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5:55 AM ET, February 20, 2007

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ABCNEWS:
XM and Sirius to Announce Merger Today  —  ABC News Has Confirmed That Satellite Radio Providers XM and Sirius Will Announce a Merger Today  —  ABC News has confirmed reports that two satellite radio providers XM and Sirius will announce a long-anticipated merger today.
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Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Satellite Radio's XM, Sirius to Merge
Discussion: Lost Remote and WebMetricsGuru
The Doc Searls Weblog:
A ground-level view of the XM/Sirius merger in the sky
Discussion: USA Today
Evan Blass / Engadget:
It's official: XM and Sirius plan to tie the knot
Discussion: digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sources: XM Radio, Sirius merger imminent
Obviously:
Looking for Odeo's new home  —  In the last few months, we here at Obvious have been increasingly focused on Twitter.  As a result, our original product, Odeo, has not gotten the attention it deserves.  —  It does not cost us much to run—in fact, AdSense covers the hosting …
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Arne Hess / the::unwired:
RUMOR: Is Palm in Takeover Troubles?  —  According to an article at Unstrung, PDA pioneer Palm Inc. appears to be in play again, with sources saying the likely buyers could be Nokia Corp. or Motorola Inc.  —  Several sources note that such rumors have made the rounds before, but this time they appear to be more serious.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and PalmAddicts
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Ballmer blames pirates for poor Vista sales  —  Will crank up the WGA  —  THE SHY and retiring, softly-spoken CEO of Microsoft, Steve "Sounds of Silence" Ballmer is blaming software pirates for Vista's poor sales.  —  Ballmer admitted to financial analysts that the predictions for Vista …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and TechSpot News
Eric / The MyBlogLog Blog:
Weekend spamtacular — what the heck happened and how we're fixing it  —  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  This weekend sucked.  No doubt about it.  But we've beaten things back and we have a plan for making things better still.  I'm going to tell you all about that in a minute.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
New virtual world coming from Australia  —  I just had lunch with Randal Leeb-du Toit, CEO of Yoick, and John Wolpert, executive producer of Outback Online, a 3D virtual world that Yoick is working on.  —  Who said cool stuff has to come from Silicon Valley?
Discussion: 901am and VTOR
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Seven steps to remarkable customer service  —  As a bootstrapped software company, Fog Creek couldn't afford to hire customer service people for the first couple of years, so Michael and I did it ourselves.  The time we spent helping customers took away from improving our software …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Europe's Plan to Track Phone and Net Use  —  European governments are preparing legislation to require companies to keep detailed data about people's Internet and phone use that goes beyond what the countries will be required to do under a European Union directive.
Discussion: textually.org
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Is 500 million Skype downloads a lot?  —  Congratulations, Skype!  Skype users downloaded the world's leading VoIP program 500 million times today.  The current rate is 640 thousand downloads a day, according to Skype data.  Adrian Cockcroft observed Skype downloads spike to a million a day during major upgrades.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
From Clipouts to the Web, Coupons Transition Slowly  —  ONLINE coupons have always been a bargain-hunter's diversion, which may be precisely why the market has grown so slowly.  Who wants to take time out of the day to track down sites that give away 50-cent discounts, then search for eligible products that they might need?
Discussion: IT Facts
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MSN Experimenting With Most Digg Like Service Yet  —  Last week we saw first Yahoo! and then Dell launch sites that were largely acknowledged to be Digg inspired.  Digg may not have invented the vote-on-news motif but it may have been most important in popularizing the paradigm so far.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
3X DVD introduced: HD DVD, now in lower resolution!  —  Doug Carson & Associates (DCA), makers of DVD mastering software, announced today that the first 3X DVD-ROM disc was officially mastered over the weekend, a move that some think will allow HD DVD to become more popular and possibly even win the ongoing "format war" with Blu-ray.
Enigmax / p2pfreak:
FBI Training Elite Swedish Anti-Piracy Force  —  When it comes to piracy Sweden is no stranger to controversy.  Gaining worldwide notoriety as the country that hosts The Pirate Bay BitTorrent tracker and recently being labelled as a piracy safe haven by an International Intellectual Property Alliance report …
Discussion: Techdirt, TorrentFreak and digg
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 …
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).
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Shopping no more - MSN Shopping to remain  —  From today Windows Live Shopping beta will be taken offline, with users being sent to MSN Shopping, available at shopping.msn.com.  This appears to be part of the ongoing self-correcting process taking place in on Windows Live …
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
QQ - China IM Service Goes Web 2.0, With Half a Billion Registered Users!
Peter J. Howe / Boston Globe:
Stop & Shop reports credit data was stolen
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Homeless by choice, O.C. student learns self-reliance
Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
The US$4000+ Gresso 1GB MP3 player
Reuters:
Electronic Arts gains from console demand: Barron's
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Digg Is The Apotheosis Of Niche Media
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Many Web 2.0 Sites Fail to Link to Related Content
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Shopping for HDMI cables: who do retailers think they're kidding?
Discussion: digg
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:
Eyespot Powers NBA's Video-mixing site
David Jenkins / Gamasutra:
Nielsen Puts Nintendo Ahead In Web Traffic Report
Discussion: Joystiq, GigaGamez and You NEWB
Greg Jarboe / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google News isn't top dog in UK news search, either
BBC:
The mash-up future of the web
Matthew Aslett / Computer Business Review:
Take Microsoft's Linux money, says Red Hat
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2