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12:45 PM ET, March 14, 2007

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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
You Go Viacom !  —  Not a stretch where I would come out on this, but it never ceases to amaze and amuse me how liltle understanding of the content business, or the business world in general that many in the blogosphere have.  —  Let me provide a simple scenario for you.  —  HBO.
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New York Times:
Viacom Sues Google Over Video Clips on Its Sharing Web Site  —  Since it bought YouTube last October, Google has been chasing deals that would give it the right to put mainstream video programming on the site.  Just a few weeks ago, Google's chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Viacom, YouTube, and Privacy
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Big Viacom Sues GOOG & YouTube Roundup
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Slacker, the real iPod killer?  —  Slacker is an ambitious new music service created by some industry veterans that takes aim at the iPod.  —  Slacker is a music player device, but it is also a music delivery service.  It is path-breaking because it wants to let you take it anywhere …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
A new wavelength for satellite radio
Discussion: Orbitcast
Chris Williams / The Register:
Last.fm puts video through the scrobbler
Jasmine France / Crave: The gadget blog:
Aspire to be a Slacker
Discussion: Webware.com
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Slacker: music device and service via web, WiFi, and satellite
Discussion: Mashable! and Orbitcast
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Lenovo Connect Customers to Integrated Online Services  —  Lenovo to be first PC manufacturer to provide customers worldwide with a new seamless, customizable Web experience through Microsoft Live.com and Live Search.  —  REDMOND, Wash., and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. …
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Reuters:
Microsoft Toolbar to Go on Lenovo Computers  —  The Microsoft Corporation reached an agreement on Tuesday with the Lenovo Group to pre-load Lenovo computers with a toolbar of Microsoft's Windows Live online services including Web search, the two companies said.
Online Journalism Review:
Eyetracking points the way to effective news article design  —  OJR's design experts review usability research and offer suggestions on how you can make your online articles better connect with readers.  —  When one of world's best-known usability experts, Jakob Nielsen …
Discussion: Traffick, IP Democracy and Boing Boing
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Acquire Tellme Networks  —  Combined expertise will bring the power of voice technology to everyday life.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it will acquire Tellme Networks, Inc., a leading provider of voice services for everyday life, including nationwide directory assistance …
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Microsoft suing to evict 'cybersquatters'  —  Microsoft will on Wednesday launch a series of lawsuits in the US and Europe against "cybersquatters", and will urge other companies to help tackle what it says is a growing problem on the internet.  —  Cybersquatting is the registration …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire and Slashdot
Brendan / Brendan's Roadmap Updates:
The Open Web and Its Adversaries  —  A small presentation I gave at SXSW asks what it means to be "Open" in the sense of open standards, open source, and a web whose major content formats are not controlled by a single vendor (I credited Nat Friedman's amusing keynote from last year's Free …
Gizmodo:
Awesome TIE Fighter Speakers Flew Out of Star Wars and Into Your Living Room  —  These TIE Fighter speakers come to us from a company called Question Mark Entertainment, and as far as their specs go, that company name is just about right.  We have no idea what sort of drivers are in these two …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Rick Malwitz / www.dailyrecord.com:
Cop: Wife googled 'How to commit murder'  —  At exactly 5:45:34 on April 18, 2004 a computer taken from the office of the attorney of Melanie McGuire, did a search on the words "How To Commit Murder."  —  That same day searches on Google and MSN search engines, were conducted on such topics …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Techdirt
Eric Costello / FlickrBlog:
Collections!  —  Today we launched what's probably the most requested feature over the last few years: a way to categorize and organize your photo sets!  In the past this feature has been referred to as "sets of sets" or "subsets".  After today, we'll know it as "collections".  —  What are collections, you ask?
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
Google offers priority reporting to Indian police  —  Tool will help flag objectionable material on Orkut, will not affect user data, according to Google  —  Google has offered Indian police a special tool for priority reporting of objectionable material on its social networking site, Orkut.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
SanDisk drops prices with new flash drive  —  SanDisk has released a new hard drive made of flash memory, and the price won't completely break the bank.  —  The flash memory maker's new flash drive sports 32GB of memory and is delivered in a package the same size and shape as a 2.5-inch diameter hard drive.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Drew Clark / GigaOM:
Is Google Changing Its Position on Net Neutrality?  —  Is Google, the foremost corporate advocate of net neutrality, doing a big fake?  Have they succeeded in making everyone believe they will stand up to the Bell companies, even as the company cuts deals to become the preferred provider on a carrier's network?
Gamasutra:
Report: Computer Games Magazine, Massive Shut Down  —  Independent sources, both via an un-named publisher dealing with the magazines and from industry messageboard QT3, have indicated to Gamasutra that U.S. print publication Computer Games Magazine and its sister MMO-centric Massive magazine …
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
 
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Mac OS X Downloads / Apple:
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Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Marketers Increasingly Use Social Networking Sites
Inside AdWords:
More testers needed for Audio Ads
Discussion: ClickZ News Blog
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Tracking the Password Thieves
Discussion: Slashdot
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
For Will Wright, story time is all the time  —  AUSTIN, Texas …
Shira Jacobson / SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Yahoo Velocity Shows that Criticism May Be Overstated
Discussion: All Points Blog
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Sprint's All-You-Can-Talk Offer
Mark Meadows / Reuters:
England join iPod revolution
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A MODEST PROPOSAL TO YHOO AND MSFT: SPIN OUT A SEARCH COMPANY
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Apple megapatch plugs 45 security holes
Kim Tae-gyu / KoreaTimes:
Acoustic Wave Prevents Game Addiction
Alice / Wonderland:
SXSW: Will Wright Keynote