogLog - Is it Adding Value?
Marshall Sponder / WebMetricsGuru: MyBlogLog Spam - it's not just Danny Sullivan - it happened to me today
Robyn Tippins / Practical Blogging: MyBlogLog CoAuthor Spam
David Carr / New York Times:
Do They Still Want Their MTV? — MTV prospered for decades because it looked like what a network might look like if a 16-year-old were doing the programming. But now the music channel is trying to make its way in a multidevice, multiplatform, multichannel world, most of which is being programmed by a 16-year-old.
Jimmy Guterman / PaidContent: MTV at 25: More Than Videos ... and More to the Net