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9:50 AM ET, March 13, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Tellme Price - $800 Million, or More  —  Microsoft Corp. is said to be talks to acquire Tellme Networks, a voice applications company, according to The Wall Street Journal and C/Net News.com.  —  This news of a pending acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch in February, but at the time …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Sources say Microsoft near deal to buy Tellme  —  Microsoft is close to acquiring privately held Tellme Networks, a maker of products that bridge the worlds of speech recognition and the Internet, CNET News.com has learned.  —  The deal is expected to be completed and announced later this week …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Topix.net Buys .Com Domain For $1 Million; Worries On Google Juice After Move  —  Topix.net, the news search site majority owned by Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune, has bought its .com domain after paying a Canadian company $1 million in January (late last year Topix received $15 million funding) …
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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
How Search-Engine Rules Cause Sites to Go Missing
Discussion: Traffick
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Survey gives more Google phone clues?  —  Yes, this would be pretty easy to fake — and even if it's real, it's just a survey, which means it's sorta fake by design — but a questionnaire allegedly received by a Mobileburn forum member hints at specs and a rather fascinating concept design for Google's probably-in-the-works cellphone.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New pictures of the Google Phone
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Bloomberg:
U.S. Sets Rules for Digital TV Payments  —  The government will offer households as much as $80 each to help convert televisions to receive digital broadcasts under a $1.5 billion program.  —  Households with one or more TV sets can ask for as many as two $40 coupons as long as the first allotment …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Clarence Fernandez / Reuters:
Malaysia uses sniffer dogs to fight movie pirates  —  SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia deployed two sniffer dogs in its battle against music and movie piracy on Tuesday, becoming the first country in the world to use the animals to hunt for disks of illegal recordings hidden in cargo.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Arn / MacRumors:
8-core Mac Pro Leak at Apple UK?  [Update]  —  Apple's UK Store leaks some information which suggests that 8-Core Mac Pros are coming soon.  —  When searching for "Mac" in the UK Apple Store, the listing for the Mac Pro is: … Rumors that Apple would incorporate two of Intel's Quad-core chips …
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Tech Firms Push to Use TV Airwaves for Internet  —  A coalition of big technology companies wants to bring high-speed Internet access to consumers in a new way: over television airwaves.  Key to the project is whether a device scheduled to be delivered to federal labs today lives up to its promise.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Four Former Senior Executives of Nortel Networks Corporation in Wide-Ranging Financial Fraud Scheme  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2007-39  —  Washington, D.C., March 12, 2007 - The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed civil fraud charges in the U.S. District Court …
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
SXSW: Scaling Your Community  —  Sean Ammirati of mSpoke is at SXSW in Austin, TX (USA).  He is reporting for Read/WriteWeb throughout the event.  —  This morning I attended a presentation by Matt Mullenweg, the Founder of WordPress, on 'Scaling Your Community.' Matt started by defining scaling …
NASA:
Stereo Eclipse  —  When scientists announce they're about to calibrate their instruments, science writers normally put away their pens.  It's hard to write a good story about calibration.  This may be the exception:  —  On Feb. 25, 2007, NASA scientists were calibrating some cameras aboard …
Discussion: digg
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
AT&T Expands Wireless Stores  —  With the opening yesterday of its first megastore, AT&T is trying to do the seemingly impossible: make buying cellular service an almost entertaining experience.  —  The 5,000-square-foot store in the Compaq Center complex in Houston is the first of 11 …
Jitendra Gupta / Read/WriteWeb:
Improving Online Communities: MyBlogLog, Explode, OthersOnline  —  Online community, or for that matter any community, is built upon the shared experiences of its participants.  In the real world, people in a community typically interact with each other by gathering at same physical location, at the same time.
Discussion: Matt Cutts
Craig Harris / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Starbucks to form record label  —  Starbucks' new record label to produce CDs  —  Starbucks by the end of this year hopes to make its own sweet music to go with made-to-order lattes or cappuccinos.  —  The international coffee company announced Monday that it is joining with Concord Music Group …
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Nomadishere:
A Note To Employers: 8 Things Intelligent People, Geeks and Nerds Need …
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Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Free: a Tactic, not a Business Model
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Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Valve questions Microsoft's commitment to PC gaming
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Study Says Computers Give Big Boosts to Productivity
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Umair / BGSL:
Research Note: Ninged Again, Or the Second Fundamental Error …
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
OpenID: Too many providers, not enough consumers
Discussion: Labnotes
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Disney to launch Web site aimed at moms
Business Wire:
Michael Eisner Launches New Media Studio to Produce World-Class …
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Nicholas Reville / DEMOCRACY:
A Name Change  —  This is some big news for us.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Defense Contractor has Analyzed, Transcribed and …
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Mobile Web Use Higher In The U.S. Than Europe
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Internal memo: Vice Media executives plan to lay off hundreds of its 900+ employees over the next week, and the company is in advanced talks to sell Refinery29

Tampa Bay Times:
Tim Burke is charged with 14 crimes related to alleged computer hacks at Fox News, including six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization

Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
An interview with studio owner Tyler Perry, who says he's putting an $800M studio expansion in Atlanta on hold after seeing the capabilities of OpenAI's Sora

 
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