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7:30 AM ET, March 22, 2007

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Los Angeles Times:
News Corp., NBC pull together to challenge YouTube  —  Several media giants are teaming up to challenge Google Inc. and its YouTube video-sharing service, seeking to blunt their incursion into the entertainment business.  —  News Corp. and NBC Universal plan to announce as soon as today …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp, NBC May Announce Distributed YouTube Competitor Tomorrow  —  There have been rumors of a TV network led joint venture to compete with YouTube for months - the first time we heard it was just a couple of days after the first rumor of Google's acquisition of the company.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St. and PaidContent
David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple TV Has Landed  —  In the technology world, conventional wisdom says that we'll soon be saying R.I.P. for the DVD.  Internet downloads are the future, baby.  No driving, no postpaid envelopes.  Any movie, any TV show, any time.  —  Only one problem: once you've downloaded the shows to your computer …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Best Buy finagles Apple TV exclusive
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Cult of Mac and GigaOM
Shaun Nichols / vnunet:
Lack of Mac malware baffles experts  —  Exploit authors continue to ignore OS X  —  Apple's Mac OS X remains almost completely free of any sort of malware threat despite several years of availability, a significant market share, and even an entire month dedicated to pointing out its flaws.
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Ten reasons why you should buy a Mac  —  Receive the days biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  Yes, you can accept Apple's logic that "it all just works" straight out of the packaging, but there are better reasons for moving to a Mac than a factor that's just as true of modern PCs these days.
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Mac gaming on the cheap: Our favorite low-cost Mac games
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
CIOs Spurn Web 2.0 Startups - Enterprises Want Suites and Large, Incumbent Software Vendors  —  Forrester Research has just released two reports concerning 'web 2.0' in the enterprise.  Forrester recently surveyed 119 CIOs on the topic and their answers illustrate what IT honchos want …
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Nick / Rough Type:
Two views of Web 2.0 in business
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Sales of Music, Long in Decline, Plunge Sharply  —  Rise in Downloading  —  Fails to Boost Industry;  —  A Retailing Shakeout  —  In a dramatic acceleration of the seven-year sales decline that has battered the music industry, compact-disc sales for the first three months of this year plunged 20% …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Good News! CD Music Sales Down 20% from 2006
Carlo / Techdirt:
The Shift From CDs To Downloads Is So Much More Than A Format Change
Discussion: Furdlog
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Kongregate Gets $1M, Launches User Generated Games  —  We covered Kongregate when they were in private beta, but they're officially public with a new wad of cash from some big names to back them up.  They've created a gaming community around Flash games developed by other users …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kongregrate, the online social game hub  —  Kongregate, of San Francisco, launches tomorrow with a host of Web games targeted at young males with social networking components pushing new bounds.  —  Kongregate is signifiacant because it targets a group that until now hasn't been served by online social games.
Discussion: A+E Interactive
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge's decision leaves RIAA with lose-lose situation in Elektra v. Santangelo  —  The case of Elektra v. Santangelo has been one of the more closely followed cases in the RIAA's crusade against suspected file sharers, due in no small part to the aggressiveness of Patti Santangelo's defense.
Discussion: Recording Industry vs … and digg
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Who Created "Hillary 1984"?  Mystery Solved!  —  For the last two weeks, the Internet has been buzzing about the hottest online mystery since lonelygirl15: who was behind the "Hillary 1984" video mashup?  —  Some suspected right wing SwiftBoaters.  Some speculated it was the work of disaffected Democratic consultants.
Discussion: PrezVid, Jon Udell and techPresident
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The Huffington Post:
Phil de Vellis, aka ParkRidge47: I Made the "Vote Different" Ad
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Linux MCE looks hot  —  MythTV, the popular Linux based PVR project, has been around for some time.  It's nice, and it functions well, but it's only as functional as Windows Media Center Edition plus, it can be difficult to install and configure.  Linux MCE, which wraps MythTV up into a nice package …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and digg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft severs Live Search from the rest of the Windows Live family  —  Live Search is no longer part of the larger Windows Live services family, in terms of engineering and development.  —  One by-product of the March 21 Microsoft announcement of the creation of a new Search and Ad Platform group got relatively little play.
Jay Fortner / Read/WriteWeb:
Dekoh Challenges Apollo As Desktop/Web Platform  —  After the tremendous build-up and response to Adobe's Apollo platform, which aims to integrate desktop apps with the Web, we must also remember there are other products trying for the same thing.  Dekoh is one such competitor and …
Reuters:
Yahoo CEO praises new ad system, says "very happy"  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Semel said on Wednesday he was pleased with the progress of a new Web search advertising system, launched to better compete with Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research)
 
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Reuters:
Are You a Slob? Good, You're More Productive
Discussion: UNEASYsilence and Slashdot
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Oracle claims Yahoo as Linux convert
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
User Community and ROI
Robert Scoble / PodTech.net:
Second part of cool Microsoft Research's TechFest Tour
Gizmodo:
AppleTV First Unboxing
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Frankenfight: Affordable HDMI Receivers
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Elton John signs entire back catalog exclusively to iTunes...
Jonathan Seff / Macworld:
Picking an HDTV for your Apple TV
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
FatKat to use quant investing to help you pick stocks
Discussion: PE HUB
PrimeNewswire:
Global Venture Capital Investment in Web 2.0 Companies On the Rise
MediaShift:
Will Video Kill the Audio Podcasting Star? Not Exactly
Carlo / Techdirt:
UK Judge Rules That Selling Consumers Cheaper CDs Is Illegal
Discussion: Reuters and Furdlog
Motorola:
Motorola Announces Revised Guidance for First Quarter and Actions …
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
EDELMAN TALK  —  Edelman have kindly asked me to come …
Phillip Swann / tvpredictions.com:
Why Apple TV Will Bomb
Discussion: MacUser and Tech Trader Daily
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Some Traditional Sites, Aiming to Be Hip, End Up the Opposite