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3:10 PM ET, February 19, 2007

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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 …
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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.
Discussion: PaidContent
Eric Pfanner / International Herald Tribune:
Norwegian newspaper publisher finds the secret to profiting online  —  After catching up on the latest news flashes on the death of Anna Nicole Smith, visitors to www.vg.no, the online version of the biggest-selling tabloid newspaper in Norway, can get their minds back to business by scrolling …
Discussion: Journerdism, PaidContent and Message
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
While Others Struggle, Norwegian Newspaper Publisher Thrives on the Web  —  The online version of VG, the biggest-selling tabloid newspaper in Norway, had the latest news flashes on the death of Anna Nicole Smith, of course.  But a little down the page was something else — oil company earnings reports.
Discussion: Screenwerk
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) …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL WESCH (THE CREATOR OF THAT WONDERFUL VIDEO...)  —  Michael Wesch, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University.  If you've been reading Searchblog, then you know him as the guy behind this amazing video.
David Krug / 901am:
Real Estate Blogging is catching on, big time!  —  A lot of people ask me what kind of business would I start if you were starting a blogging business from scratch.  Usually I scratch my head in awe and make up something like advertising.  After pondering this for awhile I now understand …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Top YouTube videographers descend on S.F.  —  reporter's notebook SAN FRANCISCO—In what may be a harbinger of the future, hardly anyone who attended Saturday's gathering of YouTube's most popular bloggers held a conversation without filming it.  —  At an event called "As One," …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and Valleywag
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
YouTube: Strength and Vulnerability
Discussion: media blog and PaidContent
ZDNet:
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
Tim Ferguson / CNET News.com:
Broadband adoption passes halfway mark in U.S.  —  U.S. residential broadband penetration is expected to exceed 50 percent in 2007—and the U.K. isn't far behind.  By the end of 2007, more than 60 million U.S. households will be connected—around 55 percent—according to market researcher Parks Associates.
Discussion: Worker Bees Blog and Macsimum News
AdAge:
Attorneys General of 21 States Lash Out at Bud.tv Age Checks  —  Anheuser-Busch's Status as 'Media Owner' Cited as a Concern  —  CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — Dealing a blow to the $40 million experiment hailed as ushering in a new era for marketer-generated media, the attorneys general of 21 states …
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 …
Jon Udell:
Blogging from Word 2007, crossing the chasm … Operating in that mode for years has given me a deep understanding of how documents, and collections of documents, are also databases.  It has led me to imagine and prototype a way of working with documents that's deeply informed by that duality.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Daisy Whitney / tvweek.com:
Online Video Biz Moves Into Merger Phase  —  Anystream Acquisition of Cauldron Signals a New Wave of Consolidation  —  Online video's consolidation phase has begun.  —  Anystream, which helps media companies publish content in new media venues, is poised to announce this week …
Discussion: alarm:clock and PaidContent
Andy Beard / Niche Marketing:
Polish Gmail vs Google Gmail - The Poets vs The Court Jester  —  Google might well have goofed again with Gmail domain registrations.  I live in Poland so this is quite comical for me, and thus the comical headline.  The Polish court system isn't quite as well organised as the US, but decisions are often made faster and a lot cheaper.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Teqlo Launches: Makes Apps More Mashable  —  If you liked Yahoo Pipes, you might be interested in Teqlo, a new "make your own mashups" tool that just entered preview mode.  Bear in mind, however, that this isn't like Lego: Teqlo is a "technology demo" right now, meaning that it's not all that easy …
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Techscape
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Child Auteurs on Nick, From Their House to Yours  —  Nickelodeon has already embraced the user-generated video fad on its Web sites.  Now the network will bring that interactivity full circle with a weekday program that incorporates material produced by children.
Discussion: PaidContent
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OLPC's XO laptop comes with anti-theft kill-switch in select countries  —  While the One Laptop Per Child Project has yet to decide on whether or not they will sell the $150 XO laptop to the public, they already know their biggest customers: governments.  Argentina, Brazil, Libya, Nigeria …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
 
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Jason McMaster / GigaGamez:
Wii: What to Do When the Magic's Gone
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MacNN:
Adobe ships Photoshop Lightroom 1.0
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Latest MyBlogLog Spam — Adding Coauthors?
Sam Harrelson / Cost Per News:
Kukral, BlogKits and AffiliateMarketingFriends
Discussion: Andy Beard and WebProNews
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Adobe enters feed reader race
Discussion: WebProNews
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE ONE THING EVERYBODY FORGETS ABOUT "WE MEDIA"
Ryan Block / Engadget:
WiiXT, the newest Wii modchip claims to enable DVD playback
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
Did-It CEO Resigns
 Earlier Items: 
Consumerist:
Charter: There's A Problem With Your Internet?  Here's The Disconnect Department
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and digg
Wayne Ma / CrunchGear:
Not Just a Bag, But a Tripod  —  Here's a product that might help …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Music Labels Offer Teasers to Download
Discussion: Gizmodo
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Unofficial patch for Treo vulnerability loosed
Gizmodo:
Delete: The New Erase
Discussion: Shiny Shiny and digg
Faultline / The Register:
Vodafone caves in to Microsoft IM
Jay Parkhill / Startup Review:
Jumpcut Case Study: Blueprint for a product acquisition
New York Times:
New Weapon in Web War Over Piracy