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3:45 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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Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
OFFICIAL: Sirius and XM Announce Merger  —  IT'S OFFICIAL  —  XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio have jointly announced that they have entered into an agreement to combine the two companies - in an all-stock merger - with a combined enterprise value of $13 billion.
Discussion: greg hughes and Micro Persuasion
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
Discussion: Screenwerk
Microsoft:
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 …
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.
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Think you know your mobile keyboards?  Guess right and you might win an i-mate JAQ3  —  I think quite a few people enjoyed my i-mate JAQ3 first impressions article and I personally found the device to be pretty decent.  However, I am smitten with my T-Mobile Dash and just can't give …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gear Diary
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
MacNN:
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.
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
 
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