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12:50 PM ET, February 26, 2007

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New York Times:
Google in Content Deal With Media Companies  —  Google built an empire delivering advertisements across the Internet, and now it plans to distribute content from media companies just as aggressively.  —  Google is working with Dow Jones & Company, Condé Nast, Sony BMG Music Entertainment …
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Google Brings Ad Expertise to Video Clips
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:   Google Extends Video AdSense Service; Adds WSJ, Conde Nast
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Video Plusbox
Discussion: Googling Google
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Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:   NY Times: Google Content Will Report Publishers, Allow Separate Bidding
Microsoft:
Microsoft Demonstrates Further Commitment to Healthcare Market With Planned Acquisition of Web Search Company  —  Medstory's intuitive technology designed to improve access to health information and empower consumers to make better-informed health decisions.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's really behind Microsoft's healthcare push?  —  Microsoft actively targets more than a dozen major vertical markets when designing and developing products.  Financial services, education, government, hospitality, manufacturing — all the usual suspects are represented.  —  Then there's healthcare.
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Microsoft buys Medstory  —  You may remember a niche search company we wrote about last summer called Medstory.  If not, here's the link.  —  Turns out that this smallish search start-up is hitting the big-time even sooner than we thought.  Microsoft today announced it was acquiring …
comScore:
comScore Data Show Yahoo!'s New Ranking Model Has Had Initial Positive Impact on Sponsored Search Click-Through Rates  —  comScore Networks, a leader in measuring the digital age, today released the results of a study analyzing the changes in Yahoo!'s click-through rates for sponsored search ads since …
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Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
comScore Defines Panama Effects
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Benefits from new Panama Advertising System
Discussion: Reuters
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
New Hot Properties: YouTube Celebrities  —  No one would mistake the Ask a Jew guy for Lonelygirl15, but these days YouTube contributor Shmuel Tennenhaus is feeling like a hot commodity.  —  Mr. Tennenhaus, an aspiring comedy writer who gained a modest following on YouTube for his droll question …
Discussion: Cost Per News, Reel Pop and A VC
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
EMI to Apple, Microsoft: Ditching DRM is going to cost you  —  Earlier this month it was widely reported that EMI was indeed ready to cast DRM into the dark abyss and earn the company the honorable status of being the first major music label to realize that DRM alienates honest customers.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Bloomberg:
EMI, online music sellers said to put talks on hold
Discussion: MacUser and WebProNews
Tony Walsh / Clickable Culture:
Big Boom in Metaverse Development  —  [Clickable Culture's RSS 2.0 feed is intended for your personal, non-commercial use.]  —  Third-party metaverse development firm The Electric Sheep Company, which creates content and services for virtual worlds such as Second Life and There has scored $7M USD …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Turn Gmail Into Your Personal Nerve Center  —  I was lucky enough to get in on the Gmail beta when it launched and I haven't looked back since.  Even though I've had an account for almost three years and I get over 100 emails a day, I have chewed up only 18% of the generous 2.8 gigabytes of storage.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
IRS goes after eBay, wants info on seller earnings  —  The IRS wants its money.  That's why it has helpfully assembled a list of the most common excuses people use (PDF) for not paying their taxes.  In case you weren't aware of it, a claim that "the 16th Amendment is invalid because it contradicts …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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San Francisco Chronicle:
IRS urged to go after eBay sellers
Discussion: CrunchGear, WebProNews and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quintura Visual Search Engine Relaunches  —  At around 8 AM PST this morning, Moscow-based search engine Quintura will relaunch its visual search engine with a new user interface (if it looks like the screen shot below, it's launched).  —  The company, which is backed by Mangrove Capital Partners …
Jeannie Choe / Engadget:
Linux users tell Ballmer to put his code where his mouth is  —  We're pumped for a real showdown in the upcoming months, since the Linux community has just launched Show Us the Code, a website / movement humoring Steve Ballmer's repeated claims of burgled Microsoft IP within the open source OS …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Entropy in Tagging Systems, Google's Office Killer and Conference Diversity  —  I'm almost caught up on my blog reading since getting back from vacation and I've spotted a couple of items I'd have blogged responses to if I was around.  Since I don't have the time to write full blog posts …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube and Google Video Player in Google SERPs: This Is EVIL  —  Google caused some major controversy by prominently recommending Blogger to all users who searched for blog-related terms.  So how will bloggers react now that Google is experimenting with Google Video and YouTube players in the search results themselves?
 
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Zune Marketplace Songs Work on PlaysForSure Devices (??)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Traffic Surges without Viacom
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Problems arise with Vista's validation
Discussion: raving lunacy
Fimoculous.com:
The Death of Video Culture
Discussion: Reel Pop
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
AOL Extends $900 Million Takeover Bid For TradeDoubler
Discussion: Reuters and Cost Per News
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants to Unveil Power-Usage Plan
Mike / Techdirt:
News Reports May Be A Little Quick To Clear Sarasota E-Voting Machines
UPI:
Alaska police crimp wireless surfer
Discussion: Gizmodo, Wi-Fi, Engadget and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 reasons BitTorrent Store won't sell
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
"the free download isn't a frivolous act"
Discussion: Nature and Open Sources
Darren Murph / Engadget:
TiVo Desktop 2.4 public beta loosed, enables PC-to-TiVO transcoding
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and digg
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Gift Economy or Honeymoon?
Discussion: BGSL and ChasNote
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
When Unequals Try to Merge as Equals
New York Times:
Tribune Considering Late Offer From Real Estate Magnate
Pranam Kolari / UMBC eBiquity:
The I's of the Blogosphere
Discussion: 901am