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9:25 AM ET, February 20, 2007

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The Doc Searls Weblog:
A ground-level view of the XM/Sirius merger in the sky  —  USA Today says Sirius and XM are going to merge.  Mel Karmazin, possibly the wisest guy in commercial radio, will be the CEO.  Gary Parsons, currrent CEO of XM, will be chairman.  —  There are a number of problems with this merger …
Discussion: USA Today
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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.
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
XM and Sirius to combine; hurdles loom
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Satellite Radio's XM, Sirius to Merge
Discussion: Lost Remote and WebMetricsGuru
Evan Blass / Engadget:
It's official: XM and Sirius plan to tie the knot
Discussion: Bit Player and digg
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 …
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.
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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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Viacom to Sign Deal with Joost  —  Two weeks after Viacom ordered Google to take down more than 100,000 allegedly copyrighted videos from YouTube, the media giant is about to sign a content deal with Joost, the Wall Street Journal is reporting tonight.  Joost, the P2P online television service soon …
HardMac.com:
Procedure and Tests  —  Introduction  —  With the introduction of AirPort Extreme 802.11n base stations, Apple announced that the majority of its current machines are compatible with the draft of that standard via a drive update.  On the other hand, the MacBook and MacBook Pro Core Duo aren't likely to get compatible Airport modules.
Tatum Anderson / BBC:
Mobile phone lifeline for world's poor  —  While consumers around the world demand sleek black and silver mobile phones, villagers in rural India buy brightly-coloured handsets in gold, reds and pinks.  —  Mobile phones are as much a fashion statement here as in the trendy bars of Europe.
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 and Memex 1.1
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
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
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?
Reuters:
Google co-founder: Science needs entrepreneurs … SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) — Scientists need more entrepreneurial drive and could benefit by doing more to promote solutions to big human problems, Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page told a meeting of academic researchers.
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.
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Wal-Mart's Online Movie Premiere  —  The retail behemoth is going to offer a hefty catalog of films you will be able to download.  —  Wal-Mart opened an online video store earlier this month, proudly announcing that it was the first legal movie-downloading site to offer flicks from all of six major studios.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
QQ - China IM Service Goes Web 2.0, With Half a Billion Registered Users!
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Digg Is The Apotheosis Of Niche Media
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Enigmax / p2pfreak:
FBI Training Elite Swedish Anti-Piracy Force
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
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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: MacUser and digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MSN Experimenting With Most Digg Like Service Yet
Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:
Eyespot Powers NBA's Video-mixing site
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Shopping no more - MSN Shopping to remain
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