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5:25 PM ET, February 20, 2007

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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Viacom, Joost strike content licensing deal  —  update Entertainment conglomerate Viacom has announced a deal to license its programming content to Joost, the online-video start-up created by the founders of Skype and Kazaa.  —  The deal, announced Tuesday, is designed to bring television …
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Viacom lands video deal with Joost  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc.., engaged in a public copyright battle with Google Inc.'s YouTube, has agreed to offer videos to Joost, the Internet video service created by the founders of Skype and Kazaa.  —  Viacom said on Tuesday hundreds of hours …
Discussion: IP Democracy, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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 …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Shunning YouTube, Viacom hooks up with Joost  —  Viacom has announced a deal with Joost that will see the new P2P-based video start-up "broadcasting" Viacom's music videos, TV shows and other materials on the service.  Viacom will provide Joost with content not only from MTV, but also from BET …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Joost gets some Viacom Love
Discussion: GigaOM and Valleywag
New York Times:
Merger Would End Satellite Radio's Rivalry  —  The nation's two satellite radio services, Sirius and XM, announced plans yesterday to merge, a move that would end their costly competition for radio personalities and subscribers but that is also sure to raise antitrust issues.
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Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Live Blogging the Sirius + XM Merger Conference Call
Discussion: Gizmodo and Hear 2.0
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
10 Things You Might Not Know About the Sirius-XM Merger
Discussion: PaidContent
The Doc Searls Weblog:
A ground-level view of the XM/Sirius merger in the sky
Discussion: TIME, Scobleizer and ABCNEWS
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:   Bill and Steve's Excellent Adventure
BBC:
US copyright lobby out-of-touch  —  Internet law professor Michael Geist takes a look at intellectual property protection in the US and finds it somewhat out of step with the rest of the world.  —  The International Intellectual Property Alliance, an association that brings together US lobby …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
What Dell customers want - Linux, no craplets, more RAM, no offshored tech support  —  Last week Dell launched a new site called Dell Ideastorm.  The idea behind Ideastorm is to leverage the "Web 2.0" wave to get feedback from web users on what they want to see from Dell.
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.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Coming Up: Vonage Wireless?  —  The Web-calling outfit will diversify and start selling wireless service, broadband access, and content later this year  —  For years, Vonage (VG) has built its business around one service: inexpensive Internet phone calls.  Well, all that's about to change.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Battle for Mobile Search  —  When it comes to Internet search over mobile phones, upstarts have a decent chance against the likes of Google and Yahoo  —  When it comes to Web search engines, Google is the winner by a wide margin, handling nearly twice the requests of its closest competitor …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Jonathan Mendez / Jonathan Mendez's Blog:
7 Ways to Optimize Your YouTube Tags  —  I can't get YouTube off my mind.  With apologies to Gil Scott Heron, the revolution is being videoized.  Contrary to popular opinion it just may be an ad revolution.  H&R Block's recent promo for their TaxCut online filing includes the most linked to comedy video in the history of YouTube.
Gamasutra:
Interview: Capcom Vice President of Marketing Charles Bellfield  —  Charles Bellfield is the Vice President of Marketing at Capcom, USA.  In this Gamasutra interview, freelance journalist Kyle Orland sits down with Bellfield to discuss Capcom's stance on the Academy of Interactive Arts …
Laurie Burkitt / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google class debuts at the UW  —  Students learn firm's approach to programming  —  At 26 and at the top of his game as one of Google's vaunted software engineers, Chistophe Bisciglia found himself bored and restless.  Writing computer code at the world's most successful Internet company had become a mind-numbing chore.
symantec.com:
An Example of Why UAC Prompts in Vista Can't Always Be Trusted  —  People who have been following the not unexpected initial wave of security research with regards to Windows Vista will have seen three informative blog posts recently.  The first, by Joanna Rustkowska is titled "Vista Security Model - A Big Joke?"
Microsoft:
Microsoft Delivers Final Versions of Free Deployment Tools for Windows Vista  —  New tools help businesses simplify and expedite planning and deployment.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of six new deployment tools that will help expedite businesses' migration to Windows Vista™.
Trulia Blog:
Trulia API now open to the world!  —  As you know, Trulia started as one of the early real estate mash-ups on the Web 2.0 scene.  We thought it was only right (and about time) that we gave a little back to the developer community by providing access to otherwise private data from Trulia.com through the Trulia API.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Global Nerdy and Screenwerk
 
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