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5:25 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  —  District-based XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and New York-based Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., which together control the emerging satellite subscription radio market, today announced that they plan to merge in a $13 billion deal.
Discussion: Lost Remote and WebMetricsGuru
The Doc Searls Weblog:
A ground-level view of the XM/Sirius merger in the sky
Discussion: USA Today
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sources: XM Radio, Sirius merger imminent
Evan Blass / Engadget:
It's official: XM and Sirius plan to tie the knot
Discussion: digg
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
HEAVENLY DEAL  —  SIRIUS, XM SET TO CONFIRM MERGER PLAN TODAY
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
UPDATE 1-US FCC chief says hurdle high for XM-Sirius deal
Discussion: PaidContent and Orbitcast
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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evhead:   Marketplace Wanted; Web Site for Sale
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: PalmAddicts
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:   Is Palm up for sale?
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
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.
Discussion: GigaOM
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: TechSpot News
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 …
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
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).
Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:
Eyespot Powers NBA's Video-mixing site  —  Not unlike an unheralded draft pick who cracks the starting lineup, startup video-editing site Eyespot jumps into the big leagues Tuesday as the technology engine behind the NBA's new "highlights mixer" web site.  —  With league-sanctioned clips of dunks …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
QQ - China IM Service Goes Web 2.0, With Half a Billion Registered Users!  —  Written by Gang Lu and edited by Richard MacManus.  China's QQ.com is the world's 9th largest web property and in this post Gang Lu talks with Richard Chang, the Founder and Director of QQ Labs, to find out more about their Web 2.0 plans.
 
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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
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Shopping no more - MSN Shopping to remain
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
3X DVD introduced: HD DVD, now in lower resolution!
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
Matthew Aslett / Computer Business Review:
Take Microsoft's Linux money, says Red Hat
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2
Joe / Techdirt:
More Labor Woes At Indian Outsourcers
David Krug / 901am:
Real Estate Blogging is catching on, big time!