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9:45 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  —  There is absolutely no way of telling if this story is true, but a poster on the mobileburn forum was sent a survey to complete through equip-surveys.com about a "Google Phone".  The poster recalls seeing the specs, but says he forgot to take a screenshot of them.
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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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.
Nicholas Reville / DEMOCRACY:
A Name Change  —  This is some big news for us.  We are planning to change the name of Democracy Player.  —  We chose the name 'Democracy' almost two years ago when we were first setting up PCF.  We knew it was an ambitious name, but we thought that it made a clear statement about how important …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Download Squad and MacUser
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Brian Liloia / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Democracy Player changes name to 'Miro'
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 …
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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Alt Search Engine Market Share Mashup  —  The mashups of our Top Alternative Search Engines list continue!  Charles Knight spotted a great post by the Search The Web 2.0 blog, which took the top 100 and attempted to rank them by market share.  The reason for this ambitious undertaking …
 
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Nomadishere:
A Note To Employers: 8 Things Intelligent People, Geeks and Nerds Need …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
New Wi-Fi standard edges toward final ratification
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Free: a Tactic, not a Business Model
Discussion: BGSL
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
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Furdlog
Umair / BGSL:
Research Note: Ninged Again, Or the Second Fundamental Error …
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
SXSW: Scaling Your Community
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
OpenID: Too many providers, not enough consumers
Discussion: Labnotes
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Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
Encouraging Enterprise 2.0: As simple as possible, but no simpler?
Gary Gentile / Business Week:
Disney to launch Web site aimed at moms
Business Wire:
Michael Eisner Launches New Media Studio to Produce World-Class …
Intel:
Intel Marks Energy-Efficient Milestone With 50-Watt, High-Performing …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Defense Contractor has Analyzed, Transcribed and …
By Stephen Wellman / InformationWeek Weblog:
Mobile Web Use Higher In The U.S. Than Europe
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
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